August 23, 2012

thepoliticalnotebook:

This is the last footage shot by Japanese journalist Mika Yamamoto prior to being shot and killed in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Released by the Japan Press and subtitled by The Telegraph, it shows she was filming Syrian rebel fighters with her colleague Kazutaka Sato. This video here is Sato’s account of the story and remembrance of Yamamoto. In video shot by Syrian activists (it’s graphic, and emotionally difficult, so think twice before clicking through), Sato grieves over Yamamoto’s dead body, saying “Why? You were wearing a flak jacket.”

Mika Yamamoto was an experienced and respected journalist. Her father, a former journalist himself, told the Japan Times that she was “not a war journalist, but rather a human journalist.”

[The Lede Blog]

(Source: The New York Times, via thepoliticalnotebook)

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