Sotloff Beheading: Murdered Journalist’s Family Speaks


The family of US journalist Steven Sotloff have spoken publicly for the first time since a video of his beheading was released by militants.

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They said that the reporter gave his life to covering the suffering of people in war zones, but was “no hero.”

Mr. Sotloff “tried to find good concealed in a world of darkness.”

Vice President Joe Biden said that Islamic State militants who killed him and another US man, James Foley, would be pursued “to the gates of hell.”

Speaking at a press conference in Florida, Sotloff family spokesman Barak Barfi said that Steven “wanted to give voice to those who had none.”

rp_sot2.jpgHe said that Mr. Sotloff “was no war junkie and did not want to be a modern-day Lawrence of Arabia.”

“From the Libyan doctor in Misrata who struggled to provide psychological services to children ravaged by war, to the Syrian plumber who risked his life by crossing regime lines to purchase medicine, their story was Steve’s story. He ultimately sacrificed his life to bring their story to the world,” Mr. Barfi said.

“Today we grieve but we will emerge stronger. We will not allow our enemies to hold us hostage with the sole weapon they possess: Fear.”

Mr Barfi said that Steven Sotloff was “torn between two poles” – his love of home life and his passion for the Arab world.

He said that the Sotloff family’s prayers went out to the family of Jim Foley – another American journalist who was similarly killed last month.

“Like Steve he suffered but his jailors never broke him. He was an inspiration to others held in prison.”

Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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