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 Africa


20 February 2003 - Reporters Without Borders denounces 23 press freedom "dunces"

 Benin


8 April 2003 - Four journalists assaulted and detained by police

 Burundi


22 September 2003 - Ban on two independent radio stations lifted
15 September 2003 - Radio station suspended after giving air-time to rebels
7 March 2003 - President Buyoya prohibits radio stations from airing statements from rebels

 Cameroon


31 December 2003 - End of a grim year for press freedom
15 December 2003 - Cardinal’s radio station gets permission to resume broadcasting
18 September 2003 - Four months later, privately-owned radio station Freedom FM still barred
6 August 2003 - A journalist imprisoned one year after being sentenced in absentia
27 May 2003 - Minister bans new radio station from starting up
15 April 2003 - Editor of Mutations arrested for speculating on succession to President Biya
18 March 2003 - Communication minister censors privately-owned
14 March 2003 - Broadcast media under threat

 Central African Republic


15 July 2003 - Reporters Without Borders concerned about the deteriorating press freedom situation
23 March 2003 - Gen. Bozizé’s forces release journalist

 Chad


17 December 2003 - Radio FM-Liberté allowed back on air
2 April 2003 - Two journalists released following Appeals Court decision
7 February 2003 - Two journalists sentenced to six months’ imprisonment

 Comoros


1 October 2003 - Arrested French journalist leaves Comoros

 Cote d’Ivoire


22 December 2003 - Journalist threatened at Bouaké
2 December 2003 - Reporters Without Borders joins enquiry into French journalist’s murder and deplores continuing hostility towards media
23 October 2003 - Policeman "deliberately shot" Jean Hélène
16 April 2003 - Authorities want to "professionalise" the press
20 March 2003 - Journalists found dead in western region
3 March 2003 - International radios allowed to resume FM broadcasting
13 February 2003 - Journalist reported missing for the past month, feared dead
13 February 2003 - An Ivoirian journalist, hold by the rebels, is freed
16 January 2003 - Reporters Without Borders calls on participants in the Ivory Coast peace talks to make a commitment to a freer and more responsible press
8 January 2003 - French journalist accused of spying

 D.R. Congo


9 September 2003 - Journalist freed after five days
9 May 2003 - Radio France Internationale correspondent assaulted by opposition party
21 March 2003 - Journalist detained without trial for over one month
3 February 2003 - Journalist arbitrarily detained for the past month

 Djibouti


9 July 2003 - Appeal court sends newspaper editor Daher Ahmed Farah back to prison
24 June 2003 - Newspaper editor Daher Ahmed Farah released again
7 June 2003 - Newspaper editor re-arrested just two days after he was released
4 June 2003 - Newspaper editor Daher Ahmed Farah is released provisionally
30 May 2003 - Appeals court reduces editor’s sentence
5 May 2003 - Call for government to free editor

 Equatorial Guinea


12 November 2003 - News agency correspondent freed

 Eritrea


17 September 2003 - Two years without an independent press
20 August 2003 - Fifteen journalists still held in the utmost secrecy
15 July 2003 - Voice of America correspondent arrested
23 May 2003 - Call for release of 18 jailed journalists on eve of independence anniversary
28 March 2003 - Reporters Without Borders calls on the EU to intervene on behalf of 18 journalists detained

 Ethiopia


12 November 2003 - Government shuts down independent journalists’ association

 Gabon


26 December 2003 - Reporters Without Borders dismayed at escalation in suspensions and seizures of independent newspapers
24 September 2003 - Two recently-launched independent newspapers prevented from publishing
23 May 2003 - National Communications Council suspends two private newspapers

 Gambia


20 October 2003 - Arsonists set fire to bi-weekly Independent
24 September 2003 - Editor of The Independent freed

 Guinea Bissau


13 March 2003 - Radio journalist assaulted and forced off the air
3 March 2003 - Authorities close Radio Bombolom FM permanently
19 February 2003 - Authorities shut down opposition radio station

 Lesotho


26 June 2003 - Independent radio station and newspaper on verge of being forced to close

 Liberia


28 July 2003 - Photographer Patrick Robert hospitalised in France
18 June 2003 - Journalist flees in fear of his life
6 May 2003 - Journalist missing for more than a month
10 April 2003 - Journalist found but three others still missing

 Malawi


6 June 2003 - Community radios banned from airing news

 Mali


20 November 2003 - Three radio journalists provisionally freed

 Mauritania


29 December 2003 - French fortnightly missing from news stands for the past month
31 October 2003 - Reporters Without Borders appeals to presidential candidates
24 October 2003 - Distribution of Calame and Essahifa reauthorised
5 June 2003 - Islamist weekly banned
14 January 2003 - Independant newspaper censored

 Mozambique


31 January 2003 - Jail sentences ranging from 23 to 28 years for Carlos Cardoso’s killers

 Niger


24 December 2003 - Four months suspended prison sentence a 3,000 euros fine for publisher of Le Républicain
12 November 2003 - Newspaper editor jailed for six months
6 November 2003 - Newspaper editor arrested
14 October 2003 - Journalist sentenced to one-year suspended jail sentence and barred from the
6 October 2003 - Police shut down three independent radio stations
29 September 2003 - 10 radio stations closed down
17 September 2003 - Journalist jailed after criticising government
17 June 2003 - Radio Télévision Ténéré journalists threatened and assaulted by students
25 February 2003 - Editor of weekly paper released from prison after eight months
18 February 2003 - Radio station closed down after giving air time to former rebels

 Nigeria


28 August 2003 - Press freedom still curbed amid growing lawlessness
31 July 2003 - Journalist freed after two days in prison
2 July 2003 - Police arrest and beat up journalists during street protests in Abuja

 Rwanda


3 December 2003 - Two sentenced to life imprisonment in hate media trial
18 August 2003 - Reporters Without Borders calls on candidates in presidential election to make commitment to respect press freedom
23 April 2003 - First issue of new independent paper seized
25 February 2003 - Editor of independent paper detained for more than a month

 Senegal


24 October 2003 - French journalist ordered out of the country
1 August 2003 - Journalist receives death threats

 Sierra Leone


17 November 2003 - Legal campaign against editor of For Di People
12 March 2003 - Journalist set free after four months in prison

 Somalia


4 July 2003 - Two journalists released after two days in detention

 South Africa


21 October 2003 - Judge orders journalist to reveal her sources

 Sudan


19 December 2003 - Police closed Al-Jazeera bureau in Khartoum
18 December 2003 - Reporters Without Borders condemns seizure of Al-Jazeera equipment
24 November 2003 - Al-Ayam allowed to reappear
28 October 2003 - The Khartoum Monitor finally allowed to publish again
2 October 2003 - Newspaper suspended by subversion crimes prosecutor
10 September 2003 - Journalist Yussef al-Bashir Musa freed
5 September 2003 - Newspaper suspended for "incitement to sedition"
11 June 2003 - Security officials question Reporters Without Borders correspondent
13 May 2003 - Government shuts down newspaper
7 May 2003 - Journalist arrested and tortured
31 March 2003 - A journalist conditionally freed
24 March 2003 - Two Al-Jazeera journalists hit while covering an anti-American demonstration
11 March 2003 - Seizure of a daily
13 February 2003 - Seizure of an independent daily

 Tanzania


30 October 2003 - Weekly paper may have to close because of heavy fine

 Togo


25 July 2003 - Two journalists found innocent after a month of jail, another sentenced to a fine
25 June 2003 - Three journalists transferred to prison
14 May 2003 - Journalist released after four months in detention without trial
31 March 2003 - Authorities censor foreign correspondents
15 February 2003 - Editor released from prison
3 January 2003 - Journalist arrested for inciting a rebellion

 Uganda


9 December 2003 - New threats to press freedom from censorship and attack on journalist
27 August 2003 - Lawyers banned from appearing in the media
27 June 2003 - Police close radio station for reporting rebel attacks
17 January 2003 - Journalist detained since 6 January
8 January 2003 - Government curbs live radio broadcasts

 Zambia


23 January 2003 - Three journalists arrested, a fourth in hiding

 Zimbabwe


19 December 2003 - Reporters Without Borders calls for reopening of Daily News print works
24 November 2003 - Fourteen arrested for circulating e-mail message criticising Mugabe
17 November 2003 - Trial of Daily News directors set for 6 February
24 October 2003 - Court orders authorities to allow Daily News to reappear
13 September 2003 - Police close sole independent daily
10 June 2003 - Media crackdown gets worse
22 May 2003 - Interview of Meldrum by Reporters Without Borders
19 May 2003 - Journalist ordered to be deported
12 May 2003 - Journalist goes into hiding
26 March 2003 - Daily News photographer and lawyer released
5 February 2003 - Two journalists freed after being held for a day