Oct 16, 2014

South Korea extends travel ban on Sankei reporter

The South Korean travel ban on Sankei Shimbun reporter Tatsuya Kato has been extended by three months as he awaits trial for his alleged defamation of South Korean President Park Geun-hye, the newspaper said. A lawyer for Kato, 48, former head of the daily’s ...

Oct 12, 2014

Freedom of the press in South Korea

Criminal action taken by Seoul prosecutors against a Japanese journalist for questioning the whereabouts of President Park Geun-hye on the day in August when a South Korean passenger ferry sank raises serious questions about South Korea's commitment to freedom of the press.

Sankei reporter to hold firm in Park defamation suit

Oct 11, 2014

Sankei reporter to hold firm in Park defamation suit

The Sankei Shimbun’s former Seoul bureau chief said he will stick to his guns during the trial over his alleged defamation of South Korean President Park Geun-hye. “I fully explained to prosecutors about my story’s points as well as the reporting method, but they ...

Oct 10, 2014

Experts question indictment of Japanese journalist in South Korea

South Korea’s indictment of the former Seoul bureau chief at the right-leaning daily Sankei Shimbun is being criticized by experts who say the move might represent an attack against a Japanese media outlet. Japanese journalist Tatsuya Kato, 48, was indicted Wednesday on charges of ...

Aug 30, 2014

Press association concerned over S. Korea's questioning of reporter

The Japan Newspaper Publishers & Editors Association on Friday expressed strong concern over South Korean authorities’ questioning of a Japanese reporter. The association said in a statement that it has strong concerns that the questioning was a threat to freedom of reporting, news gathering ...

Aug 20, 2014

Sankei bureau chief appears before prosecutors again over Park article

The Seoul bureau chief of the Sankei Shimbun appeared before prosecutors for a second time Wednesday, for questioning about a controversial article about President Park Geun-hye. The appearance of Tatsuya Kato, 48, at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office followed another session of questioning ...