James Foley: Boston-based journalist missing in Syria
A 39-year-old foreign correspondent who has worked for a Boston-based international news organization has been missing for weeks in Syria.
Family and friends of James Foley recently set up a website and various social media pages to plea for his release. His family said unidentified gunmen kidnapped him while in northwest Syria on Thanksgiving.
“Jim is the oldest of five children. He has reported independently and objectively from the Middle East for the past five years. Prior to his work as a journalist, Jim helped empower disadvantaged individuals as a teacher and mentor assisting them in improving their lives,” his family said in a statement posted online. “The family appeals for the release of Jim unharmed.”
More than 2,500 people had signed on online appeal for Foley’s release as of noon.
While Foley was based in Boston, his family lives in New Hampshire.
Foley was working for GlobalPost in April 2011 when he was captured by forces loyal to then-Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, according to the news agency. He spent 44 days in Libyan prisons before being released.
Foley was recently working for Agence France-Presse and submitted video material to the agency the day before he disappeared, the news agency said.
AFP also reported that Foley was picked up by four men who later released his driver and translator.
No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.