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 Afghanistan


20 December 2002 - Editor released but cable TV operator closed in Jalalabad
11 September 2002 - Reporters Without Borders helps out women’s magazine in crisis
22 July 2002 - Enquiry demanded into arbitrary detention by US of Pakistani journalist
16 April 2002 - Journalist penalised for question asked at the Karzai-Musharraf press conference
5 March 2002 - Reporters sans frontières is satisfied by progress in the investigation into the murder of four journalists
4 March 2002 - A journalist wounded near Gardez : Reporters Without Borders asks the interim government to provide security for journalists

 Asia


13 August 2002 - Four new predators of press freedom
22 February 2002 - Execution of Daniel Pearl

 Australia


11 December 2002 - High Court’s decision jeopardises freedom of expression on the Internet

 Bangladesh


27 December 2002 - High Court rules Saleem Samad’s imprisonment is illegal
13 December 2002 - Police arrest Reuters journalist
29 November 2002 - Police arrest Reporters Without Borders correspondent, and obstruct justice in earlier arrests
26 November 2002 - British TV crew arrested and Reporters Without Borders correspondent threatened
4 November 2002 - Five journalists arrested in a week
29 August 2002 - Government closes leading Ekushey Television after court withdraws licence
27 August 2002 - Journalist seriously injured and four others get death threats from Islamic fundamentalists
7 August 2002 - Drug traffickers target provincial newspaper Andoloner Bazar, journalist found dead
29 July 2002 - Government threatens to prosecute paper for sedition
16 July 2002 - Kidnappers reportedly kill journalist
8 July 2002 - An opposition newspaper banned, a managing editor forced into exile
30 May 2002 - Five attacks on journalists within 48 hours
24 May 2002 - Editor of daily paper gets jail sentence for contempt of court
13 May 2002 - RSF and BCDJC condemn new attacks on journalists by government supporters
5 April 2002 - The magazine Far Eastern Economic Review banned
3 April 2002 - Islamist movements threaten the press
4 March 2002 - A journalist killed in Khulna

 Burma


3 December 2002 - Detained journalist Win Tin again transferred to Rangoon general hospital
30 October 2002 - Regime bans two magazines
10 October 2002 - Opponents of the regime held for possession of banned newspapers
12 September 2002 - Journalist Win Tin sent back to prison cell
26 August 2002 - Student activist and journalist released in Rangoon
23 July 2002 - Photographer Khin Aye Kyu freed, but cameraman brother stays in prison
17 July 2002 - The press victim of tensions between the two countries
3 July 2002 - 55 French mayors call for Win Tin’s release from jail
12 June 2002 - Three magazines banned
7 June 2002 - Reprisals against imprisoned photographer Sunny after he goes on hunger strike
31 May 2002 - Great concern over plight of journalists Sein Hla Oo and Win Tin
29 May 2002 - Publishing ban on Thai-related articles and advertising
16 May 2002 - Sein Hlaing freed after 12 years in prison
11 March 2002 - Seventy-second birthday of Win Tin
13 February 2002 - Myo Myint Nyein freed after 12 years in prison

 China


19 December 2002 - Liao Yiwu falls victim to latest crackdown on cyber-dissidents
19 December 2002 - At least three cyber-dissidents arrested since President Hu Jintao took over
13 December 2002 - Police arrest 33rd cyber-dissident
10 December 2002 - Cyber-dissident held in secret for past month in Beijing
16 October 2002 - Reporters Without Borders criticises the jamming of foreign radio stations, particularly the BBC’s Uzbek service
26 September 2002 - French president and prime minister asked to speak up for press
20 September 2002 - China free the founder of an aids information web site
16 September 2002 - Google back online, Altavista remains blocked
4 September 2002 - Beijing police raid home of South Korean journalist
6 August 2002 - Cyber-dissident sentenced to 11 years in jail
16 July 2002 - Open letter to the Yahoo! chairman
5 July 2002 - BBC World TV broadcasts suspended by the authorities
25 June 2002 - The Economist magazine banned because of a dossier on China
18 June 2002 - Closure of more than two thousand Internet bars
11 June 2002 - Canadian journalist expelled for investigating workers’ strikes
6 June 2002 - World Cup 2002 : A red card for China, human rights predator
21 May 2002 - Severe crackdown in defence of the State monopoly on information
25 March 2002 - Weekly paper Nanfang Zhumo censored again
7 February 2002 - Wang Yiliang released after having completed his term
14 January 2002 - Foreign and Chinese journalists banned from investigating the AIDS epidemic in  Henan province

 Hongkong


9 December 2002 - European Union asked to oppose "dangerous" national security law
26 April 2002 - Police handcuff journalists

 India


24 December 2002 - Indian military says detained journalist Gilani is innocent
26 November 2002 - Editor dies from religious sect shooting injuries
21 October 2002 - TV journalist killed in Manipur state
19 September 2002 - Newspaper editor injured in shooting attack
9 September 2002 - Kashmiri journalist Iftikhar Gilani charged with spying for Pakistan
1 August 2002 - Reporters Without Borders asks for the release of jailed Kashmiri journalist
5 July 2002 - Tehelka.com’s offices searched
18 June 2002 - Official reason for Kashmiri journalist’s arrest is challenged
5 June 2002 - Assassination attempt against a journalist in Kashmir
18 April 2002 - RSF questions the true reasons for the arrest of a Burmese journalist
17 April 2002 - Journalist murdered in Uttar Pradesh
9 April 2002 - A group of journalists attacked by police in the state of Gujarat

 Indonesia


23 September 2002 - British journalist detained in Aceh province
17 July 2002 - Reporters Without Borders outraged at the closure of investigations into the murder of journalist Sander Thoenes
14 June 2002 - A South Korean journalist beaten up by Chinese policemen
18 March 2002 - Australian journalist banned for human rights articles

 Japan


10 December 2002 - Reform of Kisha Clubs demanded to end press freedom threat
30 May 2002 - Reporters Without Borders urges Prime Minister to reform the kisha clubs system

 Malaysia


18 April 2002 - RSF appeals for the release of journalist on hunger strike
28 February 2002 - RSF calls on the Secretary General of ASEAN to intervene in favour of free circulation of information

 Mongolia


2 August 2002 - An editor jailed for publishing false information that led to woman’s death

 Nepal


20 December 2002 - Journalist kidnapped and killed
17 December 2002 - Two journalists freed after a year in prison
15 November 2002 - Report about torture and arbitrary detention
6 November 2002 - Seven journalists and media assistants freed
21 October 2002 - Policeman involved in Krishna Sen murder gets "policeman of the year" award
15 October 2002 - The death in detention of journalist Krishna Sen and a regime’s lies
9 October 2002 - Journalist badly beaten by drunken police officers
21 August 2002 - Maoist rebels mutilate and kill editor
8 August 2002 - Journalist kidnapped by Maoist rebels
7 August 2002 - Reporters Without Borders urges Nepalese premier to halt arrests of journalists
8 July 2002 - Nepalese journalists take action in protest against abuses of press freedom
28 June 2002 - Government called on to prove journalist Krishna Sen is alive
25 June 2002 - A Blast Times Daily journalist detained and tortured for over a month
5 June 2002 - Reporters Without Borders asks for explanations after the arrest of three pro-Maoist journalists
27 May 2002 - A thirty-one journalist arrested
15 April 2002 - The journalist kidnapped by the Maoist rebels managed to escape
4 April 2002 - A 28th journalist arrested

 Pakistan


20 November 2002 - Court overturns blasphemy conviction, frees journalist after three years in prison
4 October 2002 - New defamation law threatens press freedom
17 September 2002 - Journalist threatened by secret police
9 September 2002 - Pakistani journalists in uproar over new press laws
26 August 2002 - Machinations against Pakistani journalist living in the United States
29 July 2002 - A managing editor threatened and kidnapped by the intelligence services in Karachi
25 June 2002 - Journalist arrested in Quetta
6 June 2002 - Reporters Without Borders indignant at the late release of journalist Amardeep Bassey
4 June 2002 - The News journalist harassed following revelation of media bill
27 May 2002 - Our correspondent visited Amardeep Bassey in prison - Reporters Without Borders calls for the release of the journalist and his guides
14 May 2002 - British journalist of Indian origin detained since Friday
3 May 2002 - A PTV cameraman beaten up by supporters of President Pervez Musharraf
15 April 2002 - At least twenty-five journalists attacked while leaving President Musharraf’s campaign meeting
12 March 2002 - A journalist resigns under government pressure
22 February 2002 - Execution of Daniel Pearl
14 February 2002 - The main suspect in the abduction of Daniel Pearl arrested

 Philippines


2 October 2002 - Two Philippine journalists freed
28 August 2002 - Another threat against a witness in Edgar Damalerio’s murder
22 August 2002 - Journalist gunned down in San Pablo City
14 August 2002 - Key witness killed in the murder of journalist Edgar Damalerio in Pagadian
19 June 2002 - Journalist murdered in Pagadian : Reporters Without Borders condemns impunity of journalists’ killer on Mindanao Island
23 May 2002 - Two attacks against radio stations on the Island of Mindanao
14 May 2002 - Journalist assassinated in Pagadian - RSF condemns impunity of journalists’ killer

 Singapore


19 August 2002 - High Court denies journalists’ right to protect sources

 Sri Lanka


7 November 2002 - Explanation demanded of visa refusal for British journalist
18 October 2002 - Open letter to the Sri Lankan Prime minister
12 September 2002 - Journalist harassed by police in Wariyapola
4 April 2002 - A journalist’s family threatened

 Thailand


19 March 2002 - The Nation Multimedia Group’s news programs taken off the air
4 March 2002 - Two foreign journalists placed on government blacklist

 Vietnam


8 November 2002 - Cyber-dissident sentenced to four years in prison
27 September 2002 - Journalist Nguyen Vu Binh re-arrested
7 August 2002 - The Vietnamese government copies Chinese Internet crackdown
25 July 2002 - Release demanded of Pham Hong Son imprisoned in secret for four months
24 June 2002 - Government bans satellite access to foreign TV broadcasts
29 April 2002 - A third web dissident arrested
15 March 2002 - Two dissidents arrested for publishing documents on the Internet
22 January 2002 - The journalist Bui Minh Quoc under house arrest again in Dalat