Reporter Jailed in Iran to Spend Year as Harvard Fellow

U.S. journalist Jason Rezaian waves as he poses for media people in front of Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. Rezaian was released from an Irani prison last Saturday. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

U.S. journalist Jason Rezaian waves as he poses for media people in front of Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The Washington Post reporter who was detained for more than 18 months in Iran after being accused of espionage will spend the coming year at Harvard University as a Nieman journalism fellow.

The Boston Globe reports Jason Rezaian will study “what the new arc of US-Iran relations means for American foreign policy in the Middle East” while at Harvard.

Rezaian was arrested in July 2014. He remained jailed until January, when he was released as part of a prisoner exchange between the U.S. and Iran. Iranian officials never specified why Rezaian was targeted. He denied the charges.

The Nieman Fellowship program each year selects several mid-career journalists to spend two semesters at Harvard participating in campus events, collaborating with peers and auditing classes.

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