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 Africa


24 June 2002 - Reporters Without Borders denounces the poor example set by some NEPAD members
21 February 2002 - One RSF member and a journalist arrested by police in London
6 February 2002 - NEPAD Meeting

 Burkina Faso


12 December 2002 - Four years of impunity for the killers of journalist Norbert Zongo
9 August 2002 - AFP/Reporters Without Borders correspondent released
3 June 2002 - Chronology of Events

 Burundi


29 August 2002 - Press freedom worsens with jamming of radio station and Internet censorship
21 May 2002 - Government bars media from disseminating interviews with rebels
7 March 2002 - Two journalists assaulted by police officers
15 January 2002 - Communications minister suspends independent news agency

 Cameroon


19 June 2002 - Pius Njawé recovers his passport
5 March 2002 - Journalist arrested, another in hiding after denouncing sex scandal
16 January 2002 - Editor of weekly sentenced to five years’ imprisonment

 Central African Republic


12 December 2002 - Director of private daily "Le Citoyen" threatened with imminent arrest
19 November 2002 - French journalist expelled, radio stations censored, journalists threatened

 Chad


2 April 2002 - Authorities ban political programmes on private radio stations ahead of legislative election
12 February 2002 - Private radio station suspended for three weeks

 Cote d’Ivoire


28 October 2002 - Opposition and foreign journalists targeted with impunity
22 October 2002 - French radio journalist held by intelligence police in Abidjan
18 October 2002 - Offices of Radio Nostalgie ransacked
16 October 2002 - Three opposition newspapers’ offices ransacked
26 September 2002 - Foreign radio stations censored and journalists attacked
12 September 2002 - Police raid editorial offices

 D.R. Congo


8 October 2002 - Three journalists arrested by RCD rebels
9 September 2002 - Two journalists sentenced to a prison term
19 August 2002 - Journalist arrested to force him to reveal sources
12 August 2002 - Opposition party leader threatens NGO Journalist in Danger
9 August 2002 - Third journalist detained
26 July 2002 - Private TV and radio banned from broadcasting news about an opposition figure
22 July 2002 - Journalist stopped from working in rebel-controlled area
21 May 2002 - A journalist in jail for ten days
10 April 2002 - Journalist detained by a military body was released
13 March 2002 - RSF protests detention of two journalists in rebel-held zones
24 January 2002 - Disappointed hopes mark first anniversary of Joseph Kabila’s appointment
2 January 2002 - Three journalists arrested in Kinshasa

 Equatorial Guinea


3 June 2002 - Independent press faces daily obstacles in covering opposition figures’ trial
23 May 2002 - Freedom of expression increasingly stifled

 Eritrea


18 September 2002 - Reporters Without Borders occupies the Eritrean embassy in Paris
17 September 2002 - 18 journalists held in secret for the past year
4 April 2002 - Nine journalists now held in secret
31 January 2002 - RSF calls on Parliament to ask for the release of imprisoned journalists

 Ethiopia


9 April 2002 - RSF calls for abolition of press law and release of three jailed journalists
7 March 2002 - The last journalist imprisoned in the country is released

 Gabon


6 September 2002 - Two private newspapers suspended for three months

 Gambia


8 August 2002 - Journalist Pa Ousman Darboe released
2 August 2002 - Congolese correspondent released
29 July 2002 - The draconian media bill adopted

 Ghana


2 April 2002 - Government censors news about inter-clan violence in the north of the country

 Guinea


20 December 2002 - Journalist arrested in Conakry
31 January 2002 - Journalist arrested for implicating president’s family in scandal

 Guinea Bissau


3 December 2002 - Portuguese television station RTP barred from broadcasting
20 June 2002 - The editor of Correio de Bissau released

 Kenya


14 August 2002 - Magazine editor sentenced to six months in prison
2 August 2002 - Journalist threatened by a provincial commissioner
25 July 2002 - Journalist sentenced to nine months in prison
19 July 2002 - Journalist on hunger strike for justice
13 May 2002 - Parliament adopted a bill that threatens the media
22 April 2002 - A journalist wanted by the police for having denounced police extortion
26 March 2002 - Paper ordered to pay huge libel damages

 Liberia


29 October 2002 - President agrees to release journalist Hassan Bility
4 September 2002 - Reporters Without Borders demands news of vanished journalist
5 August 2002 - Authorities refuse to produce journalist’s "living body"
28 June 2002 - A journalist accused of plotting against the President
29 April 2002 - Independent newspaper closed under state of emergency
13 February 2002 - A newspaper closed down and four journalists arrested due to the state of emergency

 Madagascar


11 April 2002 - Abuse of Press Freedoms
26 February 2002 - Press freedom threatened following state of emergeny declaration and attacks on private radio stations

 Malawi


12 August 2002 - Journalist killed in troubling circumstances
26 June 2002 - President Muluzi’s re-election becomes a taboo subject
23 May 2002 - Ruling party militants demonstrate against opposition press journalists

 Mauritania


18 December 2002 - Journalist given jail sentence and weekly paper censored
22 August 2002 - Weekly censored by authorities
8 July 2002 - Newspaper censored by the government
15 April 2002 - A journalist arrested

 Mozambique


3 September 2002 - Presumed killer of journalist Carlos Cardoso escapes

 Niger


27 August 2002 - Second journalist arrested in context of Diffa mutiny investigation
26 August 2002 - Radio France Internationale and Reporters sans frontières correspondent briefly detained and released
7 August 2002 - State of alert threatens independent media
1 July 2002 - Publication director of Le Canard déchaîné sentenced to eight months ’imprisonment
20 June 2002 - Publication director of Le Canard déchaîné jailed again
29 May 2002 - Two journalists and a newspaper owner were released

 Nigeria


26 November 2002 - Fatwa calls for journalist to be killed
21 November 2002 - Newspaper offices burned down by Islamic fundamentalists
25 April 2002 - The government announces it will prosecute foreign journalists who write "malicious falsehoods"

 Rwanda


2 December 2002 - Journalist freed after six years in prison
8 August 2002 - Three journalists arbitrarily arrested
1 July 2002 - The International Criminal Court starts work
21 May 2002 - The editor of the Rwanda Herald deported to Uganda
15 March 2002 - Journalist murdered in Kigali

 Senegal


16 April 2002 - Publication director sentenced to four months’ imprisonment for defamation
1 February 2002 - Prime minister takes legal action against two journalists for "insults"

 Seychelles


19 March 2002 - The life of the independent newspaper Regar threatened

 Sierra Leone


14 November 2002 - Journalist gets nine months for libel and newspaper is closed
12 September 2002 - Media body curbs press freedom
19 March 2002 - Newspaper and its director suspended for two months

 Somalia


3 October 2002 - Parliament approves new law threatening press freedom
14 June 2002 - Somaliland government bans privately-owned radio stations
27 May 2002 - Privately-owned radio and TV station shut down

 Sudan


30 December 2002 - Daily paper banned and two others restricted
20 December 2002 - Three newspaper seized by state security police
12 November 2002 - Two journalists released
6 September 2002 - Press attacked for criticising government’s pull-out from peace talks
16 July 2002 - Independent daily paper censored
6 February 2002 - Daily subjected to prior censorship
24 January 2002 - An editor in chief liable to prison for publishing false information
17 January 2002 - A journalist arrested for writing an article about slavery

 Swaziland


25 October 2002 - Journalist stabbed to death

 Togo


19 November 2002 - Weekly newspaper "Motion d’information" barred from publishing for past month
6 November 2002 - Managing editor of "La Tribune du Peuple" briefly arrested by police
22 August 2002 - New bill makes provisions for five years’ imprisonment for "insulting the head of state"
19 August 2002 - Editor of Le Scorpion released provisionnally
6 August 2002 - Newspapers confiscated under February 2000 press code
11 February 2002 - Private radio station closed by the authorities

 Uganda


18 October 2002 - Police withdraw from The Monitor
27 September 2002 - Rebels destroy radio station
31 July 2002 - Rebel chief makes death threat
21 March 2002 - 10 years jail for journalists under new anti-terrorist law
18 January 2002 - Journalism student killed by police during an opposition demonstration

 Zambia


31 July 2002 - Libel charges dropped against four journalists
31 May 2002 - Second arrest of a journalist since inauguration of President Mwanawasa
12 February 2002 - First journalist arrested under new president’s rule

 Zimbabwe


27 November 2002 - Information minister refuses to renew AFP bureau chief’s work permit
6 September 2002 - Government refuses to renew journalist’s work permit
29 August 2002 - Private radio station badly damaged by bomb
18 July 2002 - Guardian journalist wins court victory but gets deportation order
11 June 2002 - Guardian and RFI correspondent risks two years in jail
17 May 2002 - New press law abused by government, more arrests
6 May 2002 - Botswanan journalist released
3 May 2002 - The three journalists have been temporarily released
16 April 2002 - Repression against the independent press escalates: Nyarota charged
31 March 2002 - Peta Thornycroft was unconditionally released
27 March 2002 - Lone independent daily threatened with prosecution
9 March 2002 - Journalists barred from vote-counting sites
27 February 2002 - Reporters Without Borders urges the Commonwealth to expel Zimbabwe
21 February 2002 - One RSF member and a journalist arrested by police in London
11 February 2002 - Zimbabwe’s only independent daily paper fire-bombed
1 February 2002 - RSF is extremely preoccupied by the new restrictive press law adopted by Parliament
30 January 2002 - Three journalists arrested under new public order and security act
29 January 2002 - RSF banned from Zimbabwe
24 January 2002 - The government hunts down foreign journalists for "illegal entry"
9 January 2002 - RSF asks EU to take sanctions against Zimbabwean leaders