Reports of James Foley's beheading by the Islamic State prompted an outpouring of grief and horrified reactions — as well as pleas to not share the photos and video distributed by the militant group — on Tuesday.
The Islamic State released a video claiming to show Foley being beheaded, and threatening to kill a man it claimed is Steven Sotloff next. Foley went missing in Syria over a year ago, and Sotloff went missing in Syria last August.
The hashtag "#ISISMediaBlackout" began trending on Twitter as people urged others to avoid giving the group any publicity.
RIP James Foley. Can't pay him a bigger compliment than say he was the kind of journalist I wanted to be. Fearless and awesome.
— Andy Jones (@Andyjoneswrites) August 19, 2014
James Foley was a generous colleague & friend. We had beers in Antakya a week before he was taken. We talked about marriage/kids...
— Sheera Frenkel (@sheeraf) August 19, 2014
— Campbell MacDiarmid (@CampbellMacD) August 19, 2014
First corresponded with James Foley in 2010 when he was reporting in Afghanistan. You didn't deserve this. I'm so sorry.
— Evan Hill (@evanchill) August 19, 2014
Shock. Horror. Disgust. Outrage. Let us all honor James Foley and pray for his family and friends.
— Nick Schifrin (@nickschifrin) August 19, 2014
— Paul Conroy (@reflextv) August 19, 2014
Do not watch the video. Honor James Foley's memory. He was a good damn reporter. The world is less good without him.
— Jeb Boone (@JebBoone) August 19, 2014
RIP James Foley. My thoughts with everyone in a similar situation, and their families. What tragedy upon tragedy.
— Joshua Hersh (@joshuahersh) August 19, 2014
James Foley. Words just fail me right now. Thoughts and prayers for his family right now.
— RICHELLE CAREY (@RichelleCarey) August 19, 2014
Horrified to hear about James Foley's execution, and equally horrified that people are tweeting photos/video. Be better than that.
— Laura Prudom (@LauInLA) August 19, 2014
Words fail me. Devastated for family of James Foley. Horrific, barbaric. Thoughts with his many friends. #Syria
— Jon Williams (@WilliamsJon) August 19, 2014
Sending thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and colleagues of journalist #JamesFoley.
— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) August 19, 2014
Sickening news about James Foley. Not watching the video, and don't think it should be shared either. May he rest in peace.
— Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) August 19, 2014
My thoughts are with James Foley’s family. No matter what he faced, he was unfailingly kind, generous, and warm. A wonderful soul.
— Max Fisher (@Max_Fisher) August 19, 2014
The video of ISIS beheading a man they say is US journalist James Foley is absolutely dark, gruesome. Not sharing. No one should share.
— Anup Kaphle (@AnupKaphle) August 19, 2014
Can't imagine being put in horrific situation James Foley was and being as calm & brave. ISIS wanted to take his dignity, they did opposite.
— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) August 19, 2014
This is James Foley. pic.twitter.com/iOj2uAO8RC
— Scott Bixby (@scottbix) August 19, 2014