Free Austin Tice!


A banner honoring the independent journalist Austin Tice was unveiled at The Sacramento Bee offices on August 13, marking the fifth year of his captivity in Syria. Tice traveled to Syria in the summer of 2012 and filed stories for several media organizations, including The Bee's parent The McClatchy Company. He was on his way to Lebanon and home on August 13, 2012 when he disappeared. Five weeks later, a video was posted showing him alive but imprisoned by armed men. After unveiling the banner, McClatchy's Twitter feed posted this reminder: "Real journalists are being tortured, kidnapped and killed to give you #realnews #FreeAustinTice."