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Reporter who broke LuxLeaks story faces charges in Luxembourg

April 27, 2015 5:11 PM ET

The French journalist who helped break the LuxLeaks scandal, which exposed a large-scale, state-blessed system of tax avoidance in placid Luxembourg late last year, was indicted on April 23. A statement from the Luxembourg prosecutor's office accused Edouard Perrin...

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Jordan jails journalist for criticizing Saudi campaign in Yemen

April 27, 2015 3:13 PM ET

A Jordanian journalist was arrested on April 23, 2015, after publishing an article the week before that criticized Operation Decisive Storm, the bombing campaign by a Saudi-led coalition including Jordan against Houthi forces in Yemen....

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Conflating terrorism and journalism in Ethiopia

April 27, 2015 11:01 AM ET

At the Lideta courthouse in Ethiopia's capital city, Addis Ababa, stands a statue of a blindfolded woman holding a set of scales in her outstretched hand--a universal symbol of justice, here cast in metal of pinkish gold and wearing...

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Finding new ways to censor journalists in Turkey

April 27, 2015 11:01 AM ET

The flood was foretold, and seemed inevitable. Even I, with my limited resources as a journalist and media monitor, raised the alarm years ago....

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Treating the Internet as the enemy in the Middle East

April 27, 2015 11:01 AM ET

The snow and freezing temperatures that struck Saudi Arabia unexpectedly in December 2013 were newsworthy in a desert kingdom better known for its extreme heat. But the fact that the ensuing power outages at a regional prison left prisoners...

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Overzealous British media prompt overzealous backlash

April 27, 2015 11:01 AM ET

In 2010, Andrew Norfolk was driving to an appointment when he heard a radio news report about a gang of men who had been convicted of the systematic sexual abuse of a teenager....

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Outdated secrecy laws stifle the press in South Africa

April 27, 2015 11:01 AM ET

Nelson Mandela regularly harangued the media once he'd been freed after 27 years of imprisonment by South Africa's apartheid government. He would call individual journalists when he liked or disliked something they had written or when he wanted to...

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For clues to censorship in Hong Kong, look to Singapore, not Beijing

April 27, 2015 11:01 AM ET

When journalists covering pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong on September 28, 2014, got word that protesters were having problems with cell phone service, it appeared to be a familiar response from governments across the world to dissent....

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Two continents, two courts, two approaches to privacy

April 27, 2015 11:01 AM ET

At 3:20 a.m. on August 24, 2014, the strongest earthquake in a quarter-century rocked the San Francisco Bay Area, causing damage widely estimated at between $300 million and $1 billion....

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Indian businesses exert financial muscle to control press

April 27, 2015 11:01 AM ET

In the late summer of 2014, Indian freelance journalist Keya Acharya found herself embroiled in her own version of the War of the Roses. That August, Acharya was forced to respond to a nine-page legal notice demanding that she...

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