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Japanese Journalist Mika Yamamoto Killed In Syria
2012-08-21 03:41:39 (209 weeks ago)
Posted By: Intellpuke

A Japanese journalist has been killed in Syria while covering the fighting there, said Japan's government.

Mika Yamamoto, a veteran war correspondent with the Japan Press, an independent TV news provider that specializes in conflict-zone coverage, was killed in Syria while reporting, said Masaru Sato, a spokesman with the foreign ministry in Tokyo.

Yamamoto was with a colleague from Tokyo-based Japan Press when she was killed, said Sato. It wasn't clear when or where she died.

Her body was transferred to Turkey where Japanese consular officials were waiting, said Sato.

Yamamoto had reported on the Afghanistan after 2001 and covered the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq from Baghdad as a special correspondent for NTV, according to Japan Press' website. She was born in 1967, it said.

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A video posted on YouTube on Monday by an activist in Syria was said to show Yamamoto's body. An Associated Press reporter who had worked with Yamamoto watched the video and confirmed her identity.

In the video Captain Ahmed Ghazali, a rebel fighter in the northern Syrian city of Azaz, said the woman was killed in the north-western city of Aleppo.

"We welcome any journalist who wants to enter Syria," said Ghazali. "We will secure their entry but we are not responsible for the brutality of [Syrian President Bashar] Assad's forces against the media."

Expressing frustration that the international community has not intervened in the Syria conflict, which activists say has killed more than 20,000 people since March 2011, Ghazali said he hoped the journalist's death would encourage international action. "I hope that these countries that have not been moved by Syrian blood will be moved by the blood of their people," he said.

Intellpuke: You can read this Associated Press article, filed from Tokyo, Japan, in context here:

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