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Did a true-crime podcast nearly stop a conviction?

Did a true-crime podcast nearly stop a conviction?

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  • Can true crime podcasts get in the way of a successful conviction? In Denmark, the trial of a Norwegian woman accused of fraud was briefly threatened by a hit podcast, The Woman With The Heavy Suitcase (in Danish), which covered claims about her activity. Lawyers acting on her behalf raised the concern that she may not get a fair trial because of the podcast; but, happily, none of the judges had listened to it. She was sentenced to 18 months in prison last month, and banned from entering Denmark for twelve years: a ruling which she has appealed.

  • Netflix has self-censored an episode of Patriot Act in Saudi Arabia, after government regulators there requested the removal of an episode about journalist Jamal Khashoggi. ListenNotes reveals that there are 2,676 podcast episodes concerning the journalist, not all of which may be positive to the Saudi government.

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