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Special Intelligence Protection Act and Mass Media

* Written by Yoichi TAKAHASHI, PPPC Chairman / Kaetsu University Professor 

 The special intelligence protection bill was finally approved in the
Diet. I think there should have been more time for discussions,
however, what came to my mind through watching media reports more was
the way media should be.

 The reasons mass media, including major papers and TVs, opposed to
the legislation were (according to Japan Newspaper Association); (1)
that the administrative organs can designate certain inconvenient
information as special intelligence arbitrarily, (2) that the stricter
punishment has possibility of excessively withering the public
servants attitude toward information disclosure, (3) because the
scope of overly inappropriate means (to obtain intelligence
information) is undefined and it is up to the operation of
administrative organizations, it may hinder information disclosure or
may even infringe the freedom of press guaranteed by the Constitution.

 Nonetheless, they do not comprise reasons for opposing against the
legislation. They sound as if the intelligence protection legislation
will create new secret information, but it is a misunderstanding.

 In fact, the special intelligence, as the name already indicates, is
constituting a part of general secrets stipulated in the national
public servants act (the duty of confidentiality) and information
disclosure act that provides opening of information other than
confidential information. To rephrase, the special intelligence
protection legislation is part of the national public servants act and
the information disclosure act.


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