BREAKING: Journalist Dorothy Parvaz Released

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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Nina Anghel
Nina Anghel6 years ago

I am glad!

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Judith Corrigan
Judith Corrigan6 years ago

I bet she and her family are relieved that she is on her way home.I hope she sees how many people signed the petition for her release and realises she was thought about and missed during her detention.

myra dolgoy
myra d6 years ago

Great news. Congratulations to you and your relieved family and friends.

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Bracha Katz6 years ago

I am glad she was released.

Jerry B.
Jerry B6 years ago

I'm glad that she was released. The Middle East is sure not a safe place for Journalists and especially (Syria.) They killed 30 protesters there this morning, so she was lucky to be released. I think the other people she heard being beaten must have been protesters, maybe it was lucky she was a Journalist that might have been her Saviour.I also signed that petition, and happy endings are always nice to read!

Hege Torset
Hege Torset6 years ago

thanks for sharing this

Parvez Z.
Parvez Zuberi6 years ago

excellent news very happy for her release

Glow E.
GLOWIS s6 years ago

Very good for her family! happy :)

Juliet D.
judith sanders6 years ago

So many kidnappings by Iran... better hope they don't have another earthquake, because nobody is going to risk going there to search or give aid. Think of all the Americans who went there to help after the Bam earthquake, and they repay us by kidnapping US citizens: