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Sharp Decline of Freedom of Expression in Japan (Speaker series)

Dr Sanae Fujita from University of Essex

At 13:00 in Human Rights Centre Seminar Room.

Sharp Decline of Freedom of Expression in Japan

In April 2016, in concluding his Japan Mission, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression warned of “serious threats to the independence of the press” and raised various concerns. Sanae Fujita will address how Japanese freedom of expression, including the independence of the media, has deteriorated under the current administration. This includes the Government’s intention to change constitutions, which will cause great retrogressions in human rights.

Dr Sanae Fujita, Member of the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex

Sanae Fujita is a member of the Essex Human Rights Centre. Since 2013, she has played a crucial role in raising international awareness of freedom of expression and information in Japan. She has been closely engaged with the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, and supported his country mission to Japan in April 2016. She advised Human Rights Watch and ARTICLE 19 on their statements to the Japanese Government in relation to the Secret Protection Act (2013). She teaches regularly in Japan on freedom of expression and the role of the media. Previously she worked as an associate and a part time teacher at the Human Rights Centre and School of Law at Essex, and as a consultant to Open Society Justice Initiative in 2014. She holds a PhD in Law and an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex, as well as an MA in International Development from Nagoya University, Japan. Her publications include The World Bank, Asian Development Bank and Human Rights: Developing Standards of Transparency, Participation and Accountability (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013).

Chair: Dr Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief

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