A major Japanese newspaper publishes an article denouncing the prime minister. Reporters hold a rally to criticize his Cabinet. The government responds by banning sales of the edition of the newspaper that carried the article, indicting its author for violation of the Newspaper Law. Rightwing agitators attack the newspaper’s publisher.

This blatant example of demagogic right-wing agitation instigated by a government in power took place in Japan in the summer of 1918.

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