Why Japan ranks poorly in press freedom
08 May 2023 | 1:32 pm
Japan ranks the lowest among the Group of Seven nations when it comes to media freedom. Journalists' vulnerability to government and business pressure as well as a culture of self-censorship are to blame, say experts.
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Reporters from one of Egypt's last remaining independent media outlets are preparing for what activists criticize is a politically motivated trial. The international community should be doing more to help, they say.
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South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol met with Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo. The two leaders have attempted to form a unified front amid regional tensions.
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Japan and South Korea both said North Korea had launched two suspected ballistic missiles. It's the latest in a flurry of tests that Pyongyang claims are a response to joint US-South Korean military exercises.
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