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CPJ relieved by release of journalist in Iran

July 7, 2009

In response to reports that Iason Athanasiadis, a journalist detained in Iran since June 17, was released today we issued the following statement... "We are relieved that Iason's ordeal has come to an end and that he will soon be reunited with his family and loved ones," said CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon. "However, there are still around 20 journalists imprisoned in Iran. We hope that they too will be released soon." Read more

Iason Athanasiadis is Released in Tehran

Nieman Notes July 5, 2009

Iason Athanasiadis, the journalist and photographer arrested in Tehran June 17, was released Sunday, July 5. He was said to have been the only non-Iranian among more than 40 journalists detained in the days of protest following the June 12 Iranian elections. Read more

Nieman Foundation Calls for Release of Journalist Detained in Iran

News June 25, 2009

Iason Athanasiadis, our friend and colleague from the Nieman Class of 2008, is being detained by the Iranian government. “The Nieman Foundation and members of the Nieman community around the world are supportive of the Greek diplomatic initiatives to secure Iason’s safe and immediate release,” said Nieman Curator Bob Giles. Read more

Iason Athanasiadis’s reporting from Iran during the 2009 elections and its aftermath

Nieman Notes June 18, 2009

Iason Athanasiadis, a 2008 Nieman Fellow and freelance journalist, wrote Nieman Reports' lead story about journalists in Iran in the Summer 2009 issue. He also contributed a photo essay about contemporary Iran, and now he is reporting from Iran in the chaotic aftermath of the disputed Iranian election for the Washington Times, Global Post, and the Untold Stories blog on the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting's Web site, which is supporting his reporting in Iran. Read more

Children of the Iranian Revolution: The Photography of Iason Athanasiadis

Nieman Notes May 14, 2008

With 70 percent of its people under 30 years old, Iran is one of the youngest societies on earth. For three years, Iason Athanasiadis, Class of 2008, lived and traveled in Iran, and achieved extraordinary access in the social undergrounds that define this up-and-coming generation of Iranians, one of the most electrifying facilitators of change in the country's recent history. Read more

Waiting for a US-Iran Handshake

Nieman Notes March 7, 2008

With Iranian influence growing throughout its region, and America faltering after so many foreign-policy debacles, Iran is hungrily eyeing the prize of regional dominance. Iason Athanasiadis, Class of 2008, talks with one of Iran's diplomatic elite, who could well be one of the officials who end up negotiating the future of the region with Washington. Read more

Iran’s Winds of Change

Nieman Notes February 14, 2008

Iason Athanasiadis, Class of 2008, comments on the new generation of Iranians: the children of the Revolution. "The domestic social situation is more dire than at almost any other time since the Revolution," he writes. "But many Iranians have moved on from the submissive first days of the Islamic Republic ... The new generation mounts actions of social insubordination that their parents only dreamed of." Read more