Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


UN condemns ‘heinous’ Japanese hostage murder

02 February 2015, 10:42

UN - The UN Security Council has condemned the "heinous and cowardly" murder of a Japanese journalist, after Islamic State militants claimed his beheading.

"This crime is, yet again, a tragic reminder of the increasing dangers journalists and others face every day in Syria," the 15-member body said in a statement on Sunday.

The Security Council said it "deplored" the apparent killing of Kenji Goto, and "strongly condemned this heinous and cowardly murder”.

The Islamic State group, also known by the acronym ISIS, on Saturday claimed the 47-year-old journalist's death in the second purported beheading of a Japanese hostage in a week.

In the video, Goto is seen kneeling next to a standing masked man who speaks with a British accent and blames the Japanese government for his "slaughter”.

"Those responsible for the killing of Kenji Goto shall be held accountable," the Security Council stressed, with member states emphasizing that such acts would "not intimidate them but rather stiffen their resolve."

Jordan hostage

The execution came as Jordan scrambled to save captured pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh, whom ISIS said it would free in exchange for an Iraqi jihadist on death row in Jordan.

Amman said it would hand the woman over if given proof that Kassasbeh is still alive.

The Security Council demanded "the immediate, safe and unconditional release of all those who are kept hostage" by ISIS and other al-Qaeda affiliates, while sending its "deep sympathy and condolences to the family of the victim, to the government of Japan, as well as to the families of all victims of ISIS".

Goto was beheaded after the group claimed the killing of self-described contractor Haruna Yukawa last week, after the expiration of a 72-hour deadline during which the fighters had asked Tokyo to pay a $200m ransom.

The militant group has imposed a brutal version of Islamic law in territory it controls in Syria and Iraq.

It has murdered both locals and foreigners, including two US journalists, an American aid worker and two British aid workers.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
EACC officers raid Deputy Governo...

EACC officers raided the home of a Deputy Governor as theft case continues in court. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
New IEBC bosses to be named Novem...

New IEBC bosses will be named on November 30. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
DP Ruto has spoilt my name, activ...

DP William Ruto has spoilt my name, activist complains. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Apologise for attack on Auditor G...

Apologise for attack on Auditor General, President Uhuru Kenyatta is told by Kisumu Senator Anyang Nyong'o. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Quit if you can't fight corruptio...

An MP has told President Uhuru Kenyatta to quit office if he cannot fight corruption. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Investigate Uhuru, Ruto for corru...

Investigate President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto's offices over corruption, CORD leader Raila Odinga has said. Read more...