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05/18/11

Missing Al-Jazeera Journalist Back Safely In Doha

Source: RFE/RL

Al-Jazeera journalist Dorothy Parvaz has been released by Iranian authorities and is back in Doha.

Dorothy Parvaz
Dorothy Parvaz

Parvaz, who has Canadian, American, and Iranian citizenship, went missing after she arrived in Syria late last month to cover the protests there.

Syrian authorities later said Parvaz had been expelled to Iran for trying to enter Syria on an expired Iranian passport.

Iranian authorities on May 17 said she had committed "violations" but did not acknowledge they were holding her.

The Qatar-based Al-Jazeera television channel today confirmed that Parvaz had arrived in Doha from Iran and was "safe and in good health."

compiled from agency reports


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Iran confirms release of Al Jazeera reporter

TEHRAN, May 18 (MNA) -- Tehran Prosecutor General Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi has confirmed the release of Iranian-born Al Jazeera reporter Dorothy Parvaz, who went missing after she arrived at Damascus airport on April 29 to cover protests in Syria.

"She was released on Tuesday," Dolatabadi told reporters on Wednesday.

"This person had travelled to Syria and Syrian officials found something wrong with her passport, and she was deported to Iran because she holds Iranian and Canadian citizenship," he explained.

He added, "The investigation revealed that nothing was wrong with her passport, so the order of her release was issued."

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