The University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication is to award Dorothy Parvaz, an Al Jazeera reporter, its McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage.
Ms. Pavaz was captured, jailed and interrogated for 19 days while covering the civil war in Syria in April 2011.
She was first detained for three days upon entry into Syria and then deported to Iran before her release to Doha, Qatar, where Al Jazeera’s English-language channel is based.
Ms. Pavaz was especially cited for her courage in returning to Syria immediately following her release to Qatar.
The McGill Fellows, 12 undergraduates and graduate students chosen for academic achievement, practical experience and leadership in Grady’s 2012 class, selected Ms. Pavaz. She is to receive the award during a ceremony at a still-to-be scheduled date in the fall.
Born in Iran to an Iranian father and American mother, she earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia and a master’s degree from the University of Arizona.
John F. Greenman, the Grady College’s director of public service and alumni outreach, said in a news release that the McGill award is to advance journalistic courage.
The award is named for Ralph McGill, the late editor and publisher at the Grady College, who wrote many editorials challenging racial segregation in the 1950s and 1960s.