The Tully Center for Free Speech

The Tully Center for Free Speech

Jason Rezian 2016 Tully Award Recipient

2016 Tully Free Speech Award

Jason Rezaian

Washington Post reporter

Jason Rezaian was a reporter in Tehran from 2009-2014, serving as the Washington Post’s correspondent starting in 2012. He was arrested in July 2014, and later charged with and convicted of espionage and other serious offenses. He spent 544 days in Tehran’s Evin Prison until his release in January as part of a prisoner swap.

The Tully Free Speech Award is given annually to a journalist who has faced obstacles to free speech.

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Past Recipients


Kathy Gannon

Senior correspondent for The Associated Press


Lamees Dhaif

Independent Bahraini journalist and human rights activist


Umar Cheema

Journalist and investigative reporter


Lydia Cacho

Journalist, feminist and human rights activist