A new law in Japan sets prison terms of up to 10 years for public servants or others leaking state secrets, while journalists and others who encourage such leaks could be imprisoned for five years. An Internet activist and academic is challenging the new law by setting up a website aimed at making it easier for government officials to leak sensitive information to the media without getting caught, Reuters reports.
The state-secrets law drafted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government went into effect last week after year-long protests against it. Reporters Without Borders has called the law “an unprecedented threat to freedom of information.”
The new [...]