Magazine article New Internationalist

Sun Sets on Media Freedom

Magazine article New Internationalist

Sun Sets on Media Freedom

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JAPAN

Conservative forces are on the rise in Japan, threatening its commitment to peace and democracy.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a landslide victory in the upper house parliamentary elections last July against a backdrop of deteriorating media freedom. Gaining a two-thirds majority enabled Abe to achieve his long-held ambition to revise Japan's pacifist constitution (despite polls suggesting that the existing warrenouncing constitution is supported by two-thirds of Japanese voters).

Incidents of harassment, intimidation and censorship have increased since Abe returned to power in 2012. This year, three TV journalists known to be out of favour with the Abe administration left their posts. Their dismissal came just weeks after communications minister Sanae Takaichi declared that the government could shut down T V broadcasters that it deemed politically biased.

Abe has changed the legal framework in which the media must operate with the 2014 Secrecy Act, which lends the state greater power to withhold information and to punish journalists working with government whistleblowers. …

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