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 Africa


19 June 2008 - EU urged to adopt specific measures to protect refugee journalists

 Burkina Faso


15 December 2008 - Police summon heads of ‘collective against impunity’ two days after march on 10th anniversary of journalist’s murder
13 December 2008 - Protesters rename Ouagadougou avenue after slain journalist on 10th anniversary of murder

 Burundi


13 May 2008 - State TV sales employee killed, while cameraman narrows escapes separate shooting

 Cameroon


10 November 2008 - Jailed newspaper publisher’s trial delayed again, this time until January
10 June 2008 - Six journalists briefly arrested and TV programme interrupted for referring to sensitive subject
29 February 2008 - Private radio suspended, independent newspapers prevented from appearing
22 February 2008 - Communication minister suspends TV station
20 February 2008 - Two newspaper journalists freed after being held for five days

 Central African Republic


25 February 2008 - Editor freed after getting presidential pardon
23 January 2008 - Prosecutor brings “dishonest” charges against editor to justify request for two-year jail term
16 January 2008 - Newspaper editor held on charge inciting a disturbance of the peace

 Chad


28 March 2008 - N’Djamena press reappears for first time since state of emergency proclaimed
20 March 2008 - Dismay at government’s decision to withdraw French reporter’s accreditation
27 February 2008 - Adoption of new press law by decree called “unacceptable imposition”
22 February 2008 - Disastrous plight of independent media under state of emergency deplored
15 February 2008 - Privately-owned press caught up in a proxy war
11 February 2008 - Journalists flee to neighbouring countries after wave of arrests of opposition leaders
22 January 2008 - Prosecutor drops charges against N’Djamena radio station manager

 Cote d’Ivoire


7 October 2008 - Witness claims pressure from French presidency in Guy-André Kieffer kidnap case
10 July 2008 - President Gbagbo’s associates fail to cooperate with French probe into journalist’s disappearance
10 January 2008 - NGO activist gets a year in prison for libel and contempt of court

 D.R. Congo


22 November 2008 - A second Radio Okapi journalist gunned down near his home in Bukavu
21 November 2008 - Five Raga TV journalists released after being held for 24 hours
7 November 2008 - Belgian reporter and assistants safe after being released by Mai-Mai militiamen
6 November 2008 - Mai-Mai militiamen hold Belgian reporter, interpreter and driver in Nord-Kivu
29 October 2008 - Court frees Global TV studio manager after 41 days
16 July 2008 - Letter to President Kabila about threats to Journalist in Danger
11 July 2008 - Intelligence agents hold TV journalist overnight at provincial governor’s behest
22 May 2008 - Appeal court clears murdered journalist’s two friends but otherwise fails to repair judicial mess
21 April 2008 - Concern about death threats against those observing appeal hearings in Serge Maheshe murder case
11 April 2008 - Interior minister asked to intervene in case of newspaper editor and assistant held incommunicado
18 March 2008 - Editor held incommunicado by intelligence agency for past 11 days
12 March 2008 - “Disgraceful” appeal hearings in Maheshe murder case
13 February 2008 - Reporter freed on justice minister’s orders after being held for five weeks
5 February 2008 - Military appeal court urged to clear two men convicted of masterminding murder of journalist who was their friend

 Eritrea


30 October 2008 - State TV journalist secretly sentenced in 2006 to five years of forced labour
17 September 2008 - European Union urged to shake off lethargy after seven years of silence since September 2001 crackdown
24 April 2008 - Journalist employed by state-owned Radio Dimtsi Hafash held since 2006
30 January 2008 - New revelations about Eiraeiro prison camp - “The journalist Seyoum Tsehaye is in cell No. 10 of block A01”

 Ethiopia


3 November 2008 - Leading newspaper editor beaten unconscious outside son’s school
28 August 2008 - Newspaper editor freed on bail
7 May 2008 - Entertainment monthly’s deputy editor freed on bail
8 January 2008 - Letter to prime minister about government’s refusal to licence two new newspapers

 Gabon


12 December 2008 - Journalist brutally beaten by president’s men leaves hospital
28 April 2008 - Police beat TV cameraman who filmed police attack on protest organiser
8 February 2008 - Freelance journalist arrested for trying to investigate corruption

 Gambia


15 December 2008 - Journalists still live in fear four years after unpunished murder of Deyda Hydara
18 August 2008 - Freelance journalist gets four years in prison or heavy fine for criticising president
18 August 2008 - Newspaper editor arrested again, residence permit seized, in continuing harassment
3 July 2008 - Concern about knife attack on journalist in Banjul
9 June 2008 - Regional court orders Gambia to release journalist missing since arrest in July 2006
28 March 2008 - Second anniversary of police raid that effectively banned independent weekly

 Kenya


4 December 2008 - Parliament close to adopting draconian media bill
10 October 2008 - Ex-journalist finally freed on bail
17 March 2008 - Journalists mistreated by soldiers operating against militia in Mount Elgon region
5 February 2008 - Government lifts ban on live news broadcasts
30 January 2008 - Leading journalists threatened with same fate as murdered opposition MP

 Lesotho


24 October 2008 - Radio station back on the air after three-month suspension

 Liberia


1 February 2008 - Newspaper publisher narrowly escapes plot to kill him

 Madagascar


17 December 2008 - Government closes TV station owned by political rival

 Malawi


8 February 2008 - Journalist and managing editor charged with “publishing false news”

 Mauritania


19 August 2008 - Two journalists conditionally freed
16 June 2008 - Libel charge brought against publisher of Arabic-language weekly

 Mozambique


16 December 2008 - Contrary to reports, killer of journalist Carlos Cardoso still on the run

 Namibia


8 December 2008 - Letter to information minister about South African journalist held overnight

 Niger


18 November 2008 - Two l’Evénement journalists given suspended prison sentences for defamation
12 November 2008 - Newspaper editor freed after being given suspended prison sentence
7 October 2008 - Court orders journalist’s provisional release after more than a year in detention
16 September 2008 - Court defers decision on fate of imprisoned journalist Moussa Kaka
20 August 2008 - Radio and TV broadcaster Dounia suspended for one month without explanation
19 August 2008 - Authorities urged to abandon “absurd war” against Moussa Kaka after court blocks provisional release
1 August 2008 - Newspaper editor freed after being held for 48 hours
28 July 2008 - Prosecutor appeals against judge’s decision to drop charges against Moussa Kaka
2 July 2008 - In baffling move, government closes Niamey’s “House of the Press”
23 June 2008 - Niamey prosecutor blocks Moussa Kaka’s provisional release
20 May 2008 - Detained journalist’s wife gives news conference in Paris, asks French government to help get him freed
15 May 2008 - Court rejects imprisoned journalist’s petition, returning case to starting point
22 April 2008 - Agadez-based radio station closed for reporting abuses by soldiers in north
19 March 2008 - Time to release Moussa Kaka, arrested exactly six months ago
13 March 2008 - Government suspends RFI over day of solidarity with imprisoned correspondent, but leaves problem unresolved
6 March 2008 - Newspaper editor gets a month in prison for comparing two court decisions
3 March 2008 - Niger refuses visa to Reporters Without Borders secretary-general
12 February 2008 - In “baffling” decision, appeal court keeps journalist in detention and gives green light to prosecutors
6 February 2008 - Agadez-based journalist to be released conditionally today
22 January 2008 - French journalists’ driver freed
19 January 2008 - Newly-released French journalists arrive back in France
17 January 2008 - Brothers of two detained French journalists return to Paris with Reporters Without Borders after trip to Niamey
15 January 2008 - Appeal court defers decision on legality of phone taps in Moussa Kaka case until 12 February

 Nigeria


28 November 2008 - Four journalists face trial over article suggesting President in poor health
18 November 2008 - Online journalist Emmanuel Emeka Asiwe freed after one week
4 November 2008 - Second online journalist arrested in one week
31 October 2008 - US-based online reporter freed after 11 days
22 September 2008 - TV station allowed back on the air three days after being closed because of false report
9 September 2008 - US filmmaker and reporter released after ten days of questioning
2 September 2008 - US filmmaker and interpreter arrested in Port Harcourt on spying charge
18 April 2008 - Authorities free four US filmmakers and Nigerian colleague
21 March 2008 - Lagos-based daily’s cartoonist attacked at home by armed intruders
20 February 2008 - Newspaper reporter freed on bail after being held for 12 days
4 February 2008 - Newspaper’s chairman freed after being held for two days by state governor

 Rwanda


16 October 2008 - Radio reporter freed after being held for 14 years on genocide charge
17 July 2008 - Government deports independent weekly’s deputy managing editor
6 May 2008 - Concern about increasing contempt shown by government for certain journalists
21 January 2008 - Newspaper editor freed after she completes one-year prison sentence

 Senegal


20 August 2008 - President Wade asked to intervene after two newspapers ransacked
30 July 2008 - Disturbing comments about media by President Wade
31 March 2008 - Police rough up journalists covering banned protest and stop TV station from broadcasting footage
14 March 2008 - Letter to interior minister about harassment of exiled Gambian journalists in Senegal

 Sierra Leone


15 May 2008 - Letter to information minister about closure of opposition radio station
14 February 2008 - Journalist prosecuted under repressive law that government had pledged to amend

 Somalia


10 December 2008 - Manager of Baidoa-based radio station freed after four days
28 November 2008 - A journalist held in Somaliland freed after two weeks
19 November 2008 - Galkayo-based radio station back on the air, director released
24 August 2008 - Three journalists, two of them foreigners, and their driver kidnapped by gunmen for unclear reasons
19 August 2008 - Radio Daljir’s regional director released after being held overnight
26 June 2008 - Puntland authorities free radio station director after holding him overnight
7 June 2008 - Shock at murder of vice-president of Reporters Without Borders’ partner organisation
7 May 2008 - Murder attempt against Puntland’s last woman TV presenter
22 April 2008 - Leading radio journalist freed after being held for eight hours without explanation
18 April 2008 - Five radio station employees arrested then released, station back on the air
2 March 2008 - Civil government urged to send a strong signal against military show of force used to close down the country’s three top radio stations
29 January 2008 - Radio station manager freed, two other journalists still held
28 January 2008 - Journalist killed in bombing of Médecins sans Frontières vehicle near southern city
17 January 2008 - BBC stringer freed after being held for a few hours
11 January 2008 - Puntland radio journalist in critical condition after shooting attack
10 January 2008 - A journalist arrested at Mogadishu airport, another arrested in Puntland

 Sudan


25 November 2008 - For the good of the country, stop censoring
14 October 2008 - South Sudan newspaper editor released
1 October 2008 - English-language daily allowed to resume publication
7 August 2008 - Letter to National Telecommunication Corporation about YouTube’s inaccessibility
3 June 2008 - Members of southern group take part in raids on Khartoum newspapers
21 May 2008 - Freelance reporter held incommunicado for past week
19 May 2008 - In latest censorship measure, intelligence agency closes daily for indefinite period
17 April 2008 - Secret police seize copies of six daily newspapers
7 March 2008 - Restoration of censorship condemned as “illegal and saddening”
15 February 2008 - Privately-owned press caught up in a proxy war

 Swaziland


19 November 2008 - Attorney general warns outspoken journalists they could be arrested for “supporting terrorism”

 Tanzania


21 July 2008 - Police raid independent weekly and editor’s home
10 January 2008 - Two suspects arrested for acid attack on newspaper journalists

 Uganda


29 April 2008 - Military intelligence raids new fortnightly, arrests publisher and two journalists
20 February 2008 - Community radio presenter raped and killed

 Zimbabwe


26 December 2008 - Abducted journalist and rights activist now faces possible death penalty on terrorist plot charge
17 December 2008 - Concerns grows after more abductions of journalists
3 December 2008 - Prominent journalist and human rights activist kidnapped from her home
27 October 2008 - Government spied on email of state-owned newspaper editors in August
25 August 2008 - Reporter who saw police violence freed after several hours
16 July 2008 - Judge removes two journalists from remand
15 July 2008 - Three Sky News employees released after paying fines
2 July 2008 - Three journalists arrested during election run-off released two days later
27 June 2008 - Freelance reporter and cameraman arrested at Mugabe’s polling station
13 June 2008 - Letter to UN envoy on eve of departure for Zimbabwe
26 May 2008 - Independent weekly’s latest issue torched, freelance reporter beaten up
13 May 2008 - Editor of independent weekly freed on bail
23 April 2008 - Freelancer released after being held for three days for “disturbing the peace”
17 April 2008 - British journalist fined and deported after being held for a week
16 April 2008 - Two foreign reporters and two South African TV technicians acquitted
4 April 2008 - Two foreign journalists held in Harare for working without accreditation
26 March 2008 - Government bars many international news media from covering 29 March elections
21 March 2008 - One week ahead of elections, African observers urged not to minimise importance of government control of media
26 February 2008 - Government steps up hounding of independent press ahead of presidential elections