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Press freedom in Iran: A pawn in a great game

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WHEN Jason Rezaian, a reporter for The Washington Post, and his wife were arrested at their Tehran apartment last July friends and family initially thought they would be quickly released. Yet he has now been held for just more than 330 days and faces a possible 20-year jail term.
Foreign journalists have long attracted the attention of Iran’s intelligence services which sees spies under almost every bed. Such was the fate of Mr Rezaian, a 39-year-old Iranian-American, who is on trial for allegedly providing economic and political information to President Barack Obama’s administration. If convicted he could face a 20-year jail sentence. It is hard to assess the accusations because Mr Rezaian’s case (his wife was released on bail but may also face charges) has been a closed affair handled by Iran’s judiciary and revolutionary courts.
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