Japan woman journalist Mika Yamamoto dies from injuries during Syrian conflict

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Slain Japanese woman journalist Mika Yamamoto
This photo of slain Japanese woman journalist Mika Yamamoto, shows one of the video cameras she used for years while reporting on location as a freelance journalist with Japan Press. Image: Mika Yamamoto Twitter

(WNN) Aleppo, SYRIA, MIDDLE EAST region: After talking last month during an interview covering the great public need for journalists to go into conflict regions to ‘get the story’ and educate the public on issues they may never know about without the actions of journalists, Japanese woman journalist Mika Yamamoto died on Monday after getting caught in the crossfire in the Suleiman al-Halabi district in the city of Aleppo in Syria. Yamamoto talked with with NHK World of the Japan Broadcasting Corporation stating clearly that journalists must face danger to do their job and get the story.

Yamamoto was a currently a working member of Japan Press – the Tokyo-based freelance journalist association.

She entered the Syrian conflict zone in Aleppo with journalist colleague Kazutaka Sato as they both were caught in between battling forces of rebel versus pro-government violence in the region and as accelerated danger became evident when Yamamoto was physically struck on Monday by crossfire. More details of Yamamoto’s death have yet to be completely released.

After dying from her injuries, Mika was identified by Soto on Tuesday morning in a Turkish hospital near the Syrian border in the town of Kilis.

Mika was a talented and experienced journalist who was 45-years-old when she was killed in the Syrian conflict zone. Her work, over the past years 15 years, has focused on the coverage of global conflict spanning, in addition to her recent work in Syria, the regions of Afghanistan, Uganda, Kosovo and Iraq.

In 2001 Yamamoto covered the suppression of women inside Afghanistan from the capital city of Kabul.

In addition to being a news anchor, Yamamoto was a recipient of the Vaughn-Uyeda Memorial Prize for her international coverage.

Much of her international reporting work was produced hands-on with Yamamoto using hand-held video cameras and doing her own editing.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is reporting that three other journalists are currently missing in the region. One is awoman journalist from Lebanon. Another male journalist is working for U.S. news media, and another male journalist is from Turkey, outlined the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Once Yamamoto’s death has been completely and officially confirmed, she will be counted as the fourth journalist to have died since the conflict in Syria began to intensify in the months following March 2011.


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