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Iran spy TV show glorifies hard-liners imprisoning reporter

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The caption has unfurled across the black screen of a channel of Iranian state television every night for days now, promising viewers that what they are about to witness is “based on a real case.”

But the slick graphics, chase scenes and gunfights of “Gando” serve a far different purpose — trying to offer justification of Iran’s detention, closed-door trial and imprisonment of Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian.

The case of Rezaian, who was freed in 2016 after 544 days in a prisoner swap between the U.S. and Iran just as Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers came into force, showed how the Islamic Republic can grab those with Western ties to use in negotiations.

Associated Press

Associated Press

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