Twenty-five of the country's largest media organizations have a message for the Obama administration: It's time to rescue Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian.
Editors from around the U.S. penned a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry Friday urging the diplomat to do everything in his power to save the American reporter before it's too late.
"Journalism is not a crime. Yet Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian has been imprisoned by Iran since July 2014 for doing his job ... We know you agree that Iran should release Jason and on behalf of our organizations and journalists around the world, we are writing to urge you to maintain these efforts to forge a path to that release ... Many of our organizations employ journalists who, like Jason, operate in countries, like Iran," the letter said.
In October, Rezaian was convicted by the Iranian government on charges that included espionage and sentenced to prison. Iran has released little information about the details surrounding his arrest and imprisonment.
The group of journalism school officials and newspaper presidents and editors believe the U.S. has "considerable leverage with Iran right now" to make a deal that would free Rezaian after his 19 months of imprisonment.
The organizations who signed the letter include:
Stephen J. AdlerPresident and Editor-in-ChiefReuters
Raney Aronson-RathExecutive ProducerFRONTLINE
Dean BaquetExecutive EditorThe New York Times
Bruce D. BrownExecutive DirectorReporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Kathleen CarrollSenior Vice President and Executive EditorThe Associated Press
Steve CollDean, Graduate School of JournalismColumbia University
Jeffrey FagerExecutive Producer60 Minutes
Pamela B. FinePresidentAmerican Society of News Editors
Susan B. GlasserEditorPolitico
James GoldstonPresidentABC News
Anders GyllenhaalVice President, News and Washington EditorMcClatchy
Sara JustSenior Vice President, WETA andExecutive ProducerPBS NewsHour
Andrew LackChairmanNBC News and MSNBC
Davan MaharajEditorThe Los Angeles Times
John MicklethwaitEditor-in-ChiefBloomberg L.P.
Jason MojicaEditor-in-ChiefVICE News
Michael OreskesSenior Vice President of News andEditorial DirectorNPR
David RemnickEditorThe New Yorker
David RhodesPresidentCBS News
Robert J. RosenthalExecutive DirectorThe Center for Investigative Reporting
Marty M. SteffensNorth America ChairInternational Press Institute
Mike WilsonEditorDallas Morning News
Jeff ZuckerPresidentCNN Worldwide