Photojournalist Go Takayama was arrested in Cambodia last week while working on an assignment as a participant at the Angkor Photo Workshops in Siem Riep, reports the NPPA’s News Photographer magazine. He is being charged with “producing pornography content”, a charge strongly denied by workshop organizer Jessica Lim. He is represented by a local attorney and has received letters of support from professors and editors in evidence of his role as “a documentary photographer with a track record of credibility”. Takayama is from Japan and studied at Ohio University and interned at newspapers in the United States.
After photographing a married couple inside a home on the evening of November 23, 2010, Takayama was stopped on the street by undercover police and detained until additional police arrived, Angkor Photo Workshop organizer Jessica Lim told News Photographer magazine today. They confiscated his camera along with 78 photographs from his memory card, which have been admitted as evidence in an accusation charging Takayama with producing pornographic content. He has been under arrest and in prison since that night.
“We are very concerned that press articles and reports released to date about Takayama’s arrest are giving grossly inaccurate information, which contradict the actual events as well as the notes and reports that were made by the police,” Lim said. “We would like to clarify all the information regarding Takayama and the circumstances of his arrest.” (via)
UPDATE (12/06/2010 by Scott): There are reports today that Go Takayama may soon be released.
UPDATE (12/07/2010 by Scott): Go Takayama and the couple he photographed have been released from prison and the charges were dropped. Go had been in prison since Nov. 23.