SOURCE: Medill - Northwestern University

Medill – Northwestern University

April 22, 2013 12:33 ET

Family of Missing GlobalPost Journalist James Foley to Hold Event on World Press Freedom Day on May 3 in Boston

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - April 22, 2013) -  Journalist James 'Jim' Foley missing in Syria for nearly 140 days; live webcast at Medill Northwestern University in Evanston; event to be streamed at

The family of missing GlobalPost journalist and Northwestern University graduate James Foley is holding an event to raise awareness on World Press Freedom Day on May 3rd in Boston. Foley, who is from New Hampshire, was taken by unidentified gunmen in northwest Syria on Nov. 22, 2012, and has not been heard from since. Foley graduated from Northwestern University with a master of science in journalism from Medill in 2008.

Medill will be hosting a public webcast of the live event in Evanston at Northwestern University in conjunction with various university student groups, including the Society of Professional Journalists and National Association of Black Journalists, at 1870 Campus Drive at 9 a.m. CDT in Evanston, and all are welcome.

"Silenced Voices: When Conflict Journalists Go Missing," which is being held from 10 to 11 a.m. EDT (9 to 10 a.m. CDT) at GlobalPost headquarters in Boston, will include a presentation of Foley's work as well as a panel discussion including members of his family and Thomson Reuters columnist David Rohde, who when he was a reporter for The New York Times, was taken by members of the Taliban in 2008 and held for seven months before escaping. Rohde will be joined by "Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran" author and Medill graduate Roxana Saberi, Pakistani journalist Beena Sarwar, Medill Professor Jack Doppelt, and GlobalPost President, CEO and Co-Founder Philip S. Balboni, to discuss the vital importance and dangers of reporting from conflict zones around the world.

World Press Freedom Day is held each year to celebrate press freedom and to raise awareness about journalists around the world, who are censored, arrested, attacked and even murdered because of their work.

"We want to remind the world that Jim remains missing, and we continue to appeal to those holding him for his safe return," said John Foley, father of Jim Foley. "We know Jim is one of many journalists who are suffering for doing their jobs. We hope others will join us to help get the word out that many reporters like Jim are being unjustly detained. Someone in Syria knows what happened to Jim, and we hope they will contact us."

The Foley family has been in regular contact with GlobalPost CEO Philip S. Balboni, who has been spearheading the effort to locate Foley.

"We continue an intensive effort using all of the resources at our disposal to run down all leads," said Balboni. "We are hoping that this gathering will help elevate awareness about Jim Foley, and we ask the people of Syria and the surrounding region to come forward and provide information regarding Jim Foley."

About James Foley

James Foley is a freelance journalist and conflict zone reporter. In the past, he has covered conflicts in Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq working freelance for GlobalPost and Agence France-Presse, among other media outlets. Prior to his work as a journalist, Foley helped disadvantaged individuals as a teacher and mentor assisting them in improving their lives. Foley is well known for his independent, fair and objective reporting. Visit for additional information in English and Arabic, photos and an appeal for Foley's release.

About Medill

Medill was founded in 1921 and offers programs in journalism and integrated marketing communications. It teaches new techniques essential in today's digital world. Medill is leading the way in training a new generation of multimedia journalists and integrated marketing communications professionals. The Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University is named after Joseph Medill, a newspaper man and former Mayor of Chicago.

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