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A senior producer at NHK said Wednesday he does not trust the results of an in-house probe into allegations that the public broadcaster altered a documentary program about a mock trial on Japan’s wartime sex slavery aired in 2001 due to political pressure.

Satoru Nagai had asked NHK’s compliance panel in December to investigate the case, claiming the company violated the Broadcasting Law, which guarantees freedom of broadcasting, when it was pressured by Liberal Democratic Party heavyweights Shinzo Abe and Shoichi Nakagawa .

“I cannot trust the results of the probe led by the current top managers who sold their souls to politicians,” Nagai said in a statement.

Nagai said he had heard that during the probe, the managers summoned employees and pressed them to hide information and accept their version of events.

Nagai called for a probe by a third party, saying NHK cannot get to the truth on its own.

He issued the statement after NHK announced that the compliance panel reported that no illegal acts had been committed.

Takeshi Matsuo, who was executive director of broadcasting, told a news conference Wednesday that there had been no political pressure to change the program.

The program in question was broadcast in January 2001 after NHK edited out a scene in which the late Emperor Hirohito, known posthumously as Emperor Showa, was declared guilty of crimes against humanity in the mock trial.

The daily Asahi Shimbun reported on Jan. 12 that Abe, deputy secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party, and Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Nakagawa put pressure on the public broadcaster to edit the contents of the program.

Abe admitted in a statement issued Jan. 12 that he had spoken to NHK officials before the program aired, claiming he told them, “NHK should broadcast from a fair and neutral viewpoint, as it is expected to.”

Nagai told reporters on Jan. 13 that the two had pressed NHK to alter the program. Both Abe and Nakagawa afterward denied the allegations.

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