Fears over second photographer ‘killed’ in Burma

September 28, 2007

There are fears that a German photographer has become the second journalist to be killed while covering the anti-government demonstrations in Rangoon, Burma.

The news follows the death of Kenji Nagai, a video journalist for Tokyo-based agency APF News, who is believed to have been killed by security forces yesterday as he tried to get through a blockade of soldiers.

Pictures of the attack reveal that Kenji continued to record images, even after apparently being caught up in gunfire from Burmese troops.

He was one of at least nine people who died in the violence, according to Burma?s state-run TV station.

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) said it is now ?concerned for the safety? of a German photographer who, according to The Bangkok Post newspaper, was among the victims.

Pleading for an end to the violent attacks on demonstrators and journalists the IFJ said in a statement: ?Once again we see that it is journalists who are in the front line facing violence from unrestrained security forces dealing with peaceful protest. It is essential that the Burmese authorities lower the temperature and allow journalists and peaceful demonstrators to exercise their right to work safely and protest peacefully.’

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