Apr 20, 2016

Tokyo denies U.N. expert's accusation that it exerts pressure on media

The government on Wednesday brushed aside a U.N. rights expert’s concerns about its influence over the media, saying the country has always upheld freedom of expression. “The Japanese government’s explanation was not sufficiently reflected” in the report and opinions of David Kaye, U.N. special ...

Feb 17, 2015

Jewish group fears Copenhagen, Paris attacks start of 'epidemic'

The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center on Monday said it feared the recent attacks against Jews in Copenhagen and Paris could be the start of a “pan-European epidemic” as it called for a Europe-wide conference against anti-Semitism. The prominent Jewish rights group said the shootings ...

Press freedoms threatened

Jan 16, 2015

Press freedoms threatened


A former British ambassador to Japan hopes that Japanese as well as British cartoonists continue to expose the pomposity, hypocrisy and inadequacies of their politicians, warning that press freedom can never be taken for granted.

Egypt hands three Al-Jazeera reporters seven-year prison terms

Jun 23, 2014

Egypt hands three Al-Jazeera reporters seven-year prison terms

An Egyptian court on Monday convicted three journalists from Al-Jazeera English and sentenced them to seven years in prison each on terrorism-related charges in a case that has brought an outcry from rights groups. The sentences were handed down against Australian correspondent Peter Greste, ...

Mar 13, 2014

State secrets law fatally flawed

Japan should hold off on putting the state secrets law into effect until it addresses the need for an oversight mechanism for how secrets are designated as well as a means to protect whistleblowers.

China withholds visas for NYT, Bloomberg reporters

Dec 9, 2013

China withholds visas for NYT, Bloomberg reporters

Chinese authorities have been withholding residence visas for reporters working for The New York Times and Bloomberg in apparent retaliation for the agencies’ investigative stories on wealth accumulated by leaders’ families. If authorities do not soon start approving renewals for visas due to expire ...