Abe says to quit if state secrecy law suppresses press freedom

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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.

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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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