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the_STIGJul. 31, 2011 - 02:32PM JST
The Japan Federation of Bar Associations have a different view of this:
Under the government's project, "Tweets and blogs on nuclear power and
radiation issues are monitored around the clock and inaccurate information
will be promptly corrected and citizens are guided to correct information".
However, some information on nuclear power and health effects of radiation
have not reached scientific consensus and definition of "accurate
information" is not clear.
Government's criticism on "inaccurate" information will intimidate senders
of information and is likely to violate freedom of speech under Article 21
of the Constitution. Guiding citizens to information that government finds
accurate, would restrict flow of information with different contents and
limit the citizens' rights to know, interfering them in shaping opinions on
nuclear power. We are deeply concerned it is a significant problem that
would shake the very foundation of democracy.
Apparently the government's disclosure of information on nuclear accident is
not sufficient. The government didn't disclose SPEEDI right after the
accident and has still not revealed what happened to RPV in the accident.
The government covered up for quite some time the fact of meltdown and does
not present sufficient grounds for their benchmarks relating to radiation
levels and health impacts.
Furthermore, incident by Kyushu Electric Power Company with fake e-mails in
support of nuclear power, revealed that information on nuclear power has
been unfairly manipulated. According to today's press report, Nuclear Safety
Agency asked Chubu Electric Power Company to make local residents pose
pre-arranged questions in favor of nuclear power at a government-sponsored
symposium in August, 2007.
Under such circumstances citizens including those who were not familiar with
internet, have turned to tweets and blogs by experts and journalists for
accurate information and exchange information that benefits each other.
The govenment should disclose to citizens wider range of, detailed
information based on sufficient grounds. Not doing so and restricting
information flow among citizens constitute state's control of information.
The fact that there has been already manipulating of information going on as
stated above, indicates seriousness of this problem.
Japan Federation of Bar Association requests immediate termination of the
Japan Federation of Bar Associations
July 29, 2010
(This text is free to use under Creative Commons rules, but the author
the_STIG prefer to be informed first.)
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