Al-Jazeera Journalist Held in Mideast for 19 Days Freed

Dorothy Parvaz was detained in Damascus then sent to Iran
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2011 8:35 AM CDT
This undated file photo shows Dorothy Parvaz, a former Seattle Post-Intelligencer reporter and now Al-Jazeera journalist.   (AP Photo/, Joshua Trujillo, File)
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(Newser) – An al-Jazeera journalist has safely landed in Qatar, having been released by Iranian officials after being detained in Damascus last month. Al-Jazeera confirms that Dorothy Parvaz 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 19 days." Parvaz's whereabouts were unknown until last week, when Syrian officials disclosed that she had been sent to Iran because, they said, she had entered Syria using an expired Iranian passport, reports the New York Times.

Fiance Todd Barker told the Canadian Press that she called him "out of the blue" as she was going through customs in Qatar. "I looked at my phone, saw it was her number and God, it was as unreal as the moment when I got the call that she hadn’t been contacted in 24 hours." Barker says she told him she was "treated very well, she was interrogated, but she's fine."

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