Washington Post’s Iran correspondent Jason Rezaian was detained in Tehran Tuesday night, according to “credible reports” that the paper has received.
Rezaian was detained along with his wife Yeganeh Salehi and two other unnamed photojournalists, one of them an American. Salehi, an Iranian citizen, works for a paper out of the United Arab Emirates.
The Post does not know why the three were detained or by whom; Rezaian’s family has not issued a comment. The State Department said it was aware of the incident but revealed no further information.
“We are deeply troubled by this news and are concerned for the welfare of Jason, Yeganeh and two others said to have been detained with them,” the Post’s foreign editor Douglas Jehl said in a statement.
Rezaian has worked as a journalist in Iran since 2008, and been the Post’s correspondent since 2012.
This news follows reports from CNN this morning that a crew member was abducted in by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.
UPDATE — 6/25/2014, 10:46 AM EST: Iran has confirmed the arrest of Rezaian and Salehi, according to Al Arabiya.
[h/t Washington Post]
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