Sunday, December 1, 2013

Japan: The new Uzbekistan of press freedom in Asia | The Japan Times

If you’re living in Japan, you may be surprised to know that your right to know has been replaced by the right to remain silent. Shhh … don’t protest. It’s practically a done deal.

The first rule of the pending state secrets bill is that a secret is a secret. The second rule is that anyone who leaks a secret and/or a reporter who makes it public via a published report or broadcast can face up to 10 years in prison. The third rule is that there are no rules as to which government agencies can declare information to be a state secret and no checks on them to determine that they don’t abuse the privilege; even defunct agencies can rule their information to be secret. The fourth rule is that anything pertaining to nuclear energy is a state secret, which means there will no longer be any problems with nuclear power in this country because we won’t know anything about it. And what we don’t know can’t hurt us.

The right to know has now officially been superseded by the right of the government to make sure you don’t know what they don’t want you to know.

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Comment: Forget about freedom and democracy in Japan, if this gets passed, all of that just died! We're all now on the Road to Serfdom

I do make it a point to have fun with this blog and use "freedom of the press" to make fun of all the stoopid shit going on in this part of the world. The sad thing here is, this is no Joke! That is why using this clip from that Charlie Chaplin classic is so apropos, they didn't take him seriously when he made that film and nobody is really taking this bullshit seriously now. History is repeating itself once again....

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