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Home > News & Media > Press Center > Archives > 2014 > Statement from NAA President and CEO Caroline Little on the release of journalist Peter Theo Curtis

Statement from Newspaper Association of America President and CEO Caroline Little on the release of journalist Peter Theo Curtis

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

August 25, 2014

The Newspaper Association of America is relieved to hear that American journalist Peter Theo Curtis was released from captivity on Sunday. He was kidnapped and held in Syria for nearly two years.

While we welcome Curtis’ release, we continue to be concerned about other journalists still in captivity. Since 2011, 66 journalists have died in Syria and another 30 are missing, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

These recent tragic incidents remind us of journalists’ efforts to report important news from conflict zones, telling the stories of war victims so that their voices may be heard in the din of battle. We hope that these incidents remind all about the importance of protecting journalists and freedom of the press.

On behalf of our nearly 2,000 member newspapers, we recognize the contributions of these courageous journalists who risk their lives to bear witness to war.

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.