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  •  Might want this article (8+ / 0-)

    http://shingetsublog.jugem.jp/...

    Kan Cabinet Adopts Internet Censorship Policy
    2011.04.20 Wednesday | category:報道
    By Makiko Segawa

    SNA (Tokyo) -- With little fanfare or media attention, the cabinet of Naoto Kan resolved on April 1 to adopt a policy authorizing the National Police Agency and Prosecutor’s Office to track down “harmful gossip” on the internet and expose the authors without having to seek a judicial order or specific permission from political authorities.

    The measure comes in the context of the heightened public distrust which followed the devastation of the March 11 tsunami and especially the ensuing Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident.

    ...... read the rest!!!

    Shingetsu News Agency

    •  This was discussed also--with links--in previous.. (5+ / 0-)

      ROV 52 near the end of the comment thread, and there are some comments here upthread, FWIW.  

      This is a concerning aspect of this current crisis, IMHO.  While it's understandable that the government wouldn't want people harmed by false rumors, etc, any time that a government seeks to control the media's coverage of the government's disaster response, the possibility of censorship and withholding of information vital to those affected, and/or suppression of information that might be embarrassing to the government is also a real and serious concern.

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