- Police raid Cairo offices of Turkish Anadolu News Agency, arrest at least 4
- Ugandan police harass and detain journalists covering opposition politician Bobi Wine
- Journalist Patricia Kayuni assaulted while covering protest in Malawi
- Missing radio anchor found dead in Mexico’s Michoacán state
- Sudan suspends four news outlets over alleged financial link to Bashir regime
- Colombian magazine Semana alleges military spied on its journalists
- Montenegro reporters Živković and Raičević charged with criminal incitement
- Malawi detains, charges 3 journalists seeking to cover EU delegation’s return
- Journalists threatened, assaulted while covering local politician in Sierra Leone
Reporter Without Borders
- US – RSF calls on the Senate to reverse unprecedented restrictions on the press
- Two reporters arrested in Comoros, placed under judicial control
- Reporters Without Borders, Index on Censorship and Transparency International UK urge Azerbaijan to lift journalist’s travel ban
- Sudan closes four media outlets that supported former regime
- Does crisis at leading daily mean end to investigative journalism in Estonia?
- Reporter beaten and left for dead in northern Bangladesh
- Two Iraqi journalists shot dead after covering protests in Basra
- Constitutional Court hears case against controversial snooping law
OPC Presidents Deplore the Savage Murder of James Foley
At the OPC’s annual dinner honoring the best in international journalism in April 2013, we gave over the podium for our candle lighting ceremony to John and Diane Foley, whose son, James, a reporter, photographer and video journalist, had disappeared in northern Syria the previous November.
Diane gave a moving statement urging the powerful in the media and diplomacy to work for her son’s release. We were all encouraged at the time by reports that he was alive in captivity, along with a group of other media kidnap victims.
Now we learn that those reports were true, and we learn that in the most tragic way, as a video surfaces purporting to show his murder at the hands of the Islamic State terrorist group. The OPC deplores this savagery both on behalf of Jim’s family and the international journalism community.
By all accounts, Jim was a neutral observer of the chaotic events in Syria, with sympathy for the many innocents who have died in the fighting. What we lose with his death – and with the deliberate killing of many other journalists, including Daniel Pearl – is not just a good man who saw his job as informing the world about a news event, but the notion that journalists should be permitted to cover war and politics as neutral observers.
The Islamic State, aka ISIS or ISIL, is right to worry that reporters will disclose to the world its crimes against humanity disguised in religious garb. That is our job. But around the world, from Beijing to Moscow to Kiev to Tel Aviv to Washington, journalists are under attack, whether on battlefields or in the courts, for doing their jobs too well.
We offer our condolences to Diane and the rest of Jim’s family, we mourn his death, and we celebrate the life he chose to lead, telling truths from the front lines of a brutal conflict.
Overseas Press Club of America