Fukushima nuclear accident gave rise to excessive restrictions and exposed the press

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Freedom of the press in Japan fell last year to a ranking of only 22nd in the world, from 11th the year before, due to “excessive restrictions” on reporting the Fukushima nuclear crisis, according to the global nonprofit group Reporters Without Borders.

 

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“Japan coverage of the tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear accident gave rise to excessive restrictions and exposed the limits of the pluralism of the country’s press,” the organization said in a news release.

Elsewhere in the world, the United States saw its position fall by 27 places to 47th after many journalists covering Occupy Wall Street protests were arrested, according to Reporters Without Borders.

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Source: Japan Times

 

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