Japan protests as re­porter blocked from cov­er­ing China FM

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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

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