AMARC Asia-Pacific’s condemning concern on State secrecy law to be enacted in Japan.
State secrecy law is scheduled to be adopted in the upper congress in Japan today, 5th December, 2013. It will undermine the people’s right to know. The law will give all government ministries a right to classify information related to defense, diplomacy, counterintelligence and counterterrorism as a state secret. But there is no guideline as to what constitutes a secret. This lack of definition means that the government could very well designate any inconvenient information secret. The law will increase the opacity of the government by threatening to jail journalists including community radio and community media activists, for up to five years. Loss of Journalists will incur fear that there will be markedly less communication between journalists and government officials. AMARC Asia pacific region feels strong resentment toward the law, and voices strong concern that tighter state control of information will infringe on the public’s right to know and freedom of media. It will spell serious trouble for Japan’s democracy. We strongly call up the upper congress to scrap the state secrecy law.
December 5, 2013, Seoul
World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) Asia Pacific