Freedom of the press, Our Planet TV sued the Japanese government and parliament press conference
Our Planet TV, a Japanese non-profit internet media, sued the Japanese government and parliament press conference on July 17, 2012 for the permission to access the rooftop of parliament press conference hall to take pictures. Our Planet TV has been asking for an access to the rooftop of parliament press conference hall to take the photos of "anti-nuclear Friday protests" carried out in front of Prime Minister's office. However, these requests have been rejected for not belonging to the National Press (Kisha) Club. Hajime Shiraish, the head of Our Planet TV, commented that 'we believe that only speech should combat the status quo to acquire the 'freedom of speech'. However, we have faced the situation that we are not able to report what is going on in front us every Friday. We found it extremely difficult to win through the conventional way of negotiation. Unavoidably, we decided to sue the government and press conference. We expect that this provisional disposition will open the way for the freedom of press'. The group of the lawyers explained that the lawsuit against parliament press conference for an access to buildings should be a very rare case.
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