ICFJ condemns the murder of journalist Steven Sotloff

Sep 22014

The International Center For Journalists (ICFJ) strongly condemns the barbaric execution of journalist Steven Sotloff.

Sotloff, a 31-year-old freelance journalist, had written for Foreign Policy, Time magazine and other news outlets. He was taken captive in Syria a year ago.

In a video released today, Sotloff is shown wearing an orange jumpsuit and kneeling in the desert. The clip is similar to the video of journalist James Foley’s beheading by ISIS militants two weeks ago.

At a press conference today, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, “The intelligence community will work as quickly as possible to determine its authenticity. If the video is genuine, we are sickened by this brutal act taking the life of another innocent American citizen.”

Just last month, Sotloff’s mother released a video asking for the release of her son.

“Stephen is a journalist who traveled to the Middle East to cover the suffering of Muslims at the hand of tyrants. Stephen is a loyal and generous son, brother and grandson,” she said in the recording. “He is an honorable man and has always tried to help the weak.”