Jan/Feb Newsletter

A message from Diane and John:
Save the Date: May 3, 2016

We are celebrating World Press Freedom Day with our first JAMES FOLEY FREEDOM AWARDS black tie reception and dinner at the Newseum in Washington DC on May 3rd at 6:30pm.

In partnership with the Newseum, we will also offer a free screening of “Jim, the James Foley Story” in the Newseum’s Annenberg Theater from 4 to 6pm.

This year’s honorees are:
David Bradley of Atlantic Media
David Rohde of Thomson Reuters
Nadia Alawa of NuDay Syria

for continuing Jim’s work on behalf of American hostages, freelance conflict journalists and vulnerable children.

We have sponsor opportunities available for this special event. If you or your company/organization are interested in supporting this event as a sponsor, please contact Mariann Murphy, Executive Director at 603.948.1339 or email mmurphy@jamesfoleyfoundation.org.

We have an e-vite and a traditional invitation. Do you know someone in the DC area who would like to attend? Please email us their contact information and if you would like to include a personal message. For more information or to register for this event, please visit our Events page or click here.

We want to thank film director, Brian Oakes, and co-writer, Heather MacDonald, childhood friends of Jim’s, for their work on the film. They did a masterful job capturing the essence of Jim and his challenging legacy. The film received the coveted Audience Award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in Park City.

The Foundation will be using the film for educational and fundraising screenings. If you are interested in organizing a screening in your area, please contact Mariann Murphy, Executive Director at 603.948.1339 or email mmurphy@jamesfoleyfoundation.org.

With deep gratitude and love,
Diane & John


REMEMBER ROBERT LEVINSON (2007) and AUSTIN TICE (2012) and other unnamed Americans still being held hostage.

We celebrate Freedom for Americans from Iran and Bahrain:
Journalist Jason Rezaian held since 2014
Pastor Saeed Abedini since 2012
Marine vet Amir Hekmati since 2011
Student Matthew Trevithickj
Journalist Anna Therese Day

The US Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell has referred several families to the Foundation. We continue to collaborate to keep American hostages a priority!


The Foundation helped convene an international coalition to promote increased safety and equity for freelance journalists in conflict zones. The coalition has now chosen the name, A Culture of Safety Alliance or “ACOS”.

ACOS held their quarterly meeting in Paris in early February in an effort to increase the European presence in the Alliance. Diane Foley was in Paris for the UNESCO conference and attended the ACOS meeting to represent the Foundation.

Diane Foley was a featured speaker at the February UNESCO conference entitled “News Organizations Standing Up for the Safety of Media Professionals”. Diane was joined on panel by Director-General Irina Bokova and Christiane Amanpour. Violence towards journalists continues to be a challenge globally.
Journalism matters for society and for what UNESCO calls the “free flow” of ideas and information.

Because of the service they provide to the public, those who do journalism need to be protected. On this basis, UNESCO organized an international conference for the leading decision-makers of news organizations, especially owners, publishers, chief executives and editors-in-chief.

The conference objective was to provide news organizations with a platform to discuss existing and new measures aimed to strengthen journalists’ safety worldwide and engage with UNESCO Member States on these issues. It was held to deepen knowledge about the issues of journalists’ safety, to share industry good practices, to promote dialogue on the issue, and to identify gaps for possible follow up.

Click here to read more about the conference.


Foley 5K

Even though the 2nd Annual Foley 5K is months away (October 15, 2016), you can start organizing your group or team in your area for the virtual run or the event in Rochester NH.

For more information or to register, please click here to visit the Foley 5K website.

Last year we had about 1,000 runners in NH and another 1,000 runners worldwide in our virtual run. Let’s see how many more we can have running this year!