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Tributes pour in for US journalist Steven Sotloff killed by Islamic State

Thursday, 4 September 2014 - 4:51pm IST | Agency: DNA Webdesk
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United States journalist Steven Sotloff, 31, was executed by the Islamic State (IS) on Tuesday, as a "second message to America" to halt air strikes by the US military in Iraq. Since then, various news organisations have paid tribute to Sotloff by showcasing some of his work as prominent war reporter.

According to ABC, freelance reporter Sotloff worked in the Middle East for years, writing for news organisations like Time Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, the Daily Caller, Foreign Policy and the World Affairs Journal.

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"We are shocked and deeply saddened by reports of Steven Sotloff’s death," said Time editor Nancy Gibbs. "Steven was a valued contributor to Time and other news organisations, and he gave his life so readers would have access to information from some of the most dangerous places in the world. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”

Time magazine has now published a selection of Sotloff's articles as a tribute for his contribution in journalism.

Tributes poured in to Twitter from various journalists and former colleagues of Sotloff as well as admirers of his work.

Before his death, Soltoff's friends and family had started a White House petition urging the US government to do all it can to rescue the freelance reporter. "Steven Sotloff is an American citizen and reporter with Time magazine who is believed to have gone missing in August of 2013," the petition read. "Today, on August 19, 2014 it was revealed that Steven is a captive of the Islamist terrorist organization ISIS."

"We, the undersigned call upon you, President Obama, to take immediate action to save Steven's life by any means necessary,” the statement said, according to ABC reports.

More journalists are believed to be held captive by Islamic State, as Sotloff is the second journalist to be killed by the jihadist group. US journalist James Foley was beheaded by the Islamic State two weeks ago.

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