Japanese reporter Kazumi Takaya, 47, died on Jan. 29, 2015 from injuries she sustained in a car collision while en route to Akcakale, near the Syrian border, to cover the potential release of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, who was being held hostage by the Islamic State group. A number of journalists covering the situation had gathered at the border as the deadline for a swap of Goto for a militant being held by Iraq was due to expire. The vehicle in which Takaya was travelling reportedly struck the back of a truck and Takaya’s driver died on the scene. Takaya was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where she later died. The journalist had been living in Turkey for 22 years and was working as a translator for Fuji TV when she was sent to cover the story in Akcakale.
Kazumi Takaya, Turkey
Aug 11, 2016