Japan protests as reporter blocked from covering China FM
Japan has lodged a protest with China about freedom of speech after Beijing blocked a Japanese reporter from covering a meeting between top diplomats from the two countries.
On Wednesday, the Chinese foreign ministry excluded a reporter from the Sankei Shimbun, a Japanese conservative daily critical of China, from a media pool covering the start of a meeting between China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Japanese vice foreign minister Takeo Akiba.
Other Japanese media covering the event in Beijing then boycotted the pool coverage in protest.
“It is extremely regrettable that this kind of affair happened, and we have lodged a protest to the Chinese side,” top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters in Tokyo.-AFP