Al Jazeera demands release of journalist


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May 16th, 2011
DOHA, QATAR – Al Jazeera has been given information that journalist Dorothy Parvaz has been deported from Syria to Iran.
This information has come from Syrian officials, who had previously told Al Jazeera they were holding Dorothy in Damascus, and that she would be released.

An Al Jazeera spokesman said: “We have now received information that she is being held in Tehran. We are calling for information from the Iranian authorities, access to Dorothy, and for her immediate release. We have had no contact with Dorothy since she left Doha on 29 April and we are deeply concerned for her welfare.”

A statement from Dorothy’s family said: “Dorothy is a dearly loved daughter, sister and fiancée, and a committed journalist. It is now nearly two weeks since she was detained. We appeal once again for Dorothy to be released immediately and returned to us.”
Dorothy is an experienced journalist who joined Al Jazeera in 2010. She graduated from the University of British Columbia, obtained a masters from Arizona University, and held journalism fellowships at both Harvard and Cambridge. She previously worked as a columnist and feature writer for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Al Jazeera is continuing to call for information about the whereabouts of Dorothy Parvaz, access to Dorothy, and for her immediate release.
Though Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran’s foreign minister, has said he has no information about her location, Al Jazeera has requested details from a number of ministries in Tehran in order to secure Dorothy’s release.
Mr Salehi had previously called on Syria’s government to look into her case.

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