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    Reporters Without Borders’ (RSF) launch a campaign seeking to release Austin Tice, a US reporter who has been missing in Syria since 2012.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Thursday marks the start of Reporters Without Borders’ (RSF) mass-scale campaign seeking the release of a US reporter who went missing in Syria nearly three years ago.

    Austin Tice, whose work appeared in a number of local and national publications as well as news agencies and news channels, has been missing since August 2012.

    "With the #FreeAustinTice campaign, RSF calls on Austin's captors, whoever they are, to release him without delay," Christophe Deloire, the international non-profit organization's secretary general, said in a press release.

    According to RSF, over 268 news websites are expected take part in the campaign, offering the #FreeAustinTice hashtag on their pages for weeks ahead.

    RSF USA Director Delphine Halgand lauded the "unheard-of" nature of the push to secure Tice's release.

    "This is a first in US media history," Halgand said.

    According to RSF, 13 journalists have been held captive in Syria since civil conflict broke out in the country in 2011.

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