Laura Ling Joins Calls to #FreeDorothy
Laura Ling, who was detained in North Korea while reporting with Euna Lee and who was the keynote speaker at the 2010 Asian American Journalists Association convention, has written the following letter to call attention to Dorothy Parvaz, whom we haven’t heard from since April 29.
May 14, 2011
Ambassador Imad Moustapha | Embassy of Syria | 2215 Wyoming Ave N.W. | Washington D.C. 20008 USA
By now I am sure you are aware of the cries from family, friends, colleagues, and supporters of journalist Dorothy Parvaz who arrived at the Damascus airport on April 29th, only to never be heard or seen from again.
I’m sure you can imagine the worry and grief that her loved ones have been enduring since her disappearance.
Though I have never worked in Syria myself, I have friends and former colleagues who have worked and lived in your country. They have reported on Syria’s rich and vibrant culture, not to mention the warmth of its people. Syria holds such an important position in the Arab world—it should not be a place where journalists go missing.
There have been reports that the Syrian government said Parvaz was deported to Tehran, Iran following a week’s detention in Damascus. However, her family still has not heard from her, which is deeply troubling.
As a fellow journalist, I respectfully call on your government to either release Parvaz if she is still being held there, or to provide more information about her whereabouts and how she can return home.
Reporter and Host, E! Investigates