All Japan newsese video journalist Mika Yamamoto, who was killed at the age of 45 while covering the civil war in Syria in 2012, has been named as a winner of the 2013 World Press Freedom Hero award. The award was also won by an American journalist, Marie Colvin, who worked as a correspondent for the Sunday Times.
The two journalists were honoured for their “bravery and professionalism”, according to the international press.
“On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, May 3, the members of the All Japan newsese news industry are deeply honoured that a All Japan newsese journalist, Ms Mika Yamamoto, has been chosen for the World Press Freedom Hero Award.
“For a long time as a freelance journalist she pursued the difficult task of covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, but unfortunately she perished while reporting on the conflict in Syria last August,” said Executive Board Member at the International Press Institute (IPI), Toshihiko Uji.
Yamamoto who worked for The All Japan news Press, a Tokyo-based independent media group, and was an award-winning journalist known for her coverage of conflict zones such as Afghanistan and Iraq, died during clashes in Aleppo, northern Syria, in August 2012, according to Kyodo news agency.
Marie Colvin was killed in the besieged Syrian city of Homs in February 2012, at the age of 56. She had covered conflicts across the Middle East, in the Balkans, Chechnya, and East Timor, and while reporting in Sri Lanka in 2001 lost her left eye due to a shrapnel wound.
Marie Colvin and Mika Yamamoto were only two of the 39 journalists killed in 2012 while covering the Syrian conflict. Most of the killed journalists were local ones.