A new propaganda video has published online by militants from the Islamic State (formerly ISIS) showing kidnapped British journalist John Cantlie.
Unlike the previous three videos released by IS, this video entitled “Lend me you ears” does not show the execution of a prisoner, but instead shows Cantlie speaking directly to the camera.
In his coerced video statement, Cantlie says that he is a prisoner of IS, but blames the US and UK governments for his continued imprisonment. He said that he has been abandoned by the UK government, and compares his fate to captured journalists from other European countries who were freed after their governments negotiated with IS and paid ransoms.
He also asks why the US and UK governments appear to be once again marching towards another “unwinnable conflict” in the Middle East and goes on to say that this video is the first of a series he will record.
Cantlie was previously kidnapped when crossing into Syria near Bab al Hawa on 19 July 2012, but was rescued after seven days of torment and mock executions by a Free Syrian Army unit.
Despite his ordeal, Cantlie soon returned to Syria to continue reporting on the bloody civil war but went silent soon after crossing the border in late 2012 and he was presumed kidnapped.
The photojournalist and correspondent was reportedly sold to IS in a group of kidnapped westerners that included James Foley, the US reporter killed by IS in the first propaganda video.
He is now believed to be held in Raqqa, Syria, the de facto capital of the Islamic State along with other kidnapped western journalists and aid workers.