Journalist Dorothy Parvaz Released After "Terrifying" 19 Days' Detention
By Julie Ross Godar on May 18, 2011
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Journalist Dorothy Parvaz is free today after 19 days' detainment. She was detained in Syria while on assignment by news agency Al Jazeera to cover political protests, held there for three days, then deported to Iran.
In an interview with Al Jazeera today, Parvaz said that "it became quite clear" that her work for the news agency was a factor in her detainment. She added that she felt like nobody knew where she was, and that she was unaware of the coverage of her disappearance in the media, on Facebook and on Twitter about her disappearance.
Parvaz described her experience in Syria to Al Jazeera as "pretty bad."
"I was in the Syrian detention center for three days and what I heard were just savage beatings. I didn't know what these men had done, one agent said that two of them were responsible for murders in or near Deraa.
"I was handcuffed repeatedly, blindfolded, taken to a courtyard and just left to hear these men being beaten.They all sounded very young, they all sounded to be in their late teens or early twenties. So it was an overall terrifying experience.
According to the Times, Iran said Tuesday that Parvaz had committed "several offenses" -- including traveling to Syria on an expired Iranian passport. Parvaz holds American, Iranian and Canadian citizenship.
Meanwhile, the Associated Press reports that Libya has announced today that four detained journalists who have been detained since April would be released next Tuesday or Wednesday. The Committee to Protect Journalists reports that but that five Bahraini journalists have been detained in that country in the past week in what it calls a "crackdown against journalists" that "continues unabated."
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