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Friday, December 07, 2018, 12:00 - 13:30

Cédric Alviani, East-Asia bureau director of Reporters Without Borders

Hiroyuki Ida, Deputy Editor, Shukan Kinyobi

Yasuo Ohnuki, Former NHK Europe Bureau Chief, President of Free Press Association of Japan

Jun Hori, CEO of 8bitNews, Journalist
Pio d'Emilia, East Asia Correspondent, Sky TG24

(The speech and Q & A will be in English and Japanese with interpretation)

"An Open Discussion: Assessing the Status of Press Freedom in Japan"

On November 30th, an Editor's Note in The Japan Times announced sudden changes to the paper's editorial guidelines regarding mention of Korean forced laborers and comfort women –changes that appear to more closely reflect the position of the Japanese government.

The note has sparked international anger, concern and speculation about undue pressure by vested Japanese government and corporate interests on Japan's largest English-language daily. In the World Press Freedom Index published by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Japan fell from the 26th rank in 2002 to the 67th this year, out of 180 territories monitored. Last year, the UN special rapporteur on Human Rights raised similar concerns.

To address these issues, we invite Cédric Alviani, East-Asia bureau director of Reporters Without Borders to an open discussion on press freedom in Japan. Discussion will center around the following topics:

Political and economic pressure on the media
Self-censorship on topics seen as "taboo" or "anti-patriotic"
The "kisha clubs" (press clubs) that exclude freelance and foreign journalists
Online trolling of journalists
Issues concerning female journalists
The attitude of the government regarding press freedom
"Specially Designated Secrets" and "Anti-terrorism" laws
Suggestions from the audience for future improvements

Please join us for what will be a particularly timely discussion.

 

5F Marunouchi Nijubashi Bldg., 3-2-3, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005
Doors open for TV crew at 11:15, For all others at 11:30, still cameras included.

Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

Professional Activities Committee

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Cedric Alviani                Hiroyuki Ide                       Jun Hori                  Yasuo Ohnuki              Pio dEmilia

                        

 

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