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Jason Rezaian's Mother Pleads for Her Son's Release

By Jasmin Ramsey (source: LobeLog)

Video: Mary Rezaian pleads for her son's release

Mary Rezaian, the mother of Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter who was detained in Iran last week with his wife Yeganeh Salehi without charge or access to a lawyer, makes a heartfelt plea to Iranian authorities in this video to release her two loved ones.

Washington Post Iranian-American journalist Jason Rezaian (R) and his Iranian wife Yeganeh Salehi, who works for the UAE newspaper National,. Both were arrested by Iranian authorities July 21st.
(photo by Stringer/EPA)

Reza Marashi does a beautiful job of describing Jason, a friend and former IPS contributor, in this piece. Many people, myself included, feel the helplessness Reza conveys about the situation.

Remarkably, Jason’s American mother displays incredible grace in this clip, despite the agony she must be enduring, wearing a head scarf, speaking partially in Farsi, and asking rather than accusing or commanding. That’s Jason’s way, too.

“From an early age Jason noticed how Iran was negatively portrayed in the US and world media. He became a journalist to help build bridges of understanding and to share Iran’s rich cultural heritage with the West,” said Rezaian last week.

“His work was not controversial, but an honest record of his encounters with the people and the soul of Iran.”


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avatarAbout the Author: A multilingual Iranian-born journalist, Jasmin Ramsey is the editor and manager of the well-known U.S. Mideast policy site, LobeLog, and the Washington correspondent for the international news wire service, IPS News. Under her leadership LobeLog was recognized by the Economist as an essential stop for Iran coverage. Ramsey was also named one of the Guardian's top ten Twitter accounts to follow on Iran in 2014. Her current work focuses on U.S.-Iran relations, U.S. foreign policy, and mideast affairs. You can email her at


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