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May 18 2011

12:57

Dorothy Parvaz freed by Iran

We’re thrilled to hear this morning that Iran has freed detained journalist (and 2009 Nieman fellow) Dorothy Parvaz. Alan Cowell and J. David Goodman reported in The New York Times that, without advance notice, Dorothy called her fiancé, Todd Barker, from customs as she arrived back in Doha, Qatar. A wonderful surprise for him, no doubt, and we’re happy to read the good news again and again in accounts on Al Jazeera Englishthe Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times websites.

Thank you to those Storyboard readers who helped raise awareness of Dorothy’s detention worldwide.

12:50

Dorothy Parvaz, Al Jazeera journalist and Nieman Fellow, released from Iranian custody

Last night, I started writing a post about our friend Dorothy Parvaz, the Al Jazeera English journalist and former Nieman Fellow (class of ’09) who went to Syria to report on the uprising there, then was detained and sent to Iran. It was going to be another post calling for her release, as the Nieman Foundation already had.

I was very happy this morning to find out I can leave that post in draft form: she was released by Iranian authorities overnight and is back in her base in Doha. We’re extremely grateful to all who helped achieve her release, and that she reports she was treated well in Iranian custody. She’ll be heading back to Vancouver soon to visit her family.

Here’s more on her release from the NYT, Seattle Times, and Canadian Press.

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