Syrian officials confirm they have detained Dorothy Parvaz
Syrian officials confirmed they have detained journalist Dorothy Parvaz, her fiancé said in an email Wednesday.
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Statement from the family of Dorothy Parvaz
Our family has not heard from Dorothy in six days. While the Syrian government has confirmed that they have detained her, we demand that Dorothy is returned to her loved ones.
We know that Syria will continue to treat her with the respect she deserves. We will continue to work tirelessly for her return, as will her friends and colleagues across the globe — as will concerned public officials, citizens and journalists who hear Dorothy's story.
We encourage everyone to visit the Free Dorothy Parvaz page on Facebook to learn what individuals can do to demand Dorothy's immediate release. People can also express support for her on Twitter: #freedorothy
Dorothy Parvaz is a dearly loved daughter, sister and fiancée, and a committed journalist. Dorothy firmly believes that journalism is a force for justice across the globe. She now reports for Al Jazeera English online in Doha, Qatar.
We know that Dorothy is staying strong. She is doing her part. Let's do ours to ensure her safe return. We need her released immediately and returned to us.
Syrian officials have confirmed they have detained journalist Dorothy Parvaz, her fiancé said in an email Wednesday.
Todd Barker spread the news in an email to supporters, writing: "Let's up the pressure to get her home safe."
Parvaz's father, Fred Parvaz, said he learned that his daughter is in Syrian hands from Al Jazeera, the news agency where his daughter works. "It's good news we now know where she is," he said. "Al Jazeera told us Syrian authorities admitted they're holding her. That's all we know now. She's there in custody of Syrian authorities."
He said the news comes as a relief after six days of worry. "When they tell you your daughter's in jail and you're happy, that sums it up," he said. "At least someone's feeding her and there's a roof over her head."
On Tuesday, the day before Syrian officials revealed they were holding her, officials with the U.S. Embassy in Damascus, the Syrian capital, confirmed that the U.S. ambassador to Syria had met with a senior Syrian official about Parvaz, who disappeared in Damascus on Friday.
Parvaz had flown to Syria on Friday from Doha, Qatar.
Parvaz, 39, has been described as a tough, hardworking reporter who loves being in difficult situations.
Parvaz worked as a reporter and columnist at The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, writing under the byline D. Parvaz. She also worked briefly at The Seattle Times.
She joined Al Jazeera in 2010 and had just finished covering the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
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