The United Nations Correspondents Association in partnership with Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) held a press conference on September 17th, 2018, with Marc and Debra Tice, parents of American journalist Austin Tice, who has been detained in Syria since 2012.
The press conference was moderated by Luke Vargas, Talk Media News.
Additional information and video below.
In 2012, freelance journalist Austin Tice traveled to Syria to report on the unfolding crisis and was published by McClatchy News, The Washington Post, AFP, CBS and other news organizations. He traveled extensively across the country covering various aspects of the Syrian conflict, earning a George Polk Award for War Reporting, the McClatchy President’s Award for Journalism Excellence, and the John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award. Austin was detained at a checkpoint near Damascus on August 14, 2012 and is still being held in Syria.
Marc and Debra Tice spoke to the press on the ongoing effort to secure Austin’s safe return.
Have this confirmed by a source close to the whips office. They are heading back to SW1. Source tells me it must now be likely that confidence vote happening. “Got to be close if not there already” https://t.co/K1RW4Jz77O— Beth Rigby (@BethRigby) November 16, 2018
& trip to Sweden twitter.com/AkshayaSays/st…
To be fair, they've also gone down to Washington DC for lunch at the White House organized by @USUN in January 2018, and stopped by Kuwait City during a trip organized by @KuwaitMissionUN (4/7) pic.twitter.com/pICamt843A— Akshaya Kumar (@AkshayaSays) November 15, 2018
Being called Security Council tourism. twitter.com/AkshayaSays/st…
Beijing, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the Council, has planned the trip to showcase the cities of Shenzhen and Guangzhou & to spotlight its contributions to UN peacekeeping around the world.— Akshaya Kumar (@AkshayaSays) November 15, 2018
Such glitzy destinations are a far cry from usual UNSC trips (2/7) pic.twitter.com/RRGmzcNIc9