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Atlantic Media Owner David Bradley Aided Efforts to Free Peter Theo Curtis

Peter Theo Curtis

Freed American journalist Peter Theo Curtis

Chairman and owner of the Atlantic Media David Bradley helped in the release of American journalist Peter Theo Curtis, kidnapped along the Syrian border in Antakya, Turkey in October 2012.

On Sunday, Al Jazeera America first reported that Curtis was released from captivity by Jabhat al-Nusra to the UN, facilitated by Qatar.

According to a Washington Post, “Bradley said he became involved in the case after meeting a cousin of Curtis’s, Amy Rosen, at a benefit dinner last year in New York. Rosen appealed to him to help find the missing man, and Bradley agreed. Key members of the team he put on the project included his general counsel and a Syrian researcher who could monitor jihadi Web sites and translate Arabic.” Read more

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Reporters Without Borders Launches Tribute Page for James Foley

JimFoley304In memory of James Foley, the American photo journalist beheaded this week by ISIS, Reporters Without Borders created a tribute page to serve as a forum where anyone, including colleagues and members of the media, can share memories and leave messages.

“To us, he was an extraordinary journalist, who abhorred violence and was motivated by the desire to highlight the plight of the victims of war,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire. “As an internationally renowned journalist, James’ work took him to Libya and Syria. While being held captive by the Islamic State, he remained impassive in the face of threats, clinging to the hope that he would eventually return home. Courageous and composed, he communicated his hope to his fellow prisoners.”

In a statement on Foley’s taped murder – that was posted to YouTube on Tuesday by ISIS – President Barack Obama described Foley as ”a man who lived his work, who courageously told the stories of his fellow human beings, who was liked and loved by friends and family” and concluded by vowing “we will do everything we can to protect our people and the timeless values that we stand for.”

Visit the tribute page, here.

Afternoon Lede Check – 8.22.14

NATO: Russia firing artillery within Ukraine (The Washington Post). W.H. offers new birth control plan (POLITICO). Police worried missing teen cases may be related (Fox5).

From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump…

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Attorney General Eric Holder on James Foley: ‘People will be held accountable’

Following President Barack Obama’s statement yesterday on the beheading of American journalist James Foley by ISIS, Attorney General Eric Holder announced an open criminal investigation into the murder at a speech given at the Department of Justice on Thursday.

“The Justice department is actively pursuing justice in this case,” said Holder. “We have an open criminal investigation. And those that would perpetrate such acts need to understand something. This Justice Department, this Department of Defense, this nation; we have long memories and our reach is very wide. We will not forget what happened and people will be held accountable, one way or the other.”

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Greta Van Susteren to President Obama: ‘Put on a tie’

GretawireFollowing President Barack Obama’s statement on the beheading of American photojournalist James Foley by ISIS, FOX News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren took to her website Gretawire to call out the president for his attire, which did not include a tie, during his live remarks.

“And by the way, I am all for casual clothes — but he IS the President of the United States and he IS talking about a beheading of an American, not the annual Easter egg roll,” writes Van Susteren. “Put on a tie. All eyes are on the President and he needs to convey the right message on all levels.”

Obama, who’s been semi-vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard since August 9, also received flack on Twitter for not wearing a tie during a Monday press conference on current events in Iraq and Ferguson, Mo.

In Van Susteren’s five line headline, she opined in parenthesis that “this vacation casual is unacceptable in the face of this atrocity.”

Read the full piece, here.

President Obama: ‘The world is shaped by people like Jim Foley’

NBC-James-Foley-300x168President Obama Wednesday afternoon delivered a statement on the beheading of American photojournalist James Foley by ISIS.

A video posted to YouTube on Tuesday was confirmed authentic by National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden on Wednesday. In it, Steven Sotloff, a freelance journalist who has written for TIME that was kidnapped in August 2013 is also shown, and threats on his life made.

In remarks from Martha’s Vineyard, Obama said, “No just God would stand for what they did yesterday or every single day…People like this ultimately fail. They fail because the future’s won by those who build and not destroy. The world is shaped by people like Jim Foley.” Read more

WATCH LIVE: President Obama to Deliver 12:45pm Statement

President Barack Obama will deliver a statement at 12:45pm Wednesday from Martha’s Vineyard on the beheading of American photojournalist James Foley by ISIS. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden confirmed the video’s authenticity on Wednesday, after it was posted, and soon after removed, from YouTube.

WATCH live via NBC News:

Atlantic Reporter’s Nightmare is Over

Friends, family and colleagues to Clare Morgana Gillis can breathe a sigh of relief. The freelance reporter writing for The Atlantic and USA Today, crossed the border into Tunisia today, a day after being released by the Libyan government.  American reporter James Foley of GlobalPost, Spanish photographer Manuel Brabo, and British freelance reporter Nigel Chandler also crossed into Tunisia with her.

Gillis was detained by the Libyan government for six weeks. Her time there swayed between a women’s prison and a luxury hotel. We trust we’re going to learn more from her in the coming weeks.

More details? Read here.

Finally, Good News for Detained Atlantic Journo

After 16 days of silence, the Atlantic reports that their freelancer, Clare Morgana Gillis, who was detained by the Libyan government, has spoken with her parents and is doing well.

In a 15-minute phone call yesterday, Gillis said she was being held in a women’s jail in Tripoli, but assured her parents she was in good health and hadn’t been mistreated. Her father, Robert, said he and his wife were “so relieved” to hear from their daughter, but were “still urgently appealing to the Libyan government to let her come home.”

Two other journalists were detained with Gillis: James Foley of GlobalPost and Spanish photographer Manuel Bravo. Gillis was separated from them in Tripoli. Their whereabouts are unknown. Another journalist, South African photographer Anton Hammerl, was thought to have been detained with the other three, but Gillis confirmed that he was not.

Still No Word From Detained Journos

Today marks the sixth day since a group of journalists, including a freelance writer for the Atlantic, were detained in Libya, and the White House is now demanding their release.

We told you last week that Atlantic writer Clare Morgana Gillis and three of her traveling companions, James Foley, a freelance contributor to GlobalPost.com, Spanish photographer Manu Brabo, and South African photographer Anton Hammerl, were detained by the Libyan government while reporting on the country’s civil war.

The Atlantic is reporting that at yesterday’s White House press briefing, Press Secretary Jay Carney called for their release. He said the White House was “very aware” of the situation and that the State Department was also involved in trying to get the journalists released.

Mark Toner, the acting State Department spokesman, echoed Carney, but acknowledged the department is “limited in what [it] can do in Libya right now, except to make public appeals, like I can do right now.”

Though Libyan officials are denying that they have the detained journalists, Atlantic editor James Bennet said that “at least three of the missing journalists have been seen in official detention.”

Meanwhile, Gillis’ father in Connecticut tells the Hartford Courant that he hasn’t heard from his daughter since he was told she’d been detained.  Even though he and his wife have been monitoring media reports, he said the hardships in getting information verified have been “very tension-producing.”

UPDATE: The Atlantic has confirmed that three of the journalists, Gillis, Foley, and Brabo, were seen at a detention center in Tripoli on Thursday, April 8. The magazine has not been able to confirm, however, that the South African photographer, Hammerl, was with them. Human Rights Watch initially concluded that all four had been detained together, but it now appears as though Hammerl’s disappearance is separate.

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