Japanese news anchor quits to protest Fukushima cover-up


Japanese journalists did what Tajima calls “announcement journalism” in
reporting on the crisis. He says they were reporting the press releases of
big companies and the people in power. And he’s not the only one who
thinks so.

“I am a newscaster, but I couldn’t tell the true story on my news
program,” says Jun Hori, a former anchor for NHK, the Japanese state
broadcaster.

Hori says the network restricted what he and other journalists could say
about Fukushima and moved more slowly than foreign media to report on the
disaster and how far radiation was spreading. The attitude in the newsroom
was not to question official information

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