Friday, November 20, 2015

Tokyo Cancels Japan Visit by UN Expert on Freedom of Expression

The Mainichi reported that Japan's government canceled the visit by UN special rapporteur on free speech. Unbelievable:
Tokyo cancels Japan visit by U.N. expert on freedom of expression, The Mainichi, November 20, 2015,

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A U.N. expert in charge of freedom of expression said Thursday the Japanese government has canceled his visit to the country scheduled for next month.

David Kaye, U.N. special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, told Kyodo News he hopes he "can continue to work with the (Japanese) government" and that he has always had good interactions with it.

The rare cancellation by the government of an official visit drew criticism among his supporters that the government is seeking to hinder him from taking up such issues as the secrecy law for the prevention of leaks of state secrets....

Previous posts on Japan's controversial and inherently ANTI-DEMOCRATIC state secrets law:

Majia's Blog: Japan's State Secrets Law Goes into Effect
Dec 26, 2014 - The Mainichi has an editorial about Japan's new State Secrets law that is going into effect. I've posted excerpts from the editorial here and an ...

Majia's Blog: Japan on Way Down Slippery Slope of Fascism
Oct 2, 2015 - Japan is heading fast down the slippery slope of fascism: 1. In 2014 a new state secrets law went into effect that criminalizes revelations of state ...

Majia's Blog: Japan's Open Society in Crisis
Jun 26, 2015 - News from Japan indicates setbacks in democracy as media critical of the LDP's ... As I See It: State secrets law goes into effect, what now?

Majia's Blog: Last Days
Dec 8, 2013 - Japan passed a state secrets law that is so repressive that Japan's ordinarily complacent media have launched a major offensive, as illustrated ...

Majia's Blog: Censorship and Dispossession in Japan
Nov 10, 2013 - First, according to The Asahi Shimbun, Japan's Nuclear Regulatory Authority ... secrets (see

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