Advocates of missing Marine-turned-journalist Austin Tice hope urging his supporters to temporarily go dark will shed light on the veteran’s whereabouts.
The #FreeAustinTice campaign, launched last month by international nonprofit Reporters Without Borders at the request of Tice’s parents, encourages supporters to don a blindfold, take a photo and head to social media. After posting the image to Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag, they are encouraged to sign a petition calling on the White House to boost efforts to free Tice.
Tice, a veteran Marine captain who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, went missing in Syria after entering the battle-ravaged nation to cover the intensifying, ever-internecine civil war there. Tice put a law degree at Georgetown University on hold in 2012 to travel to Syria, where he filed award-winning stories for CBS News, McClatchy Newspapers and the Washington Post.