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The government plans to submit a bill in 2011 to set up a panel that would oversee the communications and broadcasting industry and give it the power to rectify slander and other ethics violations committed by TV broadcasters, the senior vice communications minister said.

The remarks made by Masamitsu Naito in a speech in Tokyo Tuesday are certain to stir media concerns about freedom of expression, since the proposed entity, which would be an independent administrative body, will likely to have the authority to issue correction orders and regulate the media.

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