Most Japanese media organizations have been denied access to fugitive automotive executive Carlos Ghosn’s news conference, set to be held in Beirut later Wednesday.

More than 100 reporters from nearly 50 news organizations have been invited to the closely watched event, but most are from the French and Lebanese media as Ghosn has citizenship of the two countries.

The news conference will mark the former Nissan Motor Co. chairman’s first public appearance since he escaped Japan late last month, in violation of his bail terms. He has been indicted in Japan for alleged financial misconduct.

The apparent exclusion of Japanese journalists suggests that Ghosn does not want to face tough questions from them, observers said.

His press agent said Tuesday that the upcoming news conference is being arranged as a limited meeting between Ghosn and journalists who have been building relationships with him.