Posted By: David Phillips

To: Members in "The Cove" – Save Japan Dolphins

Ric O’Barry — Breaking Through The Censorship Blockade in Japan

Ric and our team from Save Japan Dolphins have been doing a fantastic job in Japan fighting for the Japanese public’s right to see The Cove and learn of the atrocities at Taiji.

Interviews with dozens of Japanese and International press have hammered at the assault on democracy and free speech represented by the outrageous government and nationalist efforts to force cancellation of theater showings. Special showings are reaching audiences who have never known that the dolphin killing was even happening.

This issue is quickly becoming a lead story about censorship in Japan, and the word is spreading fast….

Check out the new CNN piece with a Ric interview…

Japan’s most influencial newspaper, the Ashai Shimbun ran a breakthrough editorial condemning the effort to stop the showing of The Cove…

In another BREAKING UPDATE, the immensely popular Japanese Website Nico Nico Douga will stream "The Cove" for free in it’s entirity tomorrow night! Read details at:

Check out Ric’s almost daily WEBLOGS AT

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INCREDIBLE thanks to all the team working with Ric in Japan to get the truth out, including

Fonda Berosini, of and Participant Media
Sakae Hemme, of Elsa Nature Conservancy
Miyuki Takamatsu and her team at Unplugged Media and Medallion Films
Masato Sakano for filming assistance
Boyd Harnell, for investigative reporting
Mark McBennett, Japan Zone
Chiho McBennett, Japan Zone


"The Cove" documentary to be shown online in Japan
Thu Jun 17, 2010 6:26am EDT

(Reuters) – Controversial documentary film "The Cove," which deals with the grizzly business of dolphin hunting, will be made available to Japanese viewers online via a popular video sharing website.


The Oscar-winning film will be offered for free to the first 2,000 viewers who access the website from June 21, Nico Nico Douga said.

The documentary, which shows dolphins being herded into a cove and slaughtered, has met with fierce resistance from some groups in Japan. Fears that protests might inconvenience moviegoers have prompted cancellations at two cinemas in Tokyo and one in Osaka, according to Unplugged, the Japan distributor.

"We have been receiving criticism of the film from groups who have not yet seen it," Unplugged said on Thursday, encouraging Japanese viewers to use the website’s comment feature to debate the film’s content.

On Tuesday, dolphin activist Ric O’Barry urged Japanese theatres to screen "The Cove," despite threats from groups who see its footage of dolphins being slaughtered as an affront to traditional culture.

O’Barry, a former dolphin trainer from the 1960s television series "Flipper," told Reuters Television this week that the cancellations were an "assault on democracy."

Directed by former National Geographic photographer Louie Psihoyos, the documentary follows eco-activists who struggle with Japanese police and fishermen to gain access to a secluded cove in Taiji, southern Japan, where dolphins are hunted.

Nico Nico Douga has over 16 million registered users and allows viewers to post comments on videos in real time.

(Reporting by Benjamin Shatil; Editing by Chris Gallagher)

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