New York, May 11, 2011--Al-Jazeera reported today that Syria
has deported Dorothy Parvaz, a journalist working for the channel's English-language
service, to Iran. The Committee to Protect Journalists is
calling for her immediate release.
"Syria's apparent deportation of Dorothy Parvaz to Iran when she is also a citizen of the U.S. and Canada, is an irresponsible choice," said CPJ Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator Mohamed Abdel Dayem. "Given Iran's abysmal press freedom record, we are concerned about Parvaz's well-being. Iranian authorities must immediately release Parvaz, who has committed no crime."