The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the murder of James Foley, a U.S. freelance journalist, who was abducted in Syria
in November 2012. In a video posted online, the Al-Qaeda splinter group Islamic State claimed to have executed Foley, saying the act was retribution for U.S. military intervention in Iraq
.”The barbaric murder of journalist James Foley, kidnapped in Syria
and held almost two years, sickens all decent people. Foley went to Syria
to show the plight of the Syrian people, to bear witness to their fight, and in so doing to fight for press freedom,” said CPJ Chairman Sandra Mims Rowe. “Our hearts go out to his family, who had dedicated themselves to finding and freeing Jim.”Syria
has been the most dangerous country in the World
for journalists for more than two years. At least 69 other journalists have been killed covering the conflict there, including some who died over the border in Lebanon and Turkey
. More than 80 journalists have been kidnapped in Syria
; with frequent abductions, some of which go unpublicized, it is difficult to know exactly how many. CPJ estimates that approximately 20 journalists, both local and international, are currently missing in Syria
. Many of them are believed to be held by Islamic State.
In January 2013, when Foley was still missing, CPJ released an audio slideshow featuring a colleague and friend of Foley’s, Nicole Tung, who spoke about her experience working and traveling with him.