Journalist files freedom of speech lawsuit against Kyodo News

Yoichi Ishikawa, Plaintiff & Journalist
Yoichi Kitamura, Attorney at Law

July 24, Monday, 14:00-15:00 (Press Conference)
The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation.

The issue of self-censorship is a long-standing problem in Japanese journalism and when Kyodo News allegedly gave in to demands from one of its parent newspapers – The Nagasaki Shimbun – to block a book that contained disturbing reports about a school in Nagasaki Prefecture, the reporter in question felt compelled to take legal action.

The Nagasaki Shimbun claims Yoichi Ishikawa's book – "The Sanctuary of Bullying: The Complete Record of Parents Who Took on the Dark Side of a Christian School" – which reports on the suicide of a high school student, is libelous and protested to Kyodo News. The news agency threatened to discipline Ishikawa if he reprinted the book or publicized the incident.

Kyodo "has silenced the speech of its reporters," Ishikawa says. "To protect my freedom of speech as a journalist, I am filing a lawsuit in the Tokyo District Court seeking damages from Kyodo News." Ishikawa will come to the FCCJ to explain his situation and lawsuit.

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