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 Algeria


14 November 2007 - Reporter spends night in police cell after referring to police corruption
30 May 2007 - French newspaper correspondent finally cleared of libel after 10 years
9 May 2007 - Polisario Front briefly detains two Australian filmmakers at refugee camp
2 May 2007 - Regime continues legal harassment of journalists
4 April 2007 - Appeal court suspends prison sentences for two journalists sued by Gaddafi
28 March 2007 - Sentence called for in Gaddafi libel trial condemned as outrageous

 Bahrain


30 May 2007 - Deputies urged to approve press law amendments passed by upper house
10 January 2007 - Open letter to king of Bahrain about the Internet censorship

 Egypt


29 October 2007 - Editor and journalist on daily al-Wafd get one month’s forced labour
27 September 2007 - Government drags opposition journalists through the courts
14 September 2007 - Four newspaper editors sentenced to a year’s forced labour for libelling president and ruling party
6 September 2007 - Independent newspaper editor to be tried for reporting rumours about president’s health
31 July 2007 - France urged to link cooperation with Egypt to better respect for human rights
4 June 2007 - Blogger Abdul-Moneim Mahmud freed, but Kareem Amer still held
3 May 2007 - Al-Jazeera producer sentenced in absentia to six months in prison
13 April 2007 - Call to French president to lobby President Mubarak about press freedom
27 March 2007 - UN secretary-general asked to raise imprisoned blogger’s case with Egyptian president
15 March 2007 - Reporters Without Borders and French bloggers demonstrate at Egypt’s stand for release of blogger “Kareem Amer”
22 February 2007 - Four-year prison sentence for blogger “Kareem Amer”
21 February 2007 - President Mubarak urged to keep promise he made three years ago
2 February 2007 - Judge says verdict in blogger’s trial will be given on 22 February
30 January 2007 - Authorities decide to try Al-Jazeera producer on charge of “harming national interest”

 France


10 December 2007 - A predator of rights and freedoms visits Paris

 Iran


28 December 2007 - Call for journalist’s release after he has double heart attack in Evin prison
21 December 2007 - Journalist freed on bail, but 11 others still held
4 December 2007 - Appeal to UN human rights official over nine-year-old murders of journalists and intellectuals
16 November 2007 - One journalist held incommunicado in south, three others get prison sentences in north
14 November 2007 - Appeal court says Kurdish journalist to serve six months in prison
9 November 2007 - Supreme court decision upholding death sentence for Kurdish journalist should be “taken seriously”
8 November 2007 - One journalist imprisoned, two publications suspended
24 October 2007 - Journalist subjected to mental and physical mistreatment since arrest 10 days ago
15 October 2007 - Revolutionary court detains journalist who defends prisoners of conscience
8 October 2007 - One journalist released, four sentenced
26 September 2007 - Mr. President, the Iranian people are not "the freest in the world" : open letter to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
24 September 2007 - Offices of hardline website closed
20 September 2007 - Charges made public against two journalists more than a month after their arrest
7 September 2007 - Supreme Leader attacks media again, despite verbal protest by journalists
7 September 2007 - Two Kurdish-Iranian journalists under sentence of death call off hunger strike
24 August 2007 - Two journalists under sentence of death now on 42nd day of hunger strike
14 August 2007 - Ban Ki-moon asked to intercede on behalf of two journalists under sentence of death
6 August 2007 - Another journalist arrested, leading daily suspended
1 August 2007 - A journalist arrested and sent to Evin prison, another gets three-year sentence
23 July 2007 - Two Kurdish journalists sentenced to death
12 July 2007 - Regime accused of staging “creeping coup” against the press
10 July 2007 - Four years after Zahra Kazemi’s death in custody, her lawyers try to get a new probe
3 July 2007 - Three more Iranian journalists imprisoned
21 June 2007 - Filmmaker with French nationality asks “Why am I still being kept here?”
13 June 2007 - Courts pass jail sentences on journalists for covering demonstrations
5 June 2007 - Detained journalist very ill, denied treatment by Evin prison authorities
31 May 2007 - End Harassment of Dual-Nationals
23 May 2007 - Journalist gets two-year prison sentence, two are banned from leaving the country, and a weekly paper is closed
30 April 2007 - Conservative website Baztab blocked again
27 April 2007 - Four women get jail terms in crackdown on “cyber-feminists”
16 April 2007 - New crackdown on women journalists
13 April 2007 - Journalist freed on bail
23 March 2007 - Authorities free two feminist journalists but close their NGOs
21 March 2007 - Kurdish journalist freed after being held for 10 days
7 February 2007 - Conservative daily banned for insulting Sunni Muslims
29 January 2007 - Three online journalists arrested at the airport
18 January 2007 - Journalist banned from leaving the country to collect prize
10 January 2007 - Call for end to harassment of media after new wave of arrests of journalists

 Iraq


27 December 2007 - Journalist freed in Mosul after being held for a month, but press freedom situation continues to deteriorate in Iraqi Kurdistan
19 December 2007 - Call for probe into disturbing circumstances of video reporter’s death
28 November 2007 - Journalist fabricated claim that his family was massacred
20 November 2007 - Kurdish regional government criticised for banning reporters from visiting PKK bases
20 November 2007 - Call for transparency in case of detained AP photographer after US authorities say they have finally brought charges against him
19 November 2007 - Kidnappers free TV journalist after holding him for three days
5 November 2007 - Radio Free Europe correspondent freed after two weeks as hostage
30 October 2007 - Another journalist abducted and murdered in Baghdad
22 October 2007 - Call for programme to protect journalists after armed group puts 10,000 dollars bounty on state TV reporter’s head
15 October 2007 - Iraqi reporter working for Washington Post shot dead in Baghdad
12 October 2007 - Call for release of AP photographer Bilal Hussein, held by US army for 18 months
24 September 2007 - Two journalists murdered in four days
30 August 2007 - CBS interpreter’s murder brings toll of journalists and media workers killed since start of war to 200
8 August 2007 - Associated Press journalist kidnapped near Baqouba
13 July 2007 - US army and Iraqi police both urged to investigate deaths of two Reuters employees
3 July 2007 - Two journalists employed by Sunni TV station murdered in separate incidents
28 June 2007 - Two journalists killed in Baghdad, a third killed in Al-Khalis
18 June 2007 - Kidnappers murder the editor of the daily al-Sabah
14 June 2007 - Government newspaper editor becomes 15th journalist held hostage in Iraq
8 June 2007 - Badly-wounded radio and TV presenter emerges from coma
7 June 2007 - Baghdad media mourn two more deaths
31 May 2007 - Call for special task force to tackle violence against press after four journalists killed in past five days
21 May 2007 - One of two journalists abducted in Baghdad found dead
18 May 2007 - Two Iraqi journalists employed by US network kidnapped and killed
16 May 2007 - Police in Baghdad fire warning shots to prevent journalists covering a bombing
11 May 2007 - Reporters Without Borders goes to Baghdad to give financial help to murdered journalists’ families
10 May 2007 - Three journalists and driver killed in ambush near Kirkuk
7 May 2007 - Police passivity condemned after two armed attacks in one day on radio station
23 April 2007 - Newspaper journalist wounded in Fallujah ambush, nephew killed
12 April 2007 - Letter to Robert Gates on first anniversary of AP photographer Bilal Hussein’s arrest
11 April 2007 - Concern about fate of Iraqi journalists held hostage after kidnapped journalist found dead
4 April 2007 - Journalist kidnapped and beaten by uniformed men in Erbil
22 March 2007 - Support committees for missing journalists Frédéric Nérac and Guy-André Kieffer challenge presidential candidates
20 March 2007 - Two journalists killed, two more kidnapped in Baghdad
16 March 2007 - 153 journalists killed in four years in Iraq - what if it were France ?
6 March 2007 - Two journalists murdered in Baghdad, a third kidnapped in Kirkuk
27 February 2007 - Call for protection and respect for work of journalists
23 February 2007 - Armed attack by US and Iraqi troops on headquarters of journalists’ union
15 February 2007 - More violence against journalists amid continuing impunity
6 February 2007 - Call for effective protection for journalists after a newspaper reporter is kidnapped and a photographer is killed
18 January 2007 - Call for determined action by authorities after five more media employees killed
13 January 2007 - Journalist murdered in Mosul, another found dead in Baghdad
9 January 2007 - Comedians & Writers raise two thousands dollars in San Francisco for Slain Iraqi Comedian Walid Hassan
4 January 2007 - Concern about fate of editor kidnapped on 25 December in Baghdad
2 January 2007 - TV studio shut down for "incitement to violence" after showing footage of Saddam mourners

 Israel


13 December 2007 - Israeli troops raid three West Bank news media
30 October 2007 - Golan Heights journalist Ata Farahat held without trial for past three months
2 October 2007 - Syrian journalist Ata Farahat held for past two months
23 August 2007 - Court keeps Syrian reporter in pre-trial detention
11 July 2007 - Call for proper investigation into how Israeli soldiers shot and seriously wounded Palestinian cameraman
22 May 2007 - Israeli troops raid West Bank TV and radio stations, forcing some of them off the air

 Jordan


11 October 2007 - Ex-legislator gets two years in prison for online criticism of government corruption
16 August 2007 - Jailed cyber-dissident allowed to receive visit from son
24 April 2007 - Government censors Al Jazeera again, this time seizing tapes of interview with prince

 Kuwait


22 August 2007 - Website editor freed on bail after being held for three days over anonymous post

 Lebanon


12 December 2007 - On second anniversary of journalist’s murder, UN is urged to extend international tribunal’s mandate
1 June 2007 - Samir Kassir’s car-bomb murder still unpunished two years later
31 January 2007 - Two TV journalists freed on bail after 44 days in prison

 Libya


11 December 2007 - To chants of “Gaddafi, predator,” Reporters Without Borders protesters urge Sarkozy to be firmer on human rights
10 December 2007 - A predator of rights and freedoms visits Paris
2 March 2007 - On Libyan Arab Jamahiriya’s 30th anniversary, still no word of journalist arrested in 1973

 Morocco


7 December 2007 - Printer of Journal Hebdomadaire forces it to alter front page for fear of seizures
31 October 2007 - News agency director gets two-month suspended sentence for arguing with police officer
18 September 2007 - Appeal court says reporter has to serve time in jail
5 September 2007 - “Your Majesty, one is free to comment”
3 September 2007 - Newspaper editor’s trial adjourned again
15 August 2007 - Journalist gets eight months in prison for story based on leaked security memo
5 August 2007 - Government seizes latest issues of sister weeklies for “disrespecting king”
24 July 2007 - Call for immediate release of Al Watan Al An journalist Mostapha Hurmatallah
18 July 2007 - Two journalists being held for publishing internal security memo on terrorist threat
12 July 2007 - Government urged to modify proposed new press law
30 May 2007 - YouTube again accessible via Maroc Telecom
13 March 2007 - Death threats made against regional correspondent
22 February 2007 - Swedish photographer expelled from Western Sahara a day after his arrest
18 January 2007 - Managing editor resigns to spare his newspaper impossible damages payment
15 January 2007 - Three-year suspended sentences for editor and reporter called “outrageous”
8 January 2007 - Prosecutor’s request for prison terms and closure of newspaper called “insane and archaic”

 Pakistan


17 November 2007 - Dubai urged to reverse decision, taken under pressure from Musharraf, to suspend broadcasting by two Pakistani TV stations

 Palestinian Authority


13 December 2007 - Israeli troops raid three West Bank news media
29 November 2007 - Upsurge of physical attacks on West Bank journalists
22 November 2007 - Call for release of two TV journalists held in Hebron
9 November 2007 - A third pro-Hamas journalist arrested in the West Bank
12 September 2007 - PBC journalist arrested and beaten by Executive Force paramilitaries in Gaza
6 September 2007 - Hamas disbands journalists union amid continuing incidents
28 August 2007 - Press freedom situation continues to deteriorate in Hamastan
10 August 2007 - Palestinian cameraman badly injured by Israeli gunfire unable to leave Gaza Strip to get artificial legs in Egypt
27 July 2007 - Media diversity in danger in Gaza Strip and West Bank
6 July 2007 - Call for investigation after Hamas TV cameraman badly wounded by Israeli gunfire
4 July 2007 - After 114 days as hostage, Alan Johnston says: “It is just the most fantastic thing to be free”
25 June 2007 - Hamas urged to concentrate on negotiating with Alan Johnston’s kidnappers
20 June 2007 - As Alan Johnston spends 100th day as hostage, protests staged in Paris, London and Arab capitals
18 June 2007 - Army of Islam threatens to kill BBC correspondent Alan Johnston
15 June 2007 - Pro-Fatah TV and radio stations attacked, forced off the air
6 June 2007 - Gunmen storm independent news agency amid continuing impunity in Gaza
5 June 2007 - Islamist group threatens to behead women journalists not wearing veil on public TV
1 June 2007 - Army of Islam releases video of Alan Johnston, calls for prisoner exchange
18 May 2007 - Kidnapped Palestinian journalist is freed
16 May 2007 - New appeal to Alan Johnston’s kidnappers on the eve of his 45th birthday
14 May 2007 - Dismay at death of two newspaper employees in Gaza Strip clashes
11 May 2007 - Demonstration in Paris to press for Alan Johnston’s release as he completes two months in captivity
2 May 2007 - Abbas says government knows where Alan Johnston is being held
20 April 2007 - Forty days since BBC’s Alan Johnston was kidnapped in Gaza
17 April 2007 - Journalists injured during Gaza demonstration in support of kidnapped British journalist
15 April 2007 - Deep concern about BBC correspondent’s fate after group claims it killed him
12 April 2007 - Rally in London in support of BBC correspondent as he begins second month in captivity in Gaza
2 April 2007 - Great concern over continued detention of British journalist
26 March 2007 - Leaders at Arab League summit urged to issue call for BBC correspondent’s release
21 March 2007 - Campaign for missing British journalist Alan Johnston
12 March 2007 - Call for immediate, massive response after second kidnapping of journalist in Gaza since start of year
2 February 2007 - Second attack on Fatah-affiliated radio station in four months
23 January 2007 - Call for security measures for press after bombing of Al-Arabiya’s Gaza office
7 January 2007 - Relief at news that kidnapped AFP photographer has been freed
5 January 2007 - Razuri kidnapping: “Entire news media could find themselves no longer able to work in Palestinian territories”
4 January 2007 - Call for action from Palestinian factions in support of Jaime Razuri’s release
1 January 2007 - Agence France-Presse photographer kidnapped in Gaza City

 Saudi Arabia


10 July 2007 - Authorities urged to stop blocking popular Arabic-language news website

 Syria


26 December 2007 - Investigative reporter banned from writing for state media
18 December 2007 - Journalist Ali Abdallah back in prison
12 September 2007 - Cyber-dissident Habib Saleh freed after 27 months in detention
16 July 2007 - Little hope for press freedom on eve of President Assad’s second seven-year term
13 May 2007 - Baathist regime has dissident journalist sentenced to three years in jail
24 April 2007 - Dismay at five-year sentence for human rights lawyer
29 March 2007 - Detained journalist charged in court with “weakening national sentiment”
6 March 2007 - New charge brought against Michel Kilo under military law
19 February 2007 - No due process for Michel Kilo as trial postponed for third time
23 January 2007 - After 255 days in pretrial detention, journalist Michel Kilo’s trial is postponed again
10 January 2007 - Cyber-dissident freed under presidential amnesty

 Tunisia


4 December 2007 - Journalist sentenced to a year in prison on trumped-up charges
28 November 2007 - Judge orders journalist detained until trial
5 November 2007 - A textbook case in press censorship for the past 20 years
28 September 2007 - Plain-clothes police repeatedly manhandle Al-Jazeera correspondent
6 September 2007 - Video-sharing website inaccessible again in Tunisia
3 September 2007 - Court dismisses criminal libel case against online newspaper editor
24 August 2007 - TV journalist assaulted by plain-clothes police, human rights lawyer prevented from flying to London
1 August 2007 - Editor of online news website to appear in court
24 July 2007 - Human rights activist Mohammed Abbou is freed after two and a half years in jail
6 June 2007 - Abdallah Zouari’s internal exile extended by 26 months
15 May 2007 - Journalist assaulted twice after linking president’s relative to deadly concert stampede
13 March 2007 - Journalist sentenced in absentia to 14 months in prison
12 March 2007 - Appeal court upholds four-year sentence for blogger “Kareem Amer”
1 March 2007 - Demonstration at Tunisian Tourist office as Mohammed Abbu begins third year in prison
27 February 2007 - French media censored in Tunisia because of articles by Tunisian journalist Taoufik Ben Brik
8 February 2007 - Judge frees satellite TV station director who was held overnight

 United Arab Emirates


17 November 2007 - Dubai urged to reverse decision, taken under pressure from Musharraf, to suspend broadcasting by two Pakistani TV stations
12 November 2007 - Call for new press law to include decriminalization of all press offences
30 October 2007 - Libel suit withdrawn against website editor but journalist still subject to jail sentence
25 September 2007 - Two journalists get prison sentences for libel in Dubai

 Yemen


21 November 2007 - Al-Arabiya journalists prevented from covering social unrest
9 November 2007 - Journalist faces possible death penalty over photos “liable to undermine army morale”
28 June 2007 - Security court decides to hold opposition journalist for another month
12 June 2007 - Government bans news sent to mobile phones by SMS message
5 March 2007 - Renewed concern about online censorship after authorities block access to opposition site