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 Afghanistan


24 November 2008 - Canadian broadcaster’s two local employees freed
9 November 2008 - Canadian reporter freed after being held hostage for 28 days
27 October 2008 - Call for immediate release of young journalist arrested exactly one year ago
21 October 2008 - In shameful decision, Kabul appeal court replaces young journalist’s death sentence with 20 years in prison
24 September 2008 - Fixer released after being held arbitrarily and mistreated by US military for 11 months
22 September 2008 - French parliamentarians asked to condition France’s military involvement on lasting respect for free expression
12 September 2008 - President asked to intercede in case of ex-journalist sentenced to 20 years in prison for publishing translation of Koran
2 September 2008 - Delays and obstruction in Perwiz Kambakhsh’s appeal against death sentence
30 July 2008 - Outspoken TV host freed
24 July 2008 - Six months after being sentenced to death, journalist still waits to know his fate
9 July 2008 - Afghans demonstrate in support of journalist under sentence of death as his appeal bogs down
11 June 2008 - Open letter to President Hamid Karzai before the Paris reconstruction conference
11 June 2008 - BBC journalist killed in the south of the country
5 June 2008 - Impunity in radio station director’s murder one year ago opens way for wave of violence against women journalists
1 June 2008 - Journalist’s defence lawyer tells appeal hearing his client was tortured
20 May 2008 - Authorities urged to protect women working in news media
14 May 2008 - Appeal hearing delay for journalist under sentence of death
1 April 2008 - New offensive against privately-owned TV stations by information ministry and Council of Ulemas
11 March 2008 - Journalist under sentence of death in Mazar-i-Sharif is "in constant danger," says brother at Paris news conference
28 February 2008 - US military accuses Afghan reporter of being "enemy combatant"
19 February 2008 - Robert Gates asked to intercede on behalf of Afghan journalist held by the US military at Bagram
6 February 2008 - President Karzai tells delegation not to worry about journalist under sentence of death
31 January 2008 - Authorities urged to quickly reexamine case of journalist under sentence of death
25 January 2008 - Mounting criticism of young journalist’s death sentence
22 January 2008 - Shock at death sentence passed on young journalist for blasphemy
17 January 2008 - Mullahs call for death penalty for young journalist held for past three months
15 January 2008 - Attacks on civilians condemned after Norwegian journalist killed by Taliban violence in Kabul

 Asia


9 July 2008 - Sarkozy betrays himself and China’s dissidents by deciding to attend opening ceremony

 Australia


26 September 2008 - Federal police violate confidentiality of reporter’s sources by raiding his home
7 May 2008 - Police raid on Perth newspaper highlights need to protect confidentiality of sources

 Bangladesh


10 October 2008 - Government challenged over torture of editor in Sylhet

 Burma


12 December 2008 - Opposition journalist Ohn Kyaing freed after being held for six weeks
29 November 2008 - Two journalists jailed for seven years as wave of sentencing continues
27 November 2008 - Additional jail sentences slapped on bloggers and journalists
13 November 2008 - Jailed poet gets HIV virus from forcible injection in Insein prison
8 November 2008 - Call for immediate release of two journalists arrested in Rangoon
4 November 2008 - Military censors send privately-owned media directive with 10 prohibitions
22 October 2008 - Newspaper reporter freed after being held for seven weeks
9 October 2008 - Military government paralyses Internet
23 September 2008 - Joy at U Win Tin’s release after 19 years in prison
16 September 2008 - 11 Sakharov Prize winners call for the immediate release of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi
4 September 2008 - Journalist arrested after writing article about a double murder
1 August 2008 - Public order charge brought against blogger and journalist
11 July 2008 - Nay Phone Latte faces up to seven years in prison
2 July 2008 - Poem prompts purge of Rangoon-based magazine
30 June 2008 - Health of renowned journalist U Win Tin deteriorating after 19 years in jail
25 June 2008 - Burmese journalists continue to be arrested, foreign journalists still unwelcome
16 June 2008 - Call for release of magazine chief editor and blogger held for distributing aid to cyclone victims
11 June 2008 - Government seeks at all cost to control news coming out of Irrawaddy delta
6 May 2008 - Military government urged to issue press visas to foreign media
24 April 2008 - Press forbidden to refer to campaign for a No vote in referendum on new constitution
11 April 2008 - Reporters Without Borders pays tribute to Burmese journalist and writer Ludu Daw Amar
29 February 2008 - Editor and office manager of Myanmar Nation charged under press law
28 February 2008 - Blogger begins second month of detention, Internet still closely monitored
11 February 2008 - Journalist U Win Tin and blogger Nay Phone Latt transferred to Insein prison
31 January 2008 - Detained poet transferred to Insein prison
16 January 2008 - Myanmar Times and other media threatened and sanctioned by military censors

 Cambodia


15 October 2008 - Who masterminded journalist Khim Sambo’s murder ?
12 July 2008 - Opposition newspaper reporter gunned down two weeks before general elections
16 June 2008 - Newspaper publisher freed but still faces trial

 China


23 December 2008 - Nobel Laureates, China Scholars Call for Liu Xiaobo’s Release
17 December 2008 - Hu Jia’s wife sends message of “hope for an open China” to European parliament
16 December 2008 - Government goes into reverse, blocking access to foreign websites again
15 December 2008 - A second reporter arrested after investigating suspected corruption in Shanxi province
9 December 2008 - Government marks anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights with arrests of dissidents
2 December 2008 - Do foreign media regulations apply in Henan province ?
25 November 2008 - Beijing police prevent European parliamentarian from visiting jailed dissident’s wife
21 November 2008 - Political essayist gets three years in prison for three articles posted online
13 November 2008 - Well-known dissident blogger arrested for “subversion”
7 November 2008 - Repression continues in Tibet, foreign media still unable to investigate
6 November 2008 - Cyber-dissident Liu Xianbin freed after nine years in prison
6 November 2008 - Cyber-dissident Guo Feixiong tortured in detention
5 November 2008 - Dissident Chen Daojun charged with “separatism” over an article about Tibet
31 October 2008 - Ban on China Business Post puts 70 media workers out of work
24 October 2008 - “Smile, we now have a file on you” - Internet cafés get new surveillance device
23 October 2008 - Award of European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize to Hu Jia hailed as “great victory for Chinese prisoners of conscience”
20 October 2008 - Monk who helped make Tibet documentary says he was tortured while in prison
20 October 2008 - Last-minute extension of more relaxed rules for foreign journalists
2 October 2008 - Open letter to Margaret Chan, WHO director, about the contaminated milk powder scandal
29 September 2008 - Financial weekly closed for three months for reporting on a public bank
24 September 2008 - Detained cyber-dissident Huang Qi finally allowed to see his lawyer
18 September 2008 - Tibetan TV news presenter arrested in eastern Tibet
17 September 2008 - Reporters Without Borders website blocked again inside China
16 September 2008 - Two Tibetan documentary filmmakers held for past six months in Tibet
10 September 2008 - “Huang Qi did what any Chinese citizen would have done in his place”
10 September 2008 - Young woman fired from Uyghur radio station, then arrested
26 August 2008 - 21-point directive to Chinese media proves coverage of games was biased and politicised
23 August 2008 - Marathon runners urged to turn their backs on Mao portrait and remember 1989 massacre victims
22 August 2008 - Olympic disaster for free expression in China
21 August 2008 - “Geoblocking" on the Internet : Reporters Without Borders condemns a discriminatory measure towards Internet users in Tibet
21 August 2008 - Internal police documents reveal strategy with foreign journalists
20 August 2008 - As Olympic Games continue, so does mistreatment of prisoners of conscience
19 August 2008 - China continues to jam international radio stations during Olympic Games
18 August 2008 - Eutelsat would be technically capable of restoring NTDTV’s broadcasts to Asia today
13 August 2008 - Crackdown continues for Chinese human rights activists, with no Olympic truce during games/ 中国维权人士在奥运会期间仍不得安宁:奥运如期举行,镇压依旧如故
8 August 2008 - Worldwide demonstrations during Olympic Games opening ceremony
8 August 2008 - Worldwide protests, including outside Chinese embassy in Paris, to coincide with Olympic Games opening ceremony
8 August 2008 - Clandestine FM radio broadcast today in Beijing by Reporters Without Borders, hours before Olympic opening ceremony
7 August 2008 - Reporters Without Borders launches Olympic human rights blog and “cyber-demonstration” outside virtual Olympic stadium
7 August 2008 - Reporters Without Borders files court challenge to police ban on demonstration outside Chinese embassy tomorrow in Paris
6 August 2008 - Cyber-censorship continues for Chinese-language websites
5 August 2008 - Come and demonstrate outside Chinese embassies and online on 8 August
5 August 2008 - Two Japanese reporters beaten by police in Xinjiang, new reporting restrictions imposed in Beijing
1 August 2008 - Reporters Without Borders website accessible in China for first time since 2003 / 从2003年至今,网民首次可以从中国登陆无国界记者网站无国界记者网站(www.rsf.org)
31 July 2008 - Call for protests outside Chinese embassies and online during 8 August opening ceremony
30 July 2008 - Advice for foreign journalists covering human rights situation during Beijing Games
30 July 2008 - IOC accepts organized online censorship / 奥委会祝贺中国在言论自由方面的进步
28 July 2008 - Olympic campaign protest greets Tour de France arrival in Paris
25 July 2008 - Hu Jia spends his 35th birthday alone in prison
22 July 2008 - Cyber-dissident Du Daobin finally falls victim to permanent threat of reimprisonment
21 July 2008 - Cyber-dissident accused of illegal possession of state secrets is denied right to see lawyer
21 July 2008 - Threats and arrests as authorities step up security measures / 安全措施加强,传讯威胁增多
11 July 2008 - Case against Chengdu dissident held for past 30 days passed to prosecutors
10 July 2008 - European satellite operator Eutelsat suppresses independent Chinese-language TV station NTDTV to satisfy Beijing / 卫星电视公司Eutelsat 献媚中国政府,停播华语电视台NTDTV
10 July 2008 - European Parliament condemns China’s lack of progress on human rights, parliament’s president says he will boycott Olympic opening ceremony
8 July 2008 - Just one month left to opening ceremony, but a long way still to go
5 July 2008 - Presence of Bush and (probably) Sarkozy at opening ceremony called "stab in back" for China’s dissidents
4 July 2008 - President Bush’s decision to attend the Olympic opening ceremony: a capitulation of the human rights cause
3 July 2008 - Hong Kong newspaper reporter turned back on arrival in Beijing
30 June 2008 - Boxun journalist in Nanjing gets four years in prison
30 June 2008 - Has President Sarkozy decided to break his promise to the French and attend the inauguration of the Olympic Games?
29 June 2008 - Condoleezza Rice urged to address human rights issues during her trip to China
27 June 2008 - Increase in pre-Olympic repression, with at least 24 journalists and cyber-dissidents arrested or sentenced since January
25 June 2008 - IOC told it must request Chinese apology for offensive comments in Lhasa
24 June 2008 - Sarkozy urged to adopt boycott of opening ceremony at meeting with heads of European Parliament groups
24 June 2008 - Foreign media curbed as Olympic flame passes through Xinjiang and Tibet
18 June 2008 - Cyber-dissident held for “illegal possession of state secrets,” wife forbidden to visit him
12 June 2008 - Cyber-dissident Huang Qi kidnapped, foreign journalists arrested in Sichuan
10 June 2008 - Disturbing new regulations prior to Olympic Games, increased control in Sichuan
6 June 2008 - Call for rights issues to be part of assigning future olympics
4 June 2008 - Press freedom activist Liu Xiaobo manhandled by Beijing police
3 June 2008 - Tiananmen Square massacre still a taboo subject in press and online on 19th anniversary / 1989年6月4日:媒体永远的禁区
30 May 2008 - Tibet still closed to foreign press despite “unprecedented” post-quake openness in Sichuan
15 May 2008 - Journalist gets four years for exposing Communist Party corruption in Shandong
8 May 2008 - Reporters Without Borders speaks at Adidas shareholders meeting, held three months before start of games
7 May 2008 - Repression of journalists continues with two more arrests
7 May 2008 - Reporters Without Borders condemns attacks on the organisation in the Chinese press and Internet
6 May 2008 - Figures within Chinese media speak out against sacking of Chang Ping
30 April 2008 - No Reporters Without Borders protest at Olympic torch relay in Hong Kong
28 April 2008 - All-out campaign launched with 100 days left to Olympic Games
25 April 2008 - Holding “One World, One Web” conference in Beijing condemned as a provocation
23 April 2008 - With foreign media still barred from Tibet, what is the government hiding ?
17 April 2008 - European Union urged to intercede on behalf of well-known Tibetan TV presenter arrested more than two weeks ago
16 April 2008 - Coca-Cola urged at annual shareholders meeting to make commitment to human rights in China and Tibet
15 April 2008 - French Olympic committee chief explains human rights badge ban
9 April 2008 - Confidential IOC memo on Olympic torch relay did not foresee major protests about human rights violations
8 April 2008 - Open letter to President Bush on eve of Olympic torch relay in San Francisco
7 April 2008 - Reporters Without Borders stages major protests for Olympic torch relay in Paris despite massive police presence
6 April 2008 - Security measures deployed for Olympic torch relay in Paris condemned as “shameful”
5 April 2008 - China urged to go beyond charm offensive and unblock thousands of websites
4 April 2008 - IOC internal memo minimises events in Tibet and boycott calls
3 April 2008 - Three-and-a-half-year jail term for Hu Jia called “provocation” just four months before Olympics
30 March 2008 - Classified memo reveals government strategy for “managing” foreign journalists
26 March 2008 - Reporters Without Borders demonstrates in Olympia at start of Olympic torch relay to Beijing
26 March 2008 - Five-year jail term for leader of “human rights not Olympic Games” campaign
25 March 2008 - Reporters Without Borders representatives arrested in Greece, then freed on bail pending trial for “insult”
24 March 2008 - On the day the Olympic torch is lit, poll shows a majority of French people back boycott of Olympics Opening Ceremony by Nicolas Sarkozy and a strong stance by the IOC
24 March 2008 - Reporters Without Borders demonstrates in Olympia at start of Olympic torch relay to Beijing
21 March 2008 - Government tightens net on online video-sharing
20 March 2008 - Authorities obstruct foreign journalists, step up controls and propaganda in Tibet / 外国记者进入西藏更加困难,政府方面的控制和宣传却进一步加强
18 March 2008 - Hu Jia’s trial called "parody of justice"
18 March 2008 - Reporters Without Borders calls for boycott of Beijing Olympics opening ceremony
17 March 2008 - Crackdown in Tibet away from the eye of the media in new violation of Olympics pledge / 中国对西藏的镇压正在秘密进行,无国界记者谴责中国当局再次违反奥运承诺
17 March 2008 - European parliamentarians to look into freedom of speech of Olympics athletes
14 March 2008 - Human rights activist Hu Jia to be tried on 18 March on subversion charge / 中国政府为审判胡佳做准备,形势对胡佳非常不利
11 March 2008 - The U.S. drops China from its list of the world’s worst human rights violators: “A bad decision at a bad time”
7 March 2008 - With five months to go, repression continues but protests are growing
27 February 2008 - Detained cyber-dissident has been on hunger strike for nearly 80 days
26 February 2008 - Government urged to heed appeals for release of Hu Jia, who begins third month in detention
20 February 2008 - Hu Jia allowed visit by family, surveillance of home stepped up
19 February 2008 - European Olympic Committees urged to get to grips with issue of human rights in China
15 February 2008 - Slovenia, as EU president, asked to disown "outrageous" comments by Slovenian sports minister
11 February 2008 - British Olympic Association told it must not restrict athletes’ freedom of speech
8 February 2008 - Newspaper president’s release after four years hailed
7 February 2008 - With exactly six months to go to Beijing Olympics, Reporters Without Borders condemns broken promises
5 February 2008 - Ching Cheong’s release hailed, although it is eclipsed by Hu Jia’s arrest and Lu Gengsong’s sentencing
1 February 2008 - How cyber-censors blocked dissemination of report on Internet censorship
11 January 2008 - Hu Jia’s lawyer put under house arrest, foreign journalists prevented from visiting wife and daughter / 胡佳被正式起诉“煽动颠覆国家政权罪”

 fiji


17 July 2008 - Threat to press freedom from proposed new media law
2 May 2008 - Military government deport’s leading daily’s Australian publisher
26 February 2008 - Fiji Sun editor expelled and banned from reentering country
21 February 2008 - Court summons editor and activist over article criticising appointment of judges

 France


11 August 2008 - Senate speaker excludes press from meeting with Dalai Lama

 India


18 December 2008 - Journalist Lenin Kumar Roy and two assistants freed on bail
27 November 2008 - Journalist investigating drug trafficking gunned down in Bihar state
24 November 2008 - Journalist gunned down in Assam, second to be killed on northeast in past week
19 November 2008 - Trainee journalist gunned down in Manipur, local media stage protests
10 November 2008 - Journalists denied visas for India after critical reporting
3 September 2008 - Black month for press freedom in Kashmir, with a cameraman killed, at least 32 journalists attacked and media censored
25 August 2008 - Censorship and violence against press in Kashmir
25 August 2008 - “We do not want another Shi Tao case”
26 June 2008 - Hyderabad newspaper editor arrested in caste-related dispute
13 May 2008 - Photographer killed in clashes in Kashmir
29 April 2008 - Government bans Pakistani stations in Kashmir
5 February 2008 - Police protect state minister blamed by journalist’s widow for his murder

 Indonesia


14 April 2008 - YouTube accessible again in Indonesia

 Japan


26 April 2008 - Reporters Without Borders demonstrates during Olympic torch relay in Nagano

 Malaysia


10 November 2008 - Two journalists and a blogger arrested as police violently break up rally
7 November 2008 - Leading blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin finally released
23 October 2008 - Authorities accused of bad faith as Habeas corpus hearing held for detained blogger
6 October 2008 - Blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin goes on trial for "sedition"
23 September 2008 - Interior minister orders blogger held for two years under draconian security law
20 September 2008 - Blogger Kickdefella released
16 September 2008 - Use of internal security law is serious press violation, interior minister told
12 September 2008 - Two leading journalists arrested under Internal Security Act
28 August 2008 - Authorities order ISPs to block access to Malaysia Today news website
14 August 2008 - Court orders online newspaper editor to identify visitors to website
9 May 2008 - Online newspaper editor freed on bail, pending trial on sedition charge

 Maldives


28 October 2008 - Generally good climate for presidential election marred by public TV’s bias in favour of incumbent

 Mongolia


3 July 2008 - Violence against press during post-election protests

 Nepal


23 December 2008 - Militant maoists continue their attacks against the media
2 December 2008 - Journalist’s body found two months after he went missing, identity of murderers still unknown
19 November 2008 - Authorities urged to react to a series of physical attacks against media and journalists
30 July 2008 - Call for protection of press freedom after surge in assaults and threats against journalists
22 July 2008 - Call for protection of press freedom after surge in assaults and threats against journalists
21 January 2008 - Journalist’s hands slashed amid continuing violence against press
17 January 2008 - Statement of the International press freedom mission to Nepal
16 January 2008 - Local newspaper publisher falls victim to ethnic violence in south

 North Korea


18 December 2008 - Where is army colonel who was arrested after filming a public execution?

 Pakistan


29 December 2008 - Fatwa and violence against journalists in Tribal Areas
24 December 2008 - Balochi journalist reveals he was tortured in prison
11 December 2008 - Balochi TV station director says he was held incommunicado for 16 months and tortured on Pervez Musharraf’s orders
10 November 2008 - Journalist shot dead in the Swat Valley
7 November 2008 - Call for revision of cyber-crime law
1 September 2008 - Journalist killed in Swat valley, situation getting worse in Bajaur and North Waziristan as well
4 July 2008 - Taliban abduct two journalists in Tribal Areas, threaten three others
16 June 2008 - "Who killed my father ?" Journalist Hayatullah Khan’s daughter asks on second anniversary of his murder
5 June 2008 - Condemnation for Danish embassy car bombing in reprisal for Mohammed cartoons
27 May 2008 - Frontier Post editor freed after nine years in prison on trumped-up drugs charges
23 May 2008 - Reporter ambushed and shot dead in Tribal Areas
1 May 2008 - Held for two years, Baloch journalist still fears for his life
17 April 2008 - Open letter to Prime Minister Gillani urging 10 steps to improve press freedom
10 March 2008 - Kidnappers release Azadi reporter, but two others still missing
27 February 2008 - YouTube access unblocked after offending videos removed
14 February 2008 - Heavy bias in favour of Pervez Musharraf and allies continues in state TV’s coverage of election campaign
11 February 2008 - Journalist murdered in Balochistan
6 February 2008 - Clear bias in favour of Pervez Musharraf allies in state TV’s election campaign coverage
21 January 2008 - Government lifts cable ban on Geo TV but makes it remove some programmes
13 January 2008 - Concern about situation of foreign journalists after New York Times writer forced to leave
9 January 2008 - Five key problems for media coverage of February’s legislative elections

 Philippines


3 December 2008 - Second Radyo Natin presenter gunned down in less than a month
17 November 2008 - Outspoken radio presenter gunned down in Misamis Oriental province
19 August 2008 - Call for more energetic enquiry into murders of journalists
11 August 2008 - Radio talk show host dies of gunshot injuries
2 July 2008 - Journalist gunned down in Quezon province
18 June 2008 - Abu Sayyaf militants free TV crew
28 May 2008 - Radio broadcaster still in jail despite posting bail
23 May 2008 - Appeal court blocks trial of those who allegedly ordered journalist’s murder
31 January 2008 - A second radio journalist jailed for defamation

 Singapore


26 November 2008 - Wall Street Journal Asia unjustly found in contempt of court and fined
18 September 2008 - Blogger Gopalan Nair gets three months in prison for insulting judge
17 June 2008 - US blogger Gopalan Nair still waiting the outcome of trial
5 June 2008 - US blogger freed on bail

 South Korea


27 April 2008 - Call for release of Chinese and North Korean prisoners of conscience before Olympic torch relay in Seoul and Pyongyang

 Sri Lanka


12 December 2008 - BBC World Service and Sunday Leader newspaper censored
24 November 2008 - Leading Tamil radio journalist released after eight days
7 November 2008 - Live censorship on government TV station amid criticism of new broadcasting law
30 October 2008 - Statement of the International press freedom mission
6 October 2008 - TV reporter dies in suicide attack attributed to the LTTE
14 August 2008 - Call for release of website editor accused of terrorism
5 July 2008 - Appeal for information about Colombo attack on press freedom activist
12 June 2008 - Officials pressured local press to tone down criticism during EU delegation visit
7 June 2008 - Defence ministry brands media as “internal enemy” in war against Tamil Tigers
29 May 2008 - TV reporter hacked to death in Jaffna
25 April 2008 - The army obstructs media following clashes in north
20 March 2008 - Journalists on public TV allowed to resume work, under the orders of army general
20 March 2008 - Three journalists on Outreachlk website released
5 March 2008 - Journalists continue to be physically attacked in connection with minister’s use of force at state TV station in December
29 January 2008 - Irresponsible comments and actions by ministers endanger journalists

 Taïwan


17 December 2008 - Public media independence threatened, despite government denials
8 November 2008 - More than 10 journalists injured during opposition protests against Chinese visit

 Thailand


31 December 2008 - New government plans to step up online censorship
4 December 2008 - Australian author denied bail for the fourth time
28 November 2008 - Reporters Without Borders appeals for calm after attacks on media outlets
25 November 2008 - Australian writer formally indicted on lese-majeste charge
18 November 2008 - Government reinforces online censorship in name of protecting king’s reputation
7 November 2008 - Several suspects arrested for murders of two Matichon journalists but authorities asked to try harder
7 October 2008 - Local newspaper editor gunned down, fourth journalist murdered this year
30 September 2008 - Another provincial correspondent of Bangkok daily gunned down
8 September 2008 - Australian author apologises for lines in novel that prompted lese-majeste charge
26 August 2008 - Opposition protesters storm government TV station
22 August 2008 - One reporter killed and another injured in double bombing in south
5 June 2008 - Lese-majeste accusations used to restrict freedom of expression
20 May 2008 - Government steps up online censorship, creates toll-free number for Internet users to call to report websites that criticise monarchy

 United States


25 August 2008 - “We do not want another Shi Tao case”
11 March 2008 - The U.S. drops China from its list of the world’s worst human rights violators: “A bad decision at a bad time”

 Vietnam


5 December 2008 - Leading blogger’s conviction upheld on appeal
15 October 2008 - Newspaper reporter’s two-year sentence deals severe blow to press freedom
10 September 2008 - Blogger gets two and a half years in prison after “unfair and unfounded” conviction on tax fraud charge
19 August 2008 - No news of Ho Chi Minh City blogger held for past four months on spurious charge
29 July 2008 - Authorities sentence dissident journalist to five years in prison, extend detention of two reporters with liberal newspapers
18 June 2008 - New call for release of blogger Dieu Cay after two months without news
15 May 2008 - Authorities urged to release blogger Dieu Cay
14 May 2008 - Two Vietnamese journalists under arrest, US colleague under house arrest
14 May 2008 - Six to nine month jail terms for contributors to exile radio station
30 April 2008 - Human rights activists arrested in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City during Olympic torch relay
22 April 2008 - Call for release of Vietnamese prisoners of conscience before Olympic torch relay in Ho Chi Minh City
29 March 2008 - Five-year jail term for freelance journalist Truong Minh Duc