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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Japan government out to censor internet nuke news

Buried at the bottom of a fairly dull article, this disturbing news:

Now the 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.

If we get a demand letter, we'll post it here.

Comments (6)

Hardball, here we come!

It'a a corporate-paid p.r. information attack by talkers & tweeters high on stupid. Ditto my previous comment.

Oh, my, sending a demand letter to a lawyer - Ha, Ha! I'd like to see their definition of "illegal information." Is that the true stuff, versus the "sanitized" version?

Let us know if you get the letter and we will start a Defense Fund.

.... erasing any information from internet sites

I wonder how the author of the article supposes this is going to be done?

Thanks, Jack.

A few links to articles about nukes and radiation:

From the Christian Science Monitor--
"Nuclear power report: 14 'near misses' at US plants due to 'lax oversight'-- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission failed to resolve known safety problems, leading to 14 'near-misses' in US nuclear power plants in 2009 and 2010, according to a new report from a nuclear watchdog group" - http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2011/0318/Nuclear-power-report-14-near-misses-at-US-plants-due-to-lax-oversight

From Harvey Wasserman's site Nukefree.org: " Japan's Quake Could have Irradiated Entire US" - http://nukefree.org/editorsblog/japans-quake-could-have-irradiated-entire-us

"Safe Radiation is a Lethal Lie"-- an article by Harvey Wasserman on Buzzflash with data about Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and how scientists' ideas about radiation has changed over time.

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