544 Days in an Iranian Prison

544 Days in an Iranian Prison
March 12, 2019 paperlesslion
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U-M’s Wallace House presented a talk by the Washington Post’s Jason Rezaian, whose ordeal in the Iranian legal system is chronicled in his book, “Prisoner.” We can catch the discussion online via dptv.org.

Details from DPTV:

In July 2014 Washington Post journalist and former Tehran bureau chief, Jason Rezaian, was arrested by Iranian police on charges of espionage. What followed was a harrowing 544 day stint in an Iranian prison, and an extraordinary campaign led by his family, the Washington Post and prominent journalism organizations for his release.

The University of Michigan’s Wallace House – its acclaimed center for journalism excellence –hosts Rezaian for a discussion of his book “Prisoner,” which details his 18-month imprisonment in a maximum security facility, his journey through the Iranian legal system and how his release became part of the Iran nuclear deal.

Detroit Public TV is partnering with Wallace House to offer the livestream of his talk on Tuesday, March 12, at 4 p.m.  It can be viewed at dptv.org.

Jason Rezaian is a contributor to CNN and a writer for Global Opinions at the Washington Post. He served as the paper’s correspondent in Tehran from 2012 to 2016. Born and raised in Marin Country, CA, Rezaian is a graduate of Eugene Lang College, New School University.

Wallace House offers programs that recognize, sustain and elevate the careers of journalists to address the challenges the profession faces today, foster civic engagement and uphold the role of a free press in a democratic society. It is perhaps best known for its mid-career fellowships, which attract journalists from around the globe to Ann Arbor for an academic year of study and collaborative learning at the University of Michigan.

In addition, Wallace House hosts presentations by journalists, like Rezaian, whose work is at the forefront of national conversations. By moving the news consumption and discussions away from devices and distractions and into public spaces, Wallace House aims to foster open dialogue and spark constructive debate.

Near central campus, the Wallace House was a gift from the late newsman Mike Wallace, who received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, and his wife, Mary.