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 Algeria


31 December 2004 - Authorities step up crackdown on the press
4 December 2004 - Courts urged to end newspaper editor’s Kafkaesque nightmare
26 July 2004 - Three dailies absent from newsstands after printing operations suspended
12 July 2004 - Reporters Without Borders urges French foreign minister to raise press freedom issues with Algerian authorities
1 July 2004 - Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns ban on al-Jazeera
15 June 2004 - Managing editor of daily "Le Matin" sentenced to two years in prison
4 June 2004 - Harassment of local press continues as two more journalists charged
28 May 2004 - Journalist Hafnaoui Ghoul receives six-month prison sentence for defamation
31 March 2004 - Reporters Without Borders sends open letter to presidential candidates
3 March 2004 - Private daily "Le Matin" threatened with closure over non-payment of back taxes
24 February 2004 - Reporters Without Borders condemns restrictive accreditation system for local correspondents of
23 February 2004 - Imams attack journalists as "apostates" and "enemies of Islam"
16 February 2004 - Journalist Saïda Azzouz and cartoonist Ali Dilem questioned by police
12 February 2004 - Censorship fear as Jeune Afrique-l’intelligent disappears from news stands
2 January 2004 - Two months suspended sentences for Youssef Rezzoug and Fatma-Zohra Khalfi

 Egypt


5 November 2004 - Opposition journalist abducted and beaten
17 June 2004 - Journalists sentenced to two years in prison for defaming deputy premier
17 February 2004 - US journalist on Cairo Times expelled from country

 Iran


15 December 2004 - Cyber-journalists forced to give false evidence at colleague’s trial
29 November 2004 - Cyberjournalist Rozbeh Mir Ebrahimi released from prison
23 November 2004 - Impunity triumphs in Iranian justice
29 October 2004 - Sixth online journalist thrown in prison as authorities reportedly prepare "adultery" charges
18 October 2004 - Journalist Ali-Reza Jabari released after more than 18 months in prison
14 October 2004 - New arrest of a journalist contributing to reformist websites
7 October 2004 - Mounting threats to journalists
29 September 2004 - Another reformist journalist arrested
18 August 2004 - Student gets nearly four years for criticising regime online
6 August 2004 - Journalists boycott the official press day and step up their struggle
3 August 2004 - Newspaper editor freed on bail
29 July 2004 - Justice system delivers new affront in the Zahra Kazemi case
27 July 2004 - Reporters Without Borders backs journalists’ protest calling for press freedom
27 July 2004 - Sham trial deplored in Kazemi murder case 
19 July 2004 - Two dailies suspended in new attack on reformist press
16 July 2004 - Reporters Without Borders denounces "disgraceful" banning of foreigners from trial of photojournalist’s alleged killers
8 July 2004 - A year after the death of Zahra Kazemi, Reporters Without Borders fears impunity will prevail
28 June 2004 - Payam-e mardom- e Kurdestan shut down
15 June 2004 - Mostafa Sabti released at the end of his prison sentence
8 June 2004 - Reza Alijani, laureate of the Reporters Without Borders-Fondation de France 10th press freedom award, will begin his second year in detention
20 May 2004 - Correspondent for The Guardian expelled
19 May 2004 - Two journalists freed on bail
11 May 2004 - Appeal court confirms 18-month jail sentence against journalist Ensafali Hedayat
7 May 2004 - Concealment, confusion and denial of justice
30 April 2004 - Reporters Without Borders calls for law be applied and jailed journalists freed
20 April 2004 - Reporters Without Borders outraged at Siamak Pourzand’s treatment in hospital
10 March 2004 - Unfair trial and illegal imprisonment
2 March 2004 - Journalist Emadoldin Baghi under threat of new prison sentence
24 February 2004 - Conservatives muzzle the Internet during elections
19 February 2004 - Conservatives censor reformist press on the eve of their parliamentary "coup"
9 February 2004 - Authorities urged to stop harassing journalists and allow free coverage of the electoral crisis
3 February 2004 - Islamic Republic urged to heed UN rapporteur’s findings
20 January 2004 - Reporters Without Borders voices concern to Canada and EU about stalled justice in Zahra Kazemi case
19 January 2004 - Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate release of independent journalist
12 January 2004 - Ten jailed Iranian journalists start the New Year in harsh prison conditions

 Iraq


31 December 2004 - Release of journalist Raad Beraiej al-Azzawi
22 December 2004 - French hostages Georges Malbrunot and Christian Chesnot released
26 November 2004 - Saturday, 27 November 2004: 100 days in captivity for French hostages Georges Malbrunot and Christian Chesnot
26 November 2004 - Hafnaoui Ghoul freed provisionally after being held for six months for libel
25 November 2004 - "Unacceptable" allegations against Al-Jazeera by defence minister
23 November 2004 - US forces release al-Arabiya’s Fallujah correspondent
16 November 2004 - Reporters Without Borders "extremely disappointed" at US troops being cleared of all blame for attack on Palestine Hotel that killed two journalists
12 November 2004 - New concern for fate of French journalists after discovery of their kidnapped driver
6 November 2004 - Ramadan fast-breaking meal in support of three hostages in Iraq
3 November 2004 - Unknown Islamist group claims Al-Arabiya car-bomb
1 November 2004 - Iraqi cameraman working for Reuters shot dead in unclear circumstances
28 October 2004 - Iraqi woman journalist shot dead in Baghdad
28 October 2004 - In tougher line, authorities close two newspapers while keeping journalist in prison
20 October 2004 - Mobile poster trucks tour Paris marking two months captivity for French journalists and Syrian interpreter
15 October 2004 - Two Iraqi journalists gunned down outside their homes in separate shootings
23 September 2004 - Eighteen months after Fred Nérac went missing in Iraq, Reporters Without Borders urges the UK to hand its inquiry report to the family
20 September 2004 - Renewed call for release of two journalists and their guide, now held for one month
13 September 2004 - Solana asked to raise press freedom problems at meeting with interim Iraqi president.
6 September 2004 - New ban on Al-Jazeera criticised
6 September 2004 - Surge of support for Chesnot, Malbrunot and al-Joundi as 7,500 sign petition and a solidarity concert is set for Paris city hall
1 September 2004 - Vigil for kidnapped French journalists Christian Chesnot, Georges Malbrunot and their Syrian guide, Mohammed Al-Joundi
31 August 2004 - Kidnappers of two French journalists issue new deadline
29 August 2004 - Reporters Without Borders asks Arab media to publicise Muslim opposition to kidnapping of two French journalists
29 August 2004 - Reporters Without Borders appeals to religious chiefs to help save kidnapped French journalists
27 August 2004 - New attempt by police to intimidate journalists
27 August 2004 - Horror at execution of Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni
27 August 2004 - Release of Journalist Mostafa Darban
26 August 2004 - Ayatollah Sistani asked to help free kidnapped journalists
24 August 2004 - Reporters Without Borders calls on kidnappers to release journalist Enzo Baldoni
23 August 2004 - Relief at Micah Garen’s release
22 August 2004 - Concern over the fate of four foreign journalists
20 August 2004 - Kidnappers of Micah Garen reportedly ready to free him
19 August 2004 - Two journalists killed in Falluja, one wounded in Najaf
16 August 2004 - Journalist Micah Garen’s fiancée makes an appeal to his kidnappers
15 August 2004 - News blackout in Najaf deplored
13 August 2004 - British journalist freed
8 August 2004 - Government shuts down Al-Jazeera offices in Baghdad
25 June 2004 - Call for British authorities to pursue investigation into Fred Nérac’s disappearance
3 June 2004 - Editor of three weekly papers killed in grenade attack
1 June 2004 - Attempted kidnapping of editor of independent daily
28 May 2004 - Two Japanese journalists and their Iraqi interpreter killed
21 May 2004 - Reporters Without Borders calls for journalists’ safety to be respected
19 May 2004 - US forces free French Canal + crew
7 May 2004 - Two deaths bring toll of journalists and media assistants killed to 12 since start of year
20 April 2004 - Two staff members of Al-Iraqiya television killed by US fire
17 April 2004 - Release of last journalist held hostage in Iraq
14 April 2004 - Concern about virulent criticism of Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya
8 April 2004 - Reporters Without Borders calls for release of Japanese journalist kidnapped in Iraq
8 April 2004 - Families of six journalists killed or missing after US gunfire urge Congress to act
27 March 2004 - Reporters Without Borders calls on the US Army to investigate death of Iraqi ABC cameraman
19 March 2004 - Call for proper investigation into latest killings of two journalists by US soldiers
18 February 2004 - Spain fails to press US for thorough probe into Spanish cameraman’s death
1 February 2004 - Al-Jazeera banned from covering activities of Governing Council for a month
28 January 2004 - Two CNN employees killed in ambush near Baghad

 Israel


28 July 2004 - Reporters Without Borders urges thorough investigation into brutal beating of film-maker David Benchetrit
22 July 2004 - Israeli court confirms ban on journalist visiting Israel
5 July 2004 - Reporters Without Borders condemns military strikes against pro-Islamist Palestinian media
21 June 2004 - Reporters Without Borders condemns a string of violent attacks against Palestinian journalists
6 May 2004 - An Agence France-Presse photographer wounded at Deir Al-Balah
26 April 2004 - Reporters Without Borders condemns assault on film-maker Benchetrit and demands investigation
5 April 2004 - Reporters Without Borders urges police investigation after Reuters photographer beaten
31 March 2004 - Reporters Without Borders urges investigation after journalist student killed
13 February 2004 - President Moshe Katzav urged to ensure freedom and safety of media in Palestinian fighting

 Jordan


12 May 2004 - Release of journalist Fahd Al-Rimawi

 Kuwait


4 August 2004 - Government bans Michael Moore’s "Fahrenheit 9/11"

 Lebanon


29 July 2004 - Reporters Without Borders condemns attempt to intimidate journalist Ali Hashisho

 Libya


20 November 2004 - President Chirac asked to raise press freedom during visit
1 October 2004 - French foreign minister asked to raise press freedom during visit
29 January 2004 - Government daily closed for a week

 Morocco


9 December 2004 - Forum for the future: US and G8 asked to make press freedom a priority for "Broader Middle East"
1 October 2004 - One-year prison sentence for libel passed on newspaper editor already in prison
27 September 2004 - Weekly threatened by court order confiscating its earnings in four-year old libel case
16 June 2004 - Two Norwegian journalists threatened with expulsion
9 April 2004 - Journalist sentenced and imprisoned on criminal defamation charge
8 January 2004 - Booby-trapped New Year message sent to editor of Arabic-language daily
7 January 2004 - Reporters Without Borders welcomes release of Ali Lmrabet and Mohammed El-Hourd

 Oman


24 November 2004 - Oman media ordered to blacklist writers

 Palestinian Authority


29 September 2004 - Kidnappers free Israeli Druze journalist Riad Ali of CNN
22 July 2004 - Concern at statements by Palestine Journalists Syndicate
23 April 2004 - Another attack on a Palestinian journalist
10 March 2004 - Reporters Without Borders urges Jacques Chirac to push for press freedom in the Palestinian territories
2 March 2004 - Reporters Without Borders calls on Yasser Arafat to act after killing of journalist
4 February 2004 - Reporters Without Borders condemns ransacking of Gaza weekly newspaper offices
9 January 2004 - Reporters Without Borders condemns attack on TV correspondent in Gaza

 Saudi Arabia


7 June 2004 - A BBC cameraman killed and a reporter seriously injured
30 March 2004 - Ban lifted on two gay websites

 Syria


8 December 2004 - As World Human Rights Day approaches, Reporters Without Borders calls on President Bashar al-Assad to respect press freedom
8 November 2004 - Journalist Nabil Fayad freed after being held for 33 days without charge
11 October 2004 - Three years in prison for Kurdish journalism student who posted photos on website
26 July 2004 - Three Internet-users sentenced to prison terms of two to four years
29 March 2004 - Government blocks access to two Kurdish websites
25 March 2004 - Reporters Without Borders urges release of writer and journalist Mohammed Ghanem
18 March 2004 - Reporters Without Borders condemns sacking and death threats against journalist
4 March 2004 - Call for release of two jailed Internet users on Baath Party anniversary
16 February 2004 - Reporters Without Borders calls on Syrian president for release of journalism student

 Tunisia


14 December 2004 - The country where Internet users are tortured
22 October 2004 - Press votes for Ben Ali in presidential election
7 July 2004 - Appeal court upholds unjustified sentences against Zarzis Internet-users
19 April 2004 - A ninth Internet-user from Zarzis sentenced to 25 months in prison
29 March 2004 - President Ben Ali suppresses demonstration in support of press freedom
4 February 2004 - EU advised to save money by scrapping "cynical" aid programme
15 January 2004 - Tunisian authorities block publication of independent newspaper Kalima
9 January 2004 - Reporters Without Borders calls for full investigation into assault on Sihem Bensedrine

 Yemen


28 December 2004 - Five suspended sentences cap year of mounting difficulty for press
7 September 2004 - Appeal to president for release of journalist Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani
9 March 2004 - Reporters Without Borders urges dropping of case against journalist accused of "spreading false news"