Posted by: bahareiran | May 12, 2011

Syria, Iran must explain reporter’s detention: IPI – Reax

VIENNA, May 11, 2011 (AFP) – Media watchdog IPI demanded information from Syria and Iran on Wednesday, following reports that an Al-Jazeera journalist who had missing for almost two weeks in Syria was being held in Tehran.

“We call on the Syrian and Iranian authorities to officially confirm or deny this report, and to provide substantive information about the reasons for her detention, reported deportation to Iran, and well-being,” International Press Institute spokesman Anthony Mills said in a statement.

Al-Jazeera reported Wednesday that Dorothy Parvez, a journalist for the television’s English service, was being held in Tehran, after going missing in Syria late last month.

“The treatment of journalists in Iran and Syria is fuelling fears that Dorothy Parvaz has been detained because she is a journalist,” IPI said.

“No journalists should be arrested and imprisoned because of their work,” it went on, noting that Parvez’s disappearance and apparent detention had been marked “by an unacceptable lack of transparency and information.”

Syria has accused Al-Jazeera and other satellite channels of exaggerating protests across the Arab world and of broadcasting images without verifying their authenticity.

Because few foreign journalists can get into Syria, international media rely heavily on video footage filmed and released by the protesters themselves on Internet sites such as YouTube.

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