Al-Jazeera journalist Dorothy Parvaz who went missing on her arrival in Syria last month is free and back in Doha, the news channel said on its website Wednesday."Al-Jazeera network confirmed... that she has been released, and is safe and in good health," said a statement on the website.The Arabic channel of Al-Jazeera said Parvaz returned to Doha from Iran.Parvaz, who holds American, Canadian and Iranian passports, had disappeared on arrival in Damascus on April 29.
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Saturday that he had "no information" on the whereabouts of an American journalist working for Al-Jazeera after Damascus said she was sent to Tehran, the official IRNA news agency reported."I have no information," Salehi said when asked whether Syria, Iran's main Arab ally, had handed over the journalist.Syria expelled Dorothy Parvez to Iran after she tried to enter illegally on an expired Iranian passport, the Syrian embassy in Washington said in a statement on Wednesday.
American conservatives and Jewish leaders are up in arms over former vice-president Al Gore’s sale of Current TV to Al-Jazeera, accusing the noted climate change activist of everything from hypocrisy to lining his pockets with cash from anti-Americans.
Right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh has been at the forefront of the attacks, pointing out that Gore sold his pet cable network to an Arab news giant owned by the royal family of oil-rich Qatar, an OPEC regime.
BOSTON, Mass. — Unidentified gunmen kidnapped a US journalist on Thanksgiving Day. More than a month later, he remains missing. American James Foley, 39, was last seen on Nov. 22 in Idlib Province. Idlib has been the scene of heavy fighting in recent months between Syrian rebels and government forces.
Dubai TV expects a reply from Tehran authorities on Monday regarding the whereabouts of its missing Iran-based reporter Reza al-Basha, the channel's assignment desk manager Rola Sayegh told AFP."We still do not have any answers but we are expecting an answer from the Iranian authorities" later Monday, Sayegh said."We're just communicating with the office in Tehran... and they're talking to the Iranian authorities," she added.Reza al-Basha, a 27-year-old Syrian, has been working for Dubai TV in Iran for a year.
The Islamic republic on Sunday released an Iran-based Syrian journalist working for Dubai TV who was arrested during opposition protests last month, the Tehran prosecutor and a colleague said."He is fine and happy to be reunited with his family," a colleague of Reza al-Basha, who declined to be identified, told AFP after talking to Basha by phone. "We are also very glad he has been freed."Earlier on Sunday, the Fars news agency cited Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi as saying Basha had been freed, but a colleague denied this.
DAMASCUS, Syria — Syrian rebels on Wednesday freed 48 Iranians held captive since August after President Bashar Assad’s regime promised to release hundreds of detainees in the first major prisoner swap of the country’s civil war, officials said.
The exchange came just days after Assad vowed to press ahead with the fight against rebels despite international pressure to end the bloodshed that has left more than 60,000 people dead.
Al-Jazeera, the Pan-Arab news channel that struggled to win space on American cable television, has acquired Current TV, boosting its reach in the U.S. nearly ninefold to about 40 million homes. With a focus on U.S. news, it plans to rebrand the left-leaning news network that cofounder Al Gore couldn’t make relevant.