Indianapolis media professor warns terrorists “using beheading as propaganda”

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By Nicole Pence

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 2, 2014)-- The ISIS terror group published a video Tuesday titled “A second message to America,” showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff.

DePauw University communications professor and IndyStar media analyst Dr. Jeff McCall said recording these horrible acts of violence is a calculated move by the terrorists.

“I think it`s very clear that the ISIS terrorists are targeting journalists and that really becomes a front for the entire system of American government that relies on the free press and constitutional form of government that protects the interests of citizens,” said Dr. McCall.

The masked ISIS figure in the video spoke to U.S. President Barack Obama, telling him, “Just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.”

Sotloff appeared last month in an ISIS video showing the decapitation of another American journalist, James Foley.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 33 journalists have died so far this year. Dr. McCall said Americans need to be more aware about what is going on with this terror group.

“The American citizenry is not as aware of world affairs as it should be. This should be a wakeup call to see bloody and senseless acts to figure out what sense it makes for us going forward, as a superpower, and what we should expect of government leaders and our politicians to resolve these issues for us,” said Dr. McCall.

The Society of Professional Journalists, headquartered in Indianapolis, released a statement after the beheading of Steven Sotloff:

“Once again, we are angered to hear that another American journalist has been brutally murdered by thugs who have no regard for humanity or common decency,” said SPJ President David Cuillier. “Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to Mr. Sotloff’s family, friends and colleagues. We are hoping for the safety of the thousands of other journalists who risk their lives every day to seek truth and report it. The more these murderers try to intimidate journalists, the weaker their position and credibility in the world,” Cuillier said. “Bullies will never deter reporters’ resolve to cover world affairs with dogged determination and professionalism," said Cuiller.

President Obama is still working on a plan against ISIS in Syria.

The president hasn't commented on the authenticity of the video with Steven Sotloff.