"Taming the Watchdogs: Political Pressure and Media Self-Censorship in Abe's Japan" by Martin Fackler, Journalist-in-Residence and Research Fellow, Rebuild Japan initiative Foundation
About the speaker: From 2009 to 2015, Martin Fackler covered Japan and the Korean peninsula as Tokyo bureau chief for the New York Times. In 2012, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Price in international reporting for his and his colleagues' investigate stories on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown that the prize committee said offered a "powerful exploration of serious mistakes concealed by authorities in Japan."
About the talk: Recently, the issue of the Japanese media's independence has come under increased scrutiny. Critics both inside and outside Japan have accused the government of trying to muzzle unfavorable media reporting, for example by threatening to shut down news outlets, introducing laws that stipulate jail time for journalists who publish sensitive government information, and placing cabinet allies in control of public broadcasters. At the same time, the Abe administration has insisted the Japanese media is independent and free, and that it only wishes to ensure fair and balanced reporting. In light of these events, Mr. Fackler will present his views on the Japanese media landscape, and its relationship with the political power.
Date: Wednesday, June 8th, 2016
Time: 6.30 p.m. – 7.00 p.m. Drink & Snack (served before lecture), 7.00 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. Lecture and Discussion
Place: Alfred Nobel Auditorium, Embassy of Sweden, 10-3-400 Roppongi 1-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Fee: JPY3,000 per person, payable at the door
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