John Cantlie
John Cantlie appears to defend his captors justifying their torture of the hostages.YouTube

British hostage John Cantlie has appeared in another propaganda video for Isis, in which he describes life under the rule of the terror group.

In the video titled: 'Lend Me Your Ears, Messages from the British detainee John Cantlie, episode five,' the photojournalist appears to praise the extremist group saying of his time in captivity: "It wasn't a bad life."

Dressed in the now familiar orange jumpsuit, he speaks solemnly, betraying no emotion as he describes attempts by the hostages to flee. He then goes on to defend the actions of his captors.

"Now unless we tried something stupid like escaping or doing something we shouldn't, we were treated well by the Islamic State. Some of us who tried to escape were water-boarded by our captain as Muslim prisoners are water-boarded by their American captors. We read books, played recreational games and gave lectures on our specialist subjects. It wasn't a bad life."

In the video, Mr Cantlie accuses the US and UK governments of not negotiating the release of hostages who were later executed. A small stack of papers and a pen lie in front of him, which he claims are emails between the families of American hostages and the US government.

Describing himself as "the British citizen abandoned by my government and a prisoner of the Islamic State for nearly two years," he explains how, by comparison, other European hostages were released after negotiations were successfully carried out by French, German and Danish governments.

"While there was dialogue for everyone else, the British and the Americans were stone- walled - it was completely silent. Nothing."

In an earlier propaganda video the 43-year-old accused UK Prime Minister David Cameron of using the deaths of his fellow hostages "to fan the flames of war."

But he adds that, despite the overriding sense of being abandoned by their governments, the hostages did not give up hope of being saved by Western intervention and spoke of the resilience of the captives.

"The human mind has an incredibly tough capacity for self-defence in difficult situations," he said.

Isis militants have threatened that Cantlie is the next hostage to be executed following the recent beheadings of hostages David Haines, James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

His whereabouts are currently unknown, but it is likely he is being held in Syria at the location where hostages Foley, Sotloff and Haines were believed to have been murdered in Isis's de-facto capital of Raqqa.

But with Cantlie speaking often in the past tense in the video, the recording has sparked concerns that the photojournalist may have already become the latest victim of Isis.