Jason Rezaian, a reporter for the Washington Post, and his wife Yeganeh Salehi, a journalist for a newspaper in the United Arab Emirates, were arrested in Iran on July 22, 2014. Their whereabouts are unknown, and there was no reason given for their arrest. They have not been heard from since they were detained (except for one phone call from Yeganeh). In a statement by Secretary of State John Kerry, he said,
“Mr. Rezaian, a reporter for the Washington Post, is being detained in an unknown location. His love of Iran is seen in his reporting – portraits of the generosity and kindness of the Iranian people. The United States remains committed to returning them to their families, friends, and loved ones. We ask the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to immediately release Amir Hekmati, Saeed Abedini, and Jason Rezaian and respectfully request the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran work cooperatively with us to find Mr. Levinson and bring him home.”
Mohammad Koushesh, the director of the governmental group that oversees the foreign press corp commented,
“Our office has not had any issues with them; they are members of our family of journalists. [I have asked the judiciary] for news about the journalists, but they are asking us in return to wait for the official accusations to be presented. We hope they are released soon.”
What you can do:
- Write to your elected officials.
- Pray for the courts and government of Iran.
Lord, I lift up this journalist couple to You today. Journalists are so important in democracies, and in defending and maintaining freedom. Here are a man and woman who love Iran, and the Iranian people, and yet even a member of the Iranian government can’t get any information about what has happened to them, or where they are. You, however, know all about it down to the smallest detail, and You are right there with them. Reveal Yourself to them, Father. Fill them with Your love and peace, and set them free, even in their incarceration. Intervene on their behalf, Father of all, and secure their release quickly, and without physical or emotional harm. I pray for all of their family and friends, that You would give them Your peace, and that You would lovingly care for them during this time in which everything is unknown. Bless Iran with justice and freedom, in Your holy name.