New photo of Japanese hostage posted on Internet; only 24 hours left

 New photo of Japanese hostage posted on Internet; only 24 hours left
The video posted Tuesday night shows a man who appears to be Kenji Goto.

A new video showing a still photo of a man who appears to be Kenji Goto, a freelance journalist taken hostage by a militant group believed to be the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), was posted on the Internet on Tuesday night.

In the photo, the man in an orange jumpsuit, is holding a photo of a man believed to be a Jordanian Air Force pilot, who was captured by ISIL in December.

In a voice-over in English, a man said, "I'm Kenji Goto Jogo … I've been told this is my last message." "Tell the Japanese government to put all their political pressure on the Jordanian government."

The man demanded an immediate release of Sajida al-Rishawi, a would-be suicide bomber on death row in Jordan. "It is me for her," he said. "She has been a prisoner for a decade and I've only been a prisoner for a few months. Her for me. A straight exchange. Any more delays by the Jordanian government means they are responsible for the death of the pilot, which will then be followed by mine."

The man also said, "I only have 24 hours left to live and the pilot has even less." "Please don't leave us die. Any more delaying tactics simply see both of us getting killed. The ball is now on the Jordanian court," he added.

The government is confirming the authenticity of the video.

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