The NAB will be donating $100,000 to the Committee to Project Journalists in honor of James Foley and Steven Sotloff, American journalists who were kidnaped and murdered while covering the Syrian Civil War. NAB Joint Board Chairman Charles Warfield said the two "showed incredible bravery in risking -- and ultimately sacrificing -- their lives to tell the story of the people of Syria."
Warfield continued, "NAB would like to honor their memory by showing our commitment to CPJ's mission of supporting journalists' rights to safely and freely cover important events around the world."
The Committee to Protect Journalists, founded in 1981, is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting freedom of the press and protecting the rights of journalists to report news without fear of reprisal.
NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith said, ""The horrific killings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff serve as reminders of the dangers to journalists seeking to cover events people have a right to know about. NAB is extremely concerned about these threats to press freedom and reaffirms our deep appreciation for journalists who put themselves on the front line to report the news."
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