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Japanese Journalist Cleared in South Korean Defamation Case

In South Korea Thursday a court acquitted a Japanese journalist of criminal defamation for reporting that President Park Geun-hye was involved in an illicit tryst at the time a deadly ferry accident occurred last year. The journalist's prosecution had drawn criticism from human rights and press advocacy groups concerned about the erosion of free speech in South Korea. After the not guilty verdict was announced the defendant Tatsuya Kato, the former Seoul bureau chief for the...

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