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 Americas


7 November 2007 - Leaders at Ibero-American summit urged to defend press freedom
15 June 2007 - Two CARICOM journalists expelled without justification

 Argentina


19 September 2007 - Labour dispute degenerates into violence as bad climate persists in Argentina media
4 September 2007 - One year work ban slapped on journalist in "shameful" and "dangerous" court ruling
3 August 2007 - In cases recalling military dictatorship, one journalist beaten by police, another threatened by priest
31 July 2007 - Municipal government in Santa Fe province closes critical newspaper’s print shop
17 July 2007 - Journalist harassed by police and courts after exposing prostitution ring
26 April 2007 - Two radio journalists freed after three months, charges dropped
5 April 2007 - Ordinary break-in doubted in theft of sensitive files from magazine’s editor home
9 March 2007 - Political motivation suspected in removal of programme by Santa Cruz provincial radio station

 Bolivia


29 November 2007 - Start of dialogue hailed after several days of violence against journalists prompted by approval of new constitution
12 November 2007 - More violence against journalists amid regrettable verbal attacks on media by president
25 October 2007 - Journalists continue to be victims of political tension : six injured in retaking of Santa Cruz airport
3 September 2007 - Violence against journalists during protest against strike by Morales opponents
2 July 2007 - Letter to President Evo Morales about decree on how community radio frequencies are to be assigned
10 January 2007 - Eight journalists injured in clashes during Cochabamba demonstration

 Brazil


26 November 2007 - New murder attempt against journalist probing gaming machines racket
2 October 2007 - Four suspects arrested in shooting of crime reporter, authorities rule out targeted attack
2 August 2007 - Appeal to President Lula and ruling party chief over media hostile move
22 June 2007 - Free expression threatened by increase in court-ordered “preventive censorship”
11 June 2007 - Newspaper says military police were involved in São Paulo state reporter’s murder
13 April 2007 - Fire attack on offices of critical newspaper
12 February 2007 - Freelance photographer gunned down in Rio de Janeiro
7 February 2007 - Preventive censorship, harassment and armed attack signal bad start to year for Brazilian press
9 January 2007 - Judge lifts blocking order on YouTube

 Canada


19 June 2007 - Support for Quebec journalist ordered to reveal sources
23 April 2007 - Weekly journalist on Pakistani paper beaten with cricket bat

 Chile


2 April 2007 - Supreme court rescinds controversial restrictions on press reporting

 Colombia


21 December 2007 - No known motive in photographer’s murder in Cúcuta
7 December 2007 - New death threats made against journalist Gonzalo Guillén on his return from exile
27 November 2007 - Authorities accuse Telesur reporter over interview with FARC hostage
31 October 2007 - Dispute over government protection for journalist, although she is still seriously threatened
25 October 2007 - Photographer and assistant gunned down in Cali for as yet unclear reasons
23 October 2007 - Fourth case this year of journalist being forced to flee
15 October 2007 - Journalist threatened by paramilitaries after angry exchange with President Uribe on the air
4 October 2007 - Letter to President Uribe about comments endangering journalist
28 September 2007 - Press targeted with threats, assaults and boycotts in run-up to regional elections
6 September 2007 - Police too quick to rule out work-related motive in Cartago-based journalist’s murder
20 August 2007 - Political programmes banned from community radios during election campaign
26 June 2007 - Police and intelligence chiefs suspended over phone tap scandal
26 June 2007 - Targeted by drug baron, regional daily’s editor poised to flee the country
21 June 2007 - FARC stays true to its predator reputation in new wave of attacks on press
19 June 2007 - Detained suspects confess to killing radio journalist for the cash he was carrying
27 March 2007 - Second case this year of journalist forced to flee by threats
19 March 2007 - Threatened radio station news editor forced to flee the country
7 March 2007 - President Uribe endangers left-wing editor by accusing him of links to guerrillas
16 February 2007 - Another arrest warrant issued for Telesur correspondent Freddy Muñoz, who is also threatened by paramilitaries
3 January 2007 - FARC detainee retracts statement implicating detained Telesur correspondent

 Cuba


28 September 2007 - Six journalists arrested in 24 hours
25 September 2007 - A Costa Rican deputy pleads the case of Normando Hernández González before the United Nations
22 August 2007 - Independent journalist freed a year ago gets new prison sentence for “illicitly” taking handkerchief signed by Fidel Castro
26 July 2007 - No progress in press freedom situation in year since Raúl Castro took over
6 July 2007 - Call for imprisoned journalists to be released on medical grounds
23 May 2007 - Independent journalist completes a year in prison without trial
10 May 2007 - Independent journalist released after being held for nearly two years
18 April 2007 - Journalist sentenced to four years in prison as “pre-criminal social danger”
30 March 2007 - On eve of official visit, Spain’s foreign minister asked to intercede on behalf of imprisoned journalists
15 March 2007 - Spring just as sombre for independent press four years after Black Spring crackdown
28 February 2007 - Independent journalist sentenced to 22 months in prison after being held for 19 months without trial
23 February 2007 - Two Havana-based foreign correspondents ordered to leave
13 February 2007 - Minister blames US embargo for low number of Cubans online
5 February 2007 - 25th journalist arrested as regime shows no sign of easing harassment of independent media

 Dominican Republic


9 July 2007 - Government urged to respond after shooting attack on radio journalist’s home
28 June 2007 - Demonstrators threaten to lynch two journalists amid decline in press freedom
4 May 2007 - Gang member gets 30 years for murder of journalist in 2004
24 January 2007 - Journalist threatened by drug traffickers with being "burned alive"

 Ecuador


3 July 2007 - President Correa urged to reconsider decision not to give any more news conferences
13 June 2007 - Targeted threats against Quito staff of pan-Latin TV news channel Telesur
1 June 2007 - Journalist faces possible prison sentence if convicted of “insult and calumny”
21 May 2007 - President urged to drop "insults" complaint against journalist
2 April 2007 - Court imposes "unjust and dangerous" prison sentence on provincial newspaper correspondent

 Guatemala


14 December 2007 - Young radio presenter murdered in Petén
14 September 2007 - Two armed attacks on national radio station in one week
11 July 2007 - A photographer murdered in the capital for unknown reasons
2 March 2007 - Death threats against TV journalists who covered murder of four police officers
7 February 2007 - Safety of journalists at risk as radio reporter narrowly survives a murder attempt

 Guyana


9 February 2007 - Daily Stabroek News suffers total boycott by state advertisers

 Haïti


13 December 2007 - Two gang members get life for journalist’s murder, a third is acquitted
7 December 2007 - Only four of ten defendants will be in court for Brignol Lindor murder trial
27 November 2007 - Head of commission probing murders of journalists returns home after two weeks of forced exile
22 November 2007 - A second gang leader arrested for Gonaïves radio station manager’s murder
2 November 2007 - Death threats against head of panel set up to help investigate murders of journalists
15 October 2007 - Police arrest another gang member suspected in Jacques Roche murder
17 April 2007 - Activist killed in Gonaïves had not worked for Haïti Progrès for past three years
3 April 2007 - Seven years of impunity since leading radio journalist’s murder on 3 April 2000
23 January 2007 - Gang members gun down freelance photographer at his home

 Honduras


2 November 2007 - Head of Radio Cadena Voces flees the country in fear of his life
5 October 2007 - Court declares inadmissible law suit against five journalists for “damage to reputation”

 Mexico


10 December 2007 - Local newspaper reporter gunned down in Michoacán state for unknown reasons
30 November 2007 - Governor cleared in rights violation case in appalling outcome for press freedom and human rights
20 November 2007 - Family complain of lack of progress one year after editor went missing
15 November 2007 - Witness retracts, testifies in court that defendant did not shoot journalist
31 October 2007 - Call for precise account of investigations into disappearances and murders of journalists
25 September 2007 - Chihuahua governor rejects commission’s recommendations on case of police violence against three journalists
9 August 2007 - Journalist shot and wounded in another case of violence against press in Oaxaca
24 July 2007 - Government urged to keep promises made at Inter-American hearing in Washington on press freedom in Mexico
13 July 2007 - Federal government urged to stop press freedom violations by local politicians
11 July 2007 - TV Azteca gives up hope of finding two journalists who went missing two months ago
14 June 2007 - Newspaper reporter miraculously survives shooting attack in Oaxaca
28 May 2007 - Another severed head left as gruesome “narco-message” to the press
10 May 2007 - Leading journalist’s car sabotaged four days after gruesome ‘narco-message’
24 April 2007 - Sonora journalist’s body found a week after his abduction by armed group
13 April 2007 - President enacts law decriminalising press offences
2 April 2007 - Call for action over vanished journalists two years after disappearance of reporter Alfredo Jiménez Mota
5 March 2007 - Federal parliament and Inter-American Commission on Human Rights asked to intercede in Oaxaca crisis
26 January 2007 - Authorities urged to act quickly after journalist goes missing
25 January 2007 - Abuse of power condemned as publications censored and journalists spied on
23 January 2007 - Policeman says Sonora state officials were involved in journalist’s disappearance in 2005
10 January 2007 - Missing journalist’s body found, investigators say killed in accident

 Panama


23 March 2007 - Dismay at presidential green light for two restrictive articles in new criminal code
12 March 2007 - President Torrijos urged to veto two articles in newly-amended criminal code
9 February 2007 - Press freedom threatened by law reform

 Paraguay


14 November 2007 - President Duarte calls opposition media "enemy of the country"
24 August 2007 - Chilean radio journalist shot dead in high-risk tri-border region
16 July 2007 - Radio journalist Enrique Galeano reappears alive 17 months after being abducted
15 June 2007 - Two radio journalists threatened, phones tapped by anti-drug agents
2 February 2007 - A year of outrageous impunity in radio journalist’s disappearance

 Peru


19 December 2007 - Four journalists threatened in leaflets signed “Shining Path”
29 November 2007 - Murder attempt against a journalist under threat from a local lobbying organisation
21 November 2007 - Government silence condemned as press suffer a "black November" of assaults and threats from local officials
16 November 2007 - Court clears mayor said to have ordered journalist’s murder
9 November 2007 - Coca grower leader threatens to kill five journalists
19 September 2007 - Radio journalist under death threat after revealing municipal "favoritism" case
17 September 2007 - Local radio forcibly shut down, another hounded by the government
5 July 2007 - Five journalists come under fire while covering land invasion, eight local residents wounded
15 May 2007 - Journalist was gunned down to prevent him naming corrupt policemen, colleagues and press reports say
12 April 2007 - Fifty attacks and threats against the media so far this year
1 March 2007 - Ayacucho-based journalist still being harassed and threatened five months after escaping targeted explosion
22 February 2007 - Call for disciplinary measures by interior minister in response to death threats and attacks on journalists

 Salvador


24 July 2007 - Journalist accused of “terrorism” conditionally released

 Surinam


15 May 2007 - TV programme’s withdrawal at Vice-President’s behest condemned as censorship

 United States


18 October 2007 - House vote on a federal shield law hailed
13 September 2007 - US government urged to free Al-Jazeera cameraman in Ramadan gesture
22 August 2007 - Sudanese cameraman Sami Al-Haj in critical condition in Guantanamo
17 August 2007 - New threat to confidentiality in judge’s decision ordering five journalists to disclose sources of reports on anthrax attacks
8 August 2007 - Black Muslim bakery employee charged with Oakland newspaper editor’s murder
12 June 2007 - Sudanese cameraman Sami Al-Haj begins sixth year in Guantanamo
4 April 2007 - Freelance journalist Josh Wolf released after 224 days in prison
28 March 2007 - Reporters Without Borders meets Al-Jazeera cameraman’s family in Sudan
9 March 2007 - Freelance journalist Josh Wolf stays in prison after mediation fails
6 March 2007 - Guantanamo authorities punish Al-Jazeera cameraman for going on hunger strike
5 March 2007 - Judge drops contempt of court proceedings against two San Francisco reporters
8 February 2007 - Reporters Without Borders protesters demand release of cameraman Sami al-Haj from Guantanamo detention centre
6 February 2007 - Congress again urged to recognise right to protect sources as freelance video journalist sets record for time in prison
10 January 2007 - Call for Al-Jazeera cameraman’s release from Guantanamo on fifth anniversary of arrival of first detainees

 Uruguay


14 December 2007 - New community media law gets final approval from parliament
15 November 2007 - Warm welcome for Senate backing for new community media law
22 March 2007 - Alleged drug trafficker threatens and assaults journalist

 Venezuela


17 December 2007 - Provincial daily reappears after three-day interruption due to lack of newsprint
3 December 2007 - Call for “peaceful debate” after constitutional changes rejected in referendum
19 November 2007 - Letter to Nicolas Sarkozy of eve of meeting with Hugo Chávez
8 November 2007 - Concern about safety of journalists amid violent demonstrations over constitutional reform
2 August 2007 - Call for clear rules that promote media pluralism after temporary reprieve for RCTV’s cable broadcasting
27 July 2007 - Government could make RCTV unavailable by cable on 1 August
5 July 2007 - Journalist’s car explodes outside his home a few days after he resigns as website editor
31 May 2007 - After closing RCTV, Chávez goes on offensive against sole remaining opposition TV station
28 May 2007 - International community urged to rally to defence of Venezuela’s media after RCTV’s closure
24 May 2007 - European Parliament adopts resolution backing embattled broadcaster RCTV
21 May 2007 - Supreme Court rules RCTV’s appeal against loss of its licence “inadmissible”
17 April 2007 - Call for leniency from judges in editor’s trial on “aggravated defamation” charge
15 February 2007 - Fine against opposition daily Tal Cual looks like a "political sanction"
25 January 2007 - Appeal to President Hugo Chávez in the name of media pluralism