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A group of labor unions for media in Okinawa Prefecture issued a statement of protest after two local newspaper reporters were forcibly removed by riot police while covering protests last week near a helipad construction site in a U.S. military training area.

The act is “intolerable” as it “infringes upon the foundation of freedom of press,” the group said Tuesday following the removal of reporters for the Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times from where the Defense Ministry is constructing a helipad in the Northern Training Area, a U.S. Marine Corps training site.

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