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Under Abe's reign, media self-censorship in Japan is rising

Feb 25, 2015

Under Abe's reign, media self-censorship in Japan is rising

by Linda Sieg

Worries are growing in Japan about a trend toward media self-censorship as journalists and experts say news organizations are toning down criticism of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government for fear of sparking ire and losing access to sources. No one is accusing Abe’s administration ...

Cowed news media has forgotten its role

| Feb 21, 2015

Cowed news media has forgotten its role

by Philip Brasor

In his Tokyo Shimbun column about weekly magazines, Hiroyuki Shinoda recently lauded Shukan Asahi for accusing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of exploiting the murder of journalist Kenji Goto by the Islamic State group for political purposes. Shinoda points out that the magazine had been ...