Al-Jazeera journalist Dorothy Parvaz released after being detained in Syria for 19 days

By on May 18, 2011 in Asia, Current Events Comments

Al-Jazeera journalist Dorothy Parvaz, who was detained in Syria the day she arrived the country, was released by Iranian authorities and is now back in Doha, Qatar.

Al-Jazeera journalist Dorothy Parvaz
Image Credit: Megan MacKenzie/Al-Jazeera

As confirmed at Al-Jazeera’s official website on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, Dorothy Parvaz has been released after being reported to be missing since April 29, nineteen days ago.

“I’m delighted to let you know that Dorothy Parvaz has been released, and is safe and well and back with us in Doha,” as told by a Al-Jazeera spokesman on the report.

“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.” The spokesman added.

Parvaz, 39, an experienced journalist who joined Al-Jazeera in 2010, went missing when she arrived at Damascus, Syria’s capital, and was not allowed to make any contact with the outside world when during her captivity.

Todd Barker, Parvaz’ fiancé, confirmed on his Facebook page that the Al-Jazeera journalist has been released, as he was with the family of Dorothy when he learned the news.

“She is safe in Doha and will be coming to Vancouver BC soon. We can’t wait to see her.” Todd Barker wrote on Facebook.

“We are grateful to the Iranian officials that she was treated well, and she confirmed that,” Barker was quoted telling to Al Jazeera, who was noted to have plans to marry Dorothy this summer.

Barker also thanked US and Canadian officials, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Al Jazeera and to everyone who prayed and made effort to help Dorothy to be freed.

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