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Home > News & Media > Press Center > Archives > 2014 > Statement from NAA president and CEO Caroline Little on the murder of journalist James Foley

Statement from Newspaper Association of America president and CEO Caroline Little on the murder of journalist James Foley

Sean O’Leary
Director of Communications
(571) 366-1009

August 20, 2014

"Today is a tragic day for journalism following the gruesome and senseless murder of James Foley, an American journalist who had been kidnapped by terrorists in Syria nearly two years ago. On behalf of our nearly 2,000 member newspapers, the Newspaper Association of America sends wishes of comfort and strength to his family, friends and colleagues during this time of sorrow.

James’ death is a vivid and painful reminder of the risks journalists take when reporting from conflict zones. Since 2011, 66 journalists have died in Syria and another 30 are missing, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. This is not acceptable.

We have seen journalists put themselves in danger to report on important news and we hope that these incidents will further raise awareness about the importance of protecting journalists and freedom of the press so that the public may know what’s happening in their neighborhoods and around the world."

About NAA

NAA is a nonprofit organization representing nearly 2,000 newspapers and their multiplatform businesses in the United States and Canada. NAA members include daily newspapers, as well as nondailies, other print publications and online products. Headquartered near Washington, D.C., in Arlington, Va., the association focuses on the major issues that affect today's newspaper industry: public policy/legal matters, advertising revenue growth and audience development across the medium's broad portfolio of products and digital platforms. Information about NAA and the industry also may be found at www.naa.org.