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BAYEUX, France: Kidnappings, beheadings, a hatred of journalists: the areas controlled by ISIS in Iraq and Syria have become "black holes" of news where even war-hardened reporters dare not venture.ISIS led a lightning offensive in northwestern Iraq in June and seized the second biggest city Mosul – it also controls large parts of Syria, and has not only executed locals who stand in its way but also beheaded American and British journalists and aid workers, to global outrage.As a result, even seasoned war reporters are refusing to go anywhere near the areas where ISIS operates. Jean-Philippe Remy, a journalist for Le Monde daily who traveled to Syria in 2013 with Van der Stockt, said deciding to stay away felt like a "failure".Jon Randal, a journalist who spent 30 years at the Washington Post and was this year's jury president, said he was "very pessimistic".
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