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Concerns shown over Japan’s press freedom at U.N. panel

  • November 14, 2017
  • , Jiji Press , 10:53 p.m.
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Geneva, Nov. 14 (Jiji Press) — Some member nations of the United Nations voiced concerns over the level of freedom of the press in Japan at Tuesday’s meeting of a working group of the U.N. Human Rights Council.

It is the first time since October 2012 that the council’s working group meeting to review the human rights situation in Japan has been held. Issues related to press freedom in the Asian nation were brought up for the first time, by the United States and other countries.

The United States called on Japan to establish an independent media supervisory institution, saying that it is worried about the country’s current regulatory framework on media organizations, including the broadcast act, which stipulates the government’s authority to stop broadcasts of broadcasting companies.

Australia and Brazil showed concerns over the level of the media’s independence in Japan and the nation’s state secrecy law.

Japan rebutted by saying that the government has never exerted undue pressure on the media.

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