Photographer kidnapped in Syria is released

Associated Press

Bunyamin Aygun, a Turkish photographer who was kidnapped in Syria in November, has been released, the Associated Press reports.

The photographer for Turkey’s Milliyet newspaper — who recently won awards for his photographs of Syria’s civil war — was kidnapped in northern Syria in November by groups believed to be linked to al-Qaida.

Two American journalists who were working in Syria remain missing. Austin Tice, a freelance journalist who wrote for The Washington Post, McClatchy and other news outlets, went missing in August 2012. James Foley, a freelance journalist working for GlobalPost, who went missing in November 2012.

In December, Poynter wrote about a Reporters Without Borders report, which tallied journalist kidnappings in 2013 at 87, up 129% from the year before, with 49 alone in Syria.

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