Apr 20, 2016

Japan plummets from 61st to 72nd in 2016 press freedom ranking

Japan came 72nd on the 2016 world press freedom list, sinking from 61st in the previous year’s 180-nation ranking, Reporters Without Borders announced Wednesday. The 11-spot slip reflects the implementation of the controversial state secrecy protection law stipulating penalties against leaks of government information ...

Independent NHK chained to Diet leash

| Mar 3, 2014

Independent NHK chained to Diet leash

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NHK, which is often compared with the BBC in the U.K., has been a focus of public attention and intense criticism in recent weeks. Many people are taking a closer look at the public broadcaster, including its history and whether it has been politically ...

Jan 31, 2013

Japan falls far on press freedom list

Japan plummeted to 53rd from the previous year’s 22nd in the 2013 press freedom ranking released Wednesday by Reporters Without Borders, a Paris-based nonprofit organization. Japan “has been affected by a lack of transparency and almost zero respect for access to information on subjects ...