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Gothenburg court clears three journalists

Three journalists who were accused of revealing the identity of a woman who had been raped were found not guilty Monday by Gothenburg District Court

The rape victim filed a police complaint after newspaper Göteborgs-Posten published a photo of her, which she claimed revealed her identity.

The woman says that she had insisted on anonymity when giving an interview with the newspaper, something the paper disputed. A reporter, editor and photographer were charged with breaking the law guaranteeing confidentiality, which contrains figures of authority like priests, lawyers and doctors in their use of privileged information.

The court accepted the defendents' contention that the rape victim had not insisted upon total anonymity.

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