Show Hide image Politics 2 September 2014 American journalist Steven Sotloff "beheaded by Islamic state" A video claiming to show the killing of another kidnapped American journalist, Steven Sotloff, has been released. Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML A video claiming to show the beheading of the kidnapped journalist Steven Sotloff has been uploaded to a file-sharing site. American authorities are trying to verify the video, with the state department saying it is "sickened" by the news. Two weeks ago, the jihadi group Islamic State (also known as Isis) released a video showing the beheading of photojournalist James Foley. Steven Sotloff appeared in that recording alive. Both recordings appear to show the same killer, who spoke with a British accent. David Cameron has called the beheading "absolutely disgusting and despicable". Sotloff was kidnapped last year, having previously worked in Libya, Bahrain and Egypt. › Jay joy: what it feels like for a bird Helen Lewis is deputy editor of the New Statesman. She has presented BBC Radio 4’s Week in Westminster and is a regular panellist on BBC1’s Sunday Politics. Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles What the debate over troops on the streets is missing The problems with ending encryption to fight terrorism How long will general election campaigning be suspended after the Manchester attack?