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Arrested Journalists Say Maldives No Paradise for Media

A court hearing is scheduled Monday for 18 journalists arrested during a protest Sunday against the government’s move to criminalize defamation and other actions recently taken against the media. Police in the Maldives, where democratic gains have eroded in recent years, unleashed pepper spray on the dozens of demonstrators, which included journalists and activists. A statement issued by police says officers moved to break up the demonstration with “minimum force” after it moved into a...

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