The CPJ security guide is relevant for journalists worldwide. Now needed in #Ferguson, #Gaza, #Ukraine#Syria etc. https://cpj.org/reports/2012/04/journalist-security-guide.php …
More than 80 journalists have been kidnapped in #Syria; with frequent abductions, some unpublicized, it’s difficult to know exactly how many
#Syria has been the most dangerous country for journalists for more than two years https://cpj.org/2014/08/cpj-condemns-killing-of-american-journalist-james-.php …#journosafety#pressfreedom
#JamesFoley, el reportero cortés por Marc Marginedas http://www.elperiodico.com/es/noticias/internacional/james-wright-foley-reportero-cortes-3462202 …
European governments pay millions of dollars in ransoms to free their hostages. The White House needs to decide whether it’s willing to sacrifice principle for people.
- BY James Traub
- AUGUST 20, 2014
The bloodthirsty jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) have murdered James Foley, an American journalist who was kidnapped in Syria in November 2012. They also have threatened the life of Steven Sotloff, another American freelancer, who was seized last August, and who has written for Foreign Policy on three occasions. The executioner in the video warned President Barack Obama that Sotloff would die if the White House continues its bombing campaign in Iraq. I assume that the president has asked intelligence and special forces operatives whether Sotloff could be freed in a raid. I hope he determines that he can be, but it’s very unlikely. According to the New York Times, a rescue attempt earlier this summer came to naught when commandos air-dropped into a remote region of Syria failed to find the hostages. The record of rescue attempts has not been good since American helicopters came to grief in the Iranian desert in 1980. And IS could be shuttling Sotloff anywhere in their vast «caliphate.»
It is a gut-wrenching moment. And it’s impossible not to think about how it could have been otherwise.
Sotloff had been seized a few weeks before I arrived on the Turkish-Syrian border to write a piece for FP about the rampant kidnapping of journalists by IS (at the time, still ISIS) and other Islamist extremists. I never met him, but he was a good friend of Barak Barfi, an Arab scholar and fellow at the New America Foundation who served as my guide and mentor on that article. I talked to many of the people who had advised Sotloff on when and where and how to cross into Syria that last time. (Little of that made its way into my dispatch, since I went to great lengths to protect the identity of journalists then being held.) Some of them thought he had not taken proper precautions; but the situation had deteriorated so rapidly over the summer of 2013 that even a few of the world’s most experienced war correspondents had escaped being seized only by a stroke of luck. Sotloff was one of the unlucky ones.
Being kidnapped is not usually a death sentence, whether for diplomats or businessmen or tourists or journalists. Most kidnappers in war zones view their prey as a commodity. The Taliban who kidnapped New York Times correspondent David Rohde in Afghanistan at first sought to trade him for money. In Syria, the nationalist rebels who seized journalists in the first years of the war usually held them briefly and then sold them off. ISIS, however, was different… MORE
In Covering Foley’s Killing, Media Outlets Face A Difficult Choice
by David Folkenlik (
The execution of the American journalist James Foley by ISIS casts new attention on how news organizations cover graphic violence, and how they cover the risks taken by their own colleagues and peers… MORE and LINK TO AUDIO
In 2011, James Foley was held for 44 days inside Gaddafi’s Libya. This is his story http://glpo.st/1sX78xm(12:30 AM – 23 Aug 2014)
James Foley’s execution by IS forces sober reflection on the perils of front-line coverage http://glpo.st/1l0GkcM ()
We can refuse to view James Foley’s murder, but Isis has still infected our minds (By Deborah Orr
Perhaps Islamic State has already got what it wants – to be the most notorious group on the planet – because propaganda is now the cheapest and most powerful weapon of war.
James Foley and the daily horrors of the internet: think hard before clicking (By James Ball, theguardian.com,Outcry over footage of Foley’s apparent beheading raises difficult questions about editorial ethics – and our own choices
Muy buen artículo sobre ISIS y James Foley, por @jonleeanderson: «pasaron de ser terroristas a asesinos en serie…» http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/men-killed-james-foley …
Excellent job by @bellingcat / @Brown_Moses: The Hills of Raqqa – Geolocating the James Foley Video https://bellingcat.com/resources/case-studies/2014/08/23/the-hills-of-raqqa-geolocating-the-james-foley-video/ …#IS#JamesFoley
We are all shocked by James Foley’s horrific execution by Islamic State (ISIS). James was a passionate reporter but most importantly a caring and generous person. He was dedicated to people and motivated by the desire to highlight the plight of the victims of war.
While being held captive by the Islamic State, he remained steadfast in the face of threats, holding up the hope that he would eventually return home. Courageous and composed, he communicated his hope to his fellow prisoners.
Reporters Without Borders extends its sincere condolences to his family, especially his mother, who came to our headquarters in Paris.
As an organization, we had known James ever since he raised funds with other photo journalists and the assistance of Reporters Without Borders to support the education of the three children of his friend Anton Hammerl, killed in Libya in April 2011.
We are creating today a special page for tributes to the late James Foley. We are inviting you to leave your personal messages to keep alive the spirit of this talented and committed journalist.
In memory of him, Reporters Without Borders continues an unrelenting battle for the safety of all those who, like him, expose the horrors of war.
We need your support.
The Strangely Modern Production Values of ISIS’ Propaganda Videos http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_world_/2014/08/20/james_foley_killing_the_strangely_modern_production_values_of_isis_propaganda.html …@Slate@Jarret_Brachman
James Foley in his own words http://i100.io/apwNd8k ()
Una rehén se momerizó la carta de James Foley y, cuando fue liberada, se la dictó a su madre. http://www.elperiodico.com/es/noticias/internacional/los-familiares-james-foley-hacen-publica-emotiva-carta-que-logro-hacerles-llegar-3470039 … vía @elperiodico
When Journalists Go Missing
In 2003, when the United States invaded Iraq, I was working as a senior editor at the Washington Post. Our owner and publisher—Don Graham and Bo Jones, respectively—told those of us in charge of the newsroom to spend whatever was necessary to cover the war thoroughly and to keep our correspondents safe. We just had to give them a heads-up when it became clear how many millions of dollars would be at issue. (Those were the days.) They also decided to prepare for the possibility that one of our reporters might be kidnapped.
One afternoon, I was invited to an orientation meeting for an “operations cell” that would be convened the moment we received word of an abduction. My role would be to travel to Baghdad immediately, and help from there. Each of half a dozen other executives and editors would have complementary assignments. The paper had hired a private consultant who specialized in ransoming kidnap victims. He was a former C.I.A. operations officer who had spent much of his career in Latin America… MORE