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Japan’s new state-secrets law gives leakers up to 10 years in prison

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Dec
2013

Japan has enacted a new state-secrets law that strengthens punishments for journalists and government officials who leak or seek top secrets, reports Reuters. The legislation has been met with protests and criticism by the public, with many fearing that the law will be used to silence media outlets or allow government officials to cover up their actions. Reuters reports that under the law, public employees and others with access to state secrets could be jailed up to 10 years for leaking them, while journalists and other private sector employees could be jailed up to five years for seeking out state secrets through grossly inappropriate means. But many are concerned that private employees could be punished simply for seeking information that they werent aware was a state secret in the first place.

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