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 Angola


13 May 2009 - In continuing harassment, newspaper editor forbidden to leave country

 Burundi


18 March 2009 - News website editor acquitted of defamation after six months in pre-trial detention

 Cameroon


9 January 2009 - Call for release on bail of editor Lewis Medjo who has been sentenced to three years in jail

 Cote d’Ivoire


6 May 2009 - French photographer freed after being held for 16 months in Abidjan
16 April 2009 - Five years of unanswered questions since journalist’s abduction in Abidjan
8 April 2009 - Open letter to President Sarkozy about French journalist who disappeared five years ago
1 April 2009 - Judge frees Le Repère journalist but imposes heavy fine on him and his editor
24 March 2009 - Examining judge orders release of French journalist but prosecutor appeals

 D.R. Congo


7 May 2009 - Government suspends French public radio broadcasts in northeast
15 April 2009 - Armed intruders threaten journalist in Nord-Kivu home
8 January 2009 - Newspaper editor freed on completing 10-month sentence for insulting president

 Equatorial Guinea


23 January 2009 - Despotic regime’s absurd methods decried after four journalists fired for “lack of enthusiasm”

 Eritrea


6 March 2009 - Plea to EU to suspend development aid in light of fresh crackdown on journalists

 Gabon


27 May 2009 - Government imposes news blackout on President Bongo’s health
13 January 2009 - Two journalists released provisionally, still face trial on “propaganda” charges

 Gambia


24 April 2009 - Regional group asked to intercede on behalf of missing journalist
12 March 2009 - Adjournment of trials facing editor of the daily The Point
5 February 2009 - The Point editor faces trial on “false information” charge for reporting diplomat’s arrest

 Guinea Bissau


2 March 2009 - Armed forces briefly silence broadcast media after chief of staff and president murdered

 Kenya


2 February 2009 - Freelance journalist murdered in southwest
2 January 2009 - President deals major blow to press freedom

 Madagascar


22 May 2009 - Radio Mada reporter freed after two weeks in detention
23 April 2009 - Media under attack one month after new president installed
13 March 2009 - Concern about malagasy journalists caught up in political turmoil
9 February 2009 - Dismay at fatal shooting of TV reporter covering anti-government demonstration

 Malawi


20 May 2009 - Radio shut down and staff arrested for election coverage

 Mauritania


14 May 2009 - Leading journalist escapes murder attempt
10 April 2009 - Jailed newspaper editor pardoned by junta chief
18 March 2009 - Journalist released, website allowed to reopen

 Mozambique


27 March 2009 - Provincial governor makes death threats against journalist

 Niger


3 April 2009 - In latest judicial harassment of broadcasting group, director-general charged with “false news”
6 February 2009 - Editor of the weekly L’Action sentenced to three months in prison

 Nigeria


22 January 2009 - Investigation into journalist’s murder entrusted to judicial police
20 January 2009 - Journalist escapes attack on her home by armed men

 Rwanda


30 April 2009 - Government urged to lift ban on BBC’s local broadcasts

 Senegal


17 March 2009 - Three community radio stations suspended for broadcasting political programmes
24 February 2009 - Three-year jail sentence for newspaper editor upheld on appeal

 Sierra Leone


22 May 2009 - Newspaper publisher is victim of judicial extortion
10 February 2009 - Four women journalists kidnapped, one subjected to public humiliation, by supporters of female genital mutilation

 Somalia


3 June 2009 - Alarm at TV station director’s abduction near Mogadishu
26 May 2009 - Radio reporter shot by militia dies of injuries, fourth journalist to be killed this year
22 May 2009 - Journalist killed in fighting between government forces and islamist militants
29 April 2009 - Independent news agency launched in Djibouti aims to be reliable source of news about Somalia
27 April 2009 - Islamist militia closes radio station, arrests three journalists
17 April 2009 - Journalist released from prison after presidential pardon
24 March 2009 - Somaliland newspaper editor freed on bail
9 February 2009 - Provincial radio station director seriously injured in stabbing by rival clan member
4 February 2009 - Director of HornAfrik radio murdered in Mogadishu
16 January 2009 - Kidnappers holding two foreign journalists release their Somali fixer
4 January 2009 - Kidnapped foreign journalists freed
1er January 2009 - Radio reporter gunned down by member of pro-government militia

 Sudan


21 May 2009 - Call for amendments to harsh new press law
2 March 2009 - Detained journalist put on a flight to London
11 February 2009 - “They asked me why I was asking about arms. Then they said they wanted me to leave the country”: the story of a Canadian-egyptian journalist expelled by the authorities

 Zimbabwe


14 May 2009 - Three journalists arrested, held overnight then freed on bail
21 April 2009 - Freelance photojournalist released on bail
3 March 2009 - Woman journalist freed after being held for three months
18 February 2009 - Reporters Without Borders makes three recommendations in open letter to Morgan Tsvangirai
9 January 2009 - Regional body asked to intercede on behalf of imprisoned woman journalist