James Wright Foley, a 40-year-old freelance journalist, is dead, killed far from home and alone. It is a tragedy and a horror.
None of us have ever had to be as brave as James Wright Foley in our efforts as journalists and none of us here can understand the cost of his sacrifice.
Foley was kept captive in Syria since 2012 and his image only now resurfaced in a terrible video taken by the Islamic State Group in which he is allegedly beheaded. I beseech you not to watch it and instead remember him as a bold, fearless defender of freedom and practitioner of true journalism.
We’ve lost another great journalist. The world is poorer for it.