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Submission + - Fukushima "illegal information" will be censored-> 2

dgilzz writes: The [japanese] government charges that the damage caused by earthquakes and by the nuclear accident are being magnified by irresponsible rumors, and the government must take action for the sake of the public good. The project team has begun to send “letters of request” to such organizations as telephone companies, internet providers, cable television stations, and others, demanding that they “take adequate measures based on the guidelines in response to illegal information. ”The measures include erasing any information from internet sites that the authorities deem harmful to public order and morality.
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  • There seems to be an oxymoron here. How can a 'letter of request' make a 'demand' of anyone. Also, unless the Japanese authorities intend to back up their requests with hasty legislation how do they possibly envisage curtailing the legitimate freedom of their own, and perhaps more saliently, the international press?
  • It seems perfect timing for something like The Free Speech Engine ( )

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