November 6th, 2014
08:43 PM ET

CNN Exclusive: Anthony Bourdain joins journalist Jason Rezaian's brother calling for his freedom

You may recognize 38-year-old Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian from a recent episode of 'Parts Unknown.' He and his wife,  Yeganeh Salehi, spoke with Anthony Bourdain during his visit to Iran. Bourdain describes Jason as a "voice of reason and understanding," who is "proud of  his Iranian roots."

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Iranian authorities arrested the couple without charges or a trial. Last month Yeganeh was released, but Jason remains behind bars. Jason's brother Ali says he is in solitary confinement and his health is deteriorating.

Anderson spoke with Anthony Bourdain and Ali. They discussed Jason's ordeal and called for his release.

Jason's mother Mary Breme Rezaian recorded an appeal, pleading for her son's freedom.


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  1. Steven

    The warm welcome and surprising experience Bourdain experienced in Iran, I would have to guess, like all things in Iran, have to be taken in context. Many of the younger people in Iran are pro-Western. I think the instinct is to over compensate with friendliness given their poor image in the world. And so while there is this thin veneer of warmth and friendliness in Iran, there are sinister forces at work there, just under the surface. That their cuisine and culture is fascinating is of no doubt.

    November 9, 2014 at 9:49 am |

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