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 Afghanistan


3 June 2009 - US forces arrest a journalist in Khost
21 April 2009 - Emroz TV presenter freed on bail after being held because of complaint by Iran
24 March 2009 - Authorities arrest two TV presenters in Kabul
10 March 2009 - Journalist working with Canadian media, released five months ago by US military, gunned down in Kandahar
9 March 2009 - Call for presidential pardon after supreme court upholds Perwiz Kambakhsh’s 20-year jail sentence for "blasphemy"
22 January 2009 - Journalist freed after eight days, says he was arrested illegally
15 January 2009 - Reporters Without Borders gives Kabul news conference, urges government to make press freedom a priority

 Burma


29 May 2009 - Journalists trying to cover fate of Tamils are threatened, obstructed
28 May 2009 - Junta allows only one-sided coverage of Aung San Suu Kyi’s trial
15 May 2009 - Growing restrictions on free flow of information
15 May 2009 - Sakharov Network calls for immediate release of Aung San Suu Kyi, Sakharov Prize laureate 1990
29 January 2009 - Petition launched for release of two Burmese bloggers serving sentences of 20 and 59 years in prison

 China


3 June 2009 - “Tank Man” photo displayed outside Chinese embassy in Paris on eve of Tiananmen Square massacre
2 June 2009 - All references to Tiananmen Square massacre closely censored for 20 years
12 May 2009 - Foreign reporters prevented from working in Sichuan a year after earthquake
24 April 2009 - Concern that detained Tibetan magazine editor is being tortured
25 March 2009 - Government blocks access to YouTube
23 March 2009 - Tibetan writer arrested
13 March 2009 - Cyber-dissident Yang Zili freed on completing eight-year sentence, call for probe into how he was treated while held
10 March 2009 - Foreign press prevented from working in Tibetan regions
9 March 2009 - Freedom of expression “systematically violated” in Tibet
27 February 2009 - Blogger released from hospital after bookshop attack
22 February 2009 - Concerns after Secretary Clinton comments on human rights in China
13 February 2009 - Open letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
6 February 2009 - Return to outdated rules for Hong Kong and Macau journalists
5 February 2009 - Repression continues six months after Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, but media and dissidents fight back
13 January 2009 - New online censorship campaign extinguishes last flicker of Olympic torch
9 January 2009 - Opposition magazine editor gets six years in prison
2 January 2009 - Leading dissident’s arrest signals government’s rejection of dialogue

 fiji


20 May 2009 - Open letter from Reporters Without Borders to Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama
12 May 2009 - Government arrests two journalists in another “warning shot” for press freedom
14 April 2009 - Prior censorship and expulsion of foreign journalists deal “mortal blow” to press freedom
27 January 2009 - Newspaper publisher’s expulsion called a “provocation” to Pacific Islands Forum

 India


25 March 2009 - Newspaper editor gunned down in Assam

 Malaysia


11 May 2009 - Human rights lawyer P. Uthayakumar freed
24 March 2009 - Government bans two opposition party newspapers for three months
17 February 2009 - “Your Majesty, do everything in your power to prevent any judicial error”
11 February 2009 - Two court cases test online free expression

 Nepal


30 April 2009 - Radio station threatened by Maoists
8 February 2009 - Nepalese media in great danger, International Press Freedom Mission finds
14 January 2009 - Four arrested for woman journalist’s murder, while clandestine group claims responsibility
12 January 2009 - Journalist and women’s rights activist brutally murdered

 North Korea


3 June 2009 - Pyongyang judges asked to be lenient with two American journalists
24 April 2009 - Two American women journalists to be tried soon
17 April 2009 - Two American journalists have already spent one month in custody
31 March 2009 - Two American journalists face up to 10 years in labour camps
27 March 2009 - Petition for the unconditional release of two American journalists
23 March 2009 - Two US journalists transferred to Pyongyang for questioning

 Pakistan


26 May 2009 - Video on plight of Swat valley journalists
26 May 2009 - Joint open letter from the IFJ and RSF to the President regarding threats made against journalists
15 May 2009 - Emergency funds for journalists who have had to flee Swat valley fighting
12 May 2009 - Journalists flee Swat valley en masse
6 May 2009 - Media in danger in Swat valley
29 April 2009 - Taliban threaten press with “terrible consequences” in Swat valley
16 April 2009 - Two journalists fall victim to Balochistan violence, one dies
9 April 2009 - Taliban partially lift ban on cable TV broadcasting in Swat valley
27 March 2009 - Veteran reporter gunned down outside his home in Rawalpindi
17 March 2009 - Censorship of Geo News and Aaj TV condemned
24 February 2009 - Baloch newspaper editor seriously injured in shooting attack
18 February 2009 - Reporter murdered, a press club destroyed, a journalist threatened and another briefly abducted in the tribal areas
2 February 2009 - Brother of murdered journalist escapes attempt on his own life
26 January 2009 - Journalist gunned down in Rawalpindi, TV station attacked in Quetta
9 January 2009 - More websites blocked at government’s behest

 Philippines


22 May 2009 - A journalist on army target list, another shot, possibly by soldier
6 March 2009 - Second journalist in a week narrowly escapes murder attempt
23 February 2009 - Radio journalist gunned down on Mindanao island
5 January 2009 - Radio show host comes under fire near his home

 South Korea


20 April 2009 - Court acquits blogger known as “Minerva”
2 April 2009 - Management and union reach deal at troubled TV news station
25 March 2009 - Public TV journalist arrested as a result of government complaint
23 March 2009 - Four TV union activists held in Seoul police station
12 January 2009 - Blogger arrested for allegedly destabilising currency markets

 Sri Lanka


2 June 2009 - Press freedom activist badly beaten in Colombo, hospitalised
19 May 2009 - Army holding three doctors who gave information to press
11 May 2009 - Three foreign journalists expelled from Sri Lanka
7 May 2009 - Parliamentarian threatens online journalists
5 May 2009 - Open letter to IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn about loan to Sri Lanka
24 April 2009 - Reporters Without Borders welcomes release of N. Vithyatharan
10 April 2009 - Call for journalists to be let into area where “a major humanitarian crisis” is unfolding with no media presence
8 April 2009 - “Disgraceful” failure to identify those responsible for newspaper editor’s murder three months ago
25 March 2009 - Grenade attack on Tamil newspaper in Jaffna
6 March 2009 - International Press Freedom Groups Call for Justice for Jailed Sri Lankan Journalist
27 February 2009 - Newspaper editor accused of helping rebels, Reporters Without Borders rebuts claims
26 February 2009 - Tamil newspaper editor arrested in Colombo
16 February 2009 - Tamil journalist killed in bombardment amounting to "war crime"
10 February 2009 - Open letter to media minister Yapa about the BBC suspending its programmes
29 January 2009 - Government urged to let press visit north freely
23 January 2009 - Newspaper editor injured in stabbing attack, other journalists forced to flee island
15 January 2009 - Reporters Without Borders backs London demonstration in protest at murder of leading editor
8 January 2009 - Outrage at fatal shooting of newspaper editor in Colombo
6 January 2009 - Government urged to punish violence against independent media outlets after new attack

 Thailand


20 May 2009 - Internet censorship to be followed by censorship of radio and TV
29 April 2009 - Reporters Without Borders and 31 other organisations urge Thai government to amend lese majeste law
27 April 2009 - Censorship lifted on some websites
3 April 2009 - Internet user gets ten years in jail for posting content that “defamed” monarchy
3 March 2009 - Leading Swiss TV reporter arrested, then forbidden to leave country
21 February 2009 - “Immense relief” after Harry Nicolaides is pardoned and flies home
9 February 2009 - Demonstrate to free Harry Nicolaides and download the report on the abuses of the lese majeste crimes in Thailand
27 January 2009 - Authorities continue to crackdown on free expression under guise of protecting king
19 January 2009 - In major free speech violation, Australian writer gets three years in prison for lese majeste
14 January 2009 - Another Internet user arrested for lese majeste as Internet regulation dialogue gets under way
12 January 2009 - Is Thailand a new enemy of the Internet?

 Vietnam


20 February 2009 - Government frees cyber-dissident while keeping online activities under strict control
19 January 2009 - Government announces early release of journalist Nguyen Viet Chien