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NewsGuild Statement on Barbaric Murder of Steven Sotloff

Newspaper Guild President Bernie Lunzer issued the following statement today on the murder of journalist Steven Sotloff: "It appears that barbaric and radical extremists have again murdered a journalist as an act of revenge against the United States. Like James Foley two weeks ago, Steven Sotloff was murdered by horrific means shown in a video meant to terrorize and disgust the world. Because they are willing to risk their lives to tell stories from the darkest corners of the world, journalists have always been especially vulnerable targets for kidnappers. Now they are being preyed on by the most vile and vicious terrorists the modern world has ever seen. As we send our profound sympathy to the Sotloff family, we urge the entire world to continue to condemn these atrocities and to work together to stop an enemy to all humanity. Murdering storytellers who are courageously trying to understand and explain conflicts is an attack on civilization itself."