Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Tributes to 'Brave Journalist' Murdered by ISIS Militants; Steven Sotloff Risked His Life to Bear Witness to Muslims' Troubles, Say His Friends

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Tributes to 'Brave Journalist' Murdered by ISIS Militants; Steven Sotloff Risked His Life to Bear Witness to Muslims' Troubles, Say His Friends

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Byline: Tim Walker in Jerusalem

THOSE who knew Steven Sotloff, the American- Israeli journalist murdered by Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Syria, have described the 31-year-old as a brave and conscientious reporter, who loved the Islamic world and felt compelled to cover the conflicts there despite inherent dangers.

US President Barack Obama joined the tributes to Mr Sotloff yesterday, saying the whole country was grieving with his family and friends. The President said Mr Sotloff had "(risked) his life to tell the story of Muslim men and women demanding justice and dignity".

His comments came as the White House confirmed the authenticity of a video released on Tuesday, showing Mr Sotloff beheaded by a militant who said the murder was a response to US airstrikes on ISIS forces in Iraq.

Mr Sotloff was a freelancer who contributed to publications including Time, Foreign Policy and the Christian Science Monitor from across the Middle East and North Africa. He was kidnapped near Aleppo in northern Syria in August 2013.

Last month Mr Sotloff was paraded before the camera by ISIS fighters in a video depicting the beheading of 40-year-old James Foley, a US journalist with whom he was held captive by the group.

Mr Sotloff's mother then released a video pleading directly with ISIS figurehead Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to show clemency. Shirley Sotloff said her son had "travelled to the Middle East to cover the suffering of Muslims at the hands of tyrants. Steven is a loyal and generous son, brother and grandson. He is an honourable man and has always tried to help the weak."

Foreign Policy editor David Kenner said in a statement that Mr Sotloff was a "brave and talented journalist" with "a deep concern for the civilians caught in the middle of a brutal war".

Ms Sotloff's parents were Holocaust survivors who later settled in the US, and Israel's foreign ministry confirmed yesterday that Mr Sotloff held dual US-Israeli citizenship. …

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