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 Algeria


18 December 2002 - Journalists prosecuted and printing of two newspapers held up
25 November 2002 - Press freedom at the mercy of a lawless state
14 August 2002 - Caricaturist Djamel Noun threatened by staff of state-owned TV station
27 July 2002 - TV presenter murdered
23 July 2002 - Reporter for El Watan attacked and kidnapped
30 May 2002 - Two press convoys organised after lifting of ban
19 April 2002 - RSF urges European Union to exert pressure with signing of EU - Algeria agreement
19 February 2002 - Appeal court recommends a year’s imprisonment for director of El Watan
31 January 2002 - Director of a daily newspaper questioned over armed forces caricature
29 January 2002 - Journalist questioned over article about the armed forces
28 January 2002 - Caricaturist Questioned over drawing Criticizing the Armed Forces

 Bahrain


10 May 2002 - Al-Jazeera not wanted in Bahrain
27 March 2002 - Government blocks websites

 Egypt


6 December 2002 - Withdrawal of the distribution ban on Al-Adab
14 October 2002 - Appeal hearing next week for journalist sentenced to prison for putting poem on website
22 March 2002 - Journalist and editor sentenced to jail for libel
6 March 2002 - Al Jazeera journalists arrested

 Iran


27 November 2002 - European Union urged to act in defence of press freedom
6 November 2002 - Reporters Without Borders welcomes release of journalist but deplores arrest of another
24 October 2002 - Pressure mounts on journalists as EU denounces human rights violations
9 October 2002 - CNN journalist refused a visa
9 August 2002 - New conservative offensive : Two newspapers suspended, arrest warrant against a journalist, official news agency threatened with prosecution
15 July 2002 - Daily paper suspended after defying censorship over rebel ayatollah
9 July 2002 - Pourzand’s 11-year jail sentence confirmed on appeal
27 May 2002 - Iranian judiciary forbids press to mention relations with the United States
17 May 2002 - Reporters Without Borders shocked by 11-year prison sentence on journalist
10 May 2002 - Journalist jailed for six months and paper suspended
7 May 2002 - Regime jails journalist for eight years and suspends more publications
3 May 2002 - Journalist gets four-month suspended jail sentence
29 April 2002 - 23 months jail and a 5 years ban for pro-reform journalist
23 April 2002 - Concern about Siamak Pourzand
17 April 2002 - Weekly paper banned, editor ordered to be flogged
15 March 2002 - RSF concerned about journalist’s trial
4 March 2002 - Ezatollah Sahabi released from prison
14 February 2002 - Several journalists summoning by the police
28 January 2002 - Another film magazine suspended
25 January 2002 - Suspension of a film weekly review
21 January 2002 - A journalist arrested - The trial of ten others goes on in camera
3 January 2002 - Journalist arrested - Trial to begin for seven others

 Iraq


21 November 2002 - Daily newspaper shut down for a month
25 October 2002 - Information ministry denies ban on CNN journalists
16 September 2002 - Conservatives renew attacks with suspension of two reformist publications
25 July 2002 - The government reverses the10-day work ban on Al Jazeera journalist

 Israel


24 December 2002 - Government orders closure of Arab weekly
19 December 2002 - Border police beat Agence France-Presse photographer
11 October 2002 - Reuters journalist freed: Reporters Without Borders demands release of three others
8 October 2002 - Israeli army raids palestinian newspaper offices
1 October 2002 - Reporters Without Borders calls on army to return confiscated film
25 September 2002 - Palestinian journalist shot dead in Ramallah
12 September 2002 - Improper security checks at Ben Gurion airport violate press freedom
28 August 2002 - Investigation into the death of Palestinian journalist in Jenin on 12 July 2002
27 August 2002 - Reuters photographer injured in Ramallah shooting
17 August 2002 - Reuters cameraman expelled after being refused
30 July 2002 - Israel urged again to free Palestinian journalists
16 July 2002 - Israeli army seizes Palestinian Internet offices
12 July 2002 - Reporters Without Borders outraged by death of Palestinian photographer in Jenin
10 July 2002 - Israeli army occupies Jordanian radio and TV offices in Ramallah
1 July 2002 - Israeli army allows some journalists to enter West Bank Palestinian towns
7 June 2002 - One Jordanian journalist expelled and five Palestinian journalists still held
23 May 2002 - Reporters Without Borders demands immediate release of five Palestinian journalists
15 May 2002 - Reporters Without Borders demands release of five Palestinian journalists
3 May 2002 - Reporters Without Borders demands release of seven Palestinian journalists
25 April 2002 - Reporters Without Borders calls for release of three Palestinian journalists
18 April 2002 - The grim toll of attacks on press freedom
12 April 2002 - RSF calls for release of three Palestinian journalists
9 April 2002 - NGOs call for press freedom to be respected
7 April 2002 - Occupation of Palestinian towns and cities
31 March 2002 - Journalists ordered to leave militarised Ramallah
29 March 2002 - Palestinian cameraman seriously wounded in Ramallah
13 March 2002 - RSF appalled by death of Italian journalist in Ramallah
21 February 2002 - Israeli army blows up The Voice of Palestine building in Gaza
15 February 2002 - The Israeli army shoots at a journalist’s car and wounds him
14 February 2002 - Journalists banned from going to Gaza Strip
19 January 2002 - Destruction of Voice of Palestine’s building. Reporters without Borders indignant at that new act of war against Palestinian media
16 January 2002 - RSF indignant over non-renewal of press cards

 Jordan


27 December 2002 - Activist jailed after writing article about prison conditions
17 August 2002 - Chief editor of weekly detained over cartoon
8 August 2002 - Al-Jazeera office in Amman shut down
28 June 2002 - Cyber-dissident pardoned by King Abdullah
16 May 2002 - Cyber-dissident jailed for 18 months
14 May 2002 - Cyber-dissident on trial
19 March 2002 - Three journalists arrested since amendment of penal code
15 January 2002 - Editor-in-chief of a weekly arrested

 Kuwait


4 November 2002 - Government shuts down Al-Jazeera office

 Lebanon


21 October 2002 - Press court confirms closure of opposition radio
18 October 2002 - Journalist banned from press centre
5 September 2002 - Political score-settling causes closure of privately-owned TV station
14 May 2002 - Journalist faces prison for criticising slowness of courts
26 March 2002 - Six journalists attacked by police

 Morocco


24 October 2002 - Two journalists banned from leaving the country
24 September 2002 - Election candidates urged to support press freedom
17 July 2002 - Independent paper’s photographer barred from covering royal wedding
7 May 2002 - RSF calls for cancellation of new press law and protests against review’s seizure
26 March 2002 - French magazine censored
22 March 2002 - RSF calls for the revision of new press law
22 February 2002 - The new press code retains prison sentences for press offences
15 February 2002 - Appeal by directors of the Journal Hebdomadaire - Prison sentences commuted to suspended sentences
24 January 2002 - A British journalist prohibited from entering the country
23 January 2002 - Libération censored
9 January 2002 - Journalist held in prison for several hours
9 January 2002 - Journalist barred from participating as guest on television programme

 Palestinian Authority


27 August 2002 - Palestinian journalists union admits error concerning ban on photos of armed children
3 April 2002 - Journalists banned from filming score-settling
8 February 2002 - Vendetta in Jenine : filming prohibited
19 January 2002 - Destruction of Voice of Palestine’s building. Reporters without Borders indignant at that new act of war against Palestinian media

 Saudi Arabia


25 March 2002 - Well-known pan-Arab daily censored
22 March 2002 - Editor sacked after publishing poem criticising judges

 Syria


27 December 2002 - Bureau chief of pan-arab daily arrested
16 September 2002 - Human rights activists prosecuted for "publishing illegally"
30 April 2002 - AFP bureau chief’s accreditation not renewed
22 January 2002 - The only satirical newspaper suspends its publication

 Tunisia


4 December 2002 - Imprisoned cyber-dissident Zouhair Yahyaoui
5 September 2002 - New prison sentence confirmed for recently-freed journalist
4 September 2002 - Hamma Hammami released from prison
2 September 2002 - Supreme court upholds three-year jail term for Hamma Hammami
25 August 2002 - Newly released journalist sentenced
21 August 2002 - Newly released journalist rearrested after appealing against banishment
2 August 2002 - Radhia Nasraoui suspends her hunger strike
10 July 2002 - Reporters Without Borders demonstrates in front of the France’s National Assembly
21 June 2002 - Tunisian cyber-dissident sent to prison for two years
12 June 2002 - Imprisoned cyber-dissident risks five-year jail sentence
5 June 2002 - Cyber-dissident arrested and his online newspaper censored
17 May 2002 - Reporters Without Borders deplores ban on French journalist
5 April 2002 - Hamma Hammami jailed for three years
20 March 2002 - Opposition magazine seized
9 March 2002 - Appeal hearing of Hamma Hammami is postponed
7 March 2002 - RSF General Secretary sentenced to 1000 euros
3 February 2002 - Hamma Hammami sentenced to nine-year imprisonment

 Yemen


3 December 2002 - Journalist released
24 October 2002 - A Yemen Times journalist harassed by police
18 July 2002 - Journalists working for foreign media summoned by the authorities
26 June 2002 - Second journalist in a month arrested
5 June 2002 - 3 journalists given 5-month suspended sentences