News media and journalism in Japan reaches a new low as “special state secrets” law kicks in

Shigetada Kishii of the TBS evening news program "News 23" - "Ive had enough of this crap, I'm leaving."

Shigetada Kishii of the TBS evening news program “News 23” – “I’ve had enough of this crap, I’m leaving.”

Since the news media in Japan and journalism in general is in an appalling state, here is more evidence of the complete deterioration of news reporting in Japan as several well known news anchors have resigned because of political pressure to their outspoken views. This is probably related to the law passed last year in Japan which made it illegal for journalists to report on “special state secrets.” Whistle blowers (is that even possible in Japan?) and journalists in Japan now find themselves facing long spells in prison for divulging and reporting “state secrets”, possibly including sensitive information about the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the Japan’s deteriorating relations with China.

 

Ichiro Furutachi of TV Asahi’s influential "Hodo Station" - "You too , I've had it. This isn't TV journalism anymore."

Ichiro Furutachi of TV Asahi’s influential “Hodo Station” – “You too, Kishii-san, I’ve had it. This isn’t TV journalism anymore.”

“State secrets” could be anything the Japanese government deems a secret. Critics of this new law say it “marks a return to the days of prewar and wartime Japanese militarism, when the state used the Peace Preservation Act (these ACTS are corporate law under private commerce and mean exactly the opposite of what their titles suggest) to arrest and imprison political opponents.” Well yeah, I mean, Japan is currently under a massive military buildup in case nobody has been noticing? This is why the LDP (Anglo-American satrap government) called Ichiro Furutachi and Shigetada Kishii to their offices.
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Source: CANMUA

SELF-CENSORSHIP SENSED AS JAPAN’S TV STATIONS REPLACE OUTSPOKEN ANCHORS

January 25, 2016

The faces of Japan’s TV news are changing. Broadcasters are under increasing political pressure from the government and a succession of outspoken anchors a

The faces of Japan’s TV news are changing.

Broadcasters are under increasing political pressure from the government and a succession of outspoken anchors and newscasters have resigned.

Experts worry the situation marks a crisis in TV journalism, for it is believed broadcasters are now exercising self-censorship as they seek to toe the administration’s line.

Hosts Ichiro Furutachi of TV Asahi’s influential “Hodo Station” and Shigetada Kishii of the TBS evening news program “News 23” will both be replaced in April. NHK, too, is considering pulling longtime anchorwoman Hiroko Kuniya from its “Close-up Gendai” news and features program.

Furuya has often been criticized by the government and its supporters for his commentaries.

He is unrepentant. During a news conference announcing his departure, Furuya reiterated his motto: “Newscasters at times represent the voices against the powers that be.”

Kuniya’s departure has long been whispered about as she is known for asking big-name politicians tough questions. However, she has survived until now.

Similarly, Kishii expressed opposition to contentious security bills before they cleared the Diet last September and called on fellow opponents to speak up.

“Voices should continuously be raised (for the bills) to be scrapped,” he declared.

Criticism was heaped upon him, particularly from the right. One conservative political group said his statement violated the Broadcast Law, which states broadcasters must be politically impartial.

Some analysts see cause for alarm in the slew of anchor replacements.

“There must be different reasons behind each station’s move, but when three journalists quit in succession, the audience would get the impression that it was the results of their criticism of the administration,” said Hiroyoshi Sunakawa, a professor of media studies at Rikkyo University.

“If news programs toe the official line and cover only the materials that aren’t controversial, it would be bad both for the public and for maintaining a democratic society.” [“Democracy” is a bullshit concept. “Democracy” doesn’t exist, this religion is a shallow distortion of belief]

It was around the Lower House election of 2014 that the ruling Liberal Democratic Party began to exert stronger demands on TV stations. To some, that represents pure political pressure.

In one example, the government issued a document to Tokyo-based stations demanding that they “ensure fairness, neutrality and correctness” in their election coverage. In 2015, the LDP summoned TV executives for questioning over the content of the “Hodo Station” and “Close-up Gendai” programs.

Having experienced that pressure, the stations now are thought to refrain from running material that criticizes the administration.

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