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Abducted in Syria: Extremist Rebels Target Journalists

Abducted in Syria: Extremist Rebels Target Journalists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 12, 2013

Radical Islamists embedded among the rebels in Syria are reportedly targeting foreign journalists for abduction. Instead of holding them for ransom, however, they use them as trump cards in their power struggles with more moderate rebel groups. By Ulrike Putz more... Comment ]

Rebel Broadcast: Web Channel a Key Source Amid Ukraine Protests

Rebel Broadcast: Web Channel a Key Source Amid Ukraine Protests

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 05, 2013

The online station Hromadske.TV has become the go-to site for Ukrainians critical of the Yanukovych regime. As protests heat up, its journalists and volunteers cover the news that state-backed stations will not. more... Comment ]

Tabloid Espionage: Trial Exposes Darkest Corners of British Press

Tabloid Espionage: Trial Exposes Darkest Corners of British Press

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 04, 2013

Former editors with newspaper News of the World are currently on trial in London, where they are accused of spying on private phone conversations for years. The unfolding testimony against close associates of publisher Rupert Murdoch shows just how far the British tabloid press has been willing to go for a scoop. By Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]

In the Frame: German TV Finally Starts Following the Plot

In the Frame: German TV Finally Starts Following the Plot

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 18, 2013

German cinema enjoys international acclaim, but there's a dearth of quality entertainment on the small screen. Now, with TV drama from the US as well as its own neighbors riding high, Germany has finally got the memo, and change is afoot. By Jane Paulick more... Comment ]

'Poop and Pooches': New Magazine Appeals to Dog Haters

'Poop and Pooches': New Magazine Appeals to Dog Haters

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 08, 2013

Feces in the sandbox, barking all night, the fear of being bitten: There are many reasons not to like dogs. Now one journalist from Hamburg is trying to raise money to launch a magazine to finally give dog haters a voice. By Benjamin Schulz more... Comment ]

Free Press? Editor Laments 'Retrogressive' Government Action

Free Press? Editor Laments 'Retrogressive' Government Action

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 05, 2013

The Guardian has played a key role in exposing the intelligence agency excesses revealed in documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden. Editor Alan Rusbridger discusses his work and the mounting pressure by the British government to silence the leaks. Interview By Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]

'Obscene Wording': Russian News Agency Shut Due to Swears

'Obscene Wording': Russian News Agency Shut Due to Swears

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 01, 2013

Russia's media watchdog agency has forced the closure of the Rosbalt news organization because of two YouTube videos containing swear words. Russian journalists are furious, calling it the latest attack on freedom of the press. By Benjamin Bidder more... Comment ]

Roma Stereotypes: How Racist Assumptions Fueled 'Maria' Fiasco

Roma Stereotypes: How Racist Assumptions Fueled 'Maria' Fiasco

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 28, 2013

When Greek police stumbled upon a blond, blue-eyed girl when raiding a Roma settlement two weeks ago, it triggered a wave of worries fed by long-held stereotypes. The fears proved unfounded, but the family remains divided. more... Comment ]

Aggregation Aggravation: Germans Wary of New Huffington Post

Aggregation Aggravation: Germans Wary of New Huffington Post

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 10, 2013

Arianna Huffington hopes to replicate the success of her other international blog and aggregation sites in Germany -- but she may face more resistance here than in other countries. more... Comment ]

Femen's Male Mastermind: 'I Am No Tyrant'

Femen's Male Mastermind: 'I Am No Tyrant'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 26, 2013

Ukrainian Victor Svyatski, 36, is reportedly the mastermind behind the controversial feminist group Femen. For weeks he has been in hiding, but on the eve of his escape, he gave an interview to SPIEGEL in which he denied being a negative force in the group and accused the Russian government of harassment. more... Comment ]