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Reporter jailed in Iran to spend year as Harvard fellow

Freed Washington Post Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian speaks during the inauguration of the Washington Post Headquarters on January 28. Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The Washington Post reporter who was detained for more than 18 months in Iran after being accused of espionage will spend the coming year at Harvard University as a Nieman journalism fellow.

The Boston Globe reports Jason Rezaian will study “what the new arc of US-Iran relations means for American foreign policy in the Middle East” while at Harvard.

Rezaian was arrested in July 2014. He remained jailed until January, when he was released as part of a prisoner exchange between the U.S. and Iran. Iranian officials never specified why Rezaian was targeted. He denied the charges.

The Nieman Fellowship program each year selects several mid-career journalists to spend two semesters at Harvard participating in campus events, collaborating with peers and auditing classes.

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