Missing Al-Jazeera reporter left Syria on May 1, report says

Dorothy Parvez, the Al-Jazeera journalist detained by Syrian authorities on her arrival in Damascus April 29, left the country on May 1, Syrian Al-Watan newspaper reported Tuesday.

"The journalist Dorothy Parvez, aged 39, left Syria on May 1 without stating her destination," the daily quoted a well-informed Syrian source as saying.

"The journalist left Syria after authorities forbade her entry on account of her using a tourist visa when her material showed she had come to Syria to cover" the uprising against the regime.

"Upon refusal of entry, the journalist asked authorities to let her leave Syria, which she did on May 1," according to the source quoted by Al-Watan.

Parvez, who holds American, Canadian and Iranian passports, joined Al-Jazeera's English service in 2010.

Coverage of demonstrations has been tightly controlled in Syria since the outbreak of anti-regime protests in mid-March.

Al-Jazeera and other satellite channels have been accused in Syria of exaggerating anti-regime protests across the Arab world and of manufacturing images without verifying their sources.

-AFP/NOW Lebanon

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