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Editorial: A moment of silence for a brave journalist

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  • James Foley1973-2014

    James Foley1973-2014

The Daily Herald Editorial Board

The Committee to Protect Journalists says at least 32 journalists have been killed in 2014 covering dangerous assignments around the world. One of them was James Foley, a Northwestern University master's degree graduate whose murder on Tuesday in Syria was recorded on video and posted online, purportedly by members of the radical al-Qaida splinter group Islamic State.

Journalists like Foley perform a unique and invaluable service, bringing to the world pictures and stories from some of the most perilous and difficult places on earth.

Today, the Daily Herald sought to recognize all of their bravery and to honor Foley's extraordinary personal sacrifice. In print, our acknowledgment took the form of a moment of silence, represented by a field of white space where the words of our editorial normally would appear. We hope it is a stark and fitting memorial to Foley's work and that of journalists like him.

That type of presentation cannot be reproduced online, so we've attached a copy of today's printed Opinion page as a link to this editorial. We hope you'll join us in honoring the life and work of a journalist of uncommon bravery and dignity.

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