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Swedish journalists missing in Syria are freed

GlobalPost | Associated Press

Wednesday morning, GlobalPost reported that two Swedish journalists who were missing in Syria have been freed. According to Agence France-Presse, the news was confirmed by a source with the International Committee of the Red Cross.

In November, Poynter wrote about Magnus Falkehed and Niclas Hammarström,  who may not have had the right papers and were abducted in November when trying to leave the country.

The GlobalPost story does not name the two journalists who have been freed, but the Associated Press reported Wednesday that Sweden’s Foreign Ministry confirmed the two freed journalists were Falkehed and Hammarström.… Read more

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Photographer kidnapped in Syria is released

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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.… Read more

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Journalist Austin Tice has been missing for over a year. (AP Photo/Family of Austin Tice)

In 2013, 87 journalists were kidnapped around the world

The Daily Star | The Huffington Post | RWB | CPJ

Bunyamin Aygun, a Turkish photographer working in Syria, has been missing for two weeks, according to a report in The Daily Star, a Lebanese publication. Aygun’s newspaper, The Milliyet, said Tuesday they hadn’t heard from him at all in that time, but The Daily Star reports that “some media outlets said he had been kidnapped by Al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria.”

For 2013, 87 journalists have been kidnapped around the world, according to a report Wednesday from Reporters Without Borders. That number marks a 129% rise from the year before.

In November, RWB declared Syria “the world’s most dangerous country for journalists.”Read more

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Swedish journalists abducted in Syria may have lacked proper visas

The Local | Associated Press

Swedish journalists Magnus Falkehed and Niclas Hammarström “are experienced journalists and they know that they cannot move about in a regime-controlled area without a visa,” Kassem Hamadé, a reporter for the Swedish newspaper Expressen, tells The Local. Falkehed and Hammarström were abducted Saturday as they tried to leave Syria.… Read more

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Journalist James Foley in 2011 (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

James Foley has been missing for a year

GlobalPost | Committee to Protect Journalists | Associated Press | The Daily Northwestern | The Atlantic

Friday marked one year since American freelance journalist James Foley went missing in Syria.

“In order to preserve the security of our investigation, we’ve been unable to share much detailed information with the public or even with the GlobalPost family,” writes Philip Balboni, GlobalPost’s CEO and president. “But please know that our search for Jim has not slowed and that there are important leads being actively pursued even at this moment.”

Foley in 2011 (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
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Austin Tice has now been missing for a year

The Family of Austin Tice | McClatchy

The journalist Austin Tice has been missing in Syria since Aug. 14, 2012. Writing on the anniversary of his disappearance, his family says “None of us want to place special significance on this date because we know that every one of those days has been unimaginably challenging for Austin.”… Read more

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Austin Tice’s parents struggle to find answers about their missing son

Agence France-Presse

The parents of journalist Austin Tice are currently in Beirut, where they’re hoping to find information about their 31-year-old son. Tice, a McClatchy and Washington Post freelancer, has been missing for 11 months in Syria — a country that’s been ranked the most dangerous place in the world for journalists.

Marc and Debra Tice. (AP Photo from November 2012/Bilal Hussein)

In a July 4 interview with Agence France-Presse, Debra and Marc Tice explain how difficult it’s been waiting for answers and say they continue to hold onto hope.

“I just wake up and think, I woke up again and nothing has changed, it wasn’t a dream,” Debra told AFP. “I put my feet on the floor and I build a wall around my emotions and I just think about what strength I need for today.”

Marc added: “Honestly, we’re not that interested in who or why, we’re interested in how do we get him back, what is needed to return him to us safely.”… Read more

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Senators urge State Department to ramp up efforts to find Tice, Foley

Associated Press

Senators in New Hampshire and Texas are urging the State Department to increase its efforts to find missing journalists James Foley and Austin Tice.

‘‘As the months continue with no further information regarding Mr. Tice’s or Mr. Foley’s whereabouts or welfare, we ask for your continued personal attention to these cases,” New Hampshire senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte and Texas senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz wrote in a letter Thursday.

They also asked Secretary of State John Kerry to raise awareness about U.S. citizens being held in Syria and to address it during peace talks in Geneva, the Associated Press reports.

Foley, a freelance journalist for Agence France-Presse and GlobalPost who’s from New Hampshire, has been missing in Syria since November.… Read more

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Austin Tice’s family will return to Beirut

The Family of Austin Tice | Associated Press

Washington Post and McClatchy freelancer Austin Tice has been missing for nearly a year, and his family plans “to return to Beirut to reach more deeply into the region on behalf of our son.” The family website says:

With the exception of a distressing 47 second video released in September, we have had no contact from Austin or his captors. We do not know with certainty who is holding him captive.

The video, Terry Wallace reports for the Associated Press, “shows Tice trying to recite the Muslim declaration of faith, or shahada, until he switches to English and says, ‘Oh Jesus. Oh Jesus,’ and rests his head on a captor’s arm.”… Read more

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