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Muhammad Ali Calls on Iranian Officials to Release Washington Post Correspondent, Jason Rezaian

(March 12, 2015)...

With the Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful…

I am sorry that I cannot be physically present to lend my support in person but I pray my words will provide relief to the efforts to secure the release of Jason Rezaian.

Insha’Allah, it is my great hope that the government and judiciary of Iran will end the prolonged detention of journalist Jason Rezaian and provide him with access to all of his legal options. During his time as the Washington Post bureau chief in Tehran, Jason used his gift of writing and intimate knowledge of the country to share the stories of the people and culture of Iran to the world.

To my knowledge Jason is a man of peace and great faith, a man whose dedication and respect for the Iranian people is evident in his work.

I support his family, friends, and colleagues in their efforts to obtain his release.

—Muhammad Ali

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