Week 34: Hero – James Foley

by Ray_North on August 25, 2014

hero_icon2This week’s Hero is the late American Photojournalist James Foley.

I’ve been away on holiday. I’ve done what I try to do when I go away and stay as far from the news as I possibly can – I find it cleansing.

This week though, George forwarded me a tweet about the death of 40 year old Photojournalist James Foley who was beheaded by the Islamic State (a bunch of lunatic butchers), in response to the American Intervention in Iraq.

Foley was initially kidnapped in November 2012, close to the Syrian Border, where he was going to cover the civil war in Syria for the Global Post – his original kidnappers appear to have been the Pro-Assad Syrian group, Shabia – who tried to exchange Foley for money. One can only weep at what has happened to Foley in the twenty two months since his original kidnapping – but it has ended with his brutal murder at the hands of IS.

He was without doubt a brave man – he had already been kidnapped once before, in Libya, but, where others, lesser people, would have seen that as a sign and called it a day, James Foley continued to work, seeking out the most desperate and scary regions of the world in his desire to portray the truth and disseminate information and news. As we know, not all journalists are the same.

The fact that he has been executed in this shameful and cowardly way is truly awful – no one should be killed like this, least of all, a man who was simply doing his job.

He is a true hero.

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Mike Killingworth August 26, 2014 at 9:56 am

I didn’t know he’d been kidnapped before.

I am not sure that I think better of him (or his memory) now that I do know. There is a line, this side of which is courage and beyond it is recklessness.


Ray_North August 26, 2014 at 1:13 pm

I think that’s a tad harsh Mike – surely in the case of good journalists, facing and overcoming danger like that, just whets the appetite?


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