Slain journalist's legacy was his passion for truth
By PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader | August 23. 2014 10:43PM
American soldiers tend to wounded comrades at the scene of a firefight in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, in September 2010.
August 2012: “As the war rages on, the flow of victims and blood shows no signs of letting up,” Foley narrates in a video published from Aleppo, Syria. (GLOBALPOST.COM)
GlobalPost, the online international news outlet for which Foley, 40, was working when he was abducted in Syria in 2012 - and when he was captured in Libya by dictator Moammar Gadhafi's forces in 2011 - has put together a collection of what his colleagues feel are examples of Foley's best work. The videos include footage of a firefight in Afghanistan, the youngest casualties of war in Syria, and his own account of being kidnapped by Gadhafi forces.
Image from video shot from a moving car before James Foley and two other journalists were taken captive in Libya in 2011. A fourth journalist was killed. "I didn't want to be the guy that said 'Let's turn around,'" Foley said later in an account of the capture and his six-week detention. (GLOBALPOST.COM)
"The threat of civil war is also likely motivating many soldiers to continue fighting. Omran (a soldier) said that a strong central leader like Gaddafi was needed to prevent the breakup of the country.
September 2011: In an interview with James Foley, Matthew Van Dyke, an American citizen, recounts his six months of captivity in a Libyan prison near Tripoli.
James Foley leaves a legacy of video and print journalism on GlobalPost.com, the online news outlet for which he was working when he was captured by Islamic militants in November 2012. (GLOBALPOST.COM)
Pieces like that one aren't produced without going to where the conflict is, hitting the streets and talking to locals, said Phil Balboni, co-founder and CEO of GlobalPost.
In April 2011, Foley was held in a Libyan military detention center while working for GlobalPost.
"Each day brought increasing worry that our moms would begin to panic. My colleague, Clare, was supposed to call her mom on her birthday, which was the day after we were captured. I had still not fully admitted to myself that my mom knew what had happened. But I kept telling Clare my mom had a strong faith. I prayed she'd know I was OK.
"I said 10 Hail Marys between each Our Father. It took a long time, almost an hour to count 100 Hail Marys off on my knuckles. And it helped to keep my mind focused. Upstairs in the warden's office, a distinguished man in a suit stood and said, 'We felt you might want to call your families.' I said a final prayer and dialed the number. My mom answered the phone. 'Mom, Mom, it's me, Jim.'?"
Hammerl was killed and the others were detained in a Libyan jail with him.
In a video at GlobalPost, Foley recalls the incident by saying, "Every day I have to deal with the fact that Anton is not going to ever see his three kids anymore. I was part of that decision-making process that took him away from his kids and his wife."
"It's another example of how he put the story before himself," said Balboni. "He had a knack for dealing with conflict, capturing it and presenting the story to the world."
Learn more about him by viewing GlobalPost's collection of his work at: