Saturday, September 29, 2007

A Martyr For Truth


By Manuwant Choudhary

Japanese photojournalist Kenji Nagai shot dead at point blank range by Burmese troops, his only crime was that he was a journalist telling the world the truth about Burma.

Video footage shows clearly a soldier in uniform firing the shot.
But the military junta says Nagai was shot dead by a stray bullet.
The bullet actually pierced his heart.
After Japan orders its own inquiry and the growing international condemnation forces the Myanmar military government to apologise.
Japan mourns the death of its brave journalist.

Nagai broke free of the ban on independent media in Burma to do his job and at the moment he was shot by the soldier, he shot back but with his camera. The last footage shows Nagai lying in pain on a Rangoon street but holding his camera up, not letting it go - trying to save his photos for the world to see.
Not just Japan but the entire free world mourns Nagai's death.

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