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 Benin


29 April 2004 - Journalist granted provisional release

 Botswana


10 August 2004 - Minister interferes again in editorial policy of state news media

 Burkina Faso


10 December 2004 - Six years after Norbert Zongo’s murder, the investigation is stalled and impunity prevails
9 November 2004 - Opposition newspaper editor held incommunicado for the past four days

 Central African Republic


26 November 2004 - Parliament passes law decriminalising press offences
1 October 2004 - Backing for "day without newspapers" to get press offences decriminalized
9 August 2004 - Newspaper editor gets one-year suspended sentence for "public insults"
6 August 2004 - Verdict due on 9 August in trial of journalist detained for libel
19 July 2004 - Reporters Without Borders calls for immediate release of Maka Gbossokotto
13 July 2004 - Correspondent imprisoned pending trial on libel charge
12 March 2004 - Publisher of L’Hirondelle imprisoned for six months
10 March 2004 - Bangui prosecutor seeks 18-month prison sentence against newspaper director for "insulting the head of state"

 Congo


16 February 2004 - Several complaints filed against weekly "L’Observateur" and its publication director

 Cote d’Ivoire


15 December 2004 - Kofi Annan asked to intervene in militia-backed takeover of state media
7 December 2004 - Chronicle of a state media hijack
26 November 2004 - President Gbagbo urged to aid recovery of opposition press and bring order to state-owned media
12 November 2004 - Ivorian journalist killed during clashes with French troops at Duékoué
10 November 2004 - Abidjan state media mix propaganda, disinformation and incitement to riot
5 November 2004 - A black day for free expression in Abidjan
27 October 2004 - Youths seize and destroy opposition newspapers in orchestrated censorship
21 October 2004 - Disappeaance of Guy-André Kieffer: French judge charges man with "abduction and holding" of Guy-André Kieffer
28 September 2004 - L’Inter correspondent in Bouaké went missing a month ago after repeated threats
8 August 2004 - Léonard Guédé released from police custody in Paris
23 July 2004 - Government still blocking search for journalist Guy-André Kieffer 100 days after disappearance
23 June 2004 - New "security measures" tighten state’s grip on RTI
2 June 2004 - Reporters Without Borders expresses concern over health and safety of jailed editor
1 June 2004 - Disappearance of Guy-André Kieffer : Judicial authorities charge man in apparent attempt to make him the scapegoat
26 May 2004 - Disappearance of Guy-André Kieffer
21 April 2004 - Reporters Without Borders has expressed concern following the disappearance of the journalist Guy-André Kieffer
8 April 2004 - Journalist sentenced to six months in prison for defamation
26 March 2004 - Reporters Without Borders expresses concern at arrests and attacks on journalists in Abidjan
4 March 2004 - Political leaders urged to keep their promises about press freedom
3 February 2004 - Three journalists assaulted by presidential guardsmen
27 January 2004 - Two journalists from "Le Courrier d’Abidjan" newspaper assaulted by government minister
23 January 2004 - Journalist’s murderer sentenced to 17-years in prison

 D.R. Congo


27 December 2004 - Director of independent newspaper released on bail
14 September 2004 - Newspaper editor detained over report that irked a vice-president
12 July 2004 - Court frees Nicaise Kibel Bel Oka on bail
29 March 2004 - Publisher of satirical newspaper released on bail
12 January 2004 - Journalist receives death threats from political leaders in eastern DRC

 Eritrea


20 September 2004 - Africa’s biggest prison for the press since 18 September 2001
13 September 2004 - Last permanent foreign correspondent expelled from Eritrea

 Ethiopia


27 December 2004 - Court reverses government ban on independent journalists’ association
7 September 2004 - No more journalists in prison
8 July 2004 - Merid Estifanos’ trial postponed to 6 August

 Gambia


17 December 2004 - AFP and Reporters Without Borders correspondent gunned down in Banjul
16 December 2004 - Concern about imminent grave setback for free expression in Africa
25 August 2004 - National Guard members implicated in arson attack on The Independent
16 August 2004 - Bid to set fire to BBC stringer’s house threatens all independent media

 Guinea


9 December 2004 - Suspension order against newspaper lifted
4 October 2004 - Piqued security minister seizes weekly’s entire issue

 Kenya


27 September 2004 - Armed gang ransacks two independent weeklies
23 January 2004 - Reporters Without Borders denounces crackdown on alternative press

 Liberia


20 October 2004 - Arrest warrant slapped on journalist whose reporting upset businessman

 Madagascar


28 December 2004 - Three radio stations closed indefinitely
8 July 2004 - Opposition radio station closed

 Mozambique


11 May 2004 - Reporters Without Borders demands an explanation from the authorities after one of Carlos Cardoso’s murderers escapes from prison

 Niger


6 January 2004 - Director of "Le Républicain" released

 Nigeria


22 September 2004 - Appeal to high-risk country’s leader Olusegun Obasanjo on eve of his General Assembly address
20 September 2004 - Four detainees released, but climate of fear continues
6 September 2004 - Intelligence agents storm independent weekly in Lagos
20 February 2004 - Journalist from British weekly The Economist expelled
30 January 2004 - Nine state radio journalists suspended over coverage of opposition demonstration

 Rwanda


23 November 2004 - Umuseso editor gets off with symbolic fine and damages
16 September 2004 - Call for the release of journalist Dominique Makeli, held for 10 years
14 September 2004 - Weekly threatened with closure over controversial articles, one of its journalists flees

 Seychelles


9 December 2004 - Heavy fine for ignoring court’s gag order could sink sole opposition newspaper

 Sierra Leone


21 October 2004 - Justice minister threatens to jail editor
7 October 2004 - Court gives editor four years in prison for libelling president
26 January 2004 - Police raid independent daily: three journalists attacked

 Somalia


25 October 2004 - Woman journalist abducted, held overnight in Mogadishu
18 October 2004 - Self-proclaimed president’s militia threaten, fire on journalist in Mogadishu
4 October 2004 - Editor of independent daily in Somaliland acquitted
24 September 2004 - Militiamen raid radio station at behest of Islamic court and businessman

 Sudan


26 May 2004 - Journalists harassed for standing up for press freedom
27 April 2004 - Islam Salih released
23 March 2004 - Reporters Without Borders urges justice minister to end suspensions of newspapers
16 January 2004 - Mahjoub Mohamed Salih released

 Tanzania


2 December 2004 - Zanzibar authorities continue to harass independent weekly after one year
23 February 2004 - The East African ordered to pay 720,000 euros for defamation

 Togo


14 October 2004 - Government promises to guarantee journalist’s safety following death threats
25 August 2004 - New law means press offences will no longer be punished by prison sentences
30 March 2004 - Death threats made against Radio France International correspondent

 Uganda


17 February 2004 - Supreme Court invalidates "false news" law
9 January 2004 - The authorities begin shutting down around 50 private radio stations.

 Zambia


6 January 2004 - High Court suspends expulsion of Post editorialist

 Zimbabwe


26 November 2004 - Mugabe’s latest excesses: ban on cricket journalists and 8 months jail for remarks in a bus
11 November 2004 - Authorities tighten vice on journalists in amendment to press law
6 October 2004 - Mugabe regime imposes news blackout on opposition
22 July 2004 - Closure of The Tribune confirmed by High Court
24 June 2004 - Government unveils bill to step up control of independent press
4 June 2004 - Internet firms asked to spy on customers
5 May 2004 - Government commission threats independent weekly with closure
27 February 2004 - Three journalists on government daily The Herald sacked for working with Voice of America
11 February 2004 - Daily News journalists denied accreditation
22 January 2004 - Daily News hits the news stands again
12 January 2004 - Bad start to the year in Zimbabwe with three journalists arrested and the Daily News still banned