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 Africa


14 February 2007 - Let’s dream a little ! Letter to Jacques Chirac

 Angola


31 December 2007 - Provincial radio reporter gets 30 days for covering protest by street vendors
12 November 2007 - Newspaper editor freed provisionally pending outcome of appeal

 Benin


12 February 2007 - Two journalists freed after being held for two months

 Burkina Faso


12 December 2007 - Government still trying to cover up truth nine years after newspaper editor’s murder
2 October 2007 - Arson attack on radio host’s car marks escalation in intimidation campaign
23 January 2007 - “Total solidarity” with newspaper publisher and editor convicted of libelling president’s brother
8 January 2007 - Trial of newspaper accused of libelling president’s brother opens today in Ouagadougou

 Burundi


4 January 2007 - Three radio journalists freed after being acquitted in court

 Cameroon


30 August 2007 - Editor sentenced in absentia to a year in prison, father arrested instead

 Central African Republic


2 April 2007 - Publishers leader given two-month prison sentence

 Chad


18 December 2007 - Managing editor of Notre Temps charged and released
4 November 2007 - “Relief and delight” at news of release of French journalists
30 October 2007 - Disappointment that journalists charged with abduction along with members of French charity
30 May 2007 - Governments lifts prior censorship for privately-owned print media
2 February 2007 - Community radio journalist held for past two days by gendarmes in southern town

 Comoros


28 June 2007 - Grande Comore reporter whipped while being held by gendarmes on Anjouan island

 Cote d’Ivoire


24 August 2007 - Sarkozy promises missing journalist’s family he will help solve mystery of his disappearance
16 April 2007 - Reporters Without Borders, family and support committees continue to press for truth three years after journalist’s disappearance in Abidjan
29 January 2007 - Newspaper journalist held by Abidjan gendarmes for five days

 D.R. Congo


25 October 2007 - Community radio stations threatened by botched government decree
18 September 2007 - UN radio journalist’s two convicted killers retract, clear his friends and accuse military judges
11 September 2007 - “Exasperation” over serious threats to partner organisation in Kinshasa
11 September 2007 - Journalist acquitted and released after 10 months in pretrial detention
29 August 2007 - Shock at death sentences imposed on friends for murder of UN radio journalist
14 August 2007 - Two state TV union activists freed after paying bail
10 August 2007 - News photographer shot dead near home in eastern city of Goma
14 June 2007 - Leading Congolese journalist employed by UN-backed radio gunned down in Bukavu
28 March 2007 - Bemba-owned media ransacked, broadcasts suspended, staff gone into hiding
28 February 2007 - Three-month jail sentence for journalist who accused tax official of corruption
22 February 2007 - Newspaper editor freed after being held for 35 days for libelling governor

 Djibouti


26 June 2007 - Government’s authoritarian excesses condemned on 30th anniversary of independence
18 May 2007 - Journalist freed but opposition weekly raided again
13 February 2007 - Authorities urged to drop libel prosecution against opposition weekly

 Eritrea


6 December 2007 - On eve of meeting with African leaders, EU urged to declare Eritrean president and aides persona non grata
17 September 2007 - Democratic governments urged to summon Eritrean ambassadors on anniversary of 18 September 2001 crackdown
13 August 2007 - State TV editor goes missing while trying to flee across border into Ethiopia
6 July 2007 - Journalist, one of nine arrested last November, dies in attempt to flee to Sudan
27 June 2007 - Woman journalist employed by state TV held in military camp
6 June 2007 - Public radio journalist arrested as he tries to flee across border
23 May 2007 - EU urged to adopt targeted sanctions against Issaias on eve of independence day
9 March 2007 - Eritrean diaspora urged to intercede on behalf of imprisoned journalists on 2,000th day since “Black Tuesday"
21 February 2007 - Three public media journalists arrested in November are freed but kept under surveillance
8 February 2007 - Sources say writer and journalist Fessehaye “Joshua” Yohannes has died in detention

 Ethiopia


20 August 2007 - Three more opposition journalists freed under government pardon
20 July 2007 - Four journalists convicted of treason are pardoned and freed
13 July 2007 - Court urged to disregard prosecutor’s request for death penalty for four journalists
12 June 2007 - Convicted by high court, four journalists face prison sentences or, in two cases, death penalty
19 April 2007 - Two Eritrean journalists captured in Somalia are shown in video posted on pro-government website in Ethiopia
13 April 2007 - Two Eritrean journalists captured in Somalia held with “foreign fighters”
9 April 2007 - Eight journalists freed after 17 months in prison
30 January 2007 - Journalist sent back to prison over libel case dating back to 2002

 Gambia


14 December 2007 - On third anniversary of journalist’s murder, indifference in Banjul for family and friends
10 October 2007 - Two Amnesty International researchers and a journalist arrested and harassed while visiting detention centres
24 September 2007 - Public TV producer freed after paying bail
5 June 2007 - Banned biweekly’s reporter gets to choose between a year in prison or heavy fine
5 April 2007 - US-based freelance journalist freed on bail after one week, charged with sedition
15 January 2007 - Journalist missing since July being held in provincial police station, newspaper discovers

 Guinea


16 August 2007 - Heavy fines and suspended prison sentences for two newspaper editors for libelling former minister
20 February 2007 - Call for lifting of stage of siege after week-long news blackout
14 February 2007 - Radio host and technician freed but station is still off the air and other media are threatened

 Kenya


23 August 2007 - President rejects media law as threat to press freedom
19 April 2007 - Government orders state sector to withdraw advertising from Standard Group media
7 March 2007 - Tabloid editor jailed for a year because unable to pay libel damages ordered by court
9 January 2007 - Photographer roughed by president’s bodyguards in church

 Lesotho


9 July 2007 - Weekly’s survival threatened by state advertising boycott ordered by government
26 June 2007 - Radio host freed on bail, charged with failing to report subversive activity

 Liberia


20 June 2007 - Two journalists beaten by police and UN peacekeepers, one seriously injured

 Mali


26 June 2007 - Court imposes prison sentences for newspaper report on school essay that mocked imaginary president
21 June 2007 - Four newspaper editors join reporter and school teacher in jail over school essay making fun of imaginary president
18 June 2007 - Journalist and teacher imprisoned for insulting president in essay subject

 Mauritania


8 November 2007 - Editor of al-Aqsa jailed for one year in “poorly conducted” trial
24 August 2007 - Judicial authorities refuse to register journalist’s complaint about attack by prime minister’s bodyguards
29 May 2007 - Editor of Arabic-language daily released provisionally
27 March 2007 - Public media rise to challenge of providing balanced, neutral coverage of historic election
19 March 2007 - Second round presidential election coverage heavily skewed in favour of Ould Sheikh Abdellahi
14 March 2007 - Presidential election campaign being covered fairly by public media
6 March 2007 - First week of monitoring public media during election campaign shows relatively fair coverage but adjustments needed

 Niger


28 December 2007 - Message of support for Reporters Without Borders correspondent as he completes 100 days in detention
20 December 2007 - Call for release of two French TV journalists detained in Niamey
21 November 2007 - Reporters Without Borders meets detained journalist in Niamey prison
2 November 2007 - Aïr Info correspondent freed after six days in police custody
31 October 2007 - Newspaper editor charged with criminal association, transferred to Agadez prison
19 October 2007 - A month after Moussa Kaka’s arrest, President Tandja is urged to stop “treating journalists as enemies”
27 September 2007 - Prosecutor brings “inconsistent and absurd” indictment against Moussa Kaka
25 September 2007 - Moussa Kaka taken to Niamey prison without explanation
21 September 2007 - RFI and Reporters Without Borders correspondent held incommunicado
20 July 2007 - One-month ban on RFI broadcasts fuels concern about rapid decline in press freedom

 Nigeria


25 October 2007 - Journalists harassed by governor of northern state
19 October 2007 - Newspaper editor arrested and charged with sedition for accusing state governor of corruption
14 September 2007 - Journalist beaten senseless by police and guards while covering prison riot
15 June 2007 - Government uses planning pretext to demolish TV station’s studios in Abuja without warning
7 June 2007 - Gunmen storm Port Harcourt offices of The Punch newspaper
24 May 2007 - Politician’s supporters ransack radio station, attack journalists with machetes
23 May 2007 - Two journalists in hiding because of arrest warrants, a third gets death threats
3 May 2007 - Lagos-based radio station allowed to reopen but subjected to further pressure
3 May 2007 - Journalist in coma after being beaten unconscious by Ondo state police
18 April 2007 - Intelligence agents raid TV station during programme about President Obasanjo
11 January 2007 - Intelligence agency raids two Abuja-based newspapers, arrests staff

 Rwanda


13 November 2007 - Woman journalist is cleared of genocide charges and released after 11 years in detention
12 September 2007 - Four ministers threaten independent media in comments on state TV and radio
30 August 2007 - Editor released after being held for eight days on rape charge
20 April 2007 - Woman editor gets a year in prison for article about ethnic discrimination
21 March 2007 - Congolese academic freed, but declared persona non grata and expelled
13 February 2007 - Editor beaten unconscious amid growing government hostility towards independent press

 Senegal


8 November 2007 - Authorities release all four journalists in detention
16 October 2007 - L’Exclusif editor jailed pending trial for “insulting the president”
20 April 2007 - Ruling party politician bursts into radio station, threatens to kill staff
27 February 2007 - Public media show bias in coverage of presidential election campaign, despite efforts by some
22 February 2007 - Authorities urged to maintain order after government supporters attack 15 journalists

 Sierra Leone


7 September 2007 - Dangerous climate of hatred on eve of presidential election run-off
9 August 2007 - Two presenters injured in armed attack on evangelical radio station
4 July 2007 - Newspaper editor released on bail pending trial
7 February 2007 - Mutual hostility between two newspaper executives leads to one of them being arrested

 Somalia


24 December 2007 - French cameraman freed by kidnappers after being held for eight days
16 December 2007 - Shock and alarm after French journalist kidnapped
28 November 2007 - Mogadishu mayor imposes “unacceptable and ridiculous” restrictions on news media
14 November 2007 - Government asked to explain closure of three radio stations in two days
20 October 2007 - Urgent appeal to international community after media owner murdered
12 October 2007 - Authorities free Radio Simba manager and reporter
11 October 2007 - Information minister makes aggressive remarks about the press and its defenders
8 October 2007 - Somaliland daily’s Berbera correspondent freed on bail
27 September 2007 - Radio Shabelle manager narrowly escapes murder attempt, three journalists arrested in provinces
19 September 2007 - Radio Shabelle building in Mogadishu besieged by security forces, staff evacuated
18 September 2007 - Reporter arrested in market raid is freed after five days
4 September 2007 - One of partner organisation’s leaders sought by gunmen in Mogadishu
11 August 2007 - Two radio station chiefs killed in wave of political killings
20 July 2007 - Somaliland authorities free newspaper reporter after seven days
2 July 2007 - Somaliland TV reporter freed after being held three days at behest of Hargeisa’s mayor
11 June 2007 - Minister lifts ban on three radio stations after four days
22 May 2007 - Universal TV crew freed after being held for six weeks
16 May 2007 - Two journalists shot dead while travelling with provincial governor’s convoy
10 May 2007 - Radio reporter killed in shootout at arms market in Puntland
22 April 2007 - NUSOJ and Reporters Without Borders denounce the current wave of violence against the media in Mogadishu
13 April 2007 - Two Eritrean journalists captured in Somalia held with “foreign fighters”
30 March 2007 - Three Haatuf journalists freed after being held for three months
26 March 2007 - Radio journalist and driver freed after being held for three days
13 March 2007 - Radio reporter arrested by government troops amid growing hostility toward certain radio stations
5 March 2007 - Heavy prison sentences for four journalists working for Somaliland daily
18 February 2007 - Radio journalist murdered in Baidoa
24 January 2007 - Government urged to commit publicly to press freedom after Mogadishu roundtable
18 January 2007 - Letter to Somaliland’s president about his unequal battle with newspaper
16 January 2007 - Three local radio stations and Al Jazeera told they can go back to work
11 January 2007 - With a radio station closed down and a journalist detained, government seat becomes hostile area for press

 Sudan


7 December 2007 - Death threats against Reporters Without Borders correspondent and four other journalists
29 November 2007 - Al-Sudani editors freed after getting fine reduced
29 August 2007 - Authorities seize entire issue of leading opposition weekly
24 August 2007 - New wave of censorship of Arabic-language dailies
20 June 2007 - Four journalists freed after being held for a week
30 May 2007 - “We have nothing to hide” - President Bashir answers three Reporters Without Borders questions
21 May 2007 - Publisher and editor of al-Sudani released but daily still banned

 Zimbabwe


2 October 2007 - Police arrest two actors and a journalist during performance of satirical play
28 September 2007 - Intelligence services draw up blacklist of journalists to be watched and arrested first
6 August 2007 - All communications can now be intercepted under new law signed by Mugabe
6 April 2007 - Freed on bail, journalist immediately hospitalized because of beatings in police custody
19 March 2007 - Intelligence agency and media commission help torpedo remaining independent news media
14 March 2007 - Court frees two journalists arrested at 11 March demonstration