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ISIS Reportedly Holding Another Journalist Captive (TVNewser)
ISIS released a new video Thursday showing a British journalist as its prisoner. The video, since deleted by YouTube, shows British journalist John Cantlie. HuffPost Cantlie, a former reporter for the Sunday Times, the Sun and the Sunday Telegraph, went missing in Syria in 2012, but was later freed by the Free Syrian Army. Cantlie reportedly then returned to Syria in 2012, along with U.S. journalist James Foley. Foley was beheaded by ISIS in August, a horrific killing that was also recorded and released on video. Reuters In the new roughly three-minute video posted on social media sites, the man identified as Cantlie appears in good health and promises to “convey some facts” in a series of “programs,” suggesting there would be further installments. “Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, ‘He’s only doing this because he’s a prisoner. He’s got a gun at his head and he’s being forced to do this.’ Right?” the man in the video, wearing an orange shirt and closely-cropped hair, says. “Well, it’s true. I am a prisoner. That I cannot deny. But seeing as I’ve been abandoned by my government and my fate now lies in the hands of the Islamic State, I have nothing to lose.” Mashable He delivers a propaganda message to the West, promising to show “the truth” about the jihadists and stop what he calls the “seemingly inevitable sequence of events” that’s taking Western countries to another war in the Middle East. He promises that he will appear in more videos to come. NYT Analysts said that the shift in tone from the previous videos sought to gain maximum exposure and showed how attuned the group is to Western sensibilities in crafting its message. The video, like those before it, seems designed to forestall international military action against the Islamic State. But while the previous videos threatened revenge for attacks, Cantlie’s message seemed crafted to capitalize on reluctance in the West to get involved in a new war. “After two disastrous and hugely unpopular wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, why is it that our governments appear so keen to get involved in yet another unwinnable conflict?” he says.

Susan Glasser Named Editor of Politico (FishbowlDC)
Susan Glasser has been named editor of Politico, according to a memo issued Thursday morning from the Rosslyn-based political news outlet’s CEO Jim VandeHei, editor-in-chief John Harris and COO Kim Kingsley. Adweek Glasser currently serves as editor of Politico Magazine, a title she has held since its November 2013 launch. During her tenure, the publication has won the Aldo Beckman Award, the Gerald R. Ford prize and a local Emmy. HuffPost Glasser’s new mandate gives her “full authority” over Politico’s daily Washington coverage, the magazine and premium subscription service Pro. Harris, who remains editor-in-chief but will focus more on U.S. and European expansion, praised Glasser as a “great, natural editor” and recalled her strong reporting during their days together at The Washington Post. Glasser’s long-standing ties with senior leadership are a key reason she was tapped Thursday to become the news organization’s first editor. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Glasser has previously served as an editor at Roll Call, the Post’s Outlook section and Foreign Policy, where she was editor-in-chief.

BBC Team Attacked in Southern Russia ‘by at Least Three Men’ (BBC News)
The BBC has lodged a formal protest with the Russian authorities after a news team from the BBC’s Moscow bureau was attacked in the south of the country. The Guardian The incident happened after Steve Rosenberg, the BBC’s Moscow correspondent, and a newsgathering team had interviewed the sister of a Russian soldier who had been told he was killed in military exercises “on the border with Ukraine.” According to the BBC, the cameraman involved is continuing to receive treatment for a concussion and other injuries. HuffPost Just before the attack, the crew had left the house of Russian soldier Konstantin Kuzmin’s sister, who expressed doubts about the truth behind her brother’s death and said she does not believe what Russian military have told her. That suspicion was made even stronger when the staffers later found that the equipment they had left in their car had been “tampered with,” with much of their material completely erased. WSJ “The attack on our staff, and the destruction of their equipment and recordings, were clearly part of a coordinated attempt to stop accredited news journalists reporting a legitimate news story,” the BBC said. Moscow says its forces aren’t involved in the conflict between pro-Russia rebels and government forces in eastern Ukraine. But officials in Moscow recently said some Russian volunteers, as well as army personnel on vacation, are fighting there.

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