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 Americas


13 October 2005 - Call for vigilance and responsibility from leaders at Ibero-American summit

 Argentina


18 November 2005 - Journalist suffers constant harassment after writing book on dictatorship years
9 November 2005 - Security guards burst into journalists’ meeting and attack them with iron bars
18 October 2005 - News photographer badly beaten inside police station
22 March 2005 - Repeated attempts to intimidate TV producer and family
10 March 2005 - Journalists become a threatened species in Tierra del Fuego
4 March 2005 - President Kirchner hits back at IAPA over report on press freedom
2 March 2005 - Party activists manhandle provincial correspondent, take his camera

 Bolivia


26 July 2005 - Smugglers beat up TV cameraman in Oruro
28 April 2005 - Soldiers stop TV cameraman from filming, hit him in the face

 Brazil


16 December 2005 - Judge cuts back censorship order, allowing website to reinstate banned pages
21 November 2005 - Open letter to president, parliament and supreme court calling for repeal of legal hangover from military regime
2 November 2005 - Fortaleza newspaper driver shot dead while taking two journalists to slum district
24 October 2005 - Last suspect in Tim Lopes murder gets nine-year prison sentence
20 September 2005 - State governor threatens journalist
5 September 2005 - Non-fatal shooting of Rio journalist caps bad month for Brazilian press
6 July 2005 - Murder of radio journalist who investigated corruption
24 June 2005 - TV Globo crew beaten up outside Workers’ Party headquarters in Sao Paulo
12 April 2005 - Despite serious injuries, editor leaves hospital and goes into hiding
18 March 2005 - Four hooded men attack TV crew covering farmers’ demo in far south

 Canada


21 June 2005 - Documentary filmmaker beaten by embassy security guards
10 June 2005 - Open letter to Montreal authorities about censorship of Zahra Kazemi photo exhibit
11 March 2005 - Libel suit against Washington Post could have major impact on free expression

 Chile


29 November 2005 - TV crew beaten up outside house party for celebrity
18 July 2005 - Neo-Nazis daub graffiti and swastikas on state TV station in Valparaíso

 Colombia


3 November 2005 - City hall ostracizes reporter after corruption allegations
26 October 2005 - More death threats against journalists, one on the verge of fleeing the country
11 October 2005 - Three more Colombian journalists targeted by death threats
23 September 2005 - President intervenes in case of threats against three journalists
9 September 2005 - Fear kills off the news in the Valle del Cauca
6 September 2005 - TV cameraman assaulted by police after covering squat
17 August 2005 - Grenade attack on provincial daily
16 August 2005 - Threats force TV news journalist to flee the country
27 July 2005 - Threats force another journalist to flee the region where he works
15 July 2005 - Local TV director flees region after attack, threats
15 July 2005 - Threats force newspaper editor to stay at home, consider flight
30 May 2005 - FARC guerrillas continue to blow up radio and TV antennae
18 May 2005 - Two men get 28-year prison sentences for hiring hit-man who killed deputy editor
18 May 2005 - Paramilitaries threaten Colmundo Radio manager in Ibagué
18 April 2005 - FARC guerrillas free photographer Hernan Echeverri after holding him for three months
8 April 2005 - Report of fact-finding visit - "Cúcuta, dangerous crossroads for the Colombian press"
15 March 2005 - Another radio antenna blown up in the south
3 March 2005 - Latina Estereo on the air with weaker transmitter
25 February 2005 - Death threats force another journalist to leave northeastern region
25 January 2005 - Two journalists forced to leave Cúcuta after receiving death threats

 Cuba


20 December 2005 - Police cannot find file of ailing journalist held for past five months without trial
12 December 2005 - Government urged to let Women in White leave Cuba to receive prize in Strasbourg
9 December 2005 - Journalist on hunger strike for the fourth time
9 December 2005 - Mayo says he wanted to die rather than remain in prison
1 December 2005 - Imprisoned journalist Mayo Hernández gets conditional release on health grounds
1 December 2005 - Communist Party organises raids on journalists involved in independent training
27 October 2005 - Woman journalist transferred from house arrest to prison
17 October 2005 - Ibero-American leaders get nothing in return for backing Cuba at summit
14 October 2005 - Mayo Hernández tries to take his life, sees death as the only way out
10 October 2005 - “Welcome to Cuba where journalists have no rights”
6 October 2005 - Raúl Rivero gives support to Arroyo, who ends hunger strike
26 September 2005 - Arroyo tells wife he intends to carry on with hunger strike
26 September 2005 - Independent news agency editor beaten by 60 pro-government paramilitaries
12 September 2005 - González Pérez judicially harassed for more than 50 days
29 August 2005 - EU’s British presidency asked to intercede in new crackdown in Cuba
3 August 2005 - Police confirm that González Pérez is charged under Law 88
1 August 2005 - Mario Enrique Mayo Hernández has called off hunger strike
25 July 2005 - Independent journalist included in wave of arrests of dissidents
18 July 2005 - Authorities rough up independent journalist, hold her for seven hours
23 June 2005 - State Security continues to harass independent journalists
23 May 2005 - Three Polish journalists and two Italian journalists expelled
6 April 2005 - In Spain, Raúl Rivero talks to Reporters Without Borders
29 March 2005 - Political police try to blackmail dissident journalist
24 March 2005 - Police informer tries to implicate dissident journalist
22 March 2005 - Reporters Without Borders writes to European Commissioner for Development Louis Michel before his trip to Cuba
18 March 2005 - Concern that imprisoned journalist, José Luis García Paneque, could die soon
16 March 2005 - Twenty-one imprisoned journalists urgently need help two years after "Black Spring"
3 March 2005 - Carlos Brizuela Yera released on completion of a three-year sentence
1 February 2005 - Open letter to the president of the European Commission
28 January 2005 - Open letter to European Union foreign ministers

 Dominican Republic


24 May 2005 - Repeal of restrictive media decree welcomed
19 May 2005 - Decree bans reporting of natural disasters without prior government permission

 Ecuador


30 December 2005 - President vetoes criminal code reform under which journalists could have been jailed
14 November 2005 - TV presenter publicly insulted and threatened by parliamentarian
24 August 2005 - Radio station falls victim to "preventive censorship" under state of emergency
15 June 2005 - Police tap two TV journalists’ phone calls
16 May 2005 - Minister promises protection for journalist during surprise visit to radio station
8 February 2005 - Bomb rocks provincial radio station

 Guatemala


27 September 2005 - Journalist watched and followed after being told his days are numbered
12 July 2005 - Ex-paramilitaries attack journalists again with machetes
7 March 2005 - Three journalists attacked by former paramilitaries
28 February 2005 - A member of group that raided El Periódico editor’s home gets 16 years
24 February 2005 - Death threats against provincial TV journalists
16 February 2005 - Ex-paramilitary and former mayor convicted of kidnapping four journalists in 2003

 Guyana


2 February 2005 - High court upholds TV station’s suspension for indefinite period

 Haïti


1 December 2005 - Authorities urged to revive investigation on fourth anniversary of Brignol Lindor’s murder
10 October 2005 - Open letter from Reporters Without Borders to candidates in the presidential elections : Future president must break with culture of impunity
26 July 2005 - Pro-Aristide priest arrested in connection with Jacques Roche’s murder
23 June 2005 - A journalist under threat of kidnap forced to leave the country
8 April 2005 - UN is investigating the shooting of radio journalist Laraque Robenson
6 April 2005 - Miragoâne residents arrest one of Brignol Lindor’s alleged murderers
5 April 2005 - Reporters without borders appeals for an end to impunity five years after Jean Dominique’s murder
21 February 2005 - Second Megastar radio journalist attacked
18 January 2005 - Aristide supporters attack newspaper reporters in Port-au-Prince

 Honduras


15 November 2005 - Local radio forced off the air in election rivalry, manager threatened

 Mexico


23 December 2005 - Reporter threatened after writing about local police involvement in crime
28 November 2005 - Commission says investigation into journalist’s disappearance was “botched”
10 November 2005 - Mayoral candidate and supporters beat up radio presenter during live broadcast
9 November 2005 - Benjamín Fernández "out of danger"
7 November 2005 - Radio reporter badly beaten by some 30 Mexico City police
2 November 2005 - Chiapas police release El Orbe editor after holding him for 12 hours
25 October 2005 - Municipal police officers told to get rid of newspaper editor
13 October 2005 - Radio reporter beaten unconscious by brothers of former mayor
29 September 2005 - Open letter to Oaxaca state governor about paralysed daily newspaper
1 September 2005 - Call for concrete results from investigators a year after columnist’s murder
10 August 2005 - Ortiz Franco’s killers said to be still at large
19 July 2005 - Masked men armed with pickaxe handles evict embattled newspaper’s staff
8 July 2005 - Witness of photographer’s killing offered bribe for false testimony
5 July 2005 - Police arrest leading suspect in murder of Raúl Gibb Guerrero
23 June 2005 - Son of president’s wife sues journalist
13 June 2005 - Guadalajara university pulls gay radio programme
13 May 2005 - Crude bomb destroys the car of the editor of Primera Hora in Nuevo Laredo
18 April 2005 - Radio journalist Guadalupe García Escamilla dies of gunshot injuries
15 March 2005 - Photographer kicked and clubbed by police during carnival
25 February 2005 - El Universal confiscated in Hidalgo state over article exposing governor
11 February 2005 - Situation worsens in Mexico’s northern border region

 Nicaragua


22 August 2005 - Adolfo Olivas Olivas’ presumed killer placed in custody
28 January 2005 - Ex-mayor found guilty of deliberately shooting journalist María José Bravo

 Panama


17 November 2005 - Newspaper fires two journalists for refusing to name source
18 August 2005 - Court sets worrying precedent by sequestering salary of journalist in libel suit

 Paraguay


14 October 2005 - Local mayor beats up community radio manager, puts gun to his head
31 August 2005 - Community radio station closed down on the grounds that it was operating illegally
8 August 2005 - Community radio station gutted by firebomb attack

 Peru


15 December 2005 - Mayor sentenced to 17 years in prison for ordering radio journalist’s murder
26 October 2005 - Reporter continues to get threatening SMS messages
8 September 2005 - Radio reporter becomes 36th journalist to be attacked this year in Peru
9 August 2005 - Journalist probing colleague’s murder gets death threats
11 July 2005 - Attack on journalists in northern city joins long list of violations in first half of 2005
29 June 2005 - British journalist Sally Bowen has sentence quashed on appeal
20 June 2005 - TV journalists come under repeated attack
11 May 2005 - Reporters Without Borders welcomes release of journalist hostages in Peru
2 May 2005 - Peru’s ambassador to Spain slams car door into journalist during visit to Lima
13 April 2005 - Journalist flees town following threat from coca growers
31 March 2005 - Journalist beaten up by 15 policemen, told to shut up
29 March 2005 - Journalist physically attacked by two activists he had accused of corruption
10 March 2005 - Municipal employees attack journalist in northeastern Amazonian region
2 March 2005 - Radio journalist gets suspended prison sentence and is banned from working
24 January 2005 - Journalist given one-year suspended prison sentence for "defamation"

 Salvador


18 February 2005 - Outcry over firing of TV news director and presenter Mauricio Funes

 United States


7 November 2005 - Federal court upholds sentence against four journalists in sources case for second time
6 September 2005 - Police violence against journalists in New Orleans in Katrina aftermath
24 August 2005 - European personalities call for release of Judith Miller, on her 50th day in prison
19 July 2005 - Source confidentiality: Reporters Without Borders’ Open Letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee
7 July 2005 - Prison for Judith Miller: a dark day for freedom of the press
30 June 2005 - Judith Miller and Matthew Cooper given one week to reveal sources or go to jail
20 April 2005 - Two journalists have one last chance before being imprisoned for protecting their sources
7 April 2005 - Federal judge lifts home-confinement order for Jim Taricani
9 March 2005 - Apple v. ThinkSecret: confidentiality of sources must be respected
28 February 2005 - Victory for New York Times reporters in fight to protect sources
16 February 2005 - Court of Appeals upholds jail sentence for two journalists who protected their sources

 Uruguay


21 October 2005 - TV and radio journalist kidnapped, beaten and threatened

 Venezuela


7 November 2005 - Students attack four TV crews trying to cover their demonstration
4 November 2005 - Journalists attacked by armed students on university campus, some held hostage
8 July 2005 - Photographers subjected to intimidation and violence by politician, military intelligence
12 May 2005 - Military and officials raid a radio station and seize its transmitter
4 May 2005 - Investigation is stalled eight months after journalist was slain
23 March 2005 - Criminal code amendments pose threat to press freedom