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“Unidentified gunmen kidnapped a US journalist on Thanksgiving Day . More than a month later, he remains missing. American James Foley, 39, was last seen on Nov. 22 in Idlib Province. Idlib has been the scene of heavy fighting in recent months between Syrian rebels and government forces.” -Global Post, US journalist missing in Syria
2012 was a bad year to be a journalist. The Committee to Protect Journalists reports that 70 journalists were killed as a result of their job, while Reporters Without Borders has the number at 89, and the International Press Institute reports a record year at 133 journalists killed on the job or as a consequence of their reporting. All of these organizations report that Syria was the most dangerous country for journalists, media workers, and citizen journalists last year. And last week we learned that American journalist James Foley, a writer and videographer, was kidnapped on Nov. 22, 2012, in Idlib Province, Syria.
His condition and whereabouts are still unknown 48 days (as of this writing) after his disappearance. Foley’s family decided to spread word of his kidnapping in January 2013 with a public appeal asking for his safe return. You can keep up to date with the case at FreeJamesFoley.org‘s latest news page.
In the time since Foley’s kidnapping, many other journalists have been killed or faced violence or other repercussions as a result of their reporting. Keep up to date with the Committee to Protect Journalists’ news alerts.
I hadn’t heard much about Amanda Lindhout‘s kidnapping recently (wikipedia). She’s been held hostage for more than a year in Somalia without adequate food, water, or medicine. There’ve been unconfirmed accounts of rape and of her having given birth to a Somali child as a result of rape. Her captors have released statements that she is “very contented with her marriage relationship with one of her captors.” I cannot imagine the hell she is living through. I hope for her safe and speedy return to freedom.