Journalism under fire in the Middle East


Between Turkey arresting a newspaper editor for posting critical tweets and Iran convicting a Washington Post reporter in a shady espionage trial, it has been a rough couple of weeks for press freedom in the Middle East.

Tehran's Revolutionary Court found Post reporter Jason Rezaian guilty of at least one of four charges, including one count that he spied on Tehran's nuclear program, the newspaper reported early Monday morning.

"News of a verdict in Tehran's Revolutionary Court initially came early Sunday, but court spokesman Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejei did not specify the judgment," the Post reported. "In a state TV report late Sunday, Mohseni-Ejei said definitively that Rezaian, The Post's correspondent in Tehran since 2012, was found guilty."