UA Alumna, Captured Journalist to Receive Medal

March 11, 2013

UA alumna Dorothy Parvaz, a U.S. journalist who was captured, jailed and interrogated for 19 days while covering the civil war in Syria, has been named the 2013 recipient of the McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage.

Parvaz, a reporter for Al Jazeera's English-language channel in Doha, Qatar, returned to reporting after her release.

The University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and its McGill Program in Journalistic Courage will present Parvaz with the medal during a ceremony in the fall.

"To understand what our colleagues endure around the world in service of reporting stories that would otherwise go untold is to understand the vital role of the journalist – to bear witness and to report," said Parvaz. "So it's not just on my own behalf, but also on theirs – Ali Hassan Al Jaber, Austin Tice, Satar Beheshti, Abdiaziz Abdinuur, Malik Mumtaz, Anthony Shadid and so many others – that I express my gratitude for this honor.

"I am truly humbled. In these dark days, when journalists are so casually locked up or killed, the McGill Medal itself achieves the heroic task of highlighting the value of urgency of journalism."

Born in Iran to an Iranian father and American mother, Parvaz earned her bachelor's degree from the University of British Columbia and a master's degree from the UA. She has been a journalism fellow at Harvard and Cambridge. Also, she worked for The Seattle Times and the Seattle Post Intelligencer before joining Al Jazeera.

Read the full article, "Al Jazeera Reporter Imprisoned during Syrian Revolt to Receive McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage," online.   

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