TORONTO, May 18 /CNW/ - Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) welcomes the release of Al Jazeera journalist Dorothy Parvaz, who arrived safely in Doha, Qatar on May 18
on a flight from Iran.
Ms. Parvaz had not been heard from since April 29, 2011, when she
arrived in Syria to cover the antigovernment protests. She has
American, Canadian and Iranian citizenship, and had entered Syria under
her Iranian passport.
Following her disappearance, CJFE and other free expression and media
organizations urged the Syrian government to ensure her safety and
called for her immediate release. On May 4, Syrian authorities
confirmed that they were holding her. They then informed Al Jazeera on May 11 that she had been deported to Tehran, Iran on May 1. CJFE and
other organizations then urged the Iranian government to confirm her
location and ensure her immediate release.
Al Jazeera has confirmed that Ms. Parvaz was treated well by Iranian officials, and
has been in contact with her family since her release.
While celebrating Ms. Parvaz's safe return, CJFE remains concerned for
Canadian-Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan, and all other journalists
who are being held in Iranian prisons. Derakhshan was sentenced to 19
and a half years on charges of cooperating with hostile countries,
spreading propaganda and insulting religious figures on September 29,
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) boldly champions the
free expression rights of journalists and media workers around the
world. In Canada, we monitor, defend and promote free expression and
access to information. We are active participants and builders of the
global free expression community.
SOURCE Canadian Journalists for Free Expression
For further information:
CJFE Manager Julie Payne at (416) 515-9622 x. 226