Al-Jazeera news reports that journalist Dorothy Parvaz has been released by Iran and is now in Doha, the capital of Qatar where the network is based. A reporter for Al-Jazeera since 2010, Parvaz had not been heard of since April 29 after she was detained by Syrian authorities when her Qatar Airlines plane landed in Damascus. On On May 2nd, Parvaz is reported to have left Syria aboard a flight headed to Iran, but Iranian officials reportedly claimed they had “no knowledge” of where she was.
Said an Al-Jazeera spokesman:
“I’m delighted to let you know that Dorothy Parvaz has been released and is safe and well and back with us in Doha. She has been in contact with her family, and we are with her now to find out more about her ordeal over the last nineteen days.”
Parvaz’s fiancé Todd Barker posted the following on Facebook:
“She is safe in Doha and will be coming to Vancouver BC soon. We can’t wait to see her.”
Barker said that, according to Parvaz, she was “treated well” by Iranian officials. He also thanks US and Canadian officials, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the international Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), all of those who had rallied in support of Parvaz, and Al-Jazeera.
Thank you to everyone who signed the Care2 petition to demand the release of journalist Dorothy Parvaz.
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