James Foley Honored With First Amendment Award

Nov 13, 2014

James Foley
Credit Credit AP PHOTO/NICOLE TUNG, FREEJAMESFOLEY.ORG

A New Hampshire journalist murdered by Islamic State extremists in Syria has been honored with the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications First Amendment Award.

The award was established to honor New Hampshire people or organizations who protect or exemplify the liberties granted in the First Amendment.

James Foley is the 12th recipient of the award. His parents accepted it on his behalf Wednesday. His mother, Diane Foley, said Jim was very passionate about freedom of the press, which is why he risked his life to be in Syria. She said he wanted the world to know about the suffering in Syria.

Foley was in Syria in 2012 when he was captured. Members of the Islamic State militant group said they killed him because of U.S. intervention in the conflict in Iraq and Syria.

Related: Donald Trump was the featured speaker at the event and made a donation to the fund set up in honor of Foley. You can see photos of Trump taken by Carol Robidoux on our Flickr page.