The Associated Press is outraged by the killing of James Foley and condemns the taking of any journalist’s life. We believe those who kill journalists or hold them hostage should be brought to justice.
Further, we believe the assassination of a journalist in wartime should be considered an international crime of war.
The murder of a journalist with impunity is a threat to a free press and democracy around the world.
— Gary Pruitt, AP president and CEO
Update: Pruitt elaborated on his view during an Aug. 24 interview on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”