Censorship of Internet in Japan (and other media) a new team to delete "harmful" Fukushima information
This is a really troubling development. The internal security apparatus of Japan is contacting media and internet serviceds to begin deletion of certain information.
"[T]he Japanese government has moved to crack down on independent reportage and criticism of the government’s policies in the wake of the disaster by deciding what citizens may or may not talk about in public. A new project team has been created by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication, the National Police Agency, and METI to combat “rumors” deemed harmful to Japanese security in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.
"The government charges that the damage caused by earthquakes and by the nuclear accident are being magnified by irresponsible rumors, and the government must take action for the sake of the public good. The project team has begun to send “letters of request” to such organizations as telephone companies, internet providers, cable television stations, and others, demanding that they “take adequate measures based on the guidelines in response to illegal information. ”The measures include erasing any information from internet sites that the authorities deem harmful to public order and morality."
I learned about it on the thread discussing the absence of news in the major media. After looking at a number of the videos posted by a man living in Japan I am concerned about how much of the informastion may be censored or simply not reported. In one video he reports that women's breast milk has been tested at 40 Bcq/L but is not reported in main stream media (only local media in Japan). He also says that women will be the leaders who will rise up to oppose nuclear power once they know that radiation is in their breasts and milk. (I do not know where the breats milk was from, but the very fact of it was reported yesterday in the media with no mention of amounts - although authorities claim it is "safe" for the nursing infants (that seems to be 1080 pCi/L, right BRAWM?)
In any case these are video reports from someone who is living in Japan and is a first hand perpsective. He now fears his reports will be deleted from youtube and he will be branded a criminal or worse.
Worth taking a look at imho. He says that such censorship is tantamount to dictatorship.
I hesitate to
Makiko Segawa is a staff writer at the Shingetsu News Agency. She prepared this report from Fukushima and Tokyo. She can be reached at email@example.com