Parents of US Journalist Missing in Syria Plead For Release

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The parents of Austin Tice, the 31-year-old freelance journalist missing in Syria, spoke to reporters in a press conference on Monday, November 12, in the Lebanese capital city of Beirut, pleading for his release before Christmas.

Debra and Mark Tice asked that whoever was holding their son treat him well. They stated that their presence in Lebanon was to contact officials for help locating, and bringing their son home.

Debra and Mark said they were ready to cooperate and meet with any person or authority that could lead to information about their son.

SOUNDBITE 1 (English) – Mark, Austin’s father:
“We’re the parents of Austin Tice, a journalist working in Syria, and with whom we’ve had no contact since August 13th. We’re here today to appeal for information about Austin. Is he well? How can we contact him? And how can we return him to our family? If anyone who hears this has any information about Austin, and especially what we can do to bring him home, please contact us. We have a website where you can send us an email. It’s www.austinticefamily.com.”

The parents reaffirmed that they had direct and indirect contact with officials in the Syrian government who said they did not know Tice's whereabouts.

Debra sent a touching message to her missing son during the press conference.

SOUNDBITE 2 (English) – Debra Tice, Austin’s mother:
“My precious Austin, I love you dearly. I hold you tenderly in my heart, and I pray for you constantly. Your brothers and sisters love you, and think of you every minute. Be assured we’ll do all we can to bring you safely home.”

Tice was a US Marine before heading to Syria as a freelance journalist.

Tice has been missing since mid-August, and a US State Department spokesman said they believed he was in custody of the Syrian government.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: November 12, 2012
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: November 12, 2012
Length: 0:01:50
Video Size: 90.4 MB
Language: English
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Wide shot of the press conference that was held in Beirut Austin Tice’s parents
2. Various shots of video cameras shooting the conference, and photographers taking snapshots during the conference
3. Various, large shots of reporters and journalists attending the conference and taking notes
4. SOUNDBITE 1 (English) – Mark, Austin’s father:
“We’re the parents of Austin Tice, a journalist who was last working in Syria, and with whom we’ve had not contact since August 13th. We’re here today to appeal of information about Austin, is he well?! How can we contact him?! And how can we return him to our family?! If anyone who hears this; has any information about Austin; and especially what we can do to bring him home, please contact us. We’ve a website where you can send us an email. It’s www.austinticefamily.com.” 5. Close shot of Austin’s mother, Debra while she was talking during the conference
6. SOUNDBITE 2 (English) – Debra Tice, Austin’s mother:
“My precious Austin, I love you dearly. I hold you tenderly in my heart, and I pray for you constantly. Your brothers and sisters love you, and think of you every minute. Be assured we’ll do all we can to bring you safely home.” 7. Wide shot of the press conference, while the presenter is thanking the attendees for coming

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