the current state of the media in authoritarian countries

Journalists detained in Iran to speak at Camden Conference

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 3:00pm

CAMDEN — Jason Rezaian and his wife, Yeganeh, have been added to the speaker roster for the upcoming Camden Conference.

“They are sure to add a strong voice to the current state of the media in authoritarian countries,” according to Camden Conference, in a news release.

Rezaian is a “Global Opinions” writer for The Washington Post, a CNN contributor, and a vocal advocate for press freedom around the world and for Americans falsely imprisoned abroad. From 2009 to 2014, he was the lone American correspondent working in Iran for the international press. In July 2014, he and Yeganeh were detained by Iranian authorities. The following year, he was convicted of espionage in a closed-door trial in Tehran and imprisoned until his release in January 2016.  

Rezaian’s story of his ordeal, Prisoner: My 544 Days in an Iranian Prison, was published in January 2019 and has now been reissued in paperback. 


Yeganeh Rezaian is an Advocacy Associate at the Committee to Protect Journalists. An Iranian journalist now living in Washington, D.C., she has written pieces for The Washington Post and The Lily. She previously worked as the communications director at the World Affairs Council-Washington, D.C. While living in Iran, Ms. Rezaian covered Iranian political, social, and economic news for Bloomberg News and The National until she and her husband were detained by Iranian authorities in 2014.  


The Conference is coming up on February 21-23, live at the Camden Opera House and live streamed to the Strand Theatre in Rockland, the Hutchinson Center in Belfast and Hannaford Hall in Portland. Seats are still available in Portland. Camden, Rockland and Belfast are sold out but those wishing to attend at one of these locations can call the office to put their names on the waiting list, according to the Conference.


The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, visit or call 207-236-1034.