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Prosecutors won’t charge Kyodo, Asahi reporters

JIJI

Tokyo prosecutors have opted not to indict reporters from Kyodo News and the Asahi Shimbun Co. over their alleged unlawful access to an Internet server, sources said.

The five reporters were accused of accessing the server of a free email account that was used by a party claiming to be the true culprit behind a series of online threats made using a remote-control virus. The reporters admitted that they accessed the server, the sources said. The Tokyo District Public Prosecutor’s Office made the decision after judging there was little malicious intent involved.

The case against the five was handed to prosecutors in June, alleging the reporters accessed the server of the email account used by the suspect in a case of online threats between October and November 2012, and in doing so violated a law that bans unauthorized computer access.