This chapter discusses the growing problem of “soft censorship” in the Japanese media. The notion of “soft censorship” has been used by the Open Society Institute and others to describe a situation where free speech is in theory protected by law, but where various extra-legal pressures are used to deter critical reporting on certain significant political topics. I argue that soft censorship has become increasingly evident in Japan over the past decade, and examine some strategies used by grassroots movements to protect and enhance freedom of speech.
|Title of host publication||Kore Kara do Suru ka: Mirai no Tsukuikata|
|Editors||Iwanami Shoten Henshubu|
|Place of Publication||Tokyo|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|