National Press Club

National Press Club condemns execution of James Foley

August 20, 2014 | By Jeff Plungis |

The National Press Club condemns the execution of American photojournalist James Foley, who had been missing since Nov. 22, 2012. The terrorist group Islamic State released a video claiming to be Foley's execution.

The Press Club extends condolences to the Foley family, which had mounted a worldwide campaign to find James, who had been working for GlobalPost and Agence France-Presse. Earlier in his career, Foley was a reporter for Stars and Stripes.

"We condemn in the strongest words possible the execution of a journalist who was carrying out his professional duties. Our thoughts and prayers go to James's parents, John and Diane Foley, who scoured the world to find their son, an extraordinary and brave photographer who sacrificed his personal safety to inform the world about the war in Syria, said NPC President Myron Belkind. "James paid with his life. We can best honor James by holding those who try to silence the press accountable and to continue reporting, even in the world's most dangerous places."

Foley's death is a reminder of how dangerous journalism can be. In Syria alone, more than 60 journalists have been killed since 2011, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Dozens of others have been kidnapped. Worldwide, 30 journalists have been killed on the job in 2014.