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 Algeria


26 December 2003 - Reporters Without Borders condemns suspended jail sentence on cartoonist Ali Dilem
23 December 2003 - Reporters Without Borders dismayed by verdict against journalist Hassan Bourras
3 December 2003 - Reporters Without Borders calls for case against journalist to be dropped
17 November 2003 - Journalist gets two-year prison sentence
13 November 2003 - Newspaper columnist gets six-month jail sentence for libel
14 October 2003 - More journalists arrested
8 October 2003 - The harassment continues
19 September 2003 - Reporters Without Borders calls for end to media harassment
9 September 2003 - Constant harassment of journalists condemned
2 September 2003 - Police harass seven more journalists
26 August 2003 - Newspaper harassed by police
18 August 2003 - Five Algerian dailies prevented from publishing
3 July 2003 - Shock at expulsion of all visiting correspondents
3 July 2003 - Authorities try to block reports of FIS releases by pressuring journalists
28 January 2003 - Journalist attacked after being sentenced to six-month Journalist attacked after being sentenced to six-month
2 January 2003 - First conviction of a cartoonist under amended criminal code

 Bahrain


30 June 2003 - Authorities urged to abandon trial of two journalists

 Egypt


3 June 2003 - Two journalists imprisoned for libel
7 April 2003 - Journalists covering anti-war protest roughed up by police
24 March 2003 - Several journalists covering anti-war demonstrations attacked by the police

 Iran


8 December 2003 - One-year suspended sentence passed on journalist Emadoldin Baghi
21 November 2003 - Call for an end to impunity for murderers and those behind serial killings of intellectuals and journalists
4 November 2003 - Appeal for release of 11 imprisoned journalists to mark UN envoy’s visit
21 October 2003 - From trials behind closed doors to sit-ins
10 October 2003 - Censorship bites deeper
7 October 2003 - Iranian journalist Mohsen Sazgara released from prison
1 October 2003 - The "right of reply" as a new means of pressure
26 September 2003 - Kazemi murder enquiry farce continues as court says only one person responsible
16 September 2003 - Update on journalist Behzad Zarinpour
29 August 2003 - Journalist Pirouz Davani, missing for 5 years, is glaring case of impunity
28 August 2003 - 20 journalists in prison, dozens summoned in continued press crackdown
26 August 2003 - Vagueness and infighting obstructs Kazemi murder probe
14 August 2003 - Zahra Kazemi Case : EU foreign ministers urged to put pressure on Iran
7 August 2003 - Support for strike by Iranian journalists to protest against crackdown on press
1 August 2003 - 21 journalists held, making Iran the biggest prison for journalists in the Middle East
25 July 2003 - Call for European Union to break with Iran over journalist’s death
23 July 2003 - Zahra Kazemi. Call for Canada to take initiative after Iranian authorities bury Kazemi
22 July 2003 - Renewed call for independent investigation after release of unsatisfactory official enquiry
16 July 2003 - Iranian ambassador says Zahra Kazemi buried in Iran
14 July 2003 - Five more journalistes arrested
12 July 2003 - Reporters Without Borders shocked by the death of a photojournalist in Tehran.
10 July 2003 - Reporters Without Borders demands enquiry intowhy jailed woman journalist is in a coma
4 July 2003 - Concern about fate of abducted journalist
24 June 2003 - Two more journalists detained in current wave of arrests - Appeal court upholds three-year jail sentence for another journalist
18 June 2003 - Total number of journalists detained since 14 June rises to six
14 June 2003 - Journalists detained and beaten, foreign TV jammed amid anti-government protests
10 June 2003 - Regime uses US threats as pretext to step up press freedom violations
26 May 2003 - First prison sentence for a cartoonist since penal code was amended
10 May 2003 - Seven journalists sentenced to a total of 52 years in prison
29 April 2003 - Journalist sentenced to four years in prison and 253 lashes
22 April 2003 - Akbar Ganji begins fourth year in prison
21 April 2003 - Another journalist and website editor arrested
3 April 2003 - Three more journalists arrested
12 March 2003 - One journalist freed but two others sentenced to prison sentences
3 March 2003 - Five journalists arrested in less than a week
19 February 2003 - A journalist arrested for having criticised the supreme Guide
10 February 2003 - Emadoldin Baghi freed after two years in prison
24 January 2003 - Concern grows about imprisoned journalists as country’s main paper is shut down
13 January 2003 - Two more journalists arrested and two newspapers shut down
8 January 2003 - Journalist arrested and three others on trial
6 January 2003 - Hardliners step up control of Internet

 Iraq


24 November 2003 - Iraqi Governing Council urged to lift ban on Al-Arabiya
21 November 2003 - Condemnation for rocket attacks on Baghdad hotels used by journalists
17 November 2003 - Kidnapped Portuguese journalist freed
14 November 2003 - Support for Spanish criminal proceedings against three US soldiers in cameraman’s death
3 November 2003 - Two Iranian journalists freed
29 October 2003 - Call for investigation into killing of newspaper editor in Mosul
20 October 2003 - Americans order two journalists arrested
25 September 2003 - Journalists face mounting obstacles and threats to their work
23 September 2003 - Reporters Without Borders outraged over Pentagon’s sham investigation
23 September 2003 - Iraqi council’s ban on Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya condemned
19 September 2003 - Progress in hunt for missing media workers
20 August 2003 - Distress at death of Sergio Vieira de Mello
18 August 2003 - Dismay over death of Reuters cameraman in Iraq
13 August 2003 - "Unacceptable" enquiry clears soldiers in killing of two journalists in Palestine Hotel
23 July 2003 - The Iraqi media three months after the war : a new but fragile freedom
30 May 2003 - Britain and France urged to investigate disappearance of ITN cameraman Fred Nérac and Lebanese colleague
19 May 2003 - Journalists down tools at start of EU ministers meeting in protest over Fred Nérac
13 May 2003 - Incredulity at British refusal to help investigate disappearance of two ITN crew members
7 May 2003 - UK defence minister urged to pledge more help in search for two ITN journalists missing in Iraq
2 May 2003 - In welcome but belated move, US army orders enquiry into shooting on ITN crew
23 April 2003 - Reporters without Borders not satisfied with replies from the Pentagon and the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission
13 April 2003 - CNN crew’s bodyguard fires back with automatic weapon when crew comes under fire
9 April 2003 - Bombing of journalists "may have been a war crime"
8 April 2003 - Reporters Without Borders accuses US military of deliberately firing at journalists
8 April 2003 - Reporters Without Borders outraged at bombing of Al-Jazeera office in Baghdad
3 April 2003 - Iraqi authorities accused of contempt for foreign journalists
2 April 2003 - Reporters Without Borders petitions the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission over bombing of Iraqi state TV
31 March 2003 - Coalition accused of showing "contempt" for journalists covering war in Iraq
31 March 2003 - Reporters Without Borders calls on Iraqi authorities to explain disappearance of four journalists
28 March 2003 - Reporters Without Borders makes urgent appeal to all sides in the war to help find nine missing journalists
26 March 2003 - Gen. Tommy Franks asked to order enquiry into death of British TV reporter and disappearance of two colleagues
22 March 2003 - Two journalists killed, two missing and two wounded
19 March 2003 - Reporters Without Borders calls on the US to guarantee that the media can work freely and in safety
25 February 2003 - The Iraqi media : 25 years of relentless repression
17 February 2003 - Iraqi crisis : media held hostage

 Israel


12 November 2003 - New press card rules suspended
30 July 2003 - Report criticises botched Israeli army investigations, lack of follow-up, in deaths of two journalists in Occupied Territories
3 July 2003 - Government retaliates against BBC, accuses it of demonizing Israel
18 June 2003 - Call for Israeli military police enquiry into death of British documentary filmmaker
20 May 2003 - Outrage over beating of two Palestinian journalists by Israeli soldiers
8 May 2003 - Autopsy suggests British cameraman was shot by Israeli army
3 May 2003 - Israeli army kills second journalist in two weeks
29 April 2003 - Israeli army asked about enquiry into killing of journalist
19 April 2003 - Palestinian cameraman shot dead by Israeli army in Nablus
18 April 2003 - Canal+ journalists allowed to stay in Israel
6 March 2003 - Two Reuters journalists wounded in Jabalya : Reporters Without Borders calls on the Israeli army to open an inquiry
22 January 2003 - Reporters Without Borders to call on candidates to pledge support for media

 Jordan


6 November 2003 - Jordan suspected of reverting to old censorship practices
26 September 2003 - State security court censors weekly paper
19 February 2003 - Two of the three journalists jailed for "libelling Islam’s prophet and disparaging the dignity of the State" released
24 January 2003 - Three journalists arrested and condemned by a fatwa

 Kuwait


15 December 2003 - Lebanese police probe sending of four letter bombs
13 June 2003 - Concern about harassment of Al-Watan editor
11 March 2003 - Ban on foreign journalists passing reports to Israeli news media

 Lebanon


9 December 2003 - Fear of threat to broadcast media after TV channel owner’s arrest
14 March 2003 - Prosecutor launches investigation into daily An-Nahar
7 January 2003 - New head of French-speaking countries union urged to defend press freedom
3 January 2003 - French president urged to speak up for press freedom with prime minister

 Libya


28 October 2003 - Al-Zahf Al-Akhdar reappears

 Morocco


23 December 2003 - "Watch out for this man, he is very thin-skinned!"
3 December 2003 - Fresh anxiety over journalist’s latest hunger strike
28 November 2003 - Reporters Without Borders draws US attention to jailed journalists
22 October 2003 - Imprisoned editor Ali Lmrabet threatened in his cell
19 October 2003 - Open letter to Ali Lmrabet
17 October 2003 - Authorities crack down on newspaper editors
16 October 2003 - Ali Lmrabet files suit in France for slander against Moroccan minister of communications
6 August 2003 - Three newspaper editors get prison sentences for allegedly inciting violence
30 July 2003 - No pardon for Ali Lmrabet
26 June 2003 - Four journalists held for more than 10 days, facing prison terms
24 June 2003 - Ali Lmrabet ends hunger strike - Campaign for his release continues
17 June 2003 - Outrage at appeal court’s decision to uphold newspaper editor’s prison sentence
15 June 2003 - Rocket attack on Future TV
11 June 2003 - Newspaper editor held under new anti-terrorism law
10 June 2003 - Appeal court again decides to keep newspaper editor in prison - Decision on appeal to be issued on 17 June
6 June 2003 - Dismay over court’s decision to keep newspaper editor
2 June 2003 - Ali Lmrabet very weak but calm
26 May 2003 - Jailed newspaper editor rushed to hospital
21 May 2003 - Editor Ali Lmrabet sentenced to four years in prison
13 May 2003 - Prosecutor requests five-year sentence for editor and banning of his two weeklies
6 May 2003 - Warnings for the independent press
16 April 2003 - Magazine publisher victim of legal harassment
29 January 2003 - Journalist from weekly magazine "Douman" assaulted

 Palestinian Authority


14 September 2003 - Gunmen raid Al-Arabiya office in Ramallah, threaten staff
7 January 2003 - Al-Jazeera correspondent in Gaza freed

 Qatar


24 February 2003 - Reporters Without Borders asks for pardon for a Jordanian journalist sentenced to death

 Saudi Arabia


24 October 2003 - Intimidation campaign tragets opposition and liberal media
13 February 2003 - Al-Jazira barred from covering the Hajj rites in Mecca
5 February 2003 - Journalist jailed for having informed Al-Jazira of the repression of Ismaelis in the kingdom

 Syria


31 December 2003 - Internet-user held in solitary for seven months for e-mailing a newsletter.
4 August 2003 - Government closes country’s sole satirical newspaper
23 May 2003 - Euromed meeting: EU asked to press for release of Ibrahim Hamidi

 Tunisia


30 December 2003 - Reporters Without Borders calls for case to be dropped against Om Zied
2 December 2003 - French president urged to push media freedom during visit
19 November 2003 - Verdict of Om Zied’s trial
18 November 2003 - Cyber-dissident Zouhair Yahyaoui freed after 18 months in jail
14 October 2003 - Poses as Internet champion but jails its Internet users
9 October 2003 - Tunisian journalist subjected to judicial onslaught-protest
25 September 2003 - Reporters Without Borders outraged at new jail term for journalist
28 August 2003 - Call for release of journalist on hunger strike for past 10 days
21 July 2003 - Journalist sentenced to four months in prison
16 July 2003 - Presidential pardon only hope for cyber-dissident Zouhair Yahyaoui
4 June 2003 - Imprisoned cyber-dissident’s French fiancée denied entry on arrival in Tunis
29 April 2003 - Zouhair Yahyaoui ends hunger-strike
4 April 2003 - Jailed cyber-dissident Zouhair Yahyaoui begins new hunger strike
14 February 2003 - Hamadi Jebali has been rushed to hospital
10 February 2003 - Jailed since 1991, Hamadi Jebali has been on a hunger strike for nearly one month
31 January 2003 - Cyber-dissident Zouhair Yahyaoui ends hunger strike, another journalist continues
17 January 2003 - Internet journalist Zouhair Yahyaoui started a hunger strike in jail

 United States


17 February 2003 - Iraqi crisis : media held hostage

 Yemen


13 August 2003 - Security forces cordon off home of Yemen Times journalist