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Al Jazeera says detained Canadian reporter moved from Syria to Iran

Photo of Tehran courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Syrian officials have told Al-Jazeera television that they have sent detained Canadian reporter Dorothy Parvaz to Iran, the broadcaster says.

"This information has come from Syrian officials, who had previously told Al-Jazeera they were holding Dorothy in Damascus, and that she would be released,'' the Qatar-based network said today in a statement on its website.

Parvaz was detained on her arrival in Damascus late last month.

Al-Jazeera says it has had no contact with Parvaz since she left Doha on April 29 and is deeply concerned for her welfare.

A graduate of the University of British Columbia, Parvaz, 39, joined the network last year.

She has Canadian, American and Iranian citizenships, and was based in Qatar when she was sent on assignment to report on the protests in Syria.

Syrian authorities confirmed her detention last week.

Al-Jazeera says it has information that Parvaz is being held in Tehran.

"We are calling for information from the Iranian authorities, access to Dorothy, and for her immediate release.''

It also published a statement from the journalist's family, which called for her immediate release.

Syria has sharply limited media access to the country following an uprising against the authoritarian regime of President Bashar Assad.

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