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The impact of paying ransoms for hostages

Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director for Human Rights Watch (HRW), was a close friend of journalist James Foley. He'd been working to help secure his release. Bouckaert says journalists are now a strategic target for ISIS, both because many countries are willing to pay to secure their release and because they can be used to generate propaganda. The highly publicized killing of James Foley has re-ignited a debate about whether paying ransoms actually encourages more kidnappings. Peter Bouckaert tells us whether he thinks countries need to re-think how they deal with hostage situations. (photo: This file photo posted on the website freejamesfoley.org shows journalist James Foley in Aleppo, Syria, in July, 2012. (AP Photo/freejamesfoley.org, Nicole Tung, File) )

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