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Syria's rocky road to a free press
Syria's rocky road to a free press

Laith Halabi paced the dark streets of Aleppo looking for a person to interview. The wiry young journalist with the independent Shahba Press news agency worried that no one would agree to a man-on-the-street, even on the innocuous topic of a neighborhood generator. After being turned down by one man who feared Syrian government retribution, he found another — with long, slicked-back hair and skinny jeans — who agreed to speak. But as Halabi readied his tripod, a neighborhood resident mentioned that the man was a rebel fighter. Halabi turned off his camera, saying, "He has to be a civilian." "So just say he's a civilian; he's not wearing a military...

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