News / Middle East

Parents of American Journalist Missing in Syria Appeal for Help

Debra, right, and Marc Tice, parents of Austin Tice, a journalist who has been missing in Syria since August this year, answer questions from journalists at the Press Club in Beirut, November 12, 2012.
Debra, right, and Marc Tice, parents of Austin Tice, a journalist who has been missing in Syria since August this year, answer questions from journalists at the Press Club in Beirut, November 12, 2012.
Paige Kollock
The parents of an American journalist who has been missing in Syria since mid-August say they have no idea who is holding him. The mother and father of Austin Tice pleaded for information about their son as they spoke to reporters in Lebanon's capital on Monday.

The 31-year old former U.S. Marine disappeared in August while reporting on Syria's civil war for various news outlets.

A law school student and fledgling journalist, Tice travelled to Syria in May - crossing without a visa across the Turkish border. He submitted several news articles from Syria before he disappeared. His parents last heard from him on August 13.

A video clip posted online in late September showed Tice held captive by gunmen. But there is no evidence as to who those gunmen might be.

“We know that we’re not the only family that’s suffering," said his father Marc Tice. "Austin’s silence has given us some understanding that so many families in this part of the world are suffering. We ask whoever is holding Austin to treat him well, to keep him safe and to return him to us as soon as possible.”

Marc and Debra Tice, the parents of seven children, are from the U.S. city of Houston, Texas. They travelled to Beirut hoping to gather more information on the whereabouts of Austin.

“My precious Austin, I love you dearly, I hold you tenderly in my heart and I pray for you constantly," said Debra Tice, addressing her son directly. "Be assured we will do all we can to bring you safely home.”

The U.S. State Department believes Austin is being held by the Syrian government. The video posted could not confirm that, and experts are questioning its authenticity.
During the press conference, the Tices said they had contacted the Syrian government, which said it knew nothing of Austin’s whereabouts. They also said they will do "whatever it takes" to get him back.

Tice is one of several journalists who have gone missing in Syria.

Two journalists working for U.S. government-funded Alhurra TV, correspondent Bashar Fahmi and cameraman Cuneyt Unal, have been unaccounted for since August, when they were reporting in and around Aleppo.

The Broadcasting Board of Governors, the parent organization of Alhurra and the Voice of America, has urged the Syrian government to ensure their safety.

You May Like

US Firms Concerned About China's New Cyber Regulations

New rules would require technology companies doing business in financial sector to hand over their source code, adopt Chinese encryption algorithms More

WHO Focus on Ebola Shifts to Ending Outbreak

Focus to be less on building facilities and more on efforts to find infected people, manage their cases, engage with communities and ensure proper burials More

US Scientist Who Conceived of Groundbreaking Laser Technology Dies

Charles Townes, Nobel laureate, laser co-creator paved way for other scientific discoveries: CDs, eye surgery, metal cutters to name a few technologies that rely on lasers More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: raafat,abou-ikdeh from: cleveland,ohio
November 12, 2012 4:17 PM
dear, sir mam forgive me our country under a lot of un rest but that means you must not lose any hope to get your loved one back . i am sorry that your son in this situation and i hope you will unite with him .

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Super Bowl Ads Compete for Eyes on TV, Webi
X
January 29, 2015 9:58 AM
Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 1) is about more than just the NFL's American football championship and big parties to watch the game. Viewers also tune in for the world famous commercials that send Facebook and Twitter abuzz. Daniela Schrier reports on the social media rewards for America’s priciest advertising.
Video

Video Super Bowl Ads Compete for Eyes on TV, Web

Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 1) is about more than just the NFL's American football championship and big parties to watch the game. Viewers also tune in for the world famous commercials that send Facebook and Twitter abuzz. Daniela Schrier reports on the social media rewards for America’s priciest advertising.
Video

Video Theologians Cast Doubt on Morality of Drone Strikes

In 2006, stirred by photos of U.S. soldiers mistreating Iraqi prisoners, a group of American faith leaders and academics launched the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. It played an important role in getting Congress to investigate, and the president to ban, torture. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Video

Video Freedom on Decline Worldwide, Report Says

The state of global freedom declined for the ninth consecutive year in 2014, according to global watchdog Freedom House's annual report released Wednesday. VOA's William Gallo has more.
Video

Video As Ground Shifts, Obama Reviews Middle East Strategy

The death of Saudi Arabia’s king, the collapse of a U.S.-friendly government in Yemen and a problematic relationship with Israel’s leadership are presenting a new set of complications for the Obama administration and its Middle East policy. Not only is the U.S. leader dealing with adversaries in Iran, the Islamic State and al-Qaida, but he is now juggling trouble with traditional allies, as White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
Video

Video MRI Seems to Help Diagnose Prostate Cancer, Preliminary Study Shows

Just as with mammography used to detect breast cancer, there's a lot of controversy about tests used to diagnose prostate cancer. Fortunately, a new study shows doctors may now have a more reliable way to diagnose prostate cancer for high risk patients. More from VOA's Carol Pearson.
Video

Video Smartphones About to Make Leap, Carry Basic Senses

Long-distance communication contains mostly sounds and pictures - for now. But scientists in Britain say they are close to creating additions for our smartphones that will make it possible to send taste, smell and even a basic touch. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video NASA Monitors Earth’s Vital Signs From Space

The U.S. space agency, NASA, is wrapping up its busiest 12-month period in more than a decade, with three missions launched in 2014 and two this month, one in early January and the fifth scheduled for January 29. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, the instruments being lifted into orbit are focused on Earth’s vital life support systems and how they are responding to a warmer planet.
Video

Video Saved By a Mistake - an Auschwitz Survivor's Story

Dagmar Lieblova was 14 when she arrived at Auschwitz in December 1943, along with her entire Czech Jewish family. All of them were to die there, but she was able to leave after several months due to a bureaucratic mix-up which saved her life. Now 85, with three children and six grandchildren, she says she has a feeling of victory. This report by Ahmad Wadiei and Farin Assemi, of RFE/RL's Radio Farda is narrated by RFE’s Raymond Furlong.

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More

All About America

AppleAndroid