Mothers of slain and missing journalists to speak at Newseum

James Foley and Austin Tice

From left, James Foley and Austin Tice. (Foley photo: Nicole Tung/Courtesy Agence France-Presse, Tice photo: Courtesy Tice Family)

The mothers of two American journalists, one kidnapped in Syria and one killed by militants in Syria, will participate in a special Newseum program Wednesday, Feb. 4, in a conversation with “PBS NewsHour” managing editor Judy Woodruff.

The program, co-sponsored by the Committee to Protect Journalists, will examine threats to journalists who are being killed and imprisoned in record numbers around the world. The program will also explore the rise of new strategies by terrorists and governments to suppress information.

Diane Foley is the mother of photojournalist James Foley, who was killed by Islamic State militants in August 2014. Debra Tice is the mother of freelance journalist Austin Tice, who has been missing since he was taken captive in Syria in August 2012. The evening also will include a panel discussion with Douglas Frantz, U.S. assistant secretary of state for public affairs; Kathleen Carroll, executive editor for the Associated Press; and Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

The program is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

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