WASHINGTON – Parents of a missing journalist detained in Syria and the press freedom group Reporters Without Borders are calling on the White House to help bring the journalist home safely and to improve US policy on hostage cases.
Marc and Debra Tice of Houston said Thursday that they are taking part in meetings for a White House policy review on how to handle hostage
cases. Their son, Austin Tice, has been missing since 2012 – 906 days by his mother’s count. On Feb. 16, the family plans to launch an online campaign with support from USA Today, McClatchy Newspapers and other media companies, placing online ads with the message “Free Austin Tice.” The parents are asking supporters to sign a petition to President Barack Obama to do more to bring Tice home.