Senator presses Kerry on safety of foreign journalists, investigation of attacks

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By DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic senator is pressing Secretary of State John Kerry about the safety of foreign journalists and investigating attacks to ensure that they don't go unpunished.

Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania sent a letter to Kerry on Tuesday ahead of World Press Freedom Day this week. Casey asked for Kerry's assistance in pursuing perpetrators and specifically questioned what the State Department was doing for U.S. freelancers Austin Tice and James Foley, who are missing and believed kidnapped in Syria.

Casey said reporters put their lives at risk. He said the April 4 attack on Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and veteran AP correspondent Kathy Gannon in Afghanistan reminded the world of their bravery and sacrifice. Niedringhaus was killed and Gannon was wounded.

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