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 Americas


10 May 2006 - Leaders attending EU - Latin America summit urged to do more for press freedom

 Argentina


28 December 2006 - Two radio journalists held on charges of inciting a riot which they covered
19 October 2006 - Proposals to distribute state advertising more fairly get blocked in parliament
11 October 2006 - Radio broadcast pulled because of blackmail by president of provincial parliament
5 October 2006 - Journalists face insults and death threats in toxic climate for the press as third journalist leftholed up in a hotel
25 September 2006 - La Rioja governor urged to oppose censorship bill
31 August 2006 - Local peronist leader beats journalist unconscious in Quilmes town hall
19 July 2006 - Another radio programme withdrawn under political pressure
13 July 2006 - Public TV station’s decision to pull talk show sparks more controversy
23 May 2006 - Two more journalists discover their e-mail has been hacked
21 April 2006 - Political programme yanked from Tucumán TV station
24 March 2006 - On 30th anniversary of coup, a tribute to the 98 journalists missing or killed during the military dictatorship
24 February 2006 - Provincial journalists threatened and bullied by local authorities
9 January 2006 - Another physical attack on TV journalist’s family supposedly protected by police
5 January 2006 - Public radio station drops programme on “order from above”

 Bolivia


14 December 2006 - Media become leading targets in tit-for-tat violence between government and opposition
13 September 2006 - "Media war" feared after petrol bombs thrown at public TV station in Santa Cruz

 Brazil


23 November 2006 - Supreme court rules that journalists do not need to have a degree
10 November 2006 - A Folha’s phones tapped in second press freedom violation linked to “dossier scandal”
3 November 2006 - Three journalists on weekly Veja harassed by federal police
27 October 2006 - Courts curb press coverage of elections on eve of second round
4 October 2006 - Daily stormed by political henchmen to prevent it appearing on election day
30 September 2006 - Open letter to presidential candidates about freedom of information
8 September 2006 - Electoral court censors blog that posted cartoon of senatorial candidate
6 September 2006 - Censorship and seizures in runup to general elections
17 August 2006 - Threats force O Dia reporter into hiding after writing about trafficking in bodies
27 July 2006 - President Lula vetoes bill regulating journalism
27 July 2006 - Municipal councillor beats 73-year-old freelance journalist to death
7 July 2006 - Authorities take a month to react to death threats against environmental journalist
31 May 2006 - Newspaper preemptively fined 168 euros copy each future issue mentioning candidate for governor
22 May 2006 - Gunmen threaten staff and torch latest issue in dawn attack on local daily
5 May 2006 - Mayor’s son suspected in shooting attack on comunity radio presenter
2 May 2006 - President Lula to mark World Press Freedom day by signing Declaration of Chapultepec
22 March 2006 - Local media do not enjoy same level of press freedom as national media
30 January 2006 - Twelve-year prison sentence for arson attack on newspaper and two radio stations

 Canada


27 April 2006 - Media ban on return of dead soldiers
27 January 2006 - Newspaper reporter could go to prison for refusing to surrender his notes to the police

 Chile


13 December 2006 - Reporters Without Borders condemns attacks on press by Pinochet supporters
1 June 2006 - Eight journalists fall victim to police crackdown on student demo

 Colombia


4 December 2006 - Two Atlantic coast journalists under paramilitary threat
25 October 2006 - Seventh journalist forced to flee since start of the year, two others threatened by suspected paramilitaries
3 October 2006 - Paramilitaries again threaten Media for Peace and 28 NGOs
28 August 2006 - Return of impunity feared as radio presenter becomes third journalist to be killed this year
11 August 2006 - Community radio presenter gunned down near Cali
28 July 2006 - Sixth journalist forced to flee since start of year
10 July 2006 - Radio Caracol producer flees after being threatened by gang
7 June 2006 - Three journalists receive fake parcel bombs
16 May 2006 - Journalist threatened by one of his own bodyguards, linked to paramilitary
14 April 2006 - Video smears journalist, portrays him as FARC supporter
4 April 2006 - Three suspects arrested for the murder of Gustavo “El Gaba” Rojas
20 March 2006 - Local politicians partly to blame for new wave of violence against media
9 February 2006 - Journalist driven out by death threats
8 February 2006 - Death threats force The New Herald correspondent to flee
23 January 2006 - Editor closes down newspaper and flees after receiving death threats
10 January 2006 - Unacceptable impunity in the case of Julio Palacios Sánchez, a year after his murder

 Costa Rica


9 May 2006 - Supreme court upholds prison terms for defamation and insult

 Cuba


14 December 2006 - Young journalist freed after being held eight days at state security headquarters
13 December 2006 - Cyber-freedom prize for 2006 awarded to Guillermo Fariñas of Cuba
1 December 2006 - Demonstration staged in support of 23 jailed cuban journalists on the eve of 50th anniversary of the start of the Castro Revolution
21 November 2006 - Independent journalist aged 62 is freed after being held without trial for 16 months
8 November 2006 - Santiago court sentences independent journalist to two years of house arrest
20 September 2006 - Non-Aligned summit promises already forgotten as one journalist is arrested and another goes on hunger strike in prison
19 September 2006 - Young independent journalist freed after being held for 48 hours
11 September 2006 - Cuba reminded of goals of Non-aligned Movement as it takes over presidency and hosts summit
4 September 2006 - Prison guards beat journalist for insisting on right to make phone calls
1 September 2006 - Guillermo Fariñas ends seven-month-old hunger strike for Internet access
9 August 2006 - Raúl Castro urged to free all independent journalists from jail
4 August 2006 - Foreign journalists refused entry and denied visas
24 July 2006 - Journalist held without charge for past year could soon face trial for disturbing peace
22 June 2006 - Prison hospital confirms Izquierdo’s condition getting worse
14 June 2006 - Dismay at the European Union’s decision not to re-impose Cuba sanctions
8 June 2006 - Independent journalist put in preventive detention on “public disorder” charge
17 May 2006 - Odelín Alfonso released after being held for several hours
27 April 2006 - Cubanet contributor threatened under Law 88 and told he cannot leave home
28 March 2006 - Conditional release for independent journalist Lamasiel Gutiérrez Romero
1 March 2006 - Oscar Espinosa Chepe subjected to political control but spared forced work
22 February 2006 - New crackdown launched against the independent press
2 February 2006 - Journalist on hunger strike to demand unrestricted Internet access
3 January 2006 - State security agents threaten young journalist with imprisonment

 Ecuador


24 November 2006 - Witch-hunt within media feared after this weekend’s presidential election runoff
17 February 2006 - Second journalist murdered in 24 hours in Guayaquil
16 February 2006 - Professional lead the strongest in murder of radio journalist in Guayaquil

 Guatemala


27 September 2006 - Police arrest journalist’s suspected murderer
21 March 2006 - Authorities close nine community radios for having no licence
3 February 2006 - In victory for press freedom, court decriminalizes insulting an official
1 February 2006 - Charges dismissed against former dictator Ríos Montt in journalist’s death

 Guyana


2 February 2006 - Opposition journalist gunned down in Georgetown

 Haïti


30 November 2006 - Call for new investigating judge in Brignol Lindor case after five years of impunity
9 November 2006 - UN force apologises for assault on photographer with Le Nouvelliste
22 September 2006 - Rights group accuses gang leader of involvement in Jacques Roche murder
31 March 2006 - On the sixth anniversary of Jean Dominique’s murder, Haiti’s new president urged to reopen the case
6 February 2006 - Open letter to candidates in the 6 february and 19 march presidential elections: Future president must break with culture of impunity

 Honduras


7 November 2006 - Court dismisses security company’s libel suit against two journalists
19 May 2006 - College reports 43 journalists for not joining professional associations
12 May 2006 - Radio journalist flees to US after being threatened by state phone company official
11 May 2006 - Wendy Guerra gets back her job as TV presenter
4 April 2006 - Parliamentarian tries to strangle indigenous community journalist

 Mexico


20 December 2006 - Chiapas journalist, Angel Mario Ksheratto, again released on bail
12 December 2006 - Police puzzlingly disregard professional lead in murder of journalist and indigenous comunity leader
5 December 2006 - Police arrest two suspects in murder of Adolfo Sánchez Guzmán
5 December 2006 - Two suspects in cameraman Brad Will’s murder freed for lack of evidence
4 December 2006 - Newspaper editor missing since 20 November in Michoacán state
22 November 2006 - Vera Cruz crime reporter becomes seventh journalist murdered this year in Mexico, making it second-most dangerous country for press, after Iraq
20 November 2006 - Former Excelsior editor stabbed to death : sixth journalist murdered this year
13 November 2006 - Editor of Guerrero state’s leading daily found murdered in motel room
30 October 2006 - Authorities says policeman, former paramilitary and two municipal officials fired shots that killed US cameraman
18 October 2006 - Leading journalist and magazine ordered to pay First Lady 144,000 euros in damages
17 October 2006 - Journalist’s supposed killers confess in dubious video sent to TV station
29 September 2006 - Arson attack destroys studio of local radio station in Oaxaca state
19 September 2006 - Mexico City police beat up three journalists with TV documentary company
4 September 2006 - Third bomb attack on Yucatan newspaper’s staff in ten days
10 August 2006 - Two injured in armed attack on opposition newspaper in Oaxaca
24 July 2006 - Officials say drug traffickers probably abducted missing journalist
20 July 2006 - Pressured by government, radio station drops interview with Subcomandante Marcos
29 June 2006 - Journalist suspects state governor of ordering petrol bomb attack against his home
21 June 2006 - Two years of impunity in murder of Zeta columnist in Tijuana
11 May 2006 - Foreign women photographers beaten and abused by Mexico City police
20 April 2006 - Law reform gives protection of sources and decriminalises press offences
3 April 2006 - No progress in investigation into journalist who went missing a year ago
13 March 2006 - Two journalists murdered in the space of 24 hours
24 February 2006 - Reporters Without Borders hails special prosecutor to fight attacks on journalists
15 February 2006 - Suspected plot revealed against journalist Lydia Cacho Ribeiro
8 February 2006 - Journalist seriously injured in shooting attack on Nuevo Laredo newspaper
23 January 2006 - Sonora governor asked to intervene in case of police violence against journalist
23 January 2006 - Lydia Cacho gets trial moved to her home state

 Panama


21 June 2006 - 100 journalists protest against bill to stiffen penalties for press offences

 Paraguay


25 October 2006 - Drug traffickers said to have murdered journalist and dumped body in river
9 October 2006 - Local newspaper’s installations destroyed in property dispute
27 June 2006 - Police close two community radio stations that requested official recognition
1 March 2006 - Shots fired at journalist on daily ABC Color

 Peru


8 December 2006 - Journalist fights for his life after being shot in head while covering protest
13 November 2006 - Adjournment welcomed of second reading of law on NGOs
4 October 2006 - Dynamite blast targets La República correspondent in Ayacucho
3 October 2006 - Court acquits TV presenter of “divulging state secrets”
27 July 2006 - Outrage at release of former mayor and two thugs serving sentences for radio journalist’s murder
15 May 2006 - Electoral officials rescind 25,000 euros fine imposed on regional daily
12 April 2006 - Chimbote-based journalist flees Peru after repeated threats
7 March 2006 - Fears for 9 April elections as journalists face new wave of abuse
8 February 2006 - Maximum sentences for killers of Alberto Rivera Fernández

 Salvador


12 July 2006 - Media-hostile demonstrators attack 13 journalists during protests against price hikes

 United States


14 December 2006 - Yahoo! and Google asked to respect free expression in shareholder resolution filed by New York City Pension Fund
28 November 2006 - New York Times forced to hand over phone records in blow to confidentiality of sources
20 November 2006 - Judge finds against New York Times in anthrax case but rules against a fine
17 November 2006 - Federal appeal court refuses rehearing in Josh Wolf case
14 November 2006 - Reporters Without Borders appeals to new members of Congress over law on protection of sources
27 September 2006 - US military at Guantanamo try to implicate Al-Jazeera cameraman’s lawyer
15 September 2006 - Prosecutors try to send Josh Wolf back to prison
2 August 2006 - Call for immediate release of imprisoned freelance journalist
31 July 2006 - Journalist could be jailed for refusing to surrender video to judicial authorities
18 July 2006 - Fourteen human rights organisations express support for a US draft law on free expression online (GOFA)
3 July 2006 - Finance transaction espionage: The House of Representatives adopts a resolution supporting the Bush administration against the press
30 June 2006 - Supreme Court rejection of military tribunals at Guantanamo hailed as a victory for the law
20 June 2006 - Internet ’neutrality’ vital for free expression
15 June 2006 - News blackout slated as Pentagon orders four journalists out of Guantanamo Bay
12 June 2006 - Call for release of cameraman Sami Al-Haj as he completes fourth year in Guantanamo
6 June 2006 - Legal situation “untenable” after supreme court refuses to rule on protection of journalists’ sources
31 May 2006 - Judge orders journalist to surrender notes to Cheney’s former chief of staff
30 May 2006 - Court ruling protecting bloggers’ sources hailed as historic
22 May 2006 - Reporters Without Borders reacts to a troubling statement made by the U.S. Attorney General
19 May 2006 - TV reporter’s details back on police association website
19 April 2006 - Call for Sami Al-Haj’s release from Guantanamo after lawyer provides new information
14 February 2006 - Journalist with The Epoch Times assaulted in Atlanta : the newspaper accuses Chinese authorities
6 January 2006 - Do Internet companies need to be regulated to ensure they respect free expression?

 Uruguay


11 October 2006 - Journalist threatened by soldiers “nostalgic for military dictatorship”
3 October 2006 - Supreme Court creates dangerous precedent sentencing journalist to prison for "defamation"
29 May 2006 - Government urged to decriminalize press offences after a journalist gets three-month jail sentence
12 April 2006 - Documents about Uruguayan and Chilean intelligence stolen from journalist

 Venezuela


15 November 2006 - Mayor imposes ban on four local media for criticising him
4 September 2006 - Arrest of man suspected of ordering killing of journalist Mauro Marcano
31 August 2006 - Journalist’s suspected killers shot dead by police
6 July 2006 - Two months of threats against TV programme host
28 June 2006 - Sabotage blacks out provincial daily at odds with local authorities
22 June 2006 - Tovar’s journalistic work ruled out as motive in his murder
17 May 2006 - Court dismisses “insult” prosecution against Chávez critic
26 April 2006 - On-duty policeman charged in news photographer’s murder
7 April 2006 - Supreme court drops charges of “false statements” against anti-Chávez columnist
13 March 2006 - Call for dialogue with government in letter to new information minister
8 March 2006 - Outcry over arrest of TV journalist in Táchira state
27 February 2006 - Reporters Without Borders challenges information minister about law on social responsibility and the broadcast media
23 February 2006 - Information minister seeks use of law on social responsibility against broadcast media in Anderson case