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 Algeria


26 October 2005 - Reporters Without Borders activists protest outside Algerian embassy on newspaper editor’s 500th day in prison
13 October 2005 - Great concern over health of editor Mohamed Benchicou
9 August 2005 - Officials "find" missing case-file
21 June 2005 - Reporters Without Borders welcomes release of Ahmed Benaoum
13 June 2005 - New campaign launched to defend independent press against judicial threats
25 May 2005 - Former editor of the daily Liberté sentenced to one year in prison
20 April 2005 - More prison sentences for Le Matin journalists, while court refuses to release publisher on health grounds
10 March 2005 - In growing crackdown on press, authorities ban March issue of Afrique Magazine
2 February 2005 - Government lets courts silence the press

 Bahrain


26 April 2005 - Reporters Without Borders denounces press freedom threat in website registration
15 March 2005 - Three Barhainonline.org moderators freed

 China


17 February 2005 - World Summit on the Information Society - bloggers and cyber-dissidents offer advice

 Egypt


26 December 2005 - President Mubarak has not kept his promises about press freedom
26 December 2005 - News website editor freed after being held for two weeks
9 December 2005 - More than 50 journalists and media workers harassed, some beaten while covering elections
5 December 2005 - Three TV crews prevented from filming at polling stations
22 November 2005 - Another journalist beaten during first round of elections
9 September 2005 - Press freedom recommendations for President Mubarak’s fifth term
27 May 2005 - Open letter to President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt’s electoral year
18 April 2005 - Cairo court urged to quash one-year sentence passed on three journalists
9 March 2005 - Daily newspaper allowed to bring out first issue after one-month enforced delay
3 January 2005 - Editor released after almost three months in prison

 Iran


27 December 2005 - National Security Council bans satellite channel Saba TV
20 December 2005 - Thirteen deputies protest to President Ahmadinejad over Internet censorship
6 December 2005 - Iranian press in mourning after Tehran plane crash
29 November 2005 - Journalist freed on bail after four months in prison
18 November 2005 - Call for Zahra Kazemi murder case to be reopened
16 November 2005 - Akbar Ganji awarded Golden Pen of Freedom
18 October 2005 - Editor of Kurdish-language weekly sentenced to 18 months in prison
14 October 2005 - European parliament calls for Ganji’s release, condemns Iran’s many press freedom violations
20 September 2005 - No news of Akbar Ganji for the past 25 days
14 September 2005 - Journalist reimprisoned after a week of freedom, held with ordinary detainees
6 September 2005 - Ganji back in prison after just two weeks to recover from two-month hunger strike
22 August 2005 - Wife confirms that Akbar Ganji has ended hunger strike
12 August 2005 - Akbar Ganji in intensive care
12 August 2005 - Akbar Ganji in intensive care
9 August 2005 - Six more Nobel laureates join call for Akbar Ganji’s release
3 August 2005 - "Free Akbar Ganji" protest outside Iran Air office in Paris
2 August 2005 - Authorities arrest one of Akbar Ganji’s lawyers
29 July 2005 - Journalist Akbar Ganji may die after 50-day hunger-strike
25 July 2005 - Denial of justice continues for journalist on hunger strike
22 July 2005 - Lack of transparency, denial of justice in hospitalisation of Akbar Ganji
11 July 2005 - Blogger cleared of "insult to prophets" but still guilty of "insulting Supreme Guide"
9 July 2005 - Judiciary continues to stall in Kazemi case, two years after her death
1 July 2005 - Yosef Azizi Banitrouf freed on bail after 68 days in prison
23 June 2005 - Call to both second-round candidates to make urgent press freedom reforms and prisoner releases
23 June 2005 - Three dailies allowed to reappear, a fourth still suspended
16 June 2005 - Police beat and arrest families of Akbar Ganji and Nasser Zarafshan
15 June 2005 - After eight years of Mohammad Khatami, next president urged to promote press freedom
30 May 2005 - Detained journalist let out of prison temporarily to receive medical treatment
20 May 2005 - Akbar Ganji goes on hunger strike : "No one should be imprisoned - not even for a second - for expressing an opinion."
19 May 2005 - Reporters Without Borders calls on the international community to support the Canadian government’s efforts in the Kazemi dossier
12 May 2005 - Court summons against Emadoldin Baghi cancelled but vigilance remains
4 May 2005 - Holy city of Qom is hell for bloggers
26 April 2005 - Call for release of two imprisoned journalists
19 April 2005 - Reporters Without Borders protests at closure of al-Jazeera’s Tehran bureau
9 April 2005 - Support for Canada’s proposal for Kazemi autopsy
7 April 2005 - Iranian New Year starts as badly as ever for the press
29 March 2005 - Pregnant blogger Najmeh Oumidparvar freed after 24 days in prison
17 March 2005 - Reporters Without Borders welcomes release of blogger Arash Sigarchi
15 March 2005 - UN human rights commission urged to sanction Iran
3 March 2005 - An editor banned from working for two years, a daily suspended and nine journalists summoned
17 February 2005 - World Summit on the Information Society - bloggers and cyber-dissidents offer advice
9 February 2005 - Iran’s ambassador to Britain recognizes Iranian security forces killed Kazemi
7 February 2005 - Journalist freed two years early but nine others still in prison
31 January 2005 - Blogger Mojtaba Saminejad freed
28 January 2005 - Journalist has spent 5,000 days in prison
25 January 2005 - American host cuts off Iranian press agency ISNA
20 January 2005 - Journalist and weblogger arrested
10 January 2005 - Online journalist Javad Gholam Tamayomi released
6 January 2005 - Reporters Without Border condemns mistreatment of cyberjournalists and webloggers

 Iraq


8 November 2005 - Another journalist killed in Mosul, Iraq’s second-most dangerous city for the press
25 October 2005 - Catastrophe narrowly averted in attacks on Palestine and Sheraton hotels
21 October 2005 - Release of Guardian correspondent Rory Carroll welcomed
20 October 2005 - Still no certainty about Nérac’s fate, despite French foreign ministry statement
4 October 2005 - As Ramadan begins, Reporters Without Borders calls for the release of five detained journalists
22 September 2005 - Another death in Mosul brings number of journalists killed since 2003 to 72
19 September 2005 - Journalist shot dead in Basra, 68th killed in Iraq since start of war
9 September 2005 - News agencies targeted by Iraqi and US troops
2 September 2005 - US army recognises firing on two-member Reuters TV crew
30 August 2005 - TV reporter Rafed Al Rubaii becomes 67th journalist killed since start of war
25 August 2005 - Call for immediate release of Reuters cameraman held by US army
6 August 2005 - Iraqi who worked for Italian news media murdered in front of his family
3 August 2005 - Who killed Steven Vincent?
11 July 2005 - Cyrus Kar and Farshid Faraji released after being held for 54 days
4 July 2005 - 12 journalists killed since early April
1 July 2005 - TV producer shot dead in Mosul is 61st journalist killed since start of war
29 June 2005 - Call for an in-depth investigation into death of Iraqi TV producer
24 June 2005 - Anne-Sophie Le Mauff has left Iraq
24 June 2005 - Horror as journalist and his son shot dead north of Baghdad
21 June 2005 - Open letter to participants at International Conference on Iraq urges respect for press freedom and protection of journalists
12 June 2005 - Joy at release of hostages Florence Aubenas and Hussein Hanoun
27 May 2005 - Outrage at revelations that Romanian journalists’ kidnapping was orchestrated
24 May 2005 - An APTN cameraman arrested by Iraqi police
23 May 2005 - Backing for journalists who have begun daily protests
22 May 2005 - Three Romanian journalists and guide freed after being held hostage for 55 days
16 May 2005 - Horror at gruesome murders of two Iraqi journalists
6 May 2005 - US army asked to explain why it is still holding CBS News cameraman after one month
27 April 2005 - Continuing support urged for three Romanians and their guide, a month after capture
26 April 2005 - Authorities asked to be more discerning after five journalists arrested in two weeks
26 April 2005 - Surprise that US soldiers have been cleared in the fatal shooting of Nicola Calipari
24 April 2005 - AP cameraman killed and a photographer wounded
22 April 2005 - Great concern after Al-Jazeera shows video of Romanians with threats by abductors
18 April 2005 - Outrage over murder of Kurdish journalist in Kirkuk
14 April 2005 - Unprecedented show of solidarity planned for hostages’ 100th day in captivity on 15 April
11 April 2005 - Al-Arabiya reporter released on bail
9 April 2005 - Concern that US forces are holding CBS cameraman who was shot and wounded
6 April 2005 - CBS freelance cameraman shot and wounded by US soldiers
5 April 2005 - Call for really international support for Aubenas, Hanoun and three Romanian journalists
5 April 2005 - Al-Arabiya journalist held with non-political detainees for the past week
31 March 2005 - Video shows Romanian journalists, Reporters Without Borders organised news conference in Paris
29 March 2005 - Alarm over disappearance of three Romanian journalists
29 March 2005 - Police arrest Al-Arabiya journalist
22 March 2005 - United States refuses to reopen file on three Reuters staff mistreated by US Army in Iraq
22 March 2005 - Call for UK report on missing French cameraman on second anniversary of disappearance
17 March 2005 - Blast hits headquarters of English-language weekly
14 March 2005 - Two journalists with Kurdish TV station killed four days apart
14 March 2005 - Release of the Iraqi journalist held by US military
7 March 2005 - Reporters Without Borders pays tribute to women journalists under threat worldwide
5 March 2005 - UN asked to investigate US shooting of Italian journalist and military intelligence officer
4 March 2005 - "We are extremely happy about the release of Giuliana"
3 March 2005 - Horror at treatment of Florence Aubenas apparent in video, call for more support
26 February 2005 - Iraqi journalist found dead five days after she was kidnapped
23 February 2005 - Two freed Indonesian journalists safe in Jordan
21 February 2005 - New wave of kidnappings increases dangers for journalists in Iraq
16 February 2005 - Reporters Without Borders calls on international community to save Italian journalist
9 February 2005 - Unknown group claims killing of Al-Hurra correspondent
4 February 2005 - Press freedom group "extremely worried" by Italian journalist’s abduction
4 February 2005 - Call for hope and an open mind one month after Aubenas and Hanoun went missing
7 January 2005 - Fears over Libération journalist and her interpreter missing in Baghdad

 Israel


28 December 2005 - Al Arabiya journalist barred in latest case of discrimination against Arab media
4 November 2005 - Call for probe into beating of Al Jazeera cameraman by Israeli soldiers
20 September 2005 - Reporters Without Borders gets civil party status in Bourget case
8 July 2005 - Israel turns back French journalist trying to enter West Bank from Jordan
10 March 2005 - Israeli army closes probe into Miller shooting, soldier won’t be charged
4 January 2005 - A Palestinian cameraman seriously wounded

 Lebanon


22 December 2005 - UN special rapporteur urged to visit Lebanon
19 December 2005 - International community, media urged to take action in response to murders of Lebanese journalists
12 December 2005 - Shock at murder of Gebran Tueni, parliamentarian and owner of An-Nahar daily
2 December 2005 - Cedar planted in Paris in homage to Samir Kassir six months after his murder in Beirut
26 September 2005 - Reporters Without Borders shocked by attack on Lebanese journalist
1 September 2005 - Everyone’s support needed in Kassir case three months after his murder
17 August 2005 - Parliament gives green light for TV station critical of Syria to reopen
21 July 2005 - Slain journalist’s wife says investigation needs full backing from both Paris and Beirut
3 June 2005 - Shock at murder of leading newspaper columnist Samir Kassir in car-bombing

 Libya


7 December 2005 - International satellite broadcasts disrupted in order to jam London-based radio station
7 November 2005 - Internet writer Al Mansouri gets 18-month prison sentence
17 August 2005 - Imprisoned cyber-dissident in worrying condition after injury in fall from bunkbed
6 June 2005 - Opposition journalist Daif Al Ghazal tortured to death
12 May 2005 - Still no word of cyber-dissident Al Mansouri five months after his arrest
30 March 2005 - Cyber-dissident reportedly arrested in Tobruk

 Maldives


17 February 2005 - World Summit on the Information Society - bloggers and cyber-dissidents offer advice

 Middle-East


21 March 2005 - Arab League urged to appeal for release of French journalist and Iraqi interpreter

 Morocco


20 December 2005 - Morocco puts US censorship busting site Anonymizer.com on its black list
9 November 2005 - Demonstration in support of beleaguered weekly TelQuel
2 November 2005 - Call for immediate release of editor who has completed a one-year jail term
1 November 2005 - Letter to justice minister about case of imprisoned journalist beaten by guard
13 October 2005 - Journalist on hunger strike after more than three years in jail under false pretences
17 August 2005 - Two newspaper journalists get "disproportionate" sentences for libelling a parliamentarian
3 August 2005 - Editor of provincial newspaper targeted by campaign of intimidation
23 June 2005 - A journalist charged with "damaging the monarchic regime"
16 June 2005 - Journalists working in Western Sahara face assaults, arrests and harassment
26 May 2005 - Journalist assaulted in the name of Moroccan control of Western Sahara
13 April 2005 - Western Sahara, government corruption and palace life are all off-limits for the press
12 April 2005 - Shock and concern after Ali Lmrabet banned from practising as a journalist for 10 years
5 February 2005 - Pro-government press mounts campaign to smear journalist Ali Lmrabet
28 January 2005 - Authorities block Ali Lmrabet’s attempts to launch a new magazine
21 January 2005 - Two weeklies closed in apparent application of old, rescinded court order
20 January 2005 - Magazine journalist’s fixer released after a month in provisional custody

 Oman


15 July 2005 - Poet and journalist Abdallah Al-Ryami jailed for criticising human rights violations

 Palestinian Authority


12 October 2005 - Two Knight Ridder journalists kidnapped for several hours in Gaza
10 September 2005 - Reporters Without Borders welcomes release of Italian journalist kidnapped
25 August 2005 - Mahmoud Abbas told of concern about Gaza insecurity in open letter
22 August 2005 - Kidnapped French TV soundman Mohammed Ouathi freed after nine days
15 August 2005 - Gunmen kidnap French TV crew’s soundman in Gaza

 Qatar


27 January 2005 - Reporters Without Borders condemns harassment of Arab satellite channel Al-Jazeera

 Saudi Arabia


6 October 2005 - Blogger.com accessible again
15 January 2005 - An editor unfairly detained

 Syria


8 December 2005 - Massoud Hamid is awarded the 2005 cyberfreedom prize
4 November 2005 - Journalist Ali Abdallah freed after nearly six months in detention
12 May 2005 - Creation of first independent journalists’ union against a background of repression
11 April 2005 - Case finally dropped against Al-Hayat correspondent
16 March 2005 - A foreign correspondent banned, other journalists attacked and media censored

 Tunisia


18 November 2005 - Seven hunger strikers announce end of protest as summit draws to close
16 November 2005 - WSIS - Reporters Without Borders attends alternative summit launch, unveils lists of 15 Internet enemies
15 November 2005 - In worsening pre-summit tension, French TV pulls out crew because of close surveillance
12 November 2005 - French daily’s visiting correspondent badly beaten and stabbed on Tunis street
28 October 2005 - Jebali ends hunger strike after five weeks
25 October 2005 - Government urged to heed demands of “18 October Movement” hunger strikers
25 August 2005 - Government bans new journalists’ union from holding founding congress
2 August 2005 - Open letter to justice and human rights minister about Mohammed Abbou
26 July 2005 - Imprisoned "freedom lawyer" Mohammed Abbou begins hunger strike
11 June 2005 - Lawyer’s prison sentence confirmed at new sham hearing
9 June 2005 - Authorities continue to ride roughshod over press freedom
29 March 2005 - Hannibal TV banned from football stadiums
14 March 2005 - Courageous young cyber-dissident dies of heart attack
4 March 2005 - A lawyer arrested for posting an article online
3 March 2005 - Censorship tightened in host country for World Summit on the Information Society
28 February 2005 - Journalist calls off hunger strike after being rushed to hospital
17 February 2005 - World Summit on the Information Society - bloggers and cyber-dissidents offer advice
28 January 2005 - Zouari on hunger strike again in protest against internal banishment

 United Arab Emirates


20 December 2005 - Freelance journalist handcuffed, passport taken, for writing about moustaches
5 December 2005 - Reporters Without Borders calls for end to blocking of news website

 Yemen


14 December 2005 - Court imposes temporary bans on two weeklies
15 November 2005 - Opposition journalist stabbed in broad daylight on Sanaa street
31 October 2005 - Sanaa police beat up Al-Arabiya cameraman
24 August 2005 - Newspaper editor kidnapped and beaten by gunmen in presidential guard car
9 May 2005 - Two media assistants arbitrarily detained for more than one month
24 March 2005 - Opposition journalist freed after getting presidential pardon
10 January 2005 - Alarm sounded after daily is closed and two of its journalists get two years in prison