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.
By Amena BakrDOHA (Reuters) - Broadcaster Al Jazeera called for vigils outside Egyptian embassies across the world on Thursday to press Egypt to free four of its journalists, three of whom have been charged with aiding a "terrorist organization".The three from al Jazeera's English-language television service - Peter Greste, an Australian; Mohamed Fahmy, a Canadian-Egyptian national; and Baher Mohamed, an Egyptian - were detained in Cairo on December 29.
Al-Jazeera journalists, including four foreigners, go on trial in Cairo Thursday for allegedly supporting the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood in a case that has sparked accusations Egypt is muzzling the media.
Cairo (AFP) - Egypt's top court began hearing an appeal by three jailed Al-Jazeera journalists Thursday as hopes for their release grew amid thawing relations between Cairo and Qatar, where the television is based.
Authored by Brahma Chellaney via Stagecraft and Statecraft, Qatar may be tiny, but it is having a major impact across the Arab world. By propping up violent jihadists in the Middle East, North Africa, and beyond, while supporting the United States in its fight against them, this gas-rich speck of a country – the world’s wealthiest in per capita terms – has transformed itself from a regional gadfly into an international rogue elephant.
Riyadh (AFP) - Gulf Arab states threw their support behind Qatar Thursday in a row with Egypt, which accused Doha of backing "terrorism" during heated discussions about Cairo's air strikes on jihadists in Libya.
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.
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.