UN Rapporteur Expresses Concern on Tokyo's Intervention in Media

Write : 2016-04-20 13:35:19 Update : 2016-04-20 14:43:26

UN Rapporteur Expresses Concern on Tokyo's Intervention in Media

A UN rights expert says the Japanese government is infringing on Japanese citizens’ rights to be informed by intervening in the drafting of school textbook contents and putting pressure on local media.

UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye made the comments at a news conference in Tokyo on Tuesday after a weeklong visit to investigate the freedom of media and expression. 

According to the Tokyo Shimbun and Sankei Shimbun Wednesday, Kaye said that descriptions of the victims of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery have been deleted in school textbooks and he feels that the move resulted from the Tokyo government’s political intention.

Kaye said the Japanese government’s intervention in how to interpret crimes during World War II is an infringement of the Japanese public’s right to know. He said the Japanese government should refrain from intervening in the interpretation of historical events and instead work hard to let its citizens know about the serious crimes.

Kaye also cited death threats directed at former Asahi Shimbun reporter Takashi Uemura as a case hindering the independence of the press in Japan. Uemura was the first to report about a Korean victim of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery, Kim Hak-sun, in the Asahi Shimbun in August 1991. He was accused of fabricating the truth from right-wing critics.

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