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 Algeria


26 December 2006 - Journalists get three months in prison for accusing prefect of corruption
23 November 2006 - Journalist finally recovers passport held by authorities for more than six months
1 November 2006 - Two journalists sentenced to six months in prison for defaming Libya’s president Moammar Gadhafi
4 July 2006 - Presidential pardon welcomed but need for reforms stressed
14 June 2006 - Le Matin director finally freed after two years in prison
16 March 2006 - Editors of Errissala and Essafir freed
10 March 2006 - Josep Borrell leaves Algiers after three-day visit
22 February 2006 - Al Khabar correspondent released
16 February 2006 - Cartoonist Ali Dilem given one-year jail sentence

 Bahrain


30 October 2006 - Authorities block access to influential blog covering Bandargate scandal

 Egypt


26 December 2006 - Prosecutors decide to hold blogger for another 45 days
7 December 2006 - Blogger Kareem Amer held in custody for a further two weeks
17 November 2006 - Hundreds of plain-clothes police stop journalists covering demonstration
8 September 2006 - Reuters journalist harassed by state security
14 August 2006 - Months of harassment force Copt blogger to censor herself
20 July 2006 - Authorities free last two bloggers after 56 days in detention
27 June 2006 - Court upholds government’s claim to be able to block opposition websites
22 June 2006 - Police free award-winning blogger Alaa Abd El-Fatah
29 May 2006 - Al-Karama correspondent freed
12 May 2006 - Police attack journalists trying to cover demonstration in support of judges
28 April 2006 - Authorities free Al-Jazeera’s Cairo bureau chief
7 March 2006 - Former housing minister withdraws defamation complaint against journalists
5 January 2006 - Call for new investigation of attacks on women journalists in Cairo

 Iran


13 December 2006 - The family of Shirko Jahani get news of him but not where he is being held
11 December 2006 - Sham justice and impunity ever since wave of murders of writers and journalists eight years ago
7 December 2006 - New York Times website unblocked, YouTube still inaccessible
3 December 2006 - Ayatollah issues fatwa calling for two journalists in Azerbaijan to be killed
30 November 2006 - Journalist Hussein Saidpour freed on bail after being held for two days
30 November 2006 - Government wants all news sites dealing with Iran to be registered
28 November 2006 - How provisional release is turned into a tool of censorship
15 November 2006 - Farhad Aminpour freed on bail two days after his Rouji Ha Lat colleagues
9 November 2006 - Government filtering makes two websites inaccessible
25 October 2006 - Government bans daily for getting political
24 October 2006 - Editor freed after being held for five months for “offensive” cartoon
28 September 2006 - Independent news website closed, blog platform briefly blocked
19 September 2006 - Blogger Mojtaba Saminejad gets early release after nearly 18 months in prison
12 September 2006 - Government press commission closes three publications for indefinite period
5 September 2006 - Judicial officials step up harassment, interrogation and jailing of journalists
31 August 2006 - Leading intellectual and journalist released on bail
23 August 2006 - New information about Kurdish journalist’s death in northwestern Iran
10 August 2006 - Criticism of ban on human rights centre co-founded by Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi
12 July 2006 - Blogger Abed Tavancheh released on bail
10 July 2006 - Call for proper trial in Kazemi case on third anniversary of her death in custody
20 June 2006 - “Iran is the only country that can ban a journalist from writing for the rest of his life,” says Akbar Ganji at Reporters Without Borders headquarters
13 June 2006 - Four journalists beaten and arested in Teheran
13 June 2006 - Two newspaper journalists freed on bail
12 June 2006 - Two imprisoned bloggers allowed to make home visits
2 June 2006 - Six more journalists arrested in north following unrest over cartoon
5 May 2006 - Leading intellectual and journalist arrested as he is about to board a flight
18 March 2006 - Akbar Ganji freed
18 February 2006 - Imprisoned journalist reported still alive
16 February 2006 - Fines deal potentially fatal blow to Le Journal Hebdomadaire
27 January 2006 - Blogger Arash Sigarchi sent back to prison
26 January 2006 - Authorities block BBC’s Farsi-language website
24 January 2006 - Jailed blogger taken to sit university exams in handcuffs
20 January 2006 - Blogger gets three-year suspended sentence
20 January 2006 - Government filters an .ir website for the first time

 Iraq


14 December 2006 - Al Hurra journalist escapes second murder attempt
12 December 2006 - Media allowed to cover parliamentary sessions again, but placed under surveillance
6 December 2006 - Court says Spain can investigate Spanish cameraman’s death in Baghdad
5 December 2006 - News radio journalist gunned down in Baghdad
27 November 2006 - Two state media employees killed in past five days
21 November 2006 - Famous TV comedian shot dead during kidnapping attempt in Baghdad
15 November 2006 - More armed attacks on media personnel in Baghdad, Mosul and Baquba
8 November 2006 - Asked about restrictions, violence against media, President Talabani insists Iraqi journalists are freest in Middle East
6 November 2006 - Two TV stations closed for showing Iraqis protesting against death sentence for Saddam
2 November 2006 - Freelance journalist found dead 13 days after being abducted
31 October 2006 - Journalists fall victim to ethnic and sectarian violence, US troops carry out more unlawful arrests
18 October 2006 - Tikrit-based reporter released provisionally, banned from leaving country
17 October 2006 - With 48 killed since January, 2006 is deadliest year for press since start of war
17 October 2006 - TV cameraman freed after being held for four days by Iraqi army
16 October 2006 - Man gets death sentence for murder of TV presenter Atwar Bahjat
12 October 2006 - A deadly day in Baghdad for journalists
12 October 2006 - Authorities let Al-Arabiya go back to work in Baghdad
21 September 2006 - Tikrit-based woman journalist arrested for second time in less than two weeks
19 September 2006 - Detention and murder : the nightmare continues for journalists
15 September 2006 - Two more journalists killed in Baghdad region
10 September 2006 - Al-Sabah journalist gunned down in Baghdad
29 August 2006 - Car-bomb attacks on Al-Sabah newspaper and hotel used by foreign journalists
28 August 2006 - Newspaper editor freed after being abducted for nine days
18 August 2006 - Al-Wasit journalists get off without prison terms
2 August 2006 - Media death toll since start of war reaches 100
30 June 2006 - Appeal to Iraqi ambassador in Paris after five months of captivity for al-Sumariya journalists
31 May 2006 - 11th Al-Iraqiya employee gunned down in Baghdad
31 May 2006 - Petition for release of three Iraqi media workers held hostage in Baghdad
29 May 2006 - Two CBS crew members killed, a third seriously injured
10 May 2006 - Five journalists and media workers killed since start of month
24 April 2006 - Radio reporter’s murder brings total number of journalists killed since 2003 to 88
20 April 2006 - CBS cameraman freed after being held for a year by US military
7 April 2006 - Abductors release newspaper journalist Ali Abdullah Fayad
30 March 2006 - Release of Jill Carroll : A "huge relief"
27 March 2006 - Kurdish-born Austrian jailed for 18 months for online “defamation”
21 March 2006 - Large photos of three Iraq hostages unveiled in Paris square, new campaign launched
13 March 2006 - Two arrests made in the murder of Al-Iraqiya’s director
9 March 2006 - Press death toll reaches 83 as third anniversary of the start of the war approaches
21 February 2006 - Three kidnapped journalists still held in Iraq
7 February 2006 - Paris demonstration in support of Jill Carroll and two Iraqi journalists held hostage
3 February 2006 - Two more reporters kidnapped in Baghdad
2 February 2006 - Cyberdissident still in prison despite release announcement
29 January 2006 - ABC news anchor and cameraman seriously injured in roadside bombing
26 January 2006 - Another journalist killed in Ramadi, the 79th killed in the country since March 2003
20 January 2006 - Demonstration at Grand Mosque of Paris in support of Iraq hostage Jill Carroll
18 January 2006 - Deep concern about deadline set by Jill Carroll’s abductors

 Israel


3 November 2006 - Palestinian cameraman badly wounded by Israeli army gunfire in north of Gaza strip
27 October 2006 - Reuters cameraman freed on bail but ordered to stay at home
26 July 2006 - Cameraman seriously injured in targeted attack by Israeli army on journalists in Gaza
19 July 2006 - Israeli army fires on Al-Jazeera crew in West Bank
18 July 2006 - Al-Jazeera bureau chief freed on bail
26 May 2006 - Al-Jazeera website reporter freed for lack of evidence after six months
7 April 2006 - Three years after the death of James Miller, British probe concludes he was murdered

 Jordan


13 December 2006 - Three journalists assaulted in parliament after taking photos of brawl between two legislators
31 May 2006 - First prison sentences announced for reprinting Mohammed cartoons
6 February 2006 - Release of two editors arrested for reprinting Mohammed cartoons
4 February 2006 - Concern about mounting press freedom violations over Mohammed cartoons
25 January 2006 - Concern about Jordanian parliament’s call for Danish cartoonists to be punished

 Lebanon


27 December 2006 - New TV reporter, cameraman and driver held for past eight days in connection with Hariri murder coverage
24 August 2006 - Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission replies to Reporters Without Borders
27 July 2006 - Reporters Without Borders in Beirut to express solidarity with Lebanese media
13 July 2006 - Seven journalists and media workers injured in space of two days
29 June 2006 - French weekly Courrier International censored
26 June 2006 - Suspect arrested after mortar shell left outside Future TV headquarters in Beirut
23 June 2006 - UN resolution 1686 on Lebanon probes deemed “insufficient”
2 June 2006 - Samir Kassir’s murder still unpunished a year later
10 March 2006 - No progress in solving murder three months after death of Gebran Tueni
2 February 2006 - Calls for solidarity with Lebanon, where freedom was murdered

 Libya


7 March 2006 - Cyberdissident Abdel Razak al Mansuri released

 Middle-East


1 November 2006 - Al Jazeera is ten years old - a decade of paying the price for its outspokenness
27 September 2006 - Abdou Diouf urged to use Francophone summit to set deadline for decriminalizing press offences
7 March 2006 - International Women’s Day : Two women journalists are being held hostage and six others are imprisoned worldwide
27 February 2006 - Hostages in Iraq : appeal by 25 freedom of expression organisations

 Morocco


23 December 2006 - Newspaper’s survival in doubt after it is given a week to pay 3 million dirhams in damages
21 December 2006 - Condemnation of ban on weekly for anti-islamic “jokes”
9 November 2006 - Assahifa Al Maghribiya reporter questioned by prosecutor and intelligence services
7 November 2006 - Gendarmes harass family of cartoonist living in France
25 October 2006 - Two Norwegian journalists turned back on arrival in El Aaiún
16 June 2006 - Government asked to explain police attack on Al-Jazeera’s Rabat correspondent
16 June 2006 - New killing brings journalists’ death toll to 98 since the start of the war, 23 since start of 2006
11 May 2006 - Appeal court upholds suspended prison sentence for newspaper editor
18 April 2006 - Appeal court upholds exorbitant damages award against Journal Hebdomadaire
8 April 2006 - Reporters Without Borders visits Morocco, evaluates situation
15 February 2006 - Angry demonstrators mob Le journal hebdomadaire over controversial cartoons
8 February 2006 - Weekly ordered to pay heavy damages in continuing court harassment
3 February 2006 - Spanish paper banned because of article by Ali Lmrabet as harassment of journalist continues

 Palestinian Authority


17 December 2006 - French daily Libération correspondent shot in leg while covering clashes between rival factions
3 November 2006 - Presenter injured in latest attack on a Gaza radio station
25 October 2006 - Spanish photographer released on same day he was kidnapped
16 October 2006 - Fatah-linked radio studios attacked and destroyed
27 August 2006 - Relief at release of Fox News journalists but dismay at Israeli air strike on Reuters vehicle in Gaza
23 August 2006 - Unknown group makes "unrealistic" demand for release of Fox News journalists, creating "Iraq-style" situation
21 August 2006 - Concern mounts about Fox News journalists abducted a week ago
11 July 2006 - Call for probes into shootings of two Palestinian photographers by Israeli troops
5 June 2006 - Prime minister urged to punish gunmen who attacked Palestinian TV bureau

 Saudi Arabia


20 April 2006 - Authorities free journalist who criticised religious extremism
21 March 2006 - Mohsen al-Awajy freed

 Syria


19 December 2006 - Cyber-dissident held four months without trial
14 December 2006 - Open letter to President Assad about Michel Kilo’s detention
14 November 2006 - Relatives of Syrian prisoners of conscience give news conference at French parliament
2 November 2006 - Michel Kilo’s trial suspended while defence petitions considered
5 October 2006 - Freelance journalist and son freed after six months in prison
3 October 2006 - Pro-Kurdish website editor freed after six months in prison
21 September 2006 - Arrest of 4th online journalist in 16 months makes Syria the Middle East’s biggest jail for cyber-dissidents
30 August 2006 - Cyber-dissident held for past 20 days, while another prevented from resuming studies after release
18 August 2006 - Cyber-dissident Habib Saleh gets three years in prison
25 July 2006 - Massoud Hamid, winner of 2005 Reporters Without Borders Internet Freedom Prize, released at end of prison sentence
18 May 2006 - Kilo faces life imprisonment for signing joint statement on relations with Lebanon
7 April 2006 - Website editor arrested
31 March 2006 - Journalist Ali Abdallah arrested again
7 March 2006 - Chaaban Abboud released after five days in custody

 Tunisia


7 December 2006 - Imprisoned lawyer’s wife and three companions harassed by police and attacked by youths to prevent prison visit
9 November 2006 - Intelligence services go to great lengths to prevent visiting Algerian journalist from working
20 September 2006 - Le Figaro issue banned in Tunisia because of op-ed piece deemed “offensive to Islam”
18 September 2006 - Journalist from irreverent website bakchich.info expelled
17 August 2006 - Police beat two journalists when they try to interview detained lawyer’s wife
16 May 2006 - Two journalists dismissed from Al-Chourouk end hunger strike
6 March 2006 - New call for the release of Mohammed Abbu
27 February 2006 - Release of journalist Hamadi Jebali and the “Zarzis Internet-users”
23 January 2006 - Authorities seize two weeklies

 Yemen


17 October 2006 - French freelancer released after being held for five days in Yemen
4 May 2006 - PM orders reopening of three newspapers closed for reprinting Mohammed cartoons
17 February 2006 - Call to free journalists imprisoned in Prophet cartoons row