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 Afghanistan


21 December 2005 - High Court allows release of journalist Ali Mohaqiq Nasab
31 October 2005 - Two more death sentences in 2001 murders of four journalists
25 October 2005 - Authorities asked to return equipment seized from Kantipur FM in police raid
25 October 2005 - Radio journalist killed in bomb attack on military convoy
24 October 2005 - Editor Ali Mohaqiq Nasab gets two years in prison for blasphemy
5 October 2005 - Call for detained women’s rights magazine editor to be freed on bail
21 September 2005 - Two journalists no longer held by their kidnappers
9 September 2005 - Journalist freed after being held captive for six days
11 July 2005 - Appeal for help in rescuing cash-strapped media and culture NGO
11 July 2005 - Authorities release three journalists detained in Kabul
18 May 2005 - TV presenter shot dead
29 March 2005 - Conservatives wage new campaign against "anti-Islamic" TV stations

 Asia


15 July 2005 - Ban on electronic media partnerships with foreign press

 Bangladesh


27 December 2005 - A wave of Islamist terror sweeps over Bangladeshi press at year’s end
2 December 2005 - Surge in political violence, bombing takes its toll on the press
24 November 2005 - 15 journalists killed in the Commonwealth in two years
22 September 2005 - Journalists targeted after parliamentarian incited violence against them
2 September 2005 - Threats against seven journalists who criticised ruling party legislator
11 August 2005 - Journalist beaten with cane by ruling party parliamentarian
8 July 2005 - Intelligence agents beat up nine newspaper photographers
7 July 2005 - Suspect in Sheikh Belaluddin Ahmed killing arrested in Dhaka
3 June 2005 - Interior minister asked to put a stop of police violence against journalists
26 May 2005 - Journalists targets of sickening and growing violence
13 May 2005 - Another spate of threats and violence against journalists
26 April 2005 - French filmmaker Arnaud Mandagaran allowed to leave the country
22 March 2005 - High court sentencing threatens press freedom
15 March 2005 - Death threats made against at least five journalists within one week
23 February 2005 - Police officer arrested for suspected collusion with journalists killers
5 January 2005 - Murder attempt against journalist in Khulna does not auger well for New Year

 Burma


25 November 2005 - Documentary film-maker released
26 August 2005 - Weekly censored under new press laws
25 August 2005 - Cartoonist Chit Swe freed on completing sentence
18 August 2005 - UN special envoy asked to intervene on behalf of Win Tin
27 July 2005 - Call for more pressure on Burma as it passes up its turn as ASEAN president
20 July 2005 - Press cartoonist Chit Swe arrested
6 July 2005 - Sein Hla Oo and Aung Pwint finally freed, but reports of Win Tin’s release denied
4 July 2005 - 75 year old editor U Win Tin must be immediately released
20 May 2005 - Government imposes news blackout on bombings, gives low casualty figures
4 May 2005 - European Parliament calls for release of U Win Tin
11 March 2005 - "Happy 75th birthday to Win Tin, in prison for the past 16 years"
28 February 2005 - Magazine suspended for carrying St Valentine’s Day advertisement
4 January 2005 - Fourth journalist, Ohn Kyaing, released from jail

 Cambodia


10 November 2005 - Radio station manager still in prison after one month as government gets tough with media
13 October 2005 - Radio station manager jailed on charge of defaming prime minister

 China


30 December 2005 - Appeal court upholds prison sentence for cyber-dissident Zheng Yichun
29 December 2005 - Editor and two deputies fired from liberal daily
23 December 2005 - Authorities to go ahead with trial of Zhao Yan, this year’s winner of the Reporters Without Borders - Fondation de France prize
13 December 2005 - News blackout after police brutally put down demonstrations in Dongzhou
6 December 2005 - Tribute to exiled journalist Liu Binyan, “China’s conscience,” dead at 80
5 December 2005 - Journalist Shi Tao does forced labour while Prime Minister Wen Jiabao signs contracts in France
21 November 2005 - Editor of literary review gets three years in prison
4 November 2005 - Cyber-dissident freed six months before completing sentence
3 November 2005 - Chinese blog shut down just days after being nominated for free expression contest
18 October 2005 - Appeal court upholds five-year jail term for cyber-dissident Zhang Lin
14 October 2005 - Two French journalists refused visas
3 October 2005 - Two Inner Mongolian websites closed because of “separatist” content
26 September 2005 - The 11 commandments of the Internet in China
16 September 2005 - New York Times researcher Zhao Yan marks one year in custody
13 September 2005 - Contract finally signed for NTDTV long-term broadcast on Eutelsat satellite
9 September 2005 - Clinton Urged to Raise Shi Tao Case at China Internet Summit
9 September 2005 - Imprisoned cyber-dissident hospitalised after going on hunger strike
6 September 2005 - Information supplied by Yahoo! helped journalist Shi Tao get 10 years in prison
31 August 2005 - Two cyber-dissidents put under surveillance during UN human rights visit
25 August 2005 - Authorities turn down request for defence lawyer for Ching Cheong
22 August 2005 - Cyber-dissident Ma Yalian released on completing sentence
17 August 2005 - Another foreign radio station falls victim to "Great Wall of the airwaves"
16 August 2005 - Government turns deaf ear to call for Ching Cheong’s release
9 August 2005 - Cyber-dissident Chen Shaowen freed after three years
8 August 2005 - Press freedom group submits free expression petition to IOC
2 August 2005 - Journalist Wu Shishen freed after more than 12 years in prison
28 July 2005 - Cyber-dissident held for past two months on libel charge
15 July 2005 - Ban on electronic media partnerships with foreign press
5 July 2005 - Dalai Lama’s 70th birthday - Passing years bring no let-up in harsh curbs on press freedom
1 July 2005 - Appeal court upholds ten-year prison sentence against journalist Shi Tao
30 June 2005 - Unprecedented campaign for the release of journalists Yu Huafeng and Li Minying
21 June 2005 - Two months after arrest of Ching Cheong, 10,500 people sign a petition urging his release
16 June 2005 - Cyberdissident Zhang Lin to go on trial for posting articles including lyrics to a punk song
14 June 2005 - Microsoft censors its blog tool
6 June 2005 - Authorities declare war on unregistered websites and blogs
2 June 2005 - Sign the international petition at www.petition-chingcheong.org
1 June 2005 - Zhao Yan of the New York Times accused of fraud
20 May 2005 - Journalist on daily Nanfang Dushi Bao has two fingers cut off
19 May 2005 - Letter to Larry Page and Sergey Brin: "Will you agree to censor Google?"
13 May 2005 - Reporters Without Borders expresses its support for journalist and poet Liu Hongbin
10 May 2005 - Call for EU intervention for jailed journalists and cyberdissidents
2 May 2005 - Journalist Shi Tao will appeal against ten-year prison sentence
28 April 2005 - Dissident journalist Chen Yanbin released after more than 14 years in prison
19 April 2005 - French premier asked to press for release of Tibetan monks who published newsletter
8 April 2005 - Satisfaction at choice of Cheng Yizhong for UNESCO press freedom award
30 March 2005 - Lecturer sacked in growing university crackdown on freedom of expression
25 March 2005 - Journalist and cyber-dissident Zheng Yichun held on subversion charge
22 March 2005 - Cyberdissident Zhang Lin formally charged
16 March 2005 - Outrage over travesty of justice for journalist Shi Tao
14 March 2005 - Eutelsat is stopping the transmission of the Chinese-language channel NTDTV under pressure from Beijing
4 March 2005 - Lawyer for several journalists and cyberdissidents banned from practising for one year
1 March 2005 - Lawyer for several journalists and cyberdissidents harassed and facing a professional ban
8 February 2005 - Police arrest cyber-dissident Zhang Lin
28 January 2005 - News black-out on death of former top leader Zhao Ziyang
18 January 2005 - Chinese government bans two Canadian journalists with Chinese-language TV station
12 January 2005 - Government brutally breaks up South Korean parliamentarians’ press conference
7 January 2005 - Official calls Reporters Without Borders "irresponsible" as dissident journalist arrested

 East Timor


3 March 2005 - Government harasses daily newspaper Suara Timor Lorosae

 Gambia


24 November 2005 - 15 journalists killed in the Commonwealth in two years

 Hongkong


8 November 2005 - Two newspaper employees hurt by parcel bomb explosion
16 May 2005 - Epoch Times manages to negotiate a deal with a printer

 India


1 September 2005 - Knife attack on journalist over story about trafficking in women
2 August 2005 - Six journalists wounded in separatist violence in Srinagar
20 June 2005 - N. Venugopal released on bail
2 June 2005 - Filmmaker roughed up by police while covering protest against Canadian bauxite plant
17 March 2005 - Press group harasses blogger

 Indonesia


5 September 2005 - Still no news of journalist kidnapped two weeks ago
10 May 2005 - Two journalists jailed as government seeks to tighten criminal law
27 January 2005 - Army steps up restrictions on foreign journalists in Aceh

 Japan


17 October 2005 - Killer of freelance journalist Satoru Someya gets 14 years

 Malaysia


15 July 2005 - Kuala Lumpur maintains ban on Epoch Times imports

 Maldives


28 December 2005 - Latheef let out of prison for 10 days on health grounds
19 October 2005 - Jennifer Latheef sentenced to 10 years in prison
17 October 2005 - Arrest of two journalists on the Minivan Daily
27 September 2005 - Verdict postponed again in Jennifer Latheef case
22 August 2005 - Cyber-dissident Mohamed Zaki freed
20 August 2005 - ISP systems manager freed after five weeks in detention
17 August 2005 - Journalists targeted in crackdown on pro-democracy opposition
9 May 2005 - Jubilation as Fathimath Nisreen is amnestied
20 January 2005 - Free elections threatened by lack of pluralism

 Nepal


22 December 2005 - Government returns equipment confiscated from two radio stations
15 November 2005 - Supreme court green light for permanent press censorship
19 October 2005 - International Organisations Condemn Further Restrictions on Press Freedoms and Freedom of Expression in Nepal
5 October 2005 - Imprisoned journalist dies of TB after authorities repeatedly refuse treatment
30 September 2005 - European parliament condemns crackdown on press
29 September 2005 - Government tries to throttle independent media still holding out
29 September 2005 - 15 journalists who fled threats in western district go back to work
16 September 2005 - Almost 90 journalists snatched in mass arrests in Kathmandu, a score injured
13 September 2005 - Another news website blocked
29 August 2005 - Supreme Court orders the release of journalist Bhaikaji Ghimire
26 August 2005 - Six journalists face arrest over cartoon about monarchy
23 August 2005 - The ’International Press Freedom and Freedom of Expression Mission to Nepal’ report
11 August 2005 - Supreme court stays government’s hand in its move against radio station
19 July 2005 - Mission Statement by International Organisations
11 July 2005 - Journalists’ union negotiates Som Sharma’s release by Maoist rebels
29 June 2005 - Indignation as government restricts advertising to "nationalist" publications
22 June 2005 - Reporters Without Borders backs a new Nepalese-language blog Nepal Info
16 June 2005 - Cable operators allowed to carry Indian channels again, except Nepal 1
14 June 2005 - Police release 49 journalists after holding them for 22 hours
9 June 2005 - 51 journalists held overnight for demanding press freedom
8 June 2005 - Supreme court rules in favour of radio news agency Communication Corner
25 May 2005 - New edict tightens screw still further on press freedom
18 May 2005 - Press caught between a rock and a hard place
26 April 2005 - Reporters Without Borders welcomes release of five journalists in the past week
21 April 2005 - Supreme court asks government to explain FM radio censorship
20 April 2005 - BBC World Service news programmes blocked in Nepal and Pakistan
4 April 2005 - Provincial newspaper editor dies two weeks after being shot in the head
30 March 2005 - Arrests of journalists and censorship continue two months after emergency declared
21 March 2005 - Maoists admit two year old murder of Radio Nepal presenter
16 March 2005 - One journalist shot and four arrested as violence and crackdown continue
10 March 2005 - Investigative journalist released by captors
9 March 2005 - Two more journalists arrested, making eight in two weeks
28 February 2005 - Maoists ransack and torch television station
25 February 2005 - Four journalists released
24 February 2005 - Five editors questioned for publishing blank pages
16 February 2005 - Eleven steps to safeguard press freedom
10 February 2005 - Crackdown on press freedom could put 1,000 journalists out of work
8 February 2005 - King takes further measures against press freedom
5 February 2005 - King rolls back 15 years of press freedom gains in four days
3 February 2005 - King imposes state of emergency and cuts communications with outside world
27 January 2005 - Journalist Chandra Giri tortured by the army
25 January 2005 - Release of Shakti Kumar Pun
17 January 2005 - Journalist Chandra Giri has been missing for more than two weeks
4 January 2005 - Sitaram Parajuli released after 13 days of secret detention

 Pakistan


27 December 2005 - Ban on foreign TV stations puts cable TV operators under pressure
20 December 2005 - Hayatullah Khan’s children appeal to his abductors to “return our father”
9 December 2005 - Reporters Without Borders and the Tribal Union of Journalists call for quick action on abduction of journalist Hayatullah Khan
6 December 2005 - Journalist kidnapped after challenging official account of Al Qaeda militant’s death
24 November 2005 - 15 journalists killed in the Commonwealth in two years
18 November 2005 - Karachi-based radio station closed for broadcasting BBC earthquake programme
14 September 2005 - Editor of banned Islamist weekly freed on bail
12 August 2005 - Three European film-makers detained secretly
25 July 2005 - Indian journalist refused entry on arrival in Lahore because she is on blacklist
25 July 2005 - Second bomb attack against journalist Khursheed Ahmed
1 June 2005 - Electronic media liberalised but put under closer surveillance
16 May 2005 - Gunmen fire on Reuters TV correspondent
4 May 2005 - Police mark World Press Freedom Day by arresting and beating journalists
27 April 2005 - Khawar Mehdi cleared of "sedition" and "conspiracy"
20 April 2005 - BBC World Service news programmes blocked in Nepal and Pakistan
20 April 2005 - Police use violence against journalists in Karachi and Lahore
3 March 2005 - Police in Karachi arrest new suspect in Daniel Pearl case
8 February 2005 - Two journalists killed in ambush in tribal zone of South Waziristan
31 January 2005 - Islamist gang attacks offices of press group Jang in Karachi
19 January 2005 - Ten journalists injured as religious students raid Lahore Press Club

 Philippines


2 December 2005 - Radio journalist shot dead
29 November 2005 - Conviction of Edgar Damalerio’s killer first success in the fight against impunity
21 November 2005 - A journalist gunned down southeast of Manila
5 October 2005 - Journalist critical after shooting on Mindanao Island
5 August 2005 - Magazine editor receives death threat
4 July 2005 - Radio presenter shot dead in southern Mindanao
23 June 2005 - Tampering and inactivity in the Marlene Esperat murder investigation
27 May 2005 - Serious suspect arrested in Rowell Endrinal murder case
19 May 2005 - Dingalan mayor receives summons in Philip Agustin murder
6 May 2005 - Gunmen fatally wound journalist in street attack
28 March 2005 - Newspaper columnist gunned down in front of her 10-year-old daughter
8 March 2005 - News media told not to interview "terrorist groups"
1 February 2005 - Attempted murder of weekly editor on Mindanao island bodes ill for 2005
5 January 2005 - Two schoolboys arrested for murder of journalist Stephen Omais

 Sierra Leone


24 November 2005 - 15 journalists killed in the Commonwealth in two years

 Singapore


29 November 2005 - Open letter to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
28 April 2005 - Student forced to shut down blog after libel threat

 South Korea


16 December 2005 - Probe into secret service phone tapping scandal clears everyone except the journalists
17 November 2005 - US-based Chinese TV station expelled from APEC forum
27 July 2005 - Reporters Without Borders will monitor implementation of new print media law closely

 Sri Lanka


20 December 2005 - Tamil journalists suffering repeated arrests and harassment
24 November 2005 - 15 journalists killed in the Commonwealth in two years
20 October 2005 - Arson attack on independent media group’s printing press
30 August 2005 - Watchman badly hurt in grenade attack on Tamil daily
24 August 2005 - Press photographer beaten up amid continuing political tension
16 August 2005 - Tamil-language TV news presenter and husband shot dead in Colombo
15 June 2005 - Arrest of suspect in TamilNet editor’s murder seen as encouraging
24 May 2005 - Fears for safety of Tamil journalist
16 May 2005 - Call for murders of journalists to be discussed at donors conference
9 May 2005 - Norwegian monitoring mission urged to carry out its own investigation into the murder of Dharmeratnam Sivaram
29 April 2005 - Editor of TamilNet murdered in Colombo

 Taïwan


5 August 2005 - Authorities abruptly close down cable TV news station
10 May 2005 - Taiwanese journalists refused accreditation for WHO annual conference
14 April 2005 - Two Chinese public media banned from island

 Thailand


8 November 2005 - Open letter to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra
4 November 2005 - Journalist murdered in resort city after exposing prostitution network
19 July 2005 - Adoption of tough security law in south of country
27 June 2005 - Journalist considers exile to avoid government harassment
7 June 2005 - Journalist shot and wounded after investigating post-tsunami land grabs
7 April 2005 - Burmese journalists threatened by Thai government decision on refugees
16 February 2005 - Newspaper editor gunned down in southern city

 Vietnam


16 December 2005 - Confirmation of arrests of the Kiem Street chat room users
9 December 2005 - Pro-democracy Internet-user held and questioned for 24 hours
20 September 2005 - Cyberdissident Nguyen Vu Binh still refuses “self-criticism” after three years in jail.
31 August 2005 - Government urged to pardon three cyber-dissidents
26 July 2005 - Government tightens grip on cyber-cafés and online press
17 June 2005 - President George W. Bush urged to raise case of prisoner of opinion with Vietnam’s prime minister
24 March 2005 - Reporters Without Borders urges amnesty for cyberdissident Pham Hong Son
9 February 2005 - Although released, Nguyen Dan Que and Nguyen Dinh Huy are not free
21 January 2005 - Monthly Nha Bao va Cong Luan suspended after two issues
12 January 2005 - Government clamps down on the online press