Bolan Times ( Geneva ) : Mr. Shunichi Fujiki, Representative of International Career Support Association ( A Japanese NGO with ECOSOC status ) said ” UN Special Rapporteur Mr. David Kaye’s report on Freedom of press in Japan is biased”.
Mr. Shunichi was speaking during ongoing 36th Human Rights Council Session which is being held in United Nations Office Geneva Switzerland from 11th September to 29th September.
Japanese Representative said that” First, when UN Special Rapporteur Mr. Kaye visited Japan for a week, he met certain Japanese groups guided by biased activist influenced by communist ideology. Second, he asserts the Japanese government exerts undue influence on journalists based on the testimonies without disclosing the subject person.
Mr Shunichi further added ” Example he cited gives completely different viewpoints and no credible examples of government pressure have been documented. Many of those who he met in Japan said after he left “Oh, I pretended that there is pressure from the government although I’ve never experienced.” “I’ve heard of it.” Because those people and group has been greatly guided by China and North Korea to make division within Japanese society.
“Third, the Secrets Act (Act on the Protection of Specially Designated Secrets), he reports, was enacted for solely national security reasons which does not in any way infringe on legitimate freedom of expression”
“Fourth, print media in Japan is under no restrictions whatsoever. Broadcast media is, however, asked to abide by the Broadcast Law. There is not strict law to limit freedom of press in Japan as they have in the United States and United Kingdom.”
Mr. Shunichi requested the Council to send UN Special Rapporteur to Japan again for proper investigation.