A British photojournalist long used by Islamic State group in their propaganda videos has appeared in a new video reportedly made in the ISIS stronghold of Mosul in Northern Iraq.
The video is the first one featuring journalist John Cantlie released by ISIS since February 2015, when he appeared in a video from what he claimed was Syria's Aleppo province. The latest video was released by the ISIS-affiliated Aamaq news agency Saturday, according to Bloomberg.
The eight-minute video sees 43-year-old Cantlie giving a tour of Mosul, visiting a market, a hospital and a police station, claiming that “life in Mosul is business as usual,” and that media reports suggesting the city is “depressed” and “living in fear” are “misleading.”
In the video, Cantlie tells the camera: “The media likes to paint a picture of life in the Islamic State as depressed, people walking around as subjugated citizens in chains, beaten down by strict, totalitarian rule,” the Guardian reported. Cantlie is also seen mocking U.S. airstrikes on ISIS media kiosks in Saturday’s video.
The journalist has been held captive for more than two years by ISIS militants. In previous videos, he has delivered his message reportedly under duress from behind a desk and wearing an orange jumpsuit.
Since August, the group has posted online videos of the deaths of four western hostages: UK aid workers Alan Henning and David Haines, and American journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley.