• SKorea prosecutors not to appeal Japan reporter acquittal


    SEOUL: South Korean prosecutors have decided not to appeal against the acquittal of a Japanese journalist who was charged with defaming President Park Geun-Hye, citing diplomatic ramifications, a prosecution official said Wednesday. The Seoul Southern District Court said Friday that Tatsuya Kato, former Seoul bureau chief for Japan’s Sankei Shimbun daily, defamed the president’s honor as a private citizen by writing and publishing an article questioning where Park was on the day the Sewol passenger ferry sank, killing 300 people in April last year. However, the court declared Kato not guilty, noting that he wrote the story to serve the public interest and the freedom of the press should be guaranteed in a democratic society.



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