Parents of beheaded journalist speak out

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ARIZONA (KVOA) — The parents of a freelance journalist beheaded by ISIS visited the University of Arizona Thursday.

Their son, James Foley, died in Syria on August 19, 2014.

The man who beheaded Foley, known as ‘Jihadi John,’ was identified Thursday.

Diane and John Foley want to make sure their son did not die in vain, so they are taking their message across the country.

“The government could have done a lot more,” John Foley said. “Ransom is a very complicated issue. You look at it from 2 points of view, if it’s your child or somebody else’s. The discussion is entirely different.”

“We really feel that our government needs to have a clearer policy and be more up-front about what they can and cannot do, or will and will not do,” Diane Foley said. “We felt like we were in the dark a lot.”

Diane and John also spoke about reporters that are in the same line of work that their son was in when he died.

“We need to challenge the news organizations,” Diane Foley said. “If they’re going to use freelancers, because they don’t want to send staffers to conflict zones, then we need to challenge them to take care of them.”

Even while mourning the death of their son, and learning the identity of his killer, the Foleys are more focused on gaining peace.

“If we keep hating one another and hurting one another, how can we ever get to peace, ya know?” Diane said.

“So in all fairness, discovering who he is might be important to some people, but it’s not important to me,” John added.

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