YET ANOTHER UPDATE: Dorothy "D" Parvaz has been released by the Iranian government. She showed up at Al Jazeera's headquarters in Qatar and will soon be coming back to Vancouver. Her fiance Todd Baker described receiving the news of her freedom as "unreal." More here.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Dorothy Parvaz has now been moved to Tehran, Iran, Al Jazeera reports. The station has still had no contact with her since her disappearance last month, and is continuing to call for her immediate release.
UPDATE: Syrian authorities have confirmed that they are holding Dorothy Parvaz. Al Jazeera reports that the news organization has demanded her immediate release.
Above the banner headline on Al Jazeera's website is a photo of a woman with short-cropped black hair and piercing brown eyes named Dorothy Parvaz along with the words "Return Our Journalist." For many in Seattle, including some in our newsroom at Seattle Weekly, the photo is familiar. That's because Parvaz (nicknamed "D") worked as a columnist and feature writer for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for years.
Unfortunately, she hasn't been heard from since she landed in Damascus on Friday.
Dorothy Parvaz left Doha, Qatar, for Syria on Friday to help cover events currently taking place in the country. However, there has been no contact with the 39-year-old since she disembarked from a Qatar Airways flight in Damascus.
Parvaz, while at the P-I, wrote insightful and well-received articles like this one on a revisit to her home country of Iran. She also wrote snarky (and sometimes off-target--according to slightly younger Weekly editor Mike Seely) editorials that poked fun and local politicians and other newsmakers.