Abe says to quit if state secrecy law suppresses press freedom


TOKYO: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday he will step down if the law to protect state secrets, set to take effect Dec. 10, undermines the freedom of the press.

Abe addressed concerns about the potential impact of the law on people’s right to know and press freedom, saying on TV, “If there is a case where news reporting is suppressed, I will quit (as prime minister).”

He was responding to questions about focal points of the Dec. 14 general election on a program of Tokyo Broadcasting System Television Inc., known as TBS, Tuesday night. PNA


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