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August 24th, 2014
01:12 PM ET

Jim Foley's boss: "It's suicide for a journalist to go into Syria now"

Jim Foley, the American journalist who was beheaded in a video published by the Islamic extremist group ISIS on Tuesday, was working for the web site GlobalPost when he was abducted in Syria on Thanksgiving Day 2012.

On Sunday's "Reliable Sources," Brian Stelter spoke with GlobalPost CEO Phil Balboni and Associated Press CEO Gary Pruitt about the dangers that journalists face in war zones around the world.

Balboni said it is not safe for other journalists to attempt to travel to Syria now. "For many months" after Foley's abduction, "we didn't know where he was, whether he was alive or who had him. But we did not send another journalist inside Syria from that point on. It’s suicide for a journalist to go into Syria now."

Pruitt said in a statement earlier this week that "we believe the assassination of a journalist in wartime should be considered an international crime of war." He elaborated:

"I think the world, the world's countries and international community needs to recognize the role that journalists play in informing the world and providing the news from the front lines that is indispensable. And for them to be treated as combatants, to be held hostage and killed and targeted, is abhorrent and a war crime."

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