The murder of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto by ISIS militants was the focus of Canadian international headlines Monday.

By Noel Fortner, for the International Reporting Bureau Humber College

Canadian international headlines focused on the killing of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto Monday.

The Globe and Mail kicked off its international coverage with a front-page report from Geoffrey York in Yola, Nigeria, headlined “Nigerian girls pursue dream of education after escaping Boko Haram.” The story threw to A9. 

Switching to Europe, the Globe carried a front-page report under the headline “Germany obsessed with avoiding debt – both abroad

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and at home.” The Berlin-based report from Joanna Slater ran with an AFP/Getty photograph of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and threw to A2. 

The Toronto Star began its international coverage on A2 with a report headlined “Japan’s dilemma in wake of beheadings.” The report came from Isabel Reynolds of Bloomberg and ran with a AFP/Getty image of Japanese citizens at a vigil for murdered journalist Kenji Goto. 


In the world section, the Star carried a report from Haruna Umar and Michelle Faul of AP that ran under the headline “Nigerian troops fend off Boko Haram attack.” It was accompanied by an Associated Press photograph of Nigerian villagers fleeing the town of Maiduguri. 

Also included in the Star’s international coverage was a report about fighting in Ukraine that ran with the headline “At least 13 soldiers killed and 20 wounded in fierce battle as rebels secure stronghold.” The report from the AP ran without a byline, along with an AP photograph of people boarding a bus leaving Debaltseve, Ukraine. 

The National Post led its international coverage with a report from Martin Fackler and Rod Nordland of The New York Times on an ISIS video that purportedly showed the beheading of Kenji Goto. The story, headlined “Anger floods Japan over video”, ran alongside a photo from AFP/Getty of Goto’s parents.

The Post continued its coverage with a report headlined “Jordan stays firm in ISIS fight” from AP’s Karin Laub. It ran above a photo of candles being placed around the portrait of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh who is being held by ISIS. 

The CBC started its world coverage with a report from AP headlined “Japanese PM Shinzo Abe defends handling of hostage crisis” with a photo of Abe. The story ran without a byline.  

On The National, CBC’s Kimberly Gale reported from Tokyo on reaction to the murder of Kenji Goto. 

CBC continued its international coverage with a report from Andre Mayer headlined “ISIS getting ‘desperate,’ struggling to replenish fighters.” It ran with a Reuters photo of a militant Islamist fighter taking part in a military parade in Syria. 

CTV led its international coverage with a report from Karin Laub of the AP headlined “Jordan ‘as committed as ever’ to anti-ISIS coalition despite standoff over pilot.”

Also included in CTV’s world news was a report from Mari Yamaguchi And Elaine Kurtenbach of the AP that ran with the headline “Japan’s leader defends handling of Islamic State group hostage crisis.” It ran with an AP photo of Abe sitting in parliament.