Time:10:54 p.m. CEST
A journalist Jason Rezaian, who was recently released from Iran, where he was jailed for 18 months after being accused of espionage, received a standing ovation from all attendees at a ceremony for the opening of the Washington Post’s news offices in Washington, D.C. Rezaian who addressed the dignitaries, journalists and other guest at the opening, including Secretary of State John Kerry, thanked to many for the offered help.
In a brief, but very emotional remarks, Rezaian said, “For much of the 18 months I was in prison, my Iranian interrogators told me that the Washington Post did not exist, that no one knew my plight, and that the United States government would not lift a finger for my release,” Rezaian said. “Today I’m here in this room with the very people who helped prove the Iranians wrong in so many ways.”
Secretary Kerry addressed the ceremony in Washington D.C after Rezaian’s talk from the podium. Jeff Bezos, the owner of the Washington Post attended the ceremony.