#FreeAustinTice Banner To Be Unveiled on the Newseum’s Facade

Austin Tice

Austin Tice (Courtesy Tice Family)

On Nov. 2 at 12 p.m., Reporters Without Border (RSF) and the Newseum will unveil a banner for Austin Tice, the last American journalist captive held in Syria, on the Newseum’s facade.

Austin Tice went to Syria in 2012 as a freelance journalist, and was taken captive on Aug. 14, 2012, as he was preparing to travel from Daraya, near Damascus, Syria, to Beirut, Lebanon. He is alive and he is not being held by ISIS, according to diverse credible sources. Prior to his abduction, his work was published  by The Washington Post, The Associated Press, AFP, CBS, NPR, and BBC.

As defenders of a free press, the Newseum and RSF are committed to advocating for the protection of journalists worldwide. This unveiling will serve as an opportunity to call public attention to the threats faced by members of the press around the world.

Speakers will include:

  • Debra Tice, Austin Tice’s mother
  • Jeffrey Herbst, Newseum President and CEO
  • Delphine Halgand, RSF US Director
  • Douglas Jehl, Washington Post Foreign Editor

Journalists interested in attending should RSVP to media@newseum.org.

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