Theme of demonstration:“Demonstration to protest against Media Bias for quick abolition of nuclear power”
Organizer:“Citizens who protest abuse of power & mass media”
Date: 26 Feb. 2012
Place to gather: Miyahshita Park (Transportation: 5 minutes walk from Shibuya Station)
Map Link (http://bit.ly/yZbU4h) (in Japanese language)
Gathering time: 3:30 p.m.
Starting time: 4 p.m.
Declaration for “Demonstration to protest against Media Bias for quick abolition of nuclear power” dated on 26 Feb. 2012
Above eleven months have been passed since melt down at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant ―Japanese worst-ever nuclear accident― and it has led to great suffering for the people in Japan. The government declared on 16 Dec. 2011 that the Fukushima Daiichi power plant has reached quasi cold shutdown; however we cannot help suspecting strongly that it’s only political declaration and the plant condition is still in great danger.
Since this critical accident, various street campaigns ―demonstration, sit-in and etc.― have been held to appeal nuclear free and to protest against TEPCO or the other electric power company and the government, especially METI. However we often feel there is a gap between the air of excitement in the people taking part in street campaigns and the apathy in the many people walking along the street. We considered what bring such kind of gap and concluded that it is Media Bais by the press club in Japan (Kisha Club) that is the root of all evil and bring the apathy in nuclear power issue. And therefore we concluded the campaign to protest against Media Bias by press club is highly required.
Actually the mass media belonging to the press club only repeat to the information from TEPCO or the government and hardly get a scoop on the essential information in nuclear power issue. Furthermore their stance in news is not only timely but also a little at a time. Any mass media never call the evacuation from high-level radiation areas. Any mass media never criticize the government that the radioactive standard value of food which is below maximum 100Bq is too much optimistic ―the temporary standard value is below maximum 500Bq.
We call for protesting against Japanese mass media and its Media Bias and many Japanese people’s improving information literacy in nuclear issue through this demonstration dated on 26 Feb. 2012