The day after James Foley’s tragic death, we collected a number of remembrances written by friends and colleagues. Many more have been published since the news first came out, and we thought it’d be good to link to those here.
- The Boston Globe published a thoughtful obituary for Foley.
- GlobalPost CEO Phil Balboni spoke on NPR’s Fresh Air about working with Foley’s family, the US government, and private investigation and security companies, for Foley’s release. The Boston Globe also published an account of the long search for Foley, as has the International Business Times.
- Peter Bouckaert writes on Human Rights Watch about his friendship with Foley.
- RememberingJim.org collects images and text (screenshot above) of people remembering Foley.
- Reporters Without Borders (RSF) set up a tribute page where people can leave message remembering and honoring Foley.
- CPJ speaks with a hostage previously held with Foley on James’ hopes and aspirations.
- Foley’s alma mater Marquette University established the James Foley Scholarship in the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication, and you can contribute here. Writing on Facebook, the Foley family suggests this is one way to keep James Foley’s legacy alive.
- The James W. Foley Legacy Fund has been established at FreeJamesFoley.org. Writing on Facebook, the Foley family suggests this is another way to keep James Foley’s legacy alive.
- Foley’s family also published a letter received from James while he was in captivity in Syria.
- Jamie Dettmer writes about meeting Foley several times in Turkey and Syria.
- One of Foley’s former professors speaks with the Catholic News Agency about what he saw in Foley and his work.
- Huffington Post remembers Foley through his family pictures.
- Mary Fitzgerald writes in the Irish Times about the brutal murder of her friend, James Foley.
- The BBC created a short video remembering Foley and his work.
- Newsweek collected a variety of remembrances of Foley by friends and colleagues.
- Molly Crabapple painted a lovely tribute to Foley.
Since Foley’s death, there has been much written about freelancers covering war, government response to kidnapping, what was and can be done to save Foley and others held captive in Syria and elsewhere, the dangers faced by local journalists, and what it means to publish gruesome images released by organizations with agendas. It’s impossible to link to them all, but here are a few that I’ve found interesting:
- James Foley’s Killing Highlights Debate Over Ransom
- James Foley’s killers pose many threats to local, international journalists
- James Foley’s Choices
- The Men Who Killed James Foley
- Should Twitter Have Taken Down the James Foley Video?
- James Foley Among Many Young, Close-Knit Freelance War Reporters
- James Foley is a reminder why freelance reporting is so dangerous
- James Foley and fellow freelancers: exploited by pared-back media outlets
- Did New York tabloids go too far by printing gruesome images of James Foley’s execution?
- How to Take a Picture of a Severed Head [← This one was published before news of Foley's killing but fits in line with the discussion of publishing images released by terrorist organizations, governments, etc.]
Meanwhile, over the weekend, tremendous news arrived that Peter Theo Curtis, a journalist missing since 2012, had been released. He was apparently held by an Al Qaeda affiliate there after his abduction from Turkey near the Syrian Border.
Steven Sotloff, the other American journalist seen in the Foley execution video, remains in peril. The Committee to Protect Journalists notes that 69 journalists have been killed since 2012, and an estimated 20 journalists, primarily Syrian, are presumed missing there.