RTDNA/F issue statement on Rezaian's release

January 16, 2016 01:00

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and Foundation (RTDNF) welcome the news that Iran has freed jailed Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian and three others.

Rezaian was named last month as the recipient of the Radio Television Digital News Foundation’s First Amendment Award, which will be presented on March 16 in Washington DC. The award honors an outstanding individual or organization which champions the First Amendment and press freedoms.

Rezaian was held captive in Iran since July 22, 2014. Accused of a number of charges including espionage, he has been convicted and sentenced by Tehran’s Revolutionary Court.

“We are grateful to hear that Rezaian is being released and will soon be coming home,” said RTDNA Chair Elect Vincent Duffy.

“Journalists often face dangers when covering important issues around the world, including imprisonment. We are glad to know that the tireless efforts of the Washington Post and the State Department have been successful in obtaining Rezaian’s release, and the release of other Americans being held by the Iranian government.”

“We sincerely hope that Rezaian will be now able to join us in March to receive his award personally. His courage and dedication to a free press are an example to all of us,” said Duffy.