Reporters Without Borders is today creating a special page for tributes to the late James Foley, to keep alive the spirit of this talented and committed journalist. His horrific execution by Islamic State (ISIS) on 19 August has shocked the entire world. RWB is inviting his fellow reporters, other members of the media community and all citizens who are concerned about freedom to leave messages.
Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said today: "To us, he was an extraordinary journalist, who abhorred violence and was motivated by the desire to highlight the plight of the victims of war. As an internationally renowned journalist, James’ work took him to Libya and Syria. While being held captive by the Islamic State, he remained impassive in the face of threats, clinging to the hope that he would eventually return home. Courageous and composed, he communicated his hope to his fellow prisoners.
Under a campaign that was assisted by Reporters Without Borders, and with other photo journalists, James Foley helped raise funds to support the education of the three children left behind when his friend and journalist, Anton Hammerl, was killed in Libya in April 2011. RWB undertakes to wage an unrelenting battle for the safety of all those who, like Foley, expose the horrors of war.
The tribute page can be accessed online in French and English at this address: http://jamesfoley.rsf.org/en