Situations such as this leave us with a number of questions. But it is also important to remember what we do know, and how we know it. Let us take this as an important reminder of why we can’t afford to take our press freedom for granted.
The release of graphic videos of American freelance journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff being brutally beheaded by ISIS have ignited long overdue discussions about the particular risks faced by journalists covering the Syrian civil war. CJFE discusses the specific motivations behind targeting journalists and the potential implications for free expression going forward.