Japan Official: “This is the way the reign of terror begins” — Lawmaker is physically restrained Outrage as secrets bill rammed

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Japan Official: “This is the way the reign of terror begins!” — Lawmaker is “physically restrained”; Outrage as secrets bill rammed through — Final passage expected within hours (PHOTOS)

The Guardian, Dec. 5, 2013: Whistleblowers and journalists in Japan could soon find themselves facing long spells in prison for divulging and reporting state secrets, possibly including sensitive information about the Fukushima nuclear disaster [...] “It is a threat to democracy,” said Keiichi Kiriyama, an editorial writer for the Tokyo Shimbun newspaper [...] “it can be used to hide whatever the government wishes to keep away from public scrutiny,” said Mizuho Fukushima, an opposition MP. [...] justice minister, Sadakazu Tanigaki, refused to rule out police raids of newspapers suspected of breaking the law.




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