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Iran-Based Reporter Maziar Bahari Released

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An Iran-based Newsweek journalist who was arrested last summer during the country's disputed presidential election has been freed, according to Newsweek.

Maziar Bahari, 42, is an Iranian-Canadian reporter and filmmaker who was interviewed by NOW Senior Correspondent Maria Hinojosa three years ago about the tensions -- and the similarities -- between Tehran and Washington.

Bahari had been accused of making false statements against the Iranian government, and was released on Saturday after nearly four months of imprisonment. His bail was set at approximately 3 billion rials ($300,000), the agency reported. Bahari was among over 100 prisoners put on mass trial in August.

Bahari is expecting his first child on Oct. 26. According to Newsweek, the mother has experienced medical complications, and "humanitarian considerations were presumed to have played a role in the decision."

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