Oct 16, 2014 7:36 AM

Slain NH journalist James Foley to receive First Amendment award posthumously


MANCHESTER - A New Hampshire journalist murdered by the terrorist group ISIS will receive a First Amendment award.

James Foley will be honored posthumously by the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications on Nov. 12.

Foley, a freelance journalist and videographer who grew up in Wolfeboro, was named recipient of the 12th annual award.

"The Loeb School is honored to recognize James Foley for his work in telling the personal stories of people trapped by war and senseless violence," said David Tirrell-Wysocki, executive director of the nonprofit school. "He gave voice to people in places where there is no free speech or free press, and he gave his life because of it."

A panel of judges chose Foley from among nominees submitted by the public.

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

Foley had reported from Iraq and Afghanistan and was kidnapped in Libya for 44 days in 2011. His work appeared in Stars and Stripes and GlobalPost, among other outlets. He went to Syria in 2012 to report on conditions there and was taken by militants at Thanksgiving that year. His parents, John and Diane Foley, of Rochester, did not hear from him for more than a year.

He was executed in August of this year.

The First Amendment Award judges were former N.H. Supreme Court Justice Richard Galway; Foster's Daily Democrat Executive Editor Rod Doherty; attorney Gregory Sullivan; and past First Amendment Award recipients John Howe, former executive editor of The Citizen of Laconia; and Mary DeWinkeleer, student media adviser at Londonderry High School.


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