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 Africa


27 September 2006 - Abdou Diouf urged to use Francophone summit to set deadline for decriminalizing press offences

 Angola


18 July 2006 - Two journalists murdered in space of eight days

 Botswana


10 October 2006 - “Archaic and risky” bid by government to pressgang public media

 Burkina Faso


13 December 2006 - Population urged to wear mourning on eighth anniversary of journalist’s murder
23 October 2006 - Refusal to reopen Zongo murder investigation called “astonishing and biased”
20 October 2006 - Reporters Without Borders provides new evidence in Zongo murder case
17 August 2006 - Appeal court upholds judge’s decision to drop all charges in Zongo case
20 July 2006 - Outrageous denial of justice in the 1998 murder of Norbert Zongo

 Burundi


13 December 2006 - Judges trying three radio journalists urged not to be accomplices to press freedom violations
29 November 2006 - Radio Isanganiro director arrested, joins two other journalists in Mpimba prison
30 October 2006 - Aloys Kabura finally released after completing a five-month sentence for criticizing government in a bar
15 September 2006 - Aggressive campaign by ruling party supporters against independent radio station
6 September 2006 - Concern that scapegoated press could be prime target in feared crackdown
11 August 2006 - Letter to president about poisonous relations between government and press
1 June 2006 - Journalist jailed for publicly criticising the government
18 April 2006 - Police hold journalists hostage at parliamentarian’s home after ruling party quarrel

 Cameroon


9 November 2006 - Authorities urged to take seriously brutal attack on host of phone-in show
7 September 2006 - Editor released after being held by military security for five days
3 April 2006 - Prison is not the answer, economy minister told in letter
16 February 2006 - Scandal of the so-called “homosexuals of the Republic”: the bankruptcy of a draconian system

 Central African Republic


9 January 2006 - Ex-presidential guard member threatens RSF correspondent

 Chad


4 December 2006 - Five newspapers to stop publishing for two weeks in protest against prior censorship
22 November 2006 - One by one, censorship forces N’Djamena newspapers to stop publishing
16 November 2006 - Implementation of prior censorship results in “sad spectacle”
14 November 2006 - Return to censorship under state of emergency condemned as “unacceptable”
1 November 2006 - Journalist provisionally freed after four days of illegal detention
19 May 2006 - Journalist Tchanguiz Vatankhah has been released
15 April 2006 - BBC correspondent beaten and questioned by soldiers; special envoy from Radio FM Liberté in Mongo found safe and sound
12 April 2006 - Rebels capture radio reporter in the central city of Mongo

 Comoros


27 March 2006 - Editor spends week-end in prison under police pressure to reveal sources

 Cote d’Ivoire


28 October 2006 - Demonstration at Chocolate Exhibition in Paris about journalist missing in Abidjan
18 September 2006 - Court imposes heavy fine on three journalists for insulting president
16 May 2006 - Ban on FM broadcasting by RFI lifted after 10 months
3 February 2006 - Ivorian army captain arrested in France on suspicion of kidnapping Kieffer
25 January 2006 - A week of terror for the press as Young Patriots impose their law
20 January 2006 - Young Patriots end siege of state broadcaster

 D.R. Congo


13 December 2006 - Journalist in danger (JED) laureate in the “defender of press freedom” category of the prize Reporters Without Borders - Fondation de France 2006
1 December 2006 - Second journalist released, a third still held
29 November 2006 - President takes control of state broadcaster by replacing independent director with supporter
24 November 2006 - Police hold two journalists illegally after clashes outside supreme court
13 October 2006 - Gunmen sabotage relay transmitter of TV station owned by presidential candidate
20 September 2006 - Call for serious investigation into fire that destroyed presidential candidate’s TV and radio stations
31 August 2006 - Three suspects arrested for murdering journalist last month in Kinshasa
18 August 2006 - In “restrained” punishment, three TV stations suspended for 24 hours for “inciting to violence”
15 July 2006 - Bandundu radio reporter freed after 48 hours
6 July 2006 - Prosecutor finally frees journalist after waiting six weeks to comply with release order
4 July 2006 - Dismay at expulsion of RFI correspondent
26 June 2006 - Kamako radio journalist freed after 48 hours in police cell
15 June 2006 - Radio reporter freed on bail in Tshikapa, courts urged to dismiss charges
30 May 2006 - Editor sentenced to six months in prison and fine of 500 dollars
25 April 2006 - Journalist beaten up by presidential guard
21 April 2006 - A second journalist arrest in defamation case
20 March 2006 - ICC asked to investigate militia leader’s role in AFP assistant’s disappearance in 2003
10 March 2006 - Visiting team looks at Ngyke murder, press offences and journalistic corruption
16 February 2006 - JED President summoned by police special services unit
14 February 2006 - Call for independent probe into murder of journalist Franck Ngyke
5 January 2006 - Provincial police chief threatens Radio Okapi journalist in Kisangani

 Eritrea


30 November 2006 - Eight state media journalists still held in police-run “Agip” centre in Asmara
22 November 2006 - At least nine journalists arrested in new round-up by security services
14 November 2006 - Report says three journalists died in prison camp in northeastern desert
18 September 2006 - What were you doing on 18 September 2001?
23 May 2006 - President urged to mark independence anniversary by freeing prisoners, letting country breathe

 Ethiopia


29 May 2006 - Three more sites unaccessible, government denies being involved
12 May 2006 - Government urged to amnesty 21 detained journalists and other prisoners of conscience on first anniversary of elections that triggered crisis
13 March 2006 - Pregnant journalist freed after one month in prison
24 January 2006 - Associated Press correspondent expelled

 Gabon


6 November 2006 - Editor gets provisional release when he has only two days left to serve
18 October 2006 - Journalist taken to prison three years after being sentenced

 Gambia


14 December 2006 - Jammeh’s inauguration marred by impunity and contempt for press since journalist’s murder two years ago
12 October 2006 - Journalist freed after being held illegally for 139 days by intelligence agents
15 September 2006 - Public TV reporter freed after a week in secret police custody, then fired
31 August 2006 - Lack of press freedom and access to information means “free and fair” presidential election is impossible
30 June 2006 - "If you were Gambian..."
16 June 2006 - “Justice for Deyda Hydara” radio spot launched in run-up to African Union summit in Banjul
13 June 2006 - Banjul newspaper reporter freed on bail pending trial
6 June 2006 - We publish photos of journalist beaten by National Guard while detained
1 June 2006 - African human rights body urged to pull out of Banjul because of climate of fear imposed by President Jammeh
30 May 2006 - Online newspaper hacked, editor smeared and subscribers threatened
20 April 2006 - Authorities free The Independent’s general manager and editor, but hold on to reporter
11 April 2006 - African Union asked to consider delaying Banjul summit after two weeks with no word of illegally-held journalists
29 March 2006 - Call for the release of two journalists held following raid on newspaper

 Kenya


16 August 2006 - Charges dropped against two Kenya Times journalists
13 May 2006 - One dead and three injured in raid on christian radio
9 March 2006 - The Standard and KTN denied access to finance ministry in reprisal for interview coverage
23 February 2006 - Arrest warrants issued against four journalists on the Weekly Citizen

 Lesotho


21 November 2006 - Campaign of threats against leading political journalist

 Liberia


25 April 2006 - Appeal to new police chief after two reporters beaten by police

 Mali


26 September 2006 - Six radio station staff freed on completing sentences

 Mauritania


17 February 2006 - ”We don’t want to deny anything, we are going to kill you” - say editor’s assailants sent by clan figure in ousted regime

 Mozambique


12 May 2006 - Son of former head of state charged in Cardoso murder case
11 May 2006 - Three provincial journalists freed after being held illegally for a week
20 January 2006 - Journalist’s killer gets 30-year prison sentence but mysteries remain

 Niger


27 November 2006 - Publisher and editor of Le Républicain freed after appeal
15 August 2006 - Prosecutor calls for heavy prison sentences for two detained journalists

 Nigeria


26 December 2006 - Police urged to consider all possibilities after leading journalist shot dead at wheel of car
11 October 2006 - “Sedition” case dropped against one journalist, another case adjourned
11 October 2006 - Government urged to go all-out in investigation into leading journalist’s murder
25 August 2006 - Two Ebonyi Voice journalists released provisionally
23 August 2006 - Deaths threats against Daily Independent political affairs editor
16 June 2006 - Leading TV political presenter released
16 May 2006 - Calls for third presidential term increase pressure on news media
19 April 2006 - Newspaper publisher hounded by power-hungry deputy state governor
22 March 2006 - Beatings, threats, arrests, unfair dismissal, censorship - Nigeria’s journalists see no improvement

 Rwanda


29 November 2006 - President Kagame asked to reverse decision to shut down RFI’s FM transmitter
14 August 2006 - Umuvugizi editor latest target in harassment of independent press
3 August 2006 - High Court upholds one-year suspended sentence and heavy fine for editor who published political analysis
1 August 2006 - Rugambage finally freed after being held for 11 months by popular tribunal
14 June 2006 - Authorities urged to explain why RFI correspondent was forced out
20 February 2006 - Appeal to Abdou Diouf over three wrongly imprisoned journalists
31 January 2006 - President kicks off verbal onslaught on journalists by government officials
17 January 2006 - Editor threatened by armed men who invaded his home at night

 Senegal


5 December 2006 - Call for measures to defuse tension in runup to elections, after threats against two journalists
18 July 2006 - L’Office managing editor freed conditionally pending appeal
5 May 2006 - Journalist savagely beaten by witch doctor’s followers

 Seychelles


26 October 2006 - Judicial harassment forces opposition weekly to stop publishing
4 October 2006 - Newspaper editor freed, charged with “unlawful assembly”

 Sierra Leone


28 July 2006 - Newspaper editor’s killers still at large a year after his death

 Somalia


28 December 2006 - Call for a charter to protect journalists as government troops take over
18 December 2006 - Puntland journalist freed after serving sentence for reporting “false news”
18 December 2006 - Two leaders of journalists’ union arrested at Mogadishu airport
15 December 2006 - Transitional government’s police close Baidoa-based radio station by force
27 November 2006 - Journalist who reported “massive” Ethiopian presence held by pro-government militias for three days
7 November 2006 - Authorities in Baidoa free two journalists, return their cameras and phones
17 October 2006 - Newspaper critical of Islamic courts is publicly burned in Somaliland’s second city
11 October 2006 - Islamic courts try to impose draconian rules on Mogadishu media
29 September 2006 - Islamic court militias arrest three journalists in Kismayo, close down their radio station
4 August 2006 - One dead, one injured in ambush by bandits on journalists’ union car
23 June 2006 - Swedish freelance photographer gunned down on Mogadishu street
2 June 2006 - Letter to PM Ghedi after female journalist beaten up by militia
15 May 2006 - Covering chaos : Journalists struggle to work effectively amidst fighting in Mogadishu
8 February 2006 - A year after Kate Peyton’s murder, investigation has gone nowhere

 South Africa


18 August 2006 - Parliament urged to reject bill that would legalise censorship of broadcast and print media
11 July 2006 - Letter to Zuma over his threat to sue media that don’t pay within 14 days

 Sudan


5 December 2006 - Journalist freed after being held incommunicado at police unit for 12 days
20 October 2006 - Sudanese president urged to keep promises as tally of journalists arrested this year reaches 15
16 October 2006 - Newspaper reporter freed after being held for more than two weeks
25 September 2006 - President urged to guarantee no recurrence of 12-day wave of censorship
12 September 2006 - Radio Jowhar resumes broadcasting, but without music
10 September 2006 - Salopek, interpreter and driver freed after being held for one month
6 September 2006 - Editor of Khartoum paper kidnapped and murdered
4 September 2006 - Photographer and human rights activist Tomo Kriznar gets presidential pardon
31 August 2006 - Police dispersing Khartoum demo arrest three reporters and beat Al-Jazeera cameraman
3 January 2006 - Columnist spends weekend in prison for criticising president

 Tanzania


21 August 2006 - Journalist who appeared in film is threatened with deportation
9 August 2006 - Zanzibar authorities continue to harass banned weekly’s former editor

 Uganda


3 April 2006 - How to "kick out" a foreign journalist
24 February 2006 - Net censorship reaches sub-Saharan Africa
25 January 2006 - Government puts foreign press under close watch four weeks before election
2 January 2006 - Government continues to tighten its grip on the press with elections now 50 days away

 Zimbabwe


6 October 2006 - Police raid on The Zimbabwean office amid mounting threats against press freedom groups
25 September 2006 - Judge drops case against staff of Voice of the People
20 July 2006 - Two journalists released after paying fine
6 July 2006 - Jamming of radio stations extended to VOA
28 March 2006 - Government urged to acknowledge defeat and let The Daily News resume publishing
8 March 2006 - Three journalists forced to go in purge of The Daily Mirror
20 February 2006 - Intelligence agents beat up a reporter accused of working for foreign media
9 February 2006 - High court decision opens way for Daily News to reappear
3 February 2006 - Journalists get renewed accreditation in exchange for retraction
19 January 2006 - Commission threatens one of the last independent newspapers with closure