National Press Club To Syria: Release Imprisoned Journalists

May 10, 2011, 15:10 ET from National Press Club

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Press Club urges the Syrian government to release imprisoned journalists, including Dorothy Parvaz, an Al-Jazeera reporter who formerly worked for the Hearst newspaper chain, and guarantee their safety.


Ms. Parvaz is one of several journalists who have been imprisoned in Syria. Parvaz went there recently to cover the uprising and has been detained by the government and blocked from letting anyone know about her whereabouts and her health. The National Press Club, adding its voice to other journalism organizations such as Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders, urges the government to let her go.

"Dorothy Parvaz has done nothing other than what the best journalists have done for generations: Go to where the big story is and report on it,'' said NPC President Mark Hamrick, a broadcast reporter for the Associated Press, the world's largest newsgathering agency. "We decry the efforts of some governments to go after journalists trying to do their jobs fairly and accurately. I guess they really believe that the pen actually is mightier than the sword.''

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