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Fukushima fiasco prompts Japan to tighten censorship

Outcry as new law clamps down on reporting rules

<p>Picture: The Independent/AP</p>

Picture: The Independent/AP

  • David McNeill for The Independent
  • Japan
  • November 27, 2013
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In April 2011, while Fukushima’s fires still smouldered, journalists scrambled to find sources who could shed any light on the nuclear crisis. 

“It represents a grave threat to journalism because it covers such a wide and vague range of secrets,” said Mizuho Fukushima, a former leader of the opposition Social Democratic Party. She pointed out that the bill casts its net so wide it even includes a clause for “miscellaneous” secrets.

Inevitably, perhaps, debate on the new law has been viewed through the prism of the Fukushima crisis, which revealed disastrous collusion between bureaucrats and the nuclear industry. Critics say journalists attempting to expose such collusion today could fall foul of the new law, which creates three new categories of “special secrets”: diplomacy, counter-terrorism and counter-espionage, in addition to defence.

Full Story: Japan cracks down on leaks after scandal of Fukushima nuclear power plant 


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