Wednesday, May 18, 2011CJFE welcomes release of Dorothy Parvaz (Toronto, May 18, 2011) 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, 2010. For more information, contact CJFE Manager Julie Payne at (416) 515-9622 x. 226 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. www.cjfe.org
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