Journalists missing, fixer kidnapped, press banned in eastern Ukraine
In the past two days, at least two journalists have gone missing, while pro-Russia separatists abducted a fixer and briefly detained a reporter, according to news reports and press freedom and human rights groups. The moves come as the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic today banned journalists from the conflict area.
Journalist James Foley, captured and held six weeks while covering the uprising in Libya, knew the risks when he went to Syria in 2012 to cover the escalating violence there. It didn’t matter. He was a journalist at heart, once saying he’d cover local news if it meant doing the job he loved.
Foley was snatched again in Syria in November 2012 when the car he was riding in was stopped by four militants in a battle zone that Sunni rebel fighters and government forces were trying to control. A video posted Tuesday purportedly showed his execution, but officials in Washington were still working to verify its authenticity. (AP)
"I’m Momen . A Palestinian photojournalist .. 27 years old. In 2008, I lost my two legs by Israeli airplanes while I was doing my work! In 2014, I lost my house by the same enemy. No one can expect what else they might lose every time!”
Arab-American journalist Sulome Anderson posted a photo of herself kissing her Orthodox Jewish boyfriend, Jeremy on Twitter to send a powerful message of peace to Israelis and Palestinians, which quickly went viral, along with the hashtag #JewsandArabsRefusetoBeEnemies; a social media campaign aimed to help heal divisions in the Middle East as the conflict in Gaza continues
Steven Sotloff, a loyal and honest journalist passionate about truth and justice for Muslims and other people suffering in the Arab world, heinously killed at the hands of (perverted) people who (illegitimately) call themselves Muslims.
Steven’s efforts and passion for truth and justice will not be forgotten by the majority of Muslims and Arabs who condemn ISIS and its despicable and unjustifiable actions.