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Japanese Reporter Faces Defamation Charges Over Story on S. Korean President

In South Korea a Japanese reporter has been indicted on charges of defaming President Park Geun-hye. The case is raising concerns about free speech under harsh anti-defamation laws. Tatsuya Kato, the former Seoul bureau chief for the Japanese newspaper Sankei Shimbun, pleaded not guilty to the charge of defaming President Park Geun-hye. The charge stems from an August 3 article he wrote suggesting that President Park was absent for seven hours during the Sewol ferry disaster because...

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