(Image source: FreeJamesFoley.org)

BY STEVEN SPARKMAN
ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN


The family of an American journalist in Syria announced today their loved one was abducted on Thanksgiving Day while reporting on the conflict between Bashar al-Assad’s forces and the rebels.

“The family of James Foley says he was abducted by gunmen in northwest Idlib province back on November 22. Foley is a freelancer who has been reporting for Agence France-Presse. The news agency says no group has claimed responsibility.” (Video via CNN)

The family believes four armed men abducted Foley along with a fellow journalist. A writer for The Atlantic notes, Foley’s family and employer kept quiet for six weeks, but are now taking a different approach.

“We may never know whether imposed silences by their parent organizations helped NBC News’s Richard Engel escape from Syrian kidnappers or The New York Times’s David Rohde from Taliban captivity, but the Agence France-Presse is now trying the opposite.”

They’re hoping the publicity will help speed Foley’s release. They’ve set up a website, a Twitter feed, and a Facebook group dedicated to spreading the word.

A writer for Arutz Sheva says a similar media campaign has helped secure Foley’s release before.

“This is also not the first time Foley has been held captive. In April 2011 the journalist was kidnapped by forces loyal to then Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and was held captive for 44 days.”

Foley was working for the Global Post during his last kidnapping. The Post joined the latest calls for Foley’s release.

Because of restrictions on foreign media, many journalists choose to sneak into Syria in order to better report developments on the ground.

It’s a risky move. Syria is one of the most dangerous places for journalists. Austin Tice, who reported for the Washington Post and McClatchy, went missing in Syria in August and has still not been released.
 

American Journalist Abducted in Syria

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Jan 2, 2013

American Journalist Abducted in Syria

 

(Image source: FreeJamesFoley.org)

BY STEVEN SPARKMAN
ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN


The family of an American journalist in Syria announced today their loved one was abducted on Thanksgiving Day while reporting on the conflict between Bashar al-Assad’s forces and the rebels.

“The family of James Foley says he was abducted by gunmen in northwest Idlib province back on November 22. Foley is a freelancer who has been reporting for Agence France-Presse. The news agency says no group has claimed responsibility.” (Video via CNN)

The family believes four armed men abducted Foley along with a fellow journalist. A writer for The Atlantic notes, Foley’s family and employer kept quiet for six weeks, but are now taking a different approach.

“We may never know whether imposed silences by their parent organizations helped NBC News’s Richard Engel escape from Syrian kidnappers or The New York Times’s David Rohde from Taliban captivity, but the Agence France-Presse is now trying the opposite.”

They’re hoping the publicity will help speed Foley’s release. They’ve set up a website, a Twitter feed, and a Facebook group dedicated to spreading the word.

A writer for Arutz Sheva says a similar media campaign has helped secure Foley’s release before.

“This is also not the first time Foley has been held captive. In April 2011 the journalist was kidnapped by forces loyal to then Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and was held captive for 44 days.”

Foley was working for the Global Post during his last kidnapping. The Post joined the latest calls for Foley’s release.

Because of restrictions on foreign media, many journalists choose to sneak into Syria in order to better report developments on the ground.

It’s a risky move. Syria is one of the most dangerous places for journalists. Austin Tice, who reported for the Washington Post and McClatchy, went missing in Syria in August and has still not been released.
 

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