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08/21/2014 11:06 am ET | Updated Aug 22, 2014

ISIS Believed To Be Holding Many More Journalists In Captivity

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The Committee To Protect Journalists said on Thursday that it has identified at least seven more journalists it believes are being held by the militant group Islamic State, whose recent beheading of American journalist James Foley outraged the world.

Another American, Steven Sotloff, was also threatened in the video of Foley's murder. But the CPJ said there are "many" more journalists being held captive by IS (formerly known as ISIS) in Syria, where Foley is believed to have been killed.

"Given the restricted and dangerous reporting conditions in areas controlled by Islamic State and the number of cases that go unpublicized, usually at the request of family, it is difficult to provide an exact number of journalists killed or held captive by the group. But through Islamic State's repeated targeting of journalists, the group has proven to be one of the most dangerous forces for the press across the region," the group wrote.

There are an estimated 20 journalists currently missing in Syria. The number could obviously be higher. The country is seen as perhaps the most dangerous place on the planet for journalists.

Most of the journalists CPJ identified are Syrians. Read the full list here.

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