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 Algeria


10 April 2009 - Two Moroccan journalists prevented from covering presidential election
8 April 2009 - Three French publications banned on the eve of presidential election
6 April 2009 - Reporters Without Borders sent the following open letter today to Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika
4 March 2009 - Regional newspaper editor freed after a day and a half in prison
18 February 2009 - Newspaper reporter sentenced in absentia to a year in prison for libel
12 January 2009 - Hooded assailants launch knife attack against journalist

 Bahrain


14 May 2009 - Authorities step up offensive against journalists and websites
22 January 2009 - More human rights websites blocked on information ministry’s orders

 Egypt


26 May 2009 - Blogger fined nearly 6,000 euros for accusing chemical company of pollution
20 April 2009 - Appeal court quashes Cairo News Company’s conviction
6 April 2009 - Internet : a weapon on mass revolution ?
1 April 2009 - Young blogger freed after being held and mistreated for seven weeks

 Iran


27 May 2009 - Journalist released pending trial
26 May 2009 - Presidential candidates urged to pledge to defend press freedom
23 May 2009 - Cannes Festival jury sends message to Iranian authorities by awarding prize to film co-scripted by Roxana Saberi
18 May 2009 - Pro-reform daily closed one day after bringing out first issue in five years
11 May 2009 - Roxana Saberi finally freed
11 May 2009 - Roxana Saberi about to be freed
6 May 2009 - Number of journalists and bloggers arrested on May Day increases to 5
6 May 2009 - Roxana Saberi ends her hunger strike
3 May 2009 - Campaign continues after week of solidarity for Roxana Saberi
2 May 2009 - Nobel laureate supports Roxana Saberi and Reporters Without Borders
29 April 2009 - Second day of Reporters Without Borders hunger strike in support of Roxana Saberi
28 April 2009 - Reporters Without Borders goes on hunger strike in solidarity with Roxana Saberi
25 April 2009 - American-Iranian journalist Roxana Saberi on hunger strike for past five days
24 April 2009 - International support for Roxana Saberi ahead for her birthday
18 April 2009 - Iranian-American journalist gets eight years on spying charge
14 April 2009 - Roxana Saberi’s trial begins
7 April 2009 - Concern about conditions in which journalists and cyber-dissidents are being held
6 April 2009 - Blogger freed on bail after being held for three months
26 March 2009 - Call for independent probe into imprisoned blogger’s death a week ago
17 March 2009 - Human rights lawyer banned from leaving the country
4 March 2009 - Call for release of the US-Iranian journalist Roxana Saberi
18 February 2009 - Free speech activist prevented from leaving Iran
9 February 2009 - Blogger arrested before being able to appeal against jail sentence
5 February 2009 - Newspaper suspended over spoof movie poster about presidential election
2 February 2009 - Montreal court hears lawsuit against Iranian government by son of photographer who was beaten to death
23 January 2009 - The government reinforces its pressure on foreign media
20 January 2009 - Blogger released but press freedom violations continue
2 January 2009 - Against Gaza backdrop, government closes newspaper and sends supporters to intimidate Nobel peace laureate

 Iraq


1 June 2009 - A journalist killed and three others wounded in two bombings
28 May 2009 - A step forward and a step back in prime minister’s lawsuits against news media
22 May 2009 - Spanish judge reopens investigation into Spanish cameraman’s death in Baghdad
20 May 2009 - News website latest target in government’s legal offensive against independent media
15 May 2009 - Trade minister drops lawsuits against two newspapers
22 April 2009 - Threats to press freedom in Kurdistan
7 April 2009 - Shoe-thrower’s jail sentence reduced from three years to one
18 March 2009 - Iraq six years later - assessment
10 March 2009 - Two journalists killed, others wounded in Abu Ghraib suicide bombing
3 January 2009 - US military urged to discipline soldiers who shot woman journalist in Baghdad

 Israel


13 May 2009 - Newspaper reporter arrested as she returns to Israel from Gaza Strip
12 May 2009 - Israeli authorities close Palestinian media centre in East Jerusalem
20 April 2009 - Seven journalists injured by Israeli soldiers in West Bank since January
20 January 2009 - Gaza news blockade : Petition by Reporters Without Borders and 160 news media about handed in at Israeli embassy
15 January 2009 - Two Palestinian journalists employed by Iranian TV freed on bail after being held for 10 days on spying charges

 Israel/Gaza


19 March 2009 - Hamas and Israeli military respond to Reporters Without Borders report on Operation Cast Lead

 Jordan


29 April 2009 - Court aquits well-know columnist of deafaming parliament

 Lebanon


2 June 2009 - French investigation at standstill four years after journalist Samir Kassir’s murder
24 April 2009 - Newspaper under pressure because of political tension and rivalry

 Libya


3 June 2009 - Independent media brought under government control

 Morocco


10 March 2009 - Blogger gets six months for petition accusing prosecutor of corruption
13 February 2009 - Newspaper raided, editors harassed for wanting to write about king’s mother

 Oman


22 April 2009 - Website moderator gets 10-day suspended prison sentence

 Palestinian Territories


29 May 2009 - More journalists arrested as a result of tension between Palestinian factions
25 May 2009 - Hamas urged to commute death sentences for three Fatah men accused of killing two journalists
15 January 2009 - Israeli military asked to explain how Gaza media building came to be hit by explosion
13 January 2009 - More than 100 media sign the Reporters Without Borders petition for international journalists to be allowed into the Gaza Strip

 Qatar


24 March 2009 - Doha Centre journalist forbidden to leave Qatar

 Saudi Arabia


6 May 2009 - Government pressure on TV programme considered too liberal

 Syria


19 May 2009 - Proposed press law reform poses new threat to Internet
16 March 2009 - Cyber-dissident Habib Saleh sentenced to three years in jail
2 March 2009 - Damascus criminal court lets cyber-dissident Habib Saleh defend himself

 Tunisia


20 May 2009 - Police in Gafsa mining region harass reporter for banned newspaper
13 May 2009 - Court dismisses cooking oil lawsuits against opposition daily
23 April 2009 - French Prime Minister urged to discuss harassment of independent media during Tunis visit
18 March 2009 - Letter to Interior minister about increased police harassment of journalists
11 February 2009 - After closing radio station’s premises, authorities harass its journalists
5 February 2009 - Court upholds six-year jail sentence for TV reporter who covered mining region unrest
22 January 2009 - Call for immediate halt to harassment of journalist Slim Boukhdir

 United Arab Emirates


30 April 2009 - Two French magazines censored
12 February 2009 - President suspends implementation of worrying media law

 United States


1 May 2009 - Reporters Without Borders USA members to go on a hunger strike in New York City on May 3

 Yemen


28 May 2009 - President urged to halt persecution of news media
13 May 2009 - Soldiers fire on Aden-based newspaper, killing one employee and wounding three others
5 May 2009 - Major crackdown on independent media
16 March 2009 - Journalist Abdulkarim Al-Khaiwani pardoned again