Joel Simon, Columbia Journalism Review, June 8, 2015

Washington Post Correspondent Jason Rezaian appeared Monday in Iranian court, where he defended himself against espionage and other charges that could lead to 20 years in prison. Rezaian is being held largely incommunicado; he is interrogated without counsel; he receives inadequate medical care; and he was denied bail. Foreign correspondents once worried about stepping on a landmine or being expelled and today worry about being beheaded or jailed on charges of espionage. If that’s the risk, it’s our job to at least ensure that there will be some consequence for their mistreatment. […read more]