The National Association of Broadcasters has announced a $10,000 donation to the Committee to Protect Journalists in memory of James Foley and Steven Sotloff. The two freelance journalists were covering the Syrian civil war when they were abducted and eventually executed by Middle Eastern militants.
NAB Joint Board Chairman Charles Warfield said, “James Foley and Steven Sotloff showed incredible bravery in risking — and ultimately sacrificing — their lives to tell the story of the people of Syria … NAB would like to honor their memory by showing our commitment to CPJ’s mission of supporting journalists’ rights to safely and freely cover important events around the world.”
CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon said, “There has been never a more dangerous and deadly time for the press, as these terrible killings vividly remind us … We are grateful to the National Association of Broadcasters for its generous contribution to CPJ which will help support [our] crucial work.”
“NAB is extremely concerned about these threats to press freedom and reaffirms our deep appreciation for journalists who put themselves on the front line to report the news,” NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith said.