Jason Rezaian’s Mother Pleads for Her Son’s Release

Mary Rezaian, the mother of Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter who was detained in Iran last week with his wife, Yeganeh Salehi without charge or access to a lawyer, makes a heartfelt plea to Iranian authorities in this video to release her two loved ones.

Jason’s American mother displays remarkable grace in this clip, wearing a head scarf, speaking partially in Farsi, and asking rather than accusing or commanding.

“From an early age Jason noticed how Iran was negatively portrayed in the US and world media,” noted Mary Rezaian last week. “He became a journalist to help build bridges of understanding and to share Iran’s rich cultural heritage with the West.”

“His work was not controversial, but an honest record of his encounters with the people and the soul of Iran,” she said.

Jasmin Ramsey

Jasmin Ramsey is a journalist based in Washington, DC.



  1. Every parents worse worry, not knowing what-where-why, their children’s welfare and safety. Hopefully they will be released soon. This is another example that a settlement is needed with the West/USA.

  2. It’s Iran. Is it any surprise they arrest reporters without cause? They just sentenced a Brit woman to 20 years in prison for simply posting on Facebook! That’s what happens when you let religious nuts run a nation.

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