first_img RSF_en A Japanese TV channel, Nippon News Network, today broadcast a video dated 17 October 2017 showing Jumpei Yasuda, a Japanese journalist who has been the prisoner of a Syrian armed group for more than three years. He appears in good health in the video and says that he is “doing OK” and hopes “to see his family again soon.” JapanSyriaAsia – PacificMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Armed conflictsHostages JapanSyriaAsia – PacificMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Armed conflictsHostages Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists According to various sources, Yasuda was kidnapped in 2015 by an armed Islamist group, the same group that held three Spanish journalists who were kidnapped the same year and were finally freed after ten months. “This video has revived hopes that Jumpei Yasuda is still alive,” said Cédric Alviani, the head of the East Asia bureau of Reporters Without Borders (RSF). “We urge the Japanese authorities and the international community to do everything possible to obtain this journalist’s release.” June 10, 2021 Find out more Ranked 177th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index, Syria is the world’s most dangerous country for journalists. July 6, 2018 Syria : Japanese journalist, hostage for past three years, seen in video Help by sharing this information Newscenter_img Receive email alerts to go further In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival News Nippon news network Organisation News June 7, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Asia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img

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