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 Americas


31 March 2003 - Murdered journalist’s family lose new bid to be civil party in prosecution

 Argentina


15 May 2003 - Kirchner asked to show commitment to press freedom after supporters attack journalists
27 February 2003 - Call for investigation into police violence against journalists

 Bolivia


17 October 2003 - Mounting threats and violence against the press
15 October 2003 - Media targeted in social and political crisis

 Brazil


27 September 2003 - Journalist’s killer sentenced to 18 years imprisonment
15 September 2003 - Journalist imprisoned for expressing opinion
1 August 2003 - Appeal to President Da Silva after four journalists killed in two months
11 June 2003 - Second journalist killed in a week
5 June 2003 - Journalist murdered in Săo Paulo state

 Canada


6 June 2003 - Quebec City police threaten to seize video recordings from three local television stations

 Chile


31 July 2003 - Court ban on TV programme condemned as anachronistic

 Colombia


22 December 2003 - Reporters Without Borders deeply concerned by the murder of journalist William Soto Cheng
9 December 2003 - Bad outcome feared in trial of Jaime Garzón’s killers
9 December 2003 - Bad outcome feared in trial of Jaime Garzón’s killers
7 November 2003 - Lower house approves anti-terrorism law that would threaten confidentiality of sources
27 August 2003 - Journalist arrested for "rebellion"
26 August 2003 - A journalist killed, another wounded
16 May 2003 - Police accused of spying on news weekly for the benefit of interior and justice minister
9 May 2003 - Radio news editor narrowly escapes shooting
30 April 2003 - Outrage about death of two journalists in two days
31 March 2003 - Concern that war-torn region could end up without journalists
18 March 2003 - Journalist murdered while receiving government protection
14 March 2003 - Paramilitaries try to kidnap radio station’s news editor
13 March 2003 - Death of Oscar Salazar Jaramillo appears unrelated to work
7 March 2003 - Concern about death threats against head of news photographers’ association
5 February 2003 - Two Los Angeles Times journalists freed
31 January 2003 - Los Angeles Times journalists should be freed today

 Costa Rica


7 July 2003 - 7 July 2001 - 7 July 2003 : Second anniversary of the death of Parmenio Medina

 Cuba


30 December 2003 - Ricardo González ends his hunger strike
10 December 2003 - Journalist Adolfo Fernandez Sainz attacked by a fellow prisoner
14 November 2003 - Open letter to the heads of state about the human rights situation in Cuba
14 November 2003 - Independent journalist Bernardo Arévalo Padrón freed after six years in jail
10 November 2003 - No visits for waiting wives of imprisoned journalists and dissidents
3 November 2003 - Independent journalist freed after three days
30 October 2003 - Two journalists and four dissidents on hunger strike in prison
17 October 2003 - Employee of Cuban embassy in Paris was armed when facing Reporters Without Borders
30 September 2003 - Reporters Without Borders and Sin Visa set up support committee for jailed Cuban poet and journalist Raúl Rivero
23 September 2003 - Open letter from Reporters Without Borders to Lula
22 September 2003 - Manuel Vázquez Portal ends hunger-strike
9 September 2003 - Independent journalist sentenced
25 August 2003 - Three jailed journalists on hunger-strike
5 August 2003 - Wife of jailed journalist Raúl Rivero attacks "unacceptable" prison conditions
9 July 2003 - French court bans Reporters Without Borders from using photo of dead Cuban leader "Che" Guevara
30 June 2003 - Launch of public awareness campaign
25 June 2003 - "One hundred days of solitude"
5 June 2003 - Confirmation of heavy prison sentences against two arrested journalists
21 May 2003 - Outrage over about prison conditions of newly convicted journalists
17 May 2003 - Twelve press freedom organisations call for release of jailed journalists in Cuba
5 May 2003 - French journalist’s videotapes seized
3 May 2003 - Public awareness campaign about censorship and imprisonment of journalists in Cuba
26 April 2003 - Reporters Without Borders condemns transfer of journalists to prisons far from their homes
24 April 2003 - Reporters Without Borders calls on French foreign minister to focus on human rights in France’s ties with Cuba
24 April 2003 - Reporters Without Borders protesters beaten up by Cuban embassy officials
7 April 2003 - Reporters Without Borders condemns Stalinist trials as independent journalists are handed down jail sentences
4 April 2003 - Cuban tourism office in Paris occupied to protest against jailing of 24 journalists
27 March 2003 - First family visits for imprisoned journalists
21 March 2003 - New arrests bring the number of detained journalists to 18
6 March 2003 - Journalist beaten by prison guard
17 February 2003 - Argentine journalist arrested

 Ecuador


22 September 2003 - Journalist sentenced to six months in prison for libelling former president

 French Guiana


19 December 2003 - Man who assaulted journalist Frédéric Farine is sentenced

 Guatemala


5 March 2003 - Journalist specialising in human rights subject to intimidation

 Haďti


22 December 2003 - Reporters Without Borders condemns attacks on pro-government media
18 December 2003 - Reporters Without Borders alarmed by a serious deterioration in press freedom
3 December 2003 - Two years of impunity since Brignol Lindor’s brutal murder on 3 December 2001
30 October 2003 - Attacks and threats force two radio stations off the air
29 August 2003 - Reporters Without Borders worried about missing journalist
5 May 2003 - Death threats to journalist "very worrying"
31 March 2003 - Murdered journalist’s family lose new bid to be civil party in prosecution
25 March 2003 - Jean Dominique murder: Reporters Without Borders outraged by result of investigation
17 March 2003 - Reporters Without Borders still very concerned about failure to punish Jean Dominique’s killers after three years
24 February 2003 - Radio Haďti Inter shuts down
19 February 2003 - Radio suspends news bulletins to protest attacks and threats against its journalists
17 February 2003 - Radio Metropole journalist attacked

 Honduras


27 November 2003 - Journalist murdered near border with Guatemala

 Mexico


7 August 2003 - Radio journalist missing for nearly one month
10 February 2003 - Radio programme discriminated against in allocation of government advertising

 Panama


11 August 2003 - Two journalists get one-year sentences for "insulting" interior minister

 Peru


23 December 2003 - Murder attempt against US journalist in Lima
18 September 2003 - Call for parliamentary enquiry into spying on journalists
13 February 2003 - Reporters without Borders and the Committee to Protect Journalists send letters to Peru’s justice Minister about journalist’s imprisonment

 United States


19 December 2003 - Judge urged to respect confidentiality of sources
14 October 2003 - Guantanamo: ban on asking questions lifted
20 May 2003 - Six French journalists arrested and deported from the United States
26 March 2003 - Al-Jazeera TV station singled out in ban by New York Stock Exchange

 Venezuela


17 October 2003 - Community radio station attacked
6 October 2003 - State watchdog seizes TV broadcast equipment, then is target of grenade attack
15 July 2003 - Mayor opposed to President Chávez forces pro-government community TV to close
28 June 2003 - Gunmen throw petrol bomb at opposition journalist’s car
11 April 2003 - "Caught between an authoritarian president and intolerant media"