Above, Japanese photojournalist Kenji Nagai lies dying in Sule Pagoda Road in Rangoon, Burma. Still-sketchy reports out of the violence-torn country indicate that Nagai, a videographer working for the APF news agency, was killed today by Myanmar government troops as they fired on innocent unarmed civilians. Poignantly, and heroically, he continued to try to record the violence even as he lay dying, as shown in a series of pictures on the Evening Standard (U.K.) website. The vicious crackdown by the military dictatorship followed seven days of peaceful pro-democracy protests initiated by Buddhist monks. Nagai was the first journalist and the first foreign national to die. Tokyo will protest to the Myanmar government.
Our deep condolences to the family, friends, colleagues and countrymen of Kenji Nagai.