Detained Washington Post journalist and his wife have left Iran – Tasnim
Jason Rezaian, an Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post, smiles as he attends a presidential campaign of President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran, Iran. The detention in Aug. 2015 of three Vice News journalists in Turkey came with all-too-familiar charges of terror-related crimes. Similar allegations were leveled against three Al-Jazeera reporters convicted last year in Egypt of fabricating news to help the banned Muslim Brotherhood. Figures compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists show that the number of reporters jailed worldwide steadily increased in recent years, from 81 in 2000 to 221 last year. They include also the Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, who is being held in Iran on espionage charges. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

ANKARA: Iran’s Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday that detained Iranian-American citizen Jason Rezaian and his wife had left Iran as part of a prisoner swap deal with the United States.

“Jason Rezaian and his wife Yeganeh Salehi have left Iran,” Tasnim reported, without elaborating.

Tasnim did not say whether three other American citizens due to leave Iran under the deal had departed yet.

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