Petition to free Austin Tice gains momentum following 5K run

National Press Club member Derek Wallbank and his wife Eeda participated in the Run for Austin from Singapore. The Nov. 13 event drew 229 runners and walkers from 25 states and four countries.
National Press Club member Derek Wallbank and his wife Eeda participated in the Run for Austin from Singapore. The Nov. 13 event drew 229 runners and walkers from 25 states and four countries.
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A petition to free Austin Tice, an award-winning journalist and Marine veteran being detained unjustly in Syria, has gained momentum thanks in part to last weekend's virtual 5K event sponsored by the National Press Club.

The Club's petition for Tice on Change.org had garnered approximately 142,000 signatures on Nov. 7. That number had risen to 146,551 as of Friday morning, following the Club's Run for Austin on Nov. 13 . Many of the participants added to their support for Tice by signing the petition, which calls on the Biden administration to make Tice's release a diplomatic priority.

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