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July 27th, 2014
12:30 PM ET

One reporter's experience in an Iranian prison

In the video above, Brian Stelter talks with Maziar Bahari, who spent nearly four months in an Iranian prison, about his experience in 2009 and about the recent arrests of several journalists in Iran.

Here's how Stelter introduced the segment:

A Washington Post correspondent, Jason Rezaian, is in government custody in Iran. According to The Post, he is the "first American journalist known to have been taken into custody in Iran since 2009."

He was arrested on Tuesday evening, along with his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, who is a reporter for a newspaper in the United Arab Emirates. Two photojournalists are also apparently being held.

But that's just about all we know. I checked in this morning with Marty Baron. He's the executive editor of The Post. And he said he still has not received any information about Rezaian's whereabouts, his condition or even why he was detained in the first place.

There has been a long history, unfortunately, of reporter arrests in Iran. And Maziar Bahari knows that better than anyone. He was a reporter for Newsweek magazine in Iran when he was detained in 2009. He was jailed for almost four months. He wrote a book about his experience that Jon Stewart made into a movie. It's called "Rosewater," and it's going to premiere later this year.


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