Since 2014, family, friends, and colleagues of Jason Rezaian have waited for the news reported this morning — the Washington Post correspondent is coming home.
After being arrested in 2014 and convicted of espionage last year, reports indicate Rezaian and three other detained Iranian Americans have been released in exchange for at least six people held by the United States. The swap comes on the heels of the U.S. lifting sanctions against Iran.
Although the identities of those released in the United States are unknown, today’s news is a milestone for Rezaian and the many people and organizations calling for his freedom since 2014.
I have great admiration for journalists. After being one and now assisting them in the legal realm, I am consistently impressed with the passion and dedication of those tasked with sharing the news with the public. But those who put their safety on the line overseas to disseminate truth to Americans truly define heroism.
Sacrifices often come hand-in-hand with being a journalist, but no journalist should have to sacrifice freedom.
Welcome home, Jason.