Boing Boing is the second major site (see Economist.com) to publish details of Johnson’s story, though it is the first to highlight the gunpoint threat, falsified confession, and link to Fukushima
Title: Foreign journalist claims corruption, brutality, death threats from Japanese airport officials
Source: Boing Boing
Author: Cory Doctorow
Date: 12:16 pm, Jan 22, 2012
Christopher Johnson, a Canadian journalist residing (until recently) in Japan published a ghastly account of his return to Tokyo after a short pre-Christmas trip. He was flagged at the border (he implies that this is related to his coverage of Fukushima), held, threatened, and shaken down for bribes before being detained without counsel or a phone call. He says he was eventually deported, though not before being ordered to sign a falsified confession and being threatened by an official at gunpoint [...]
Japan’s outsourced airport detentions operation is the subject of its own Amnesty International report.
Read the report here. Check out the comment section too.
The story first appeared on the Economist website here
Published: January 22nd, 2012 at 8:58 pm ET