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 Australia


16 November 2004 - Reporters Without Borders condemns serious threat to investigative journalism
17 March 2004 - Court rulings support sect’s harassment of freelance journalist

 Bangladesh


4 October 2004 - Newspaper editor beheaded in axe attack
24 September 2004 - A journalist viciously beaten
28 June 2004 - Newspaper editor killed in bomb attack in Khulna
11 May 2004 - Journalist accused of murder after refusing to hand over incriminating photos of police
7 May 2004 - Reporters Without Borders calls for aid to be linked to an end to violence against journalists
8 April 2004 - Thirteen Maoist militants accused of murder of journalist Manik Saha
6 April 2004 - Journalist badly wounded in murder attempt
18 February 2004 - Local newspaper editor arrested under special powers act
27 January 2004 - Underground Maoist group admits responsibility for journalist’s murder and threatens nine others

 Burma


30 November 2004 - Junta releases only one of the country’s 13 imprisoned journalists
25 November 2004 - Win Tin and 12 other journalists still in prison despite anticipated release
19 November 2004 - Renowned journalist Win Tin set for release
21 October 2004 - New military government closes 17 publications
22 September 2004 - Press freedom organisations challenge military junta’s denial over closure of Khit-Sann
15 September 2004 - Military censors shut down fortnightly
20 July 2004 - U Thar Ban freed after seven years in prison
15 June 2004 - Support Burmese sports journalist Zaw Thet Htwe sentenced to three years in prison
18 May 2004 - Sports journalist Zaw Thet Htwe has death sentence commuted
13 May 2004 - Military junta shuts door on free coverage of National Convention
22 April 2004 - Appeal for mercy for Zaw Thet Htwe
19 April 2004 - Khin Maung Win (Sunny): "I have never heard of a law that forbids filming or taking photos of Aung San Suu Kyi."
9 April 2004 - Military ban magazine in northeastern state of Shan
1 April 2004 - Burmese journalist Kyi Tin Oo free after 10 years
10 March 2004 - Two journalists released at the end of their sentences

 China


29 December 2004 - 11 Falun Gong members arrested for posting torture photos on Internet
21 December 2004 - Reporters Without Borders - Fondation de France Prize : Liu Xiaobo receives prize for defence of press freedom
15 December 2004 - Authorities harass Yu Jie and Liu Xiaobo
14 December 2004 - Cyberdissidents Yu Jie and Liu Xiaobo released
8 December 2004 - Four Reporters Without Borders activists released
7 December 2004 - Cyberdissident Ouyang Yi released at the end of his sentence
6 December 2004 - Arrest of poet and journalist Shi Tao
6 December 2004 - Five resign from editorial board in solidarity with dismissed magazine editor
3 December 2004 - Reporters Without Borders backs European Coalition appeal not to lift China arms embargo
3 December 2004 - Reformist journalists and intellectuals punished and censored
2 December 2004 - Journalist Yu Dongyue reportedly loses his mind after being tortured
29 November 2004 - Liu Jingsheng released after 12 and a half years in prison
29 November 2004 - Google urged to react after Chinese authorities block Google News
24 November 2004 - Journalist and dissident Liu Jingsheng about to be released
23 November 2004 - Journalist Wu Shishen to be freed next July
22 November 2004 - Castro or Hu Jintao? Who’s the biggest violator of free expression?
4 November 2004 - Cyber-dissident He Depu begins third year in prison
11 October 2004 - French president asked to press for release of cyberdissident Huang Jinqui serving 12 years
8 October 2004 - Jacques Chirac, on visit to Beijing, taxed about sales of French equipment to jam foreign broadcasts into China
7 October 2004 - French President Chirac urged to use Chengdu visit to press for release of cyberdissident Huang Qi
17 September 2004 - Two cyberdissidents handed down harsh prison sentences
28 August 2004 - Former newspaper editor-in-chief freed but two of his journalists still in jail
25 August 2004 - New gold medal for China - for human rights violations
11 August 2004 - Du Daobin’s sentence confirmed on appeal
26 July 2004 - Google - Yahoo market battle threatens freedom of expression
2 July 2004 - Year of China in France ends
1 July 2004 - "Bware, SMS unda ctrl"
23 June 2004 - Huang Qi awarded 2004 Cyberfreedom Prize
16 June 2004 - Appeal court keeps long jail terms, albeit reduced, for two newspaper executives
4 June 2004 - Fifteenth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre
2 June 2004 - Is Liu Xiaobo in prison?
25 May 2004 - Chinese-language NTDTV harassed by Beijing
21 May 2004 - Reporters Without Borders condemns unfair trial of Du Daobin
12 May 2004 - Reporters Without Borders and La Découverte expose massive human rights violations in "China, the Black Book"
11 May 2004 - Reporters Without Borders concerned about Wang Jinbo’s health
7 May 2004 - Jail sentences reduced on appeal against bosses of liberal daily Nanfang Dushi Bao
23 April 2004 - Cyberdissident Yang Jianli, a US resident, marks two years in prison without being sentenced
22 April 2004 - Government denies imprisonment of ex-Nanfang Dushi Bao bosses linked to journalism
24 March 2004 - Cyberdissident Ouyang Yi sentenced to two years in prison
19 March 2004 - Joy at news of release of South Korean photographer Jae-Hyun Seok
17 March 2004 - Closed-doors trial for Zhang Shengqi
17 March 2004 - Censorship stepped up to target blogging
16 March 2004 - Reporters Without Borders supports family’s appeal for release of cyberdissident Yang Jianli
11 March 2004 - Authorities block Wall Street Journal and Deutsche Welle sites
2 March 2004 - Reporters Without Borders concerned about health of cyberdissident He Depu
24 February 2004 - Reporters Without Borders and Resolution217 seek release of photographer Seok Jae-hyun on eve of Beijing talks on North Korea
20 February 2004 - Five Falun Gong members jailed for posting "fabricated" news online
17 February 2004 - Cyber-dissident Du Daobin formally charged with subversion
12 February 2004 - Foreign press journalists detained for working on reports about bird flu
12 February 2004 - Cyber-dissident Du Daobin’s case sent back to police for lack of evidence
27 January 2004 - Police break up a protest by Reporters Without Borders activists to press for release of Chinese cyberdissidents and journalists
18 January 2004 - Reporters Without Borders launches online petition for release of South Korean photographer Jae-Hyun Seok detained one year ago for coverage of North Korea refugees
8 January 2004 - Police put pressure on daily newspaper that broke story of new Sars case
5 January 2004 - Internet repression: Reporters Without Borders’ plea falls on deaf ears

 Cuba


22 November 2004 - Castro or Hu Jintao? Who’s the biggest violator of free expression?

 East Timor


29 June 2004 - Australian journalist expelled
10 May 2004 - Australian journalist arrested and threatened with expulsion

 Hongkong


6 April 2004 - Triad gangs could be involved in threats against Albert Cheng

 India


30 September 2004 - Threat to cybercafés
30 August 2004 - Three more journalists on daily Mahanagar physically attacked
6 July 2004 - Militant nationalists attack Mumbai daily
10 February 2004 - Tamil Nadu police arrest Nakkheeran reporter

 Indonesia


10 September 2004 - Defamation case verdicts postponed in Tempo and Supinya Klangnarong cases

 Laos


26 November 2004 - ASEAN Summit - Foreign press urged to expose lack of free expression in Laos and plight of jailed local guides

 Malaysia


6 October 2004 - Authorities harass a blogger
4 June 2004 - Call for investigation into kidnapping of exiled Burmese journalist

 Maldives


2 December 2004 - Personal account : Fathimath Nisreen, cyber-dissident imprisoned in the Maldives
25 October 2004 - Cyber-dissident Fathimath Nisreen banished again
13 October 2004 - Concern about the fate of four cyberdissidents two months after their arrest
18 August 2004 - Call for European Union to press for release of cyber-dissidents
4 August 2004 - Cable & Wireless explains its involvement in Internet in Maldives
5 March 2004 - "Our beaches are lovely and it’s really a paradise, but we Maldivians are being tortured here"
6 February 2004 - Reporters Without Borders calls for early release of cyberdissidents as they begin their third year in prison

 Mongolia


5 May 2004 - Journalist imprisoned for defamation

 Nepal


26 December 2004 - Journalist released by the army
25 November 2004 - Maoists kidnap a third journalist, seven others assaulted in two weeks
22 October 2004 - Journalist released after 251 days of detention
11 October 2004 - The army hounds a daily newspaper in Nepalgunj
7 October 2004 - Maoist chief issues death threats against three journalists
15 September 2004 - A maoist leader has apologised for the murder of a journalist
20 July 2004 - Four journalists arrested for exposing a corrupt public official
19 April 2004 - Around 300 journalists arrested in past three days
20 February 2004 - Security forces kill journalist

 North Korea


27 April 2004 - Reporters Without Borders calls for international press to be allowed to report from Ryongchon

 Pakistan


17 December 2004 - Herald senior assistant editor harassed by Military Intelligence officers
22 November 2004 - Frontier Post staffer released from prison
15 November 2004 - Four journalists arrested, one radio station closed
23 September 2004 - Journalists still barred from South Waziristan
14 September 2004 - Army spokesman accuses journalists of selling out Pakistan interests for a "few hundred dollars"
9 September 2004 - Journalist imprisoned over articles about conflict between peasants and military in Punjab
3 September 2004 - Punjab government bans paper before first issue can appear
17 August 2004 - Government drops plan to toughen libel laws
30 July 2004 - Harassment and violence against journalists in South Waziristan
16 June 2004 - Arrests, threats and press freedom violations in South Waziristan
7 June 2004 - Frontier Post chief editor’s death sentences commuted to life imprisonment
3 June 2004 - Newsweek journalist Sami Yousafzai released
25 May 2004 - Reporters Without Borders urges Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon to intervene on behalf of jailed journalists
14 May 2004 - Newsweek journalist Sami Yousafzai transferred to tribal areas
12 May 2004 - Heavy-handed treatment of media as opposition politician tries to return from exile
5 May 2004 - Newsweek journalist Sami Yousafzai marks two weeks in secret detention
27 April 2004 - Afghan journalist working for Newsweek secretly detained for six days
27 March 2004 - "I did nothing wrong," says freed journalist
23 March 2004 - Media prevented from reporting independently on army offensive in South Waziristan
19 March 2004 - Concern over fate of journalist kidnapped by Sind bandits
2 March 2004 - Reporters Without Borders fears new upsurge of violence against press after bloody attack against Shiite in Quetta
25 February 2004 - Quetta newspaper office bombed
13 February 2004 - Journalist Khawar Mehdi Rizvi charged at an anti-terrorist court
30 January 2004 - Khawar Mehdi Rizvi insists he is innocent
29 January 2004 - Journalist murdered by politician
22 January 2004 - Court fails to force security agents to produce detained journalist Khawar Mehdi Rizvi
14 January 2004 - Freed French journalists set up support committee for still detained Pakistani colleague Khawar Mehdi Rizvi
13 January 2004 - State continues to lie about detaining Pakistani journalist
12 January 2004 - French reporters’ jail sentence reduced to a fine
10 January 2004 - French reporters sentenced to six months in prison - Pakistani journalist Khawar Mehdi Rizvi held secretly for 25 days

 Philippines


9 December 2004 - News media protest against serial killings of journalists
29 November 2004 - Hit man guns down photojournalist
25 November 2004 - Podeba murder suspect turns himself in
19 November 2004 - A police officer arrested for the murder of a radio presenter
17 November 2004 - Killings, a murder attempt and death threats: A black week for press freedom
13 November 2004 - Press photographer gunned down by lone sniper on Jolo island
20 October 2004 - Murder of journalist is eighth this year
16 September 2004 - Arrests in the murders of three journalists could signal move to end impunity

 South Korea


4 November 2004 - Two draft laws: one good, one bad for press freedom
23 July 2004 - Student fined for mocking politicians online
27 May 2004 - Threats to an Internet radio run by North Korean defectors
24 February 2004 - Reporters Without Borders and Resolution217 seek release of photographer Seok Jae-hyun on eve of Beijing talks on North Korea

 Sri Lanka


13 December 2004 - Violence against broadcasting group and Tamil newspaper
18 October 2004 - Family of  journalist Mayilvaganam Nimalarajan demands justice, four years after his murder
17 August 2004 - Journalist murdered in Colombo
29 July 2004 - Journalist wounded in shooting in the east of the country
23 July 2004 - Tamil journalist’s home searched again
13 July 2004 - Terror stalks journalists in the east
1 June 2004 - Tamil journalist gunned down in east of country
31 March 2004 - Journalists targeted in attacks ahead of legislative elections
16 February 2004 - New minister cancels TV licence on eve of elections

 Taïwan


14 April 2004 - Fourteen journalists injured by anti-government protesters

 Thailand


10 September 2004 - Defamation case verdicts postponed in Tempo and Supinya Klangnarong cases

 Tonga


5 March 2004 - Release on bail for democracy activist accused of distributing banned publication

 Vietnam


16 September 2004 - Dutch premier urged to press Vietnamese on ailing cyber-dissident Pham Hong Son
31 July 2004 - Two cyberdissidents released another sentenced to 30 months in prison
15 July 2004 - Pham Que Duong sentenced to 19 months in prison
14 June 2004 - Authorities free ailing cyber-dissident Le Chi Quang
21 May 2004 - Cyber-dissident Nguyen Vu Binh enters third week of hunger strike
7 May 2004 - Nguyen Vu Binh on hunger strike
5 March 2004 - French Co-operation Minister presses case of jailed cyberdissidents
19 February 2004 - Authorities release three cyber-dissidents who defended freedom of worship