Activist challenges secrets law with anonymous whistle-blower website
As the new Japanese state secrets law threatens freedom of the press, individuals- one in particular- continue to prove that the more governments try to threaten freedom and suppress information the more people will find a way to set it free.
TEPPEI KASAI / Reuters 20 December, 2014
A Japanese Internet activist and academic is challenging the recently enacted state secrets law by setting up a website aimed at making it easier for government officials to leak sensitive information to the media without getting caught.
The website, unveiled Friday, uses an open source platform called GlobaLeaks developed by the Europe-based Hermes Center for Transparency and Digital Human Rights, said Masayuki Hatta, an economics lecturer at Surugadai University.
“I want to create a secure channel that people can use to transfer information without putting themselves in jeopardy,” Hatta said. “I’m not entirely against the protection of sensitive information, but I also believe the new law has many problems.”
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