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The Chartered Institute of Journalists (CIoJ) has condemned the murder of Japanese video reporter Kenji Nagai as he carried out his work in Burma.The Institute’s annual conference in London unanimously passed an emergency resolution after openly discussing video images which depict Nagai being deliberately shot in the chest at close range.
Japan’s Fuji Television said the footage, released by the opposition Democratic Voice of Burma, showed Nagai, 50, was killed intentionally, not by a stray bullet. Nagai worked for Tokyo-based APF News and died after years covering danger zones.
The resolution was bought by CIoJ Member Patrick Emek, who works as a freelance journalist on International Affairs.
“We strongly urge the Burmese government to show restraint in its actions against unarmed monks, men and women in their peaceful protest,” said Institute President, John Thorpe.“Cameramen and photographers are highly visible on the streets and while he would have been aware of the danger, it is never acceptable to use physical violence and murder to keep things secret.”The resolution expressing its outrage at Nagai’s murder from the oldest journalist organisation in the world will further pile pressure on a regime already facing international revulsion.
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Actual wording of the motion:
“This conference expresses its outrage and condemns in the strongest possible terms the premeditated murder by the Burmese armed forces of Japanese video reporter Kenji Nagai whilst on journalistic duties on the streets of Rangoon. We strongly urge the Burmese government to show restraint in its actions against unarmed monks, men and women in their peaceful protest.”Formed in 1884, the Chartered Institute of Journalists (CIoJ) is the world’s oldest established professional body for journalists, and a representative voice of media and communications professionals throughout the UK and the Commonwealth.