Shoot/Sue the Messenger, Indian style: An Indian journalist exposed a huge breach in a government database. Now she’s facing a police complaint.

Vidhi Doshi reports:

An Indian government agency has filed a police complaint against a journalist who exposed a possible security breach in the country’s vast biometric database that contains the personal details of more than 1 billion citizens, raising fresh concerns about shrinking press freedom in India.

The complaint against journalist Rachna Khaira came after she wrote an article in the Tribune newspaper saying that reporters were able to buy access to addresses, emails and phone numbers of a billion citizens for about $8. For an extra $5, reporters purchased access to a software that allowed them to print unique identity cards, which enable people to access a host of government services such as free school meals and fuel subsidies.

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