Family of Jason Rezaian to sue over negative Iranian media campaign

Family of Washington Post journalist jailed in Iran to lodge complaint against ‘hardline’ newspapers they say are building a media case against him

The family of Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter who has been jailed in Iran for more than eight months, are to lodge a complaint against a number of Iranian media organisations mounting an increasingly hostile campaign against him.

The semi-official Fars news agency, which is affiliated with the powerful Revolutionary Guards and a number of other hardline media outlets, such as the Vatan-e-Emrooz newspaper, are building a media case against Rezaian, who has been jailed in Evin Prison in Tehran for months without public explanation.

Unattributed accusations printed in the Iranian press allege Rezaian worked undercover as as spy while reporting in the country for the Post. The Fars report, published last week, alleged that Rezaian, a dual Iranian-American citizen from California, had provided economic and industrial data to the US government.

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