Iran releases journalist, American
husband still in jail
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[October 06, 2014]
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran has released
an Iranian journalist on bail after more than two months held without
charge, but her husband, a dual nationality Iranian-American who reports
for the Washington Post, remains in jail, her family said on Monday.
Yeganeh Salehi, Tehran correspondent for the United Arab Emirates
English language newspaper, The National, was freed last week.
"She is in good health," one relative, who asked not to be named,
told Reuters by telephone from Tehran. The relatives did not provide
Salehi and her husband Jason Rezaian were picked up from their home
in Tehran on July 22 and detained.
Two other journalists, an Iranian-American photojournalist and her
husband, were also detained on the same day, but later released.
Their names have not been disclosed.
Rezaian, 38, has been based in Iran since 2008. The United States,
which has no diplomatic ties with Iran, has called for his release.
Iran does not recognize dual nationality and President Hassan
Rouhani declined to provide details on Rezaian's case when
questioned by reporters during his trip to the United Nations in New
York in September.
"If they have not committed any crimes, it will be determined that
he or she is innocent, they will be freed and it will be announced
openly," Rouhani told CNN.
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The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists says Iran has
around 35 imprisoned journalists and is in the top three countries
for jailing reporters.
(This story was refiled to remove "UAE" from headline)
(Reporting By Michelle Moghtader; Editing by Sami Aboudi and Robin
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