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The ultimate scenes recorded by a Japanese reporter who was killed throughout road protests in Myanmar have emerged some 15 years after he died.

Kenji Nagai, a 50-year-old journalist, was fatally shot as troopers fired on demonstrators gathered in Yangon, the capital, to protest the army junta. His loss of life was one in every of about 10 that the regime admits occurred — worldwide estimates are much higher — in the course of the Saffron Revolution, an rebellion named after the colour of the robes worn by Buddhist monks who had been central to the motion.

A photograph of Nagai holding his digicam above his head as he lay injured on the bottom on the toes of an armed soldier, whereas demonstrators flee the scene, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2008. Nagai died after the picture was taken. The taking pictures sparked anger in Japan — a significant donor to Myanmar — and prompted Tokyo to dispatch a senior diplomat to demand an investigation.

Authorities within the Southeast Asian nation, often known as Burma, have maintained that Nagai was shot by a stray bullet — a declare that got here into query when video footage obtained by Japanese media indicated he was pushed to the bottom and shot at shut vary. Nobody has been held responsible for the killing.

On Wednesday, his digicam was returned to his household by the Democratic Voice of Burma, an area information outlet concerned in its restoration, at an event at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand. Bangkok has lengthy been a hub for unbiased reporters who cowl Myanmar.

In keeping with Aye Chan Naing, the information outlet’s editor in chief, the digicam was transported over the border between the 2 international locations after the army overthrew Myanmar’s civilian-led authorities in February 2021. He declined to id the one who supplied the Democratic Voice of Burma with the merchandise, citing issues for his or her security.

The video was apparently taken by Nagai simply moments earlier than he was fatally shot. He movies demonstrators peacefully gathering within the streets as a truckload of troopers pulls up. At one level, he turns the lens onto himself.

“The military has arrived. The military is over there. I believe they’re closely armed,” the bespectacled journalist, wearing a checkered shirt, shorts and flip-flops, says into the digicam.

The reemergence of his footage comes as Myanmar is as soon as once more residing within the shadow of army rule, after a brief interregnum underneath civilian authorities. The junta has clamped down on free expression, imprisoned journalists and revoked the licenses of unbiased information retailers, The Washington Publish has reported.

The Help Affiliation for Political Prisoners says that about 21,500 folks have been arrested and greater than 3,400 killed because the coup. At the least 4 journalists have been murdered or killed in crossfire because the army’s newest seizure of energy, in line with research by the Committee to Defend Journalists (CPJ).

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Nagai’s sister, Noriko Ogawa, acquired his digicam at Wednesday’s occasion in Bangkok.

“By means of this, I hope that folks will as soon as once more flip their consideration to Myanmar and I hope that folks around the globe will really feel that one thing ought to be completed in regards to the present scenario,” Ogawa advised reporters, in line with Reuters.

Shawn W. Crispin, a senior Southeast Asia consultant for CPJ, described the return of Nagai’s digicam as “an essential and well timed reminder that Myanmar’s army has and continues to kill journalists with impunity.”

“The killings received’t cease till Kenji’s homicide receives full justice — from the foot soldier who pulled the set off to any commanders who gave shoot-to-kill orders, to the army leaders who orchestrated the deadly repression,” he stated on the occasion in Bangkok.