As journalists observed World Press Freedom Day on May 3, the latest country in the doghouse for stifling the work of the fourth estate might surprise some observers: Japan. Three top Japanese journalists resigned in March as fears mounted that the Japanese government was pressuring them to soft-pedal coverage of some hot-button topics, including the easing of long standing restraints on Japan’s armed forces.
An independent liaison for the United Nations investigated the issue, speaking with journalists, educators and government officials. His subsequent report was scathing. "The independence of the [Japanese] press is facing serious threats,” he said. Courtesy USA Today.