Roxana Saberi Calls for Dorothy Parvaz’s Freedom
Roxana, a captive in Iran for several months in 2009, is among detained journalists for whom the Asian American Journalists Association has advocated. Now, Roxana seeks the release of Dorothy Parvaz, who has been in Syria since April 29.
May 8, 2011
Ambassador Imad Moustapha Embassy of Syria 2215 Wyoming Ave N.W. Washington D.C. 20008 USA
I am writing as just one of the growing number of journalists and others around the world concerned about the well-being and safety of journalist Dorothy Parvaz, who your government has reportedly confirmed is in Syrian custody.
Al Jazeera has said Parvaz, a citizen of the United States, Canada, and Iran, went missing after arriving in Damascus on April 29. Before joining Al Jazeera last year, Parvaz wrote for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and held journalism fellowships at Harvard University and the University of Cambridge.
As a fellow Iranian-American journalist and member of the Asian American Journalists Association, I respectfully ask your government to release Parvaz and allow her to return to her family and colleagues. Ensuring her safety would be an important sign of respect for press freedom.
Sincerely, Roxana Saberi