Al Jazeera reporter to receive UGA honor
by Associated Press Wire
March 08, 2013 11:45 AM | 1184 views | 5 5 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The University of Georgia’s journalism school will give its McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage to a reporter for Al Jazeera who was jailed and interrogated for 19 days while covering the civil war in Syria.

UGA said in a statement that Dorothy Parvaz, who a reporter for Al Jazeera’s English-language channel in Doha, Qatar, will receive the medal during a ceremony this fall.

Parvaz was jailed when she entered Syria in April 2011, held for three days, then deported to Iran, where she was held and interrogated an additional 16 days, before she was returned to Qatar.

The McGill Medal is named for Ralph McGill, the late editor and publisher of the Atlanta Constitution.

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tyler durden
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March 23, 2013
I always forget how well read and informed the good folks of May-retta are...then I glance at the MDJ comments and I'm reminded quickly of the open minded and thoughtful consideration people like Laura Armstrong give each piece of news. Awesome.

DUH!FREEDOM!!
one way to help
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March 09, 2013
One thing that could and should be done is for the alumni of UGA to take the bull by the horns and stand against something like this. I agree with Laura Armstrong, give this prestigious award to someone who actually contributes something to this country.
Samuel Adams
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March 08, 2013
This presigious award is just the latest on Al Jazeera's efforts to re-brand itself as it launches a concerted effort to gain influence in the U.S. After the Al Gore/Current TV PR disaster, other liberal media outlets decided to help them along, despite a history of anti-American, pro-terrorist sympathizers in the ranks of its reporters. Everything you read now, from CNN reports to other coverage of the "brand" in America, is an effort to hide the true nature of this organization, which has endangered American troops and interests overseas, been used as OBL's personal mouthpiece and has been used to ramp up anti-American sentiment in the Arab world.

Way to go Bulldog nation. You are so clueless.
Laura Armstrong
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March 08, 2013
As a proud graduate of UGA's Grady school of Journalism, this disgusts me. Can't the staff find one journalist without ties to a terrorist tool? How about honoring a journalist with the Armed Forces News or a Navy reporter embedded with a combat element overseas? No, our fine institution decides instead to make Al Jazeera the moral equivalent of honorable journalistic endeavors. I think they are pandering.
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