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 Afghanistan


10 August 2007 - Website editor freed after being held for nine hours in Afghan “Guantanamo”
25 July 2007 - A Danish reporter and Afghan interpreter kidnapped for several hours
14 June 2007 - Radio journalist received threats prior to her murder, husband says
6 June 2007 - High profile woman radio boss murdered
5 June 2007 - Young presenter on Pashtu TV murdered
23 May 2007 - NATO force blacklists French journalist at US army’s behest
13 April 2007 - Retransmission of Al-Jazira International banned
8 April 2007 - Deep shock at murder of ex-hostage’s interpreter
4 April 2007 - Joint appeal to Afghan government by Reporters Without Borders and La Repubblica one month after interpreter’s abduction
28 March 2007 - Media urged to publish photo in homage to slain Afghan fixer
26 March 2007 - Calls for release of Afghan journalist and fixer Adjmal Nasqhbandi, now entering fourth week in captivity, while homage paid to slain colleague Sayed Agha
2 March 2007 - Journalist freed after being held for a year because of baseless accusation
21 February 2007 - Letter to information minister about proposed amendments to media law

 Australia


23 November 2007 - What the next prime minister must do to improve press freedom
16 November 2007 - Coroner says death of "Balibo five" was premeditated war crime by Indonesian army
6 June 2007 - Australian authorities had no reason to apologise to Jakarta governor Sutiyoso
23 May 2007 - Australian government alleged to have covered up murders of five journalists in Balibo
22 May 2007 - Western Australia’s top officials threaten state’s leading newspaper
9 May 2007 - Shock over former prime minister’s suggestion that journalists acted irresponsibly
4 May 2007 - Inquest into the deaths of "Balibo five" resumes after two-month suspension
5 March 2007 - Demand for justice in "Balibo five" murders
27 February 2007 - Under government pressure, Balibo Five hearings to be held in secret
31 January 2007 - Open letter to attorney-general about “Al Qaeda” threat to Iraqi community newspaper

 Bangladesh


19 September 2007 - Cartoonist arrested over harmless play on name Mohammed
7 September 2007 - Condemnation of closure of CBS News
29 August 2007 - Government urged to lift censorship and guarantee journalists’ safety
12 May 2007 - Authorities free journalist and human rights activist Tasneem Khalil
22 March 2007 - Police accused of disguising journalist’s murder as suicide
13 March 2007 - Concerns over unfair arrests after anti-corruption drive
12 January 2007 - Decision to impose censorship under state of emergency decried

 Burma


26 December 2007 - Three months of quiet repression, arrests, censorship and propaganda
23 October 2007 - News photographer missing, eight other journalists still detained
12 October 2007 - Four Burmese journalists and two "comedian-columnists" in prison as police round-up goes on
9 October 2007 - Five journalists currently held, four others released - Internet restored for a few hours
3 October 2007 - At least five journalists arrested in Rangoon
30 September 2007 - With Internet still disconnected, concern mounts about fate of monks and civilian detainees
29 September 2007 - Japanese prime minister asked to impose sanctions on military regime after video reporter Kenji Nagai’s murder
28 September 2007 - Internet disconnected, newspapers closed and foreign journalists under surveillance as junta tries to seal off Burma
27 September 2007 - Soldiers shut down newspapers
27 September 2007 - Japanese photographer killed, another foreign journalist injured
26 September 2007 - News blackout accompanies military crackdown on protests
25 September 2007 - One photographer killed and six journalists in jail
20 September 2007 - During one month of protests, military government steps up propaganda, censorship and violence against journalists
28 August 2007 - Military authorities use all means possible to prevent coverage of current events
19 July 2007 - Press kept away from National Convention
2 July 2007 - Joint call for U Win Tin’s release on 18th anniversary of his arrest
24 May 2007 - Police release two journalists working for Japanese TV
12 March 2007 - On 77th birthday, U Win Tin demands respect for his rights as detainee in Insein prison
4 January 2007 - Two journalists among 2,831 prisoners pardoned by junta

 Cambodia


19 June 2007 - Death threat made against Radio Free Asia journalist
13 June 2007 - Francophone organisation asked to help save French-language daily facing sudden liquidation
27 April 2007 - Newspaper editor found dead in suitcase

 China


28 December 2007 - Outrage at human rights activist Hu Jia’s arrest in Beijing
28 December 2007 - Talk of maintaining new rules for foreign journalists after Olympics is greeted with scepticism
18 December 2007 - Held on trumped-up charges, Nanjing-based journalist finally gets to see lawye
18 December 2007 - Writer arrested after criticising Beijing Olympics
10 December 2007 - Reporters Without Borders stages demo in Hong Kong after being banned from mainland China eight months ahead of Olympic games
29 November 2007 - Open letter to Jacques Rogge, President of International Olympic Committee
28 November 2007 - Cyber-dissident Zhao Changqing freed on completing five-year sentence
26 November 2007 - Jailed cyber-dissident decides not to appeal against sentence
22 November 2007 - Sarkozy urged to speak out on human rights during China visit
21 November 2007 - Tibetans given harsh prison sentences for sending photos abroad
13 November 2007 - With files on journalists, more propaganda and control over news agencies, Beijing is breaking all promises to IOC
7 November 2007 - Call for release of 33 imprisoned journalists as China marks "Journalists Day"
6 November 2007 - Authorities force editor to close China Development Brief for good
30 October 2007 - Journalist who criticised corruption repeatedly beaten in police custody
15 October 2007 - Reporters Without Borders activists rally in front of Olympic museum in Lausanne as Chinese Communist Party’s 17th congress opens
15 September 2007 - New York Times researcher Zhao Yan freed on completing jail term
14 September 2007 - Arrests and incidents involving foreign journalists show government is not keeping Olympic Games promises
31 August 2007 - Congress passes law censoring disaster coverage
30 August 2007 - Calling for lawsuit’s dismissal, Yahoo! says it is “political and diplomatic issue”
23 August 2007 - Government gets blog service providers to sign "self-discipline" pact to end anonymous blogging
23 August 2007 - Blogger confined to psychiatric hospital against his will
22 August 2007 - Go Daddy explains suspension of sites, denies political pressure
16 August 2007 - Cyber-dissident gets four years for “inciting government’s overthrow”
14 August 2007 - TV journalist gets a year in prison for a fake report
9 August 2007 - Humanitarian release requested for ailing cyber-dissident Zhang Jianhong, who is facing permanent paralysis
7 August 2007 - Protests in Paris, New York, Beijing and Montreal one year before start of 2008 Olympics
6 August 2007 - US congress to probe Yahoo!’s role in cyber-dissident Shi Tao’s arrest
6 August 2007 - Exactly a year before start of games, Reporters Without Borders goes to Beijing to condemn glaring lack of free expression
2 August 2007 - Closure or blocking of 11 websites since start of July heralds “Black Summer” for Internet users and cyber-dissidents
31 July 2007 - Lawyer for journalists and cyber-dissidents loses licence
26 July 2007 - Repression in Inner Mongolia continues as jailed journalist is mistreated and websites closed
17 July 2007 - Court sentences cyber-dissident Zhu Yufu to two years in prison
17 July 2007 - Cyber police shut down "suspect" literary website, block access to another
13 July 2007 - Unprecedented purge at newspaper that "covered what the others did not dare report"
10 July 2007 - Cyber-dissident who has been tortured refuses to answer prosecutor in court
9 July 2007 - Cyber-dissident Guo Qizhen beaten in prison by inmates at behest of guards
28 June 2007 - Beijing 2008 : Launch of a new campaign about Beijing Olympics and letter to IOC President Jacques Rogge on eve of IOC meeting
26 June 2007 - Government backs down on legislation to censor coverage of emergencies
12 June 2007 - Four other Chengdu Wanbao employees fired over Tiananmen anniversary gaffe
11 June 2007 - Zeng Jinyan once again banned from travelling to Europe
11 June 2007 - Better late than never, Yahoo! criticises repression of Internet users in China
5 June 2007 - Renewed call for release of Shi Tao after mother reads Tiananmen poem at Golden Pen Award
1 June 2007 - Beijing Olympics human rights campaign launched
1 June 2007 - Concern about Microsoft research in China into "profiling" Internet users
30 May 2007 - Access to Reporters Without Borders site blocked within hours after move to new web site server
28 May 2007 - Government drops plan to ban anonymous blogging but imposes self-discipline
28 May 2007 - Bernard Kouchner and other European foreign ministers urged to defend free speech at Hamburg summit with Asian counterparts
25 May 2007 - Two foreign reporters summoned and warned about Tibet stories
16 May 2007 - China tries to cover up epidemic as World Health Assembly meets in Geneva
3 May 2007 - Launch of Chinese-language version of Reporters Without Borders website
27 April 2007 - Release of cyber-dissident welcomed amid concern over new arrests
25 April 2007 - French foreign minister to be asked why China’s newly-replaced chief censor was awarded Legion of Honour
20 April 2007 - Member of uighur minority sentenced to nine years in jail for trying to post “secessionist” articles
30 March 2007 - French website blocked for warning of risks of investing in China
22 March 2007 - Disturbing lapses in application of new rules for foreign media
19 March 2007 - Cyber-dissident Zhang Jianhong ("Li Hong") gets six years in prison
23 February 2007 - One year taken off former newspaper president’s prison sentence
19 February 2007 - Ching Cheong allowed New Year family visit after all
15 February 2007 - Positive implementation of new rules for foreign media, but much remains to be done
9 February 2007 - Plans to put the press on a penalty points’ system
6 February 2007 - Support for call by wife for review of imprisoned cyber-dissident Yang Zili’s trial
25 January 2007 - Culture minister urged to step in and get ban lifted on eight books
23 January 2007 - First official visit by Reporters Without Borders to China
22 January 2007 - Mine-owner who allegedly instigated fatal attack on newspaper employee surrenders to police
5 January 2007 - Open letter to Ségolène Royal, French socialist candidate for the presidency
3 January 2007 - Magazine editor removed because of coverage of corruption and land seizures

 East Timor


23 May 2007 - Australian government alleged to have covered up murders of five journalists in Balibo

 fiji


23 May 2007 - Military no longer bothered by critical blogs

 France


14 December 2007 - Newly released journalist says thanks for international campaign

 India


21 September 2007 - Four journalists get jail terms for contempt of court
10 May 2007 - Three newspaper employees killed in arson attack in Tamil Nadu state
18 April 2007 - New Delhi authorities allow Burmese news agency to reopen

 Indonesia


11 September 2007 - Supreme court orders Time Asia to pay former dictator 100 million dollars in damages

 Japan


8 June 2007 - Authorities finally let well-known Chinese dissident enter Japan
9 February 2007 - Music chart company urged to drop lawsuit against freelance journalist who questioned its practices

 Malaysia


9 August 2007 - Government continues to harass bloggers
17 July 2007 - Opposition blogger released after four days
19 January 2007 - New Straits Times staffers sue two bloggers

 Maldives


23 January 2007 - Opposition website’s reporter expelled, banned for two years

 Nepal


5 November 2007 - Maoists confess that journalist Birendra Shah was killed the day he was kidnapped
2 October 2007 - Maoist unionists told to stop using violence against Kantipur press group
20 August 2007 - International media organisations call for an end to attacks on the press
17 August 2007 - Court orders Maoist union to lift blockade on two national dailies
12 July 2007 - Armed group claims it killed missing journalist
6 June 2007 - At least 72 journalists attacked or threatened by armed groups since start of year
2 February 2007 - Violence against press continues in riot-torn south

 North Korea


23 May 2007 - Regime again jams foreign-based radio stations

 Pakistan


6 December 2007 - Provincial supreme court rejects Geo TV’s request for lifting of ban
29 November 2007 - Riaz Mengal escapes from his kidnappers
26 November 2007 - Jang correspondant gunned down in Sindh province
22 November 2007 - Declaration of the IFJ/PFUJ mission in Islamabad
22 November 2007 - 140 journalists released in Karachi, scores more arrested or beaten in Faisalabad and Quetta
17 November 2007 - Slain tribal area journalist’s widow murdered
17 November 2007 - Foreign TV executives and editors back censored Pakistani TV stations
15 November 2007 - Cable distribution of four TV stations restored, but one station forced to censor itself and three journalists arrested
10 November 2007 - Government turns on foreign press, expelling three British reporters
8 November 2007 - News media resist censorship and crackdown by Musharraf government
6 November 2007 - In crackdown on press, new rules set newspapers and TV back 20 years
3 November 2007 - Privately-owned TV broadcasts blacked out after declaration of Emergency rule
8 October 2007 - Military officer in tribal areas threatens journalist with kidnap
1 October 2007 - Police injure 31 journalists covering demonstrations
20 September 2007 - Police re-arrest Munir Mengal after he is cleared by Baluchistan High Court
20 July 2007 - Support for Mariane Pearl’s lawsuit against Al-Qaeda members, Pakistani bank and Islamic trust
21 June 2007 - Military release Balochistan reporter after holding him for four days
20 June 2007 - Journalist murdered in Sindh province
19 June 2007 - Fatwa pronounced against fashion magazine staff
18 June 2007 - One reporter detained in Balochistan, another denied entry to army-controlled Balochi district
15 June 2007 - A year after kidnapped journalist’s body was discovered, government conceals results of investigations
7 June 2007 - Government backs down on decree reinforcing censorship of broadcast media
4 June 2007 - Bomb kills reporter in tribal areas
1 June 2007 - Call for protests against return to censorship
30 April 2007 - Freelance photographer killed by suicide attack on interior minister
17 April 2007 - Sixteen journalists injured while covering demonstration in support of supreme court president
6 April 2007 - Militants butcher four members of journalist’s family, kidnap three others
29 March 2007 - Open letter to the Minister of Information Mohammad Ali Durrani
22 February 2007 - Journalist safe after escaping from captivity in tribal areas

 Philippines


31 December 2007 - Philippines: politician’s bodyguard held as suspect in journalist’s murder
12 October 2007 - Iligan City radio journalist shot in the stomach
26 June 2007 - Radio journalist gunned down, colleague wounded in Tawi-Tawi
25 May 2007 - Photojournalist on critical newspaper murdered
20 April 2007 - One journalist beaten and shot dead, another shot and wounded
11 April 2007 - Radio journalist gets four and a half years in prison for defaming legislator
23 February 2007 - President Arroyo urged to take energetic measures to end impunity
19 February 2007 - Newspaper editor gunned down in Mindanao, first Filipino journalist killed this year

 Singapore


23 April 2007 - Government urged to lift ban on film about journalist imprisoned for 17 years

 South Korea


18 December 2007 - Presidential candidates urged to resolve press room contoversy
13 March 2007 - Riot police club journalists covering protest

 Sri Lanka


26 December 2007 - France 24 journalists freed after being held for two days
28 November 2007 - Reporters Without Borders says air strike on rebel radio station is "war crime"
22 November 2007 - Tamil newspaper’s proof reader missing in Jaffna
21 November 2007 - Security forces accused of complicity in arson attack on Leader Publications
2 November 2007 - Court upholds withdrawal of ABC’s licence, says group’s president tried to mislead it
2 November 2007 - Colombo website editor shot and wounded outside his home
8 October 2007 - Government ministers assail independant media and defence reporter, while foreign TV crew is prevented from working in Jaffna
14 September 2007 - Police question journalist who said senior official’s son imported luxury car
29 August 2007 - Life of journalist Iqbal Athas in danger after his revelations about purchase of Ukrainian Migs
10 August 2007 - A second young journalist gunned down in Jaffna
24 June 2007 - Statement of the International Press Freedom Mission
30 April 2007 - Young reporter with Tamil newspaper murdered in Jaffna
20 April 2007 - Tamil journalist murdered in government-controlled zone
19 April 2007 - Defence secretary threatens editor and journalist on Daily Mirror
13 April 2007 - Call for press group finance chief to be freed
23 March 2007 - Army said to be holding tamil journalist who went missing five weeks ago
22 March 2007 - Court frees young woman journalist who had been held for four months
9 March 2007 - International mission findings: The Struggle for Survival
16 February 2007 - Tamil newspapers correspondent goes missing in the North
7 February 2007 - Army accuses three journalists of “terrorism”
26 January 2007 - Open letter to the donor countries’ ambassadors regarding the situation of the media in Jaffna
5 January 2007 - War of words and figures as press gets less access to the field

 Thailand


12 October 2007 - Charges dropped against blogger who was arrested under new cyber-crime law
31 August 2007 - Thailand YouTube accessible again
23 July 2007 - Concern about new law on computer crime
6 July 2007 - Military bans media from visiting Hmong refugee camp
18 May 2007 - Three community radio stations closed for broadcasting Thaksin interview
17 April 2007 - Two-year jail terms for talk show hosts who said deputy governor took bribes
23 March 2007 - Military government blocks new satellite TV station’s broadcasts after 10 hours
8 March 2007 - Renamed TiTV, station could lose its independence under state control
18 January 2007 - Authorities taken to task for censoring former Prime Minister’s interview with CNN

 Tibet


25 May 2007 - Two foreign reporters summoned and warned about Tibet stories

 United States


22 August 2007 - Go Daddy explains suspension of sites, denies political pressure

 Vietnam


14 December 2007 - Newly released journalist says thanks for international campaign
5 December 2007 - Detained French journalist visited, support website created
20 November 2007 - Call for release of french campaigner and journalist Nguyen Thi Thanh Van
17 August 2007 - Cyber-dissident’s prison sentence cut from five years to four on appeal
21 June 2007 - President Bush asked to raise issue of detained cyber-dissidents with his Vietnamese counterpart
11 June 2007 - Cyber-dissident pardoned and freed on eve of president’s visit to United States
24 May 2007 - Letter to his relatives from Father Nguyen Van Ly in K1 prison in Nam Ha
15 May 2007 - Sixth cyber-dissident jailed in worst crack-down since 2002
11 May 2007 - Two more cyber-dissidents get long jail terms in Stalinist trial
23 April 2007 - Leading woman writer arrested for disseminating “hostile propaganda” online
3 April 2007 - Message to international community from Nguyen Phong, dissident convicted with Father Ly
30 March 2007 - Priest who edited dissident newspaper gets eight years
29 March 2007 - Judges urged not to pass jail sentence on catholic priest who edits dissident newspaper
8 March 2007 - Cyber-dissidents Nguyen Van Dai and Le Thi Cong Nhan on hunger strike
8 March 2007 - Authorities refuse to renew BBC correspondent’s visa
26 February 2007 - Father Nguyen Van Ly accused of propaganda against the government
12 February 2007 - Pro-democracy lawyer tried by people’s court