The international press freedom organization Reporters Without Borders and the parents of the American journalist Austin Tice, missing in Syria since August 2012, spoke at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 5 to publicize their input in the current White House hostage policy review and to appeal to the White House to do everything it can to bring Austin safely home. Watch the press conference here.
Several months ago, the White House ordered a review of the American government’s hostage policy. Marc and Debra Tice are taking part this week in meetings for this policy review. Reporters Without Borders’ team will meet White House representatives later this month.
Debra Tice appeared at the Newseum Feb. 4 with Diane Foley, mother of journalists James Foley, who was killed by militants of the Islamic State, or ISIS, in August 2014. Tice and Foley spoke with “PBS NewsHour” co-anchor Judy Woodruff about their sons and about threats to journalists and press freedoms around the globe.
Austin Tice disappeared in Syria in August 2012. His work was published by the McClatchy Newspapers, the Washington Post, Associated Press, AFP, as well as CBS, NPR, and BBC. His reporting earned the 2012 George Polk Award for War Reporting and the 2012 McClatchy Newspapers President’s Award. Austin Tice is alive and is not held by ISIS, according to diverse credible sources.
Reporters Without Borders promotes and defends the freedom to inform throughout the world. Based in Paris, it has international offices (Berlin, Brussels, Geneva, Madrid, Stockholm, Tunis, Vienna and Washington DC) and more than 150 correspondents in all five continents. The organization has a consultative status at the United Nations, UNESCO and Council of Europe.