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 Afghanistan


28 November 2006 - Taliban attack press in North Waziristan
10 November 2006 - Khalil Naramgo freed after promising not to criticise government officials
3 November 2006 - Italian photographer freed after being held hostage for three weeks
25 October 2006 - Kidnappers say Italian photographer still in good health
18 October 2006 - Call for active campaign on behalf of kidnapped Italian photographer : “A journalist is not a bargaining chip”
17 October 2006 - Gabriele Torsello makes contact to report he is well but reasons for kidnapping still unclear
9 October 2006 - Authorities urged to lose no time in establishing who killed German journalists
17 August 2006 - Open letter to President Hamid Karzai
31 July 2006 - Gunmen attack Tolo TV crew covering Kabul demonstration
24 July 2006 - Follow-up suicide bomber kills TV employee covering death of two Canadian soldiers
20 June 2006 - Government tries to reintroduce censorship about the security situation
29 May 2006 - Security guards attack TV crew outside parliament
12 May 2006 - Members of parliament beat up cameraman

 Asia


27 September 2006 - Abdou Diouf urged to use Francophone summit to set deadline for decriminalizing press offences
7 September 2006 - Press freedom sidelined in EU-China and ASEM 6 debates

 Australia


8 December 2006 - Student magazine editor subjected to terror probe
8 September 2006 - Call for overhaul of freedom of information laws after disappointing decision by High Court
28 August 2006 - Victoria supreme court rejects appeal by two Herald Sun reporters facing imprisonment
3 April 2006 - Senate approves interception of communications bill that threatens press freedom
30 March 2006 - Prime Minister’s office has spoof website closed down

 Bangladesh


22 November 2006 - Violence against press continues as European Parliament adopts resolution
15 November 2006 - Influential former minister sues six publications
2 November 2006 - Photographer arrested and tortured, 15 other journalists attacked while covering protests
7 September 2006 - Newspaper reporter beaten at behest of ruling party parliamentarian
9 August 2006 - Indian journalist badly beaten in Dhaka with complete impunity
11 July 2006 - Independent weekly hit by two bombs after threats from radical movement
30 May 2006 - Many journalists injured when ruling party activists attack their demonstration
14 April 2006 - Ruling party uses force to stop conference on press freedom
22 March 2006 - Court convicts 12 people of Kamal Hossein’s murder in 2004
14 March 2006 - Police arrest prime suspect in Gautam Das murder
6 March 2006 - A murder attempt and 11 journalists beaten

 Burma


13 December 2006 - 2006 Laureate in the “Journalist” category : U Win Tin
30 November 2006 - Intelligence agents and paramilitaries monitor writer’s 91st birthday celebration
4 July 2006 - Internet increasingly resembles an Intranet as foreign services blocked
3 July 2006 - U Win Tin begins his 18th year in prison
27 June 2006 - Court upholds three-year sentences for journalists who photographed new capital
23 June 2006 - Four young activists given heavy prison sentences for publishing poetry
18 May 2006 - Visiting UN official asked to intercede on behalf of newly banned filmmaker and detained journalists
10 March 2006 - U Win Tin, denied Red Cross visits, to spend 76th birthday in jail
9 February 2006 - Military junta launches manhunt for informants of international news media
26 January 2006 - Junta ends year by censoring New Year’s greetings, keeping sick journalist in prison

 Cambodia


15 December 2006 - Radio Free Asia correspondent in coma after suspicious road accident
12 September 2006 - Journalist gets death threats over corruption reports
31 August 2006 - Officials ban French filmmaker from leaving in bid to extort money
27 July 2006 - Journalist flees to Thailand after death threats
24 April 2006 - In historic move, prime minister says he will decriminalize defamation
7 March 2006 - Prime minister promises to decriminalise defamation

 China


22 December 2006 - Ching Cheong spends his 57th birthday in prison
19 December 2006 - Sociologist gets 20 years for helping journalist Ching Cheong
18 December 2006 - Gao Qinrong’s interview : "For eight years, my daughter believed I was abroad"
1 December 2006 - High court takes 10 minutes to confirm three-year sentence for New York Times researcher
1 December 2006 - Adoption of new rules for foreign journalists welcomed, but appeal court confirms 3-year sentence for New York Times researcher
30 November 2006 - Journalist reportedly arrested for "illegal interviews" with coal miners after accident
23 November 2006 - Cyber-dissident Huang Qi again threatened by local authorities
17 November 2006 - Organisers of Beijing Games urged to translate promise into acts
15 November 2006 - Wikipedia blocked again
9 November 2006 - Cyber-dissident convicted on Yahoo! information is freed after four years
6 November 2006 - Journalist Zhao Yan is denied appeal hearing
31 October 2006 - Court decides to skip hearings when considering Ching Cheong’s appeal
27 October 2006 - Hong Kong journalist beaten by guards inside People’s Congress in Beijing
26 October 2006 - Second day of Chirac’s visit - with head of company that is selling police equipment for use in repression
25 October 2006 - Cyber-dissident gets three-year sentence on day French president arrives
25 October 2006 - First day of President Chirac’s state visit to China-Will he talk about free expression during the visit ?
20 October 2006 - Court orders journalist freed but stops short of quashing his conviction
19 October 2006 - New purge at China Youth Daily
9 October 2006 - Diplomats asked to intercede on behalf of detained cyber-dissident who is being mistreated
2 October 2006 - Cyber-dissident Yang Maodong formally arrested and charged
29 September 2006 - Eight journalists beaten by plain clothes police
21 September 2006 - Cyber-dissident Deng Yongliang freed but still under threat from the authorities
15 September 2006 - Cyber-dissident Zhu Yufu freed, but fellow-activist He Depu still held as health declines
14 September 2006 - Judges follow lawyers in being banned from talking to the press
11 September 2006 - New regulations reinforce Xinhua’s control over foreign news agencies
4 September 2006 - Foxconn drops lawsuit against two China Business News journalists
4 September 2006 - Zhao Yan appeals against three-year sentence on fraud charge
31 August 2006 - Five years for Straits Times correspondent as harsh line continues on journalists working for foreign media
24 August 2006 - Book editor suspended for writing about Communist Party’s disciplinary system
21 August 2006 - Journalist freed after one week but fired from newspaper
17 August 2006 - Official press reports new restrictions on online video
16 August 2006 - Ching Cheong’s trial is "travesty of justice"
11 August 2006 - Online journalist still awaiting verdict four months after trial
7 August 2006 - Wikipedia-style online encyclopedia closes under government pressure
7 August 2006 - Chinese go further, faster and higher with media crackdowns two years before Beijing Olympics
3 August 2006 - Authorities close Polls website for third time in three months
1 August 2006 - Century China describes how it was closed down
31 July 2006 - Tibetan poet’s blogs closed down
25 July 2006 - Reporter beaten to death by policeman in Guizhou province
20 July 2006 - Call for release of Ching Cheong for lack of evidence
18 July 2006 - Sarkozy urged to raise plight of imprisoned journalists and internet-users
13 July 2006 - Journalist Li Yuanlong gets two years in prison for “subversive” Internet articles
11 July 2006 - Blogger Hao Wu freed after being held for five months
10 July 2006 - European Parliament president urged to raise cases of imprisoned journalists and cyber-dissidents on visit to China
6 July 2006 - Bill increasing censorship could apply to foreign media as well
3 July 2006 - Polls website back online
23 June 2006 - Appeal court upholds cyber-dissident Li Changqing’s three-year sentence
22 June 2006 - Test of filtering by Sohu and Sina search engines following upgrade
16 June 2006 - No verdict in Zhao Yan trial as court ignores legal deadline
15 June 2006 - Journalist who denounced local corruption gets a year in prison
14 June 2006 - Call for sanctions after beating of Three Gorges dam activist Fu Xiancai
12 June 2006 - Authorities allow opinion poll website back online
9 June 2006 - Google.com accessible again inside China
8 June 2006 - Delays, abuses and irregularities plague Zhao Yan case
2 June 2006 - Cyber-dissident arrested, two others forced to leave town
22 May 2006 - Blogger still denied lawyer as he enters fourth month in detention
18 May 2006 - Cyber-dissident Zhang Lin needs immediate hospitalization
12 May 2006 - Five journalists attacked while covering coal mine accident
11 May 2006 - Detained blogger still being denied access to lawyer
27 April 2006 - Call for Shi Tao’s release on medical grounds
24 April 2006 - Call for Ching Cheong’s release in the absence of proof
19 April 2006 - Yahoo ! implicated in third cyberdissident trial
18 April 2006 - Renewed judicial proceedings against detained researcher called “aberration”
14 April 2006 - Bill Gates urged to raise Internet censorship when he dines with President Hu
14 April 2006 - WTO members urged to oppose a new wave of Chinese media restrictions
12 April 2006 - Yahoo! employees get chance to see Chinese detainee videos outside company’s headquarters
6 April 2006 - Journalist held in Hunan province after writing about local government corruption
31 March 2006 - Chinese activists call for repeal of Internet “11 Commandments”
24 March 2006 - Sister of Hao Wu challenges authorities over arrest of blogger
23 March 2006 - Zhao Yan still not released, now being held illegally
17 March 2006 - Ten years in prison for online anti-government articles
7 March 2006 - Release of cyberdissident Cai Lujun at the end of his sentence
3 March 2006 - Foreign journalists blocked from reporting on world’s biggest electronic waste site
28 February 2006 - Journalist Li Yuanlong charged with “subversion”
27 February 2006 - Verdict in cyberdissident Li Zhi case confirms implication of Yahoo!
23 February 2006 - Journalist who was driven mad in prison freed after 16 years
22 February 2006 - Trials of Zhao Yan and Ching Cheong adjourned for lack of evidence
17 February 2006 - Bing Dian reopened under tight control as new sanctions slapped on investigative journalists
9 February 2006 - Another cyberdissident imprisoned because of data provided by Yahoo
6 February 2006 - Calls for killers of Wu Xianghu to be brought to trial
26 January 2006 - Article on history textbooks given as reason for weekly supplement’s closure
25 January 2006 - Google launches censored version of its search-engine
18 January 2006 - Three journalists get prison sentences after covering land dispute
17 January 2006 - Despondency and resignations from the liberal press
13 January 2006 - Government lies used to conceal visit by North Korea’s “Dear Leader”
6 January 2006 - Ching Cheong could be tried at any time now that his case has gone to prosecutor’s office
4 January 2006 - Early release for leading journalist follows international campaigns
3 January 2006 - Restless journalists at Beijing News kept under close surveillance

 East Timor


30 June 2006 - Opposition militants raid Timor-Leste TV and radio

 fiji


14 December 2006 - Editor of Fiji Daily Post arrested
28 August 2006 - Proposed broadcast licensing authority would give government control over media

 Hongkong


22 November 2006 - Citizens’ Radio case postponed as more accused face charges
6 July 2006 - Bill increasing censorship could apply to foreign media as well
2 March 2006 - Criminals target the daily Epoch Times

 India


12 December 2006 - Call for explanations about journalist arrested in Kashmir
23 November 2006 - Journalist threatened by militia death threats
9 August 2006 - Kashmiri photographer in prison without evidence or trial for nearly two years
13 June 2006 - Journalist stoned to death in rural Maharashtra State
12 June 2006 - Attempt on newspaper reporter’s life in Kashmir
15 May 2006 - Separatist threats against cable TV operators in Kashmir
21 April 2006 - Armed separatists kidnap editors, threaten newspaper in Manipur
29 March 2006 - Ban on "DIY radio" in Bihar state illustrates unfairness of broadcast law
27 February 2006 - Call for repressive law to be dropped
17 February 2006 - Two journalists beaten up by police in Assam
13 January 2006 - Journalist flees harassment by police
10 January 2006 - Young journalist murdered in Assam after criticising forest warden

 Indonesia


14 December 2006 - A fifth documentary banned at Jakarta film festival
20 September 2006 - Jakarta court dismisses case against Santosa
14 September 2006 - Five Australian journalists expelled from Papua
12 May 2006 - Journalist killed while investigating on corruption
21 April 2006 - Officials deny entry to US journalist who covered war in Aceh from rebels’ side
8 March 2006 - The Supreme Court overturns one-year prison sentence against Bambang Harymurti
3 February 2006 - Government urged not to adopt decrees on radio and TV stations
9 January 2006 - Press freedom threatened by new verdict against press group Tempo

 Japan


21 July 2006 - Alarm at fire-bomb attack against financial paper
24 March 2006 - High Court throws out case against TV channel NHK in protection of sources case

 Kiribati


12 January 2006 - Public radio journalist fired for refusing to disclose sources for report on corruption

 Laos


23 June 2006 - Open letter to President Choummaly Sayasone

 Malaysia


4 December 2006 - Government signals crackdown on bloggers
16 November 2006 - Pressure on media as police picked up in model’s murder
27 October 2006 - Concern about increasing threats to media diversity and pluralism
9 March 2006 - Editor of an Indian magazine released

 Maldives


5 December 2006 - Open letter to the Information Minister, Mohamed Nasheed
7 November 2006 - Government gets tough again in run-up to opposition rally
19 August 2006 - Despite pardon, Jennifer Latheef should be cleared of terrorism charges
3 August 2006 - Authorities urged not to send Abdulla "Fahal" Saeed back to prison
26 July 2006 - Minivan correspondent freed after being held more than three months
8 May 2006 - International fact-finding mission: "Attacks against media professionals and dissenting voices are still going on"
20 April 2006 - Minivan journalist sentenced to life imprisonment
23 February 2006 - Cyberdissident Ahmad Didi released, a photographer arrested
4 January 2006 - Colombo-based exile radio and website raided in manipulation of Interpol

 Mongolia


13 July 2006 - TV station editor beaten up over report about broken privatisation promises

 Nepal


31 October 2006 - Maoists continue to threaten the press
22 August 2006 - Maoists and government urged to respect press freedom undertakings
27 July 2006 - Student group publicly burns newspapers and magazines
21 June 2006 - Gyanendra and Prachanda removed from press freedom predators list
23 May 2006 - Supreme court quashes articles that allowed government to crack down on media
5 May 2006 - One journalist released, two remain in custody
20 April 2006 - Violent crackdown on press continues, 61 journalists arrested in past week
18 April 2006 - International Mission calls on King to halt brutal attempts to suppress Freedom of Expression and targeting of Media in Nepal
10 April 2006 - 97 journalists arrested and 24 injured in six days
7 April 2006 - At least 59 journalists arrested in three days
5 April 2006 - An Open letter to the Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist
27 March 2006 - The press freedom situation has not improved since July 2005
16 March 2006 - Woman journalist freed after being held for 35 days and tortured
8 March 2006 - Government cuts power to an FM radio as the army launches six propaganda stations
23 February 2006 - Five journalists freed, two still in prison
2 February 2006 - More than 40 journalists released after three hours in custody
31 January 2006 - International Organisations Condemn a Year of Repression of Press Freedoms and Freedom of Expression
23 January 2006 - Press hard hit in government crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations
17 January 2006 - Government plans new authority, high fees to stifle radio stations
9 January 2006 - Six journalists already arrested or threatened since the start of the year
5 January 2006 - Young newspaper editor freed after six months in prison

 North Korea


17 October 2006 - Pyongyang threatens independant radio stations run by North Korean exiles

 Pakistan


4 December 2006 - Peshawar demonstrations on first anniversary of Hayatullah Khan’s abduction in protest against government’s refusal to release findings
27 November 2006 - Ban lifted on the privately-owned channel Sindh TV
21 November 2006 - Abducted journalist released after questioning
9 November 2006 - Detention, violence and harassment of journalists in madrassa attack probe
2 November 2006 - One journalist brutally murdered, a second wounded in shooting
27 October 2006 - Missing journalist was tortured while held by military intelligence for four months
17 October 2006 - Supreme court judge dismisses charges against The News crime reporter
27 September 2006 - Kidnapped journalist freed after being beaten and interrogated for three days
15 September 2006 - Violence against journalists continues with a murder, beating and shooting
13 September 2006 - Government remains silent on findings of investigations into Hayatullah Khan’s murder
30 August 2006 - Sindh newspaper reporter tortured and humiliated, while police refuse to investigate
30 June 2006 - Press club attacked in Peshawar, journalists arrested in tribal areas
23 June 2006 - Two journalists released on bail after being held secretly for three months
19 June 2006 - Demonstrations and inquiry pledges after Hayatullah Khan murder
13 June 2006 - Two suspects arrested for murder of cameraman in Sindh province
16 May 2006 - Government urged to explain disappearance of reporter Hayatullah Khan
10 May 2006 - Blogspot.com blocked again
28 April 2006 - Authorities block access to Baluch nationalist sites
12 April 2006 - Director of Baluchi-language TV station goes missing in Karachi
7 April 2006 - Supreme court upholds life imprisonment for editor Rehmat Shah Afridi
17 March 2006 - Two Afghan TV stations banned from broadcasting in Baluchistan
16 March 2006 - Computer and files taken from Karachi correspondent’s home
7 March 2006 - Still more restrictions for journalists in the tribal zones
28 February 2006 - Two journalists threatened by mufti in tribal area
20 February 2006 - New campaign launched for journalist missing for 11 weeks

 Philippines


27 December 2006 - One journalist stabbed to death, another shot and wounded in week before Christmas
11 December 2006 - A journalist killed by teen hit-men, another reporter threatened by a police officer
6 December 2006 - Attack against radio presenters
6 November 2006 - Journalist killed, others receive death threats or suffer brutal attacks
3 November 2006 - Still no word of missing radio presenter and environmentalist eight months after his abduction
18 October 2006 - Eight journalists face arrest after being sued by president’s husband
6 October 2006 - After three hit-men convicted of Esperat murder, prosecutors to target instigators
22 September 2006 - Journalist’s alleged murderer caught by Pagadian police
7 September 2006 - Policeman and two other suspects arrested for attempted murder of tabloid reporter
4 August 2006 - Open letter to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
19 July 2006 - Mindanao radio presenter becomes ninth Philippine journalist to be murdered this year
4 July 2006 - Armed men torch a community radio
20 June 2006 - Husband-and-wife journalists gunned down in Mindanao
26 May 2006 - Police officer arrested for radio presenter’s murder
19 May 2006 - Ten international NGOs press Arroyo over Esperat murder case
16 May 2006 - Press photographer shot dead, two radio reporters attacked
5 April 2006 - Police urged to investigate journalist’s murder in Tarlac
22 March 2006 - A year after Marlene Esperat’s murder, instigators still not arrested
13 March 2006 - Court acquits former policeman of masterminding of Ely Binoya’s murder
6 March 2006 - Kidnapping of journalist who condemned deforestation
25 February 2006 - Opposition paper’s office raided under state of emergency
2 February 2006 - A year of impunity in the murder of Edgar Amoro in Pagadian
20 January 2006 - Radio journalist murdered in the south of the country

 Singapore


24 November 2006 - Blogger belonging to democratic party jailed for ten days
2 October 2006 - Minister uses tough law to censor Far Eastern Economic Review
15 September 2006 - Prime Minister and his father sue Far Eastern Economic Review
4 August 2006 - Government tries to make five foreign publications censor themselves
20 July 2006 - Government drops charges against blogger who posted Jesus cartoons
6 July 2006 - Daily newspaper Today sacks blogger “mr brown” after government criticism
5 April 2006 - Government steps up online censorship in run-up to elections

 South Korea


30 June 2006 - Reporters Without Borders welcomes a supreme court ruling on newspaper law

 Sri Lanka


7 December 2006 - Government asked to guarantee distribution of Tamil newspapers in east of country
9 November 2006 - Army tries to force tamil press into self-censorship
19 October 2006 - Six years of impunity in murder of BBC journalist
17 October 2006 - State newspaper editor fired for criticising president
11 October 2006 - International Fact-Finding Mission denounces deterioration in press freedom
12 September 2006 - Two more armed attacks on Tamil daily in space of three days
4 September 2006 - Maharaja Television employee released after being held more than 15 hours
30 August 2006 - Kidnapped Tamil journalist freed but climate of fear persists
23 August 2006 - Gunmen set fire to Tamil newspaper’s press
21 August 2006 - Tamil newspaper managing director gunned down outside Jaffna
8 August 2006 - Journalists prevented from covering humanitarian crisis
1 August 2006 - Newspaper vendor killed amid continuing threats against Tamil media
4 July 2006 - A freelance journalist lured to his death
5 June 2006 - Concern about accusations and threats against journalists
5 May 2006 - Gunmen open fire inside Tamil newspaper, killing two employees
28 April 2006 - Tamilnet editor’s murder still unpunished after one year
24 January 2006 - Tamil journalist gunned down in Trincomalee after covering paramilitary abuses

 Taïwan


25 September 2006 - Government says journalists have right to security
18 May 2006 - UN refuses to accredit taiwanese journalists to cover World Health Organisation meeting
27 April 2006 - Daily fines for reporter who refused to disclose his sources

 Thailand


4 October 2006 - Open letter to interim Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont about press freedom violations
22 September 2006 - Two days after coup, army reins in media and political parties
20 September 2006 - Concern about military’s position on press and censorship after coup
11 May 2006 - Shin Corp withdraws defamation suit against press freedom activist
7 April 2006 - Independent media hounded by violence and libel suits
15 March 2006 - Court acquits press freedom activist and Thai Post journalists
8 February 2006 - Farmer gets suspended prison sentence for operating community radio
2 February 2006 - Website denouncing corruption forced to seek host abroad

 Vietnam


20 November 2006 - Cyber-dissident arrested and beaten by police in Hanoi during APEC summit
17 November 2006 - Call for support for dissident press
3 November 2006 - Weekly suspended, eight newspapers fined in new press sanctions
27 September 2006 - Plea to Canada’s PM to raise cases of cyber-dissidents at Francophone Summit
26 September 2006 - Authorities confirm arrest of two cyber-dissidents
6 September 2006 - US national among three arrested cyberdissidents
24 August 2006 - UK and US companies sold mobile phone tapping equipment to Vietnam
22 August 2006 - Authorities again abduct one of the Kiem Street chat room users
21 August 2006 - Police harass five journalists in bid to stop them launching independent newspaper in Hanoi
16 August 2006 - Kiem Street chat room users freed after nine months in detention
29 June 2006 - Open letter to new president about two imprisoned cyber-dissidents
28 April 2006 - EU commissioner discusses online free expression during Vietnam visit
29 March 2006 - Vietnamese authorities deny arrest of fourth user of "Paltalk"
28 March 2006 - Several journalists beaten up after covering a corruption case
27 January 2006 - Cyber-dissident Nguyen Khac Toan is freed, but remains under house arrest