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 Burkina Faso


12 December 2005 - “If you kill an elephant you may go to prison, but you might not if you kill a journalist”
25 October 2005 - President Compaoré asked to appeal to Zongo case witnesses to speak without fear

 Burundi


27 July 2005 - Radio station allowed to resume broadcasting
23 June 2005 - Etienne Ndikuriyo released on bail after eight days in prison
15 June 2005 - Secret services arrest journalist who said president was "depressed"

 Cameroon


2 December 2005 - Four letters to a young African who wants to be a journalist
14 November 2005 - Australian reporter released three days after being arrested with separatists
22 July 2005 - Newspaper editor freed after being held for two weeks
19 July 2005 - Government lifts ban on Freedom FM
29 April 2005 - Two journalists given prison sentences a week before World Press Freedom Day
9 February 2005 - Appeal court agrees to release Jules Koum Koum after a month in prison

 Chad


26 September 2005 - Appeal court frees all four imprisoned journalists
23 September 2005 - President promises Reporters Without Borders to free two journalists
16 September 2005 - Appeal court rejects provisional release for Sy Koumbo Singa Gali and Michael Didama
6 September 2005 - Questionable procedures used to hold freelance journalist for four days
15 August 2005 - A fourth journalist gets prison sentence
19 July 2005 - Two journalists get prison sentences over criticism of president
12 July 2005 - Court orders the release of Le Temps editor Michael Didama
4 March 2005 - Privately-owned radio station DJA FM allowed to resume broadcasting

 Comoros


7 February 2005 - Main radio station on Anjouan island allowed to resume evening news programme

 Cote d’Ivoire


23 August 2005 - Pro-opposition newspaper editor told: "Idiots like you will be killed one by one"
29 July 2005 - Young Patriots brutally impose law of the predators in Abidjan
26 July 2005 - "Young Patriots" prevent distribution of opposition newspapers
19 April 2005 - Four Abidjan journalist receive death threats from rebels during visit to Bouaké
18 April 2005 - Liquid cocoa and fake dollars thrown at embassy to point finger in disappearance
10 March 2005 - Call for suspect in Kieffer disappearance to be flown to France for questioning

 D.R. Congo


14 December 2005 - Death threats against Reporters Without Borders’ partner organisation in Kinshasa
2 December 2005 - Four letters to a young African who wants to be a journalist
9 November 2005 - L’Alerte editor freed amid press protests over reporter’s murder
4 July 2005 - Several privately-owned stations suspended; journalists rounded up, harassed and assaulted : Reporters without borders and Journaliste en danger write to Kabila
30 May 2005 - Soldiers try to kill radio journalist in Lubumbashi
5 April 2005 - President Kabila asked to protect threatened press freedom group
21 January 2005 - Journalist sentenced to four months in prison for libel
21 January 2005 - Three suspended radio and TV stations back on the air

 Equatorial Guinea


14 June 2005 - Police seize opposition newspaper in "unchanging hell" for journalists

 Eritrea


8 December 2005 - EU asked to intercede following Dawit Isaac’s reimprisonment
19 November 2005 - Newspaper proprietor Dawit Issac released from prison
23 May 2005 - Africa’s largest prison for journalists marks anniversary of independence
7 March 2005 - VOA correspondent released but not free, while at least 13 other journalists are still held

 Ethiopia


21 December 2005 - Call for UN observer mission in run-up to mass trial of government opponents and journalists
15 November 2005 - Political storm sweeps away much of the privately-owned press
10 August 2005 - Editor gets a month in prison for refusing to identify a source
4 July 2005 - Intimidation continues with arrest of five more journalists for reporting on post-election violence
8 June 2005 - Journalists are becoming increasingly unwelcome observers
13 April 2005 - Chirac asked to use Ethiopian leader’s visit to press for release of two Oromo journalists
15 March 2005 - Two imprisoned TV journalists consigned to oblivion in runup to elections
3 January 2005 - In continuing judicial harassment of Ethiop, editor gets week in prison

 Gabon


23 December 2005 - Journalist violently beaten by police
31 August 2005 - Nku’u Le Messager reappears after being banned for 20 days

 Gambia


19 December 2005 - Condoleezza Rice asked to intercede after grim week for Gambian journalists
15 December 2005 - “Each passing day just adds to the outcry,” one year after Deyda Hydara’s murder
13 December 2005 - Authorities obstruct trip to Banjul for Hydara murder anniversary
12 December 2005 - “If you kill an elephant you may go to prison, but you might not if you kill a journalist”
28 October 2005 - Editor harassed by intelligence agents for asking Mbeki to intercede in Hydara case
24 October 2005 - Banjul authorities close local branch of Senegalese radio station Sud FM
24 June 2005 - Fears of judicial onslaught on independent press as laws amended
15 June 2005 - Africa-wide radio appeal six months after murder of Deyda Hydara
7 June 2005 - Dismay at government-orchestrated campaign to smear slain journalist
18 March 2005 - Intelligence agents grill murdered editor’s partner about newspaper’s management and tax situation
9 March 2005 - Second law curbing press freedom secretly promulgated
18 February 2005 - Hydara case: Why have the police never questioned the "Green Boys"?
9 February 2005 - Shock at African Union’s decision to let President Jammeh host 2006 summit
28 January 2005 - African Union urged to press Gambia for proper probe into newspaper editor’s death

 Guinea


28 February 2005 - Two journalists badly beaten by Conakry police
21 February 2005 - Newspaper editor freed after being secretly held for three days

 Kenya


17 May 2005 - Two weeks of dire relations between president and news media
4 May 2005 - Assault on journalists by first ladies on eve of World Press Freedom Day
21 January 2005 - Authorities drop libel prosecution against investigative reporter

 Liberia


24 March 2005 - Forum Newspaper allowed to reopen its offices
9 March 2005 - Court closes newspaper and issues arrests warrants for staff for "contempt"

 Madagascar


24 May 2005 - RFI correspondent forced to leave the country
2 March 2005 - Newspaper editor receives three prison sentences for libel

 Malawi


23 March 2005 - Two journalists to be charged with "causing ridicule" to president

 Mali


2 December 2005 - Four letters to a young African who wants to be a journalist
6 July 2005 - Radio journalist kidnapped, beaten and left for dead

 Mauritania


9 December 2005 - Military leader keeps promise to let RFI resume FM broadcasts
2 September 2005 - Twelve press freedom recommendations for month-old military junta
23 May 2005 - Journalist who was detained in anti-Islamist raid is freed after three days

 Mozambique


1 February 2005 - TV journalist briefly kidnapped, threatened with same fate as journalist killed in 2000
25 January 2005 - Canada extradites one of newspaper editor’s killers to Mozambique

 Niger


31 March 2005 - Authorities asked to explain journalist’s arrest and closure of his radio station

 Nigeria


30 December 2005 - Journalists to spend New Year’s Eve in prison for first time since military rule ended in 1999
26 December 2005 - Newspaper photographer beaten unconscious by police in Oyo State
2 December 2005 - Four letters to a young African who wants to be a journalist
20 October 2005 - Newspaper publisher held for past 10 days in breach of constitutional rights
22 September 2005 - Prison staff beat up two journalists covering trial, stop others covering riot
2 September 2005 - Benin City magazine editor survives murder attempt
25 August 2005 - State Security Service raid weekly and attack newspaper vendors
4 May 2005 - Assault on journalists by first ladies on eve of World Press Freedom Day
9 March 2005 - Journalist detained and beaten by Lagos state paramilitaries
6 January 2005 - Two badly hurt when police charge journalists at ruling party meeting

 Rwanda


21 November 2005 - Belgian courts urged to clear Father Guy Theunis
11 October 2005 - Reporters Without Borders meets with detained priest, calls for immediate release
5 October 2005 - Authorities agree to let Belgium have Guy Theunis
20 September 2005 - Police confiscate opposition fortnightly, hold editor for 7 hours

 Senegal


29 December 2005 - President urged to reject broadcasting law passed by parliament
18 October 2005 - Sud FM allowed back on the air, staff freed

 Seychelles


13 December 2005 - Arson attack causes serious damage to opposition weekly’s press

 Sierra Leone


30 November 2005 - For Di People editor Paul Kamara freed after 14 months in prison
12 October 2005 - President Kabbah signals he is finally ready to amend draconian defamation law
19 September 2005 - Traditional chiefs threaten and humiliate radio journalist
3 August 2005 - News media shaken by Harry Yansaneh’s death
9 June 2005 - Charges dropped against The Trumpet journalists
25 April 2005 - Paul Kamara remains in prison on technicality
15 February 2005 - Authorities hold magazine editor over weekend without good reason

 Somalia


14 December 2005 - Awale Jama Salad comes out of hiding after Somali government intervention
18 October 2005 - Police brutality, arbitrary decrees and filthy prisons make Puntland a high-risk region for the press
5 September 2005 - Threats against Reporters Without Borders partner organisation in Mogadishu
4 August 2005 - Journalist jailed in the city where the president and prime minister are based
15 July 2005 - Three journalists freed but newspaper stays shut
28 June 2005 - Joint appeal demanding Shacab editor’s release
22 June 2005 - Weekly Shacab again targeted by Puntland authorities
6 June 2005 - Death of another journalist highlights mounting risks to press from instability
10 May 2005 - President asked to protect press from harassment
24 March 2005 - Two Somaliland journalists fired, arrested for working for London-based station
10 February 2005 - BBC journalist dies from injuries in Mogadishu shooting
4 February 2005 - Journalist allowed to go back to work after more than four months of banishment

 Sudan


9 August 2005 - Police raid two newspapers despite announced end to censorship
21 July 2005 - End of ban on Khartoum Monitor brings new hope for press
13 June 2005 - UN urged to act after court closes Khartoum Monitor
31 May 2005 - Arrests of Medecins Sans Frontieres staffers called "disgraceful and ridiculous"
23 May 2005 - State security police censor English-language daily
12 May 2005 - Alarm about trial of journalist on blasphemy charge
11 May 2005 - Charges dropped against US photographer
6 January 2005 - Opposition newspaper editor freed after being held secretly for more than a month

 Tanzania


13 June 2005 - Zanzibar government bans leading columnist

 Togo


10 October 2005 - Thugs beat up opposition weekly editor on Lomé street
25 April 2005 - Le Figaro correspondent turned back on arrival two days before election
21 April 2005 - Alarm about coverage bans, bias and verbal violence in run-up to elections
30 March 2005 - State TV crew physically attacked during opposition demonstration
25 February 2005 - Last three radio stations back on the air
16 February 2005 - Authorities could close as many as 60 radio and TV stations in ongoing crackdown
14 February 2005 - Government closes three radio stations and one TV station for "inciting revolt"
11 February 2005 - Mounting tension between authorities and news media following president’s death

 Uganda


25 November 2005 - Government bans radio stations from debating opposition leader’s trial
18 November 2005 - Police raid newspaper at the end of a week of harassment
19 August 2005 - Radio KFM back on the air but one of its journalists to be tried for sedition
12 August 2005 - Government shuts down radio station following presidential threats against media
19 January 2005 - Journalist with Arabic-language TV station arrested and robbed

 Zambia


10 November 2005 - Police launch manhunt before finally arresting editor who criticised president
17 June 2005 - Private press victim of deteriorating political climate

 Zimbabwe


12 December 2005 - Government draws up blacklist of people whose passports are to be confiscated
6 December 2005 - Media commission chief urged to resign after allegations of political control
2 December 2005 - Four letters to a young African who wants to be a journalist
10 November 2005 - "State sabotage" of radio station’s broadcasts
25 October 2005 - Government abandons prosecution of 44 Daily News journalists
19 August 2005 - "I haven’t lost hope"
20 July 2005 - Government-appointed commission refuses to give The Daily News a licence
29 June 2005 - "Help us to prevent Zimbabwe being an example of brutal and iniquitous repression" : Open letter to Nelson Mandela
21 June 2005 - Forced unemployment, judicial hounding, denial of justice: Who still cares about Daily News journalists?
14 April 2005 - Two British journalists acquitted after two weeks in detention
5 April 2005 - Seven reasons why the legislative elections were "very clearly unfair"
22 March 2005 - UN system body asked to intervene in Zimbabwe’s jamming of radio broadcasts from London
15 March 2005 - Media commission urged to bow to court decision quashing ban on newspaper
8 March 2005 - No letup in abusive media tactics three weeks before legislative elections
28 February 2005 - Weekly Times closed down just two months after launch
22 February 2005 - "All I did was drop everything and run"
18 February 2005 - Four reporters for foreign news media harassed in runup to parliamentary polls
14 January 2005 - New independent weekly threatened with closure after first issue