By Shem Mukalo
Death in the Desert:James Foley Beheading a Bellwether of Threats to Journalism
The world woke up on Tuesday to a gruesome video showing ISIS militants slicing the throat of an American journalist, James Foley.This video showing the journalist kneeling down besides a masked militant wielding a knife.
According to the grotesque footage,the execution was in retaliation to sustained US airstrikes against the IS militants.
Obama ,speaking at the Martha’s Vineyard where he is vacating with his family, described the decapitation ”a despicable act that has shocked the human conscience” and maintained that they would be no let-up in US airstrikes.
Another American journalist, also featured in the video ,life depends on US next course of action the ISIS operative warned.
Such grisly acts on journalists are not new.They represent a dangerous trend in a sustained string of assaults on journalists as pawns to send political messages.It is becoming extremely difficult for reporters to practise their trade in loci of violent conflicts with many opting to stay away.