To the Press
Citizens Liaison Committee Against Wiretapping Law
June 17, 2021
Contact: Toshimaru Ogura 070-5553-5495
Urgent Statement: Withdraw GPS and other forms of surveillance by IOC/JOC in Tokyo Olympics
The Citizens Liaison Committee Against Wiretapping Law has issued an urgent statement, “Withdraw GPS and other forms of surveillance by IOC/JOC in Tokyo Olympics,” and sent it to the IOC and JOC.
As has already been reported, the IOC and JOC have decided to impose a 14-day quarantine and GPS surveillance on people entering Japan from overseas, including the media. In our statement, we judge that this measure by the IOC/JPC seriously violates the freedom of the press, and we call for the withdrawal of all surveillance of journalists. It also points out that it is clear that the Olympics are triggering a surveillance society, and that in light of the global outbreak of the new corona, the best option is to cancel the Olympics.
The following is a list of headlines from the text of the statement.
Critical media excluded from 14-day surveillance / Everyone is a journalist and media outlet / GPS is privacy information; the reality of its management and sharing is unclear / There is a risk that this will become a precedent / There are other concerns about media surveillance / The Olympics has become an event for the socialization of surveillance. Cancellation is the best option.
Website where the statement was posted: The Citizens Liaison Committee Against Wiretapping Law Blog
About The Citizens Liaison Committee Against Wiretapping Law
The Citizens Liaison Committee Against Wiretapping Law was formed in the 1990s as a citizens’ movement to oppose the surveillance society. Since then, it has continued to campaign against the revision of the Wiretap Act, against the enactment of the crime of conspiracy, against the establishment of the Digital Agency, and against the creation of a surveillance society. In March of this year, we issued a statement against the Digital Surveillance Society Bill.