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Police detain journalists covering Northern Training Area protest

  • August 23, 2016
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Tokyo Shimbun carried a prominent inside-page story noting that an Okinawa Times reporter and a Ryukyu Shimpo reporter were briefly detained by police when they covered demonstrations staged by local activists protesting against helipad construction at the Northern Training Area last Saturday. The Okinawa Police said they were removed from the scene to ensure security and the police were not able to identify them as journalists. The Ryukyu Shimpo reporter explained that this was the first time she had been removed by police when covering protests and that riot policemen from Tokyo apparently played a key role in the crackdown on demonstrators. 

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