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December 1, 2010 4:51 PM ET

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October 22, 2010 4:18 PM ET

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As with Norgrove, a need to probe Munadi death

A photo of Sultan Mohammed Munadi at a 2009 prayer service for him. (AP/Musadeq Sadeq)

This morning, Prime Minister David Cameron announced that British aid worker Linda Norgrove, who died in a rescue attempt after she was taken hostage in Afghanistan, may have been killed by a U.S. grenade rather than by her Taliban captors, as originally reported.

Blog   |   Internet, UK

NYT: On the UK phone-hacking scandal

IN NOVEMBER 2005, three senior aides to Britain's royal family noticed odd things happening on their mobile phones. Messages they had never listened to were somehow appearing in their mailboxes as if heard and saved. Equally peculiar were stories that began appearing about Prince William in one of the country's biggest tabloids, News of the World.

It's a story about journalists hacking subjects' phones, but the technique could easily be used against journalists too. Most voicemail systems either have a default PIN, or no PIN at all (they depend on Caller ID to tell them that the person calling to check a phone's voicemail is calling from the phone itself - Caller ID can be easily faked). If you use voicemail in your job, change your PIN!

September 3, 2010 8:24 PM ET

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Blog   |   Saudi Arabia, UK, USA

U.S. Senate passes 'libel tourism' bill

This week, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill shielding journalists and publishers from “libel tourism.” The vote on Monday slipped past the Washington press corps largely unnoticed. Maybe it was the title that strove chunkily for a memorable acronym: the Securing the Protection of our Enduring and Established Constitutional Heritage (SPEECH) Act. Journalists and press freedom defenders outside the United States did, however, pay attention to the legislation, which they hope will spur libel law reform in their countries.

July 23, 2010 5:56 PM ET

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Blog   |   France, UK

London neighborhoods increasingly ‘off-limits’ to journalists

Life can be bumpy on Britain’s campaign roads. On May 3, Jerome Taylor, a “home news” reporter with the London daily The Independent went into the Bow borough of East London in order to look into allegations of widespread postal voting fraud. His bloodied nose and face appeared in the next day’s Independent.

May 11, 2010 5:45 PM ET

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