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Greek journalist Kostas Vaxevanis acquitted in trial for naming alleged tax cheats (UPDATE)

Kostas Vaxevanis, a journalist who published a list of Greeks suspected of stashing their wealth in Swiss bank accounts, went on trial today in Athens.

Chinese media crackdown

HONG KONG — Heads are rolling at some of China’s most outspoken newspapers, sending a chilling signal to mainland journalists to stick to the party line ahead of the country’s tense political transition this fall.

German satire magazine suggests pope has his own 'Vatileak'

Titanic magazine ran a cover showing Pope Benedict XVI in a suspiciously stained cassock.
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Pope Benedict XVI was not amused by German satire magazine Titanic's take on the Vatileaks scandal. (Daneil Dal Zennaro/AFP/Getty Images)
The offending picture shows the pope wearing a white cassock which is soiled at crotch level. The headline reads: "Hallelujah in the Vatican: The leak is found!"

Ecuador president pardons newspaper after libel case

President Rafael Correa had said he was cracking down on "the dictatorship of the media." Now he says, “I never wanted this trial."
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Ecuador President Rafael Correa speaks during a press conference at the Carondelet presidential palace in Quito on Feb. 27, 2011. Correa announced Monday he was pardoning the executives and a former columnist of El Universo newspaper in a high-profile libel case in which a court levied jail sentences and a $40 million fine. (AFP/Getty Images)
Ecuador President Rafael Correa has pardoned three newspaper publishers and a columnist who had been sentenced to jail and ordered to pay over $40 million in damages to Correa.

Egypt releases Australian journalist, US student and translator

The arrests are part of "a disturbing pattern of attacks and harassment of media" in Egypt, says the Committee to Protect Journalists
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