Was macht man in Syrien mit einer Reporterin von Al Jazeera, die festgenommen wurde, damit sie nicht von der Schlächterei gegen die eigene Bevölkerung berichten kann? (Es ist, wenn man nicht gerade für die Junge Welt berichtet, schwer dieser Tage für Journalisten in Syrien, man lässt sie einfach nicht arbeiten)
Iranian-born Al Jazeera journalist Dorothy Parvaz, who was detained by Syrian authorities on her arrival in Damascus on April 29, was extradited to the Islamic Republic of Iran two days later, accordingto a statement issued by the Syrian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Parvaz is a citizen of Iran, Canada — where her family moved when she was ten years old — and the United States — where she received her graduate degree in journalism and worked for many years. According to the embassy’s statement, she used an expired Iranian visa in an attempt to enter Syria illegally. On May 1, she was „escorted by the Iranian consul to Caspian Airlines flight 7905 heading to Tehran,“ the statement said.
After her arrival at Damascus International Airport on April 29, there was no word on Parvaz’s whereabouts or status for five days. Although she was apparently already in Iran, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, appearing May 2 at a press conference in the Qatari capital of Doha — site of Al Jazeera’s headquarters — indicated that he had no information about her situation and called on Syria to look into the case. On May 4, Syrian authorities finally revealed that they had detained her, but gave no indication that she had been transferred to Iran three days previously. According to Al Jazeera, Syrian officials told the news network that she would be released.