James Foley, a U.S. freelance journalist, was abducted in Syria in November. His colleague and friend Nicole Tung, a freelance photographer, spoke to CPJ about her experience working and traveling with Foley. A petition appealing for Foley’s release can be signed here.
New York, July 11, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists is pleased to announce that Lucy Westcott has joined CPJ as the 2018 James W. Foley Fellow. During her fellowship, Westcott will focus on safety issues for women journalists in non-hostile environments.
AP The James W. Foley Fellowship is awarded annually to an individual who is passionate about the issues of journalist safety and freedom of expression.
Diane Foley, mother of slain journalist James Foley, speaks after the sentencing of El Shafee Elsheikh at the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, on August 19, 2022. Elsheikh was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the kidnapping and subsequent beheading of James Foley and journalist Steven Sotloff, and the killing of aid workers Kayla Mueller and Peter Kassig, and terrorism charges in the deaths of British and Japanese hostages. (AP/Andrew Harnik)
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Al-Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fadel Fahmy has been languishing in an Egyptian prison since December. He is waiting for an appeal hearing on his seven-year sentence for “conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood,” but it is the murder of American freelancer James Foley, rather than his own unjust sentence, that has made the Cairo bureau chief furious.…
A photograph of James Foley, the freelance journalist killed by the IS group, is seen during a memorial service in Irbil, Iraq, on August 24, 2014. (Marko Drobnjakovic/AP)
Threats to journalists’ safety demand fresh approach Reporting on wars and natural disasters is inherently dangerous, but the spread of insurgent and criminal groups globally poses an unprecedented risk to journalists. Since the videotaped killings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff in 2014, public awareness of the risks has increased exponentially, but the dangers persist.
Diane Foley, left, mother of James Foley, the photojournalist killed by Islamic State militants in 2014, and Debra Tice, mother of freelance journalist Austin Tice, who has been missing since he was taken captive in Syria in 2012, take part in a forum at the Newseum in Washington on February 4, 2015. (AP/Molly Riley)