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SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom - Samir Kassir Foundation

Kidnapped Journalist Austin Tice’s Parents to Hold a Press Conference in Beirut

Friday , 09 November 2012

Marc and Debra Tice, American freelance journalist Austin Tice’s parents, who was kidnapped in Syria on August 12, 2012, will hold a press conference on Monday, November 12, 2012, at 11 am at the Press Club in Furn el Chebbak, to talk about their son’s disappearance and urge relevant parties to release him.

On August 12, Austin Tice went missing in the Rif Dimashq Governorate, after weeks of covering the fighting between the Free Syrian Army and the Syrian government forces. On September 26, a video showing Tice blindfolded and surrounded by a group of armed men wearing the traditional Afghan clothes was released on YouTube. The kidnappers’ identity as well as Tice’s location could not be determined and his fate remains unknown. On October 8, Tice’s parents called on the Syrian government to help release their son.

Tice works as a freelance correspondent for The Washington Post and other news agencies such as McClatchy, CBC News, Al-Jazeera English and Agence France-Press among others.

The SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom invites all audiovisual, print and electronic media, whether Lebanese, Arab or international, to cover the press conference on Monday, in order to contribute to Tice’s release and that of all Syrian and foreign journalists detained by the Syrian regime or the armed opposition.

For more information, please contact Ayman Mhanna, SKeyes Center Executive Director, by e-mail ( or by phone (+9611397331). You can also contact Philip Elwood, the media advisor for the Tice family, by e-mail ( or by phone (+12025072229).

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