Iran’s Internal Fifts Widen as Officials Clash Over Jailed Washington Post Reporter

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Dueling narratives in the Iranian press last week over a jailedWashington Post journalist are bringing into sharper focus the country’s internal political struggles and how they could be playing out as the reporter’s case moves toward sentencing on charges including espionage.

 

The contrasting accounts in rival media — one conservative and the other reformist — emerged a week after an Iranian court announced it had convicted Post correspondent Jason Rezaian following a closed-door trial that drew widespread condemnation. Critics including rights activists and press freedom groups as well as United Nations experts and the White House denounced the trial as unfair and the charges as politically motivated.

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