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 Armenia


31 December 2002 - Head of TV station murdered
24 October 2002 - Grenade attack injures investigative journalist

 Azerbaijan


5 September 2002 - Journalists get death threats after denouncing Turkish border smuggling
3 September 2002 - Official secrets decree threatens press freedom

 Belarus


15 October 2002 - Rabochy editor’s appeal rejected
10 September 2002 - Editor of independent newspaper on trial for "insulting the President"
13 August 2002 - Administrative obstacles threaten Radio Free Europe in Minsk
7 August 2002 - Authorities target two more independent newspapers
16 July 2002 - Supreme Court confirms life sentence on former top policeman
7 July 2002 - New enquiry urged on 2nd anniversary of journalist Dmitri Zavadski’s disappearance
29 April 2002 - Report on press freedom violations in Belarus
20 March 2002 - Alleged killers of journalist Dmitri Zavadski sentenced

 Belgium


31 May 2002 - Two journalists fined for refusing to reveal their sources

 Bosnia-Herzegovina


13 June 2002 - Journalist forced to give evidence to rights court

 Council of Europe


28 January 2002 - Gongadze case and the Council of Europe

 Croatia


7 March 2002 - Feral Tribune survival jeopardised by heavy fines

 Cyprus


17 October 2002 - Ten Spanish journalists expelled from northern part of island
4 October 2002 - Turkish-Cypriot journalists freed
12 September 2002 - Wife of murdered journalist threatened

 Czech Republic


22 July 2002 - Arrests made in plot to kill investigative journalist

 Denmark


29 August 2002 - Threat to a journalist’s right to protect sources

 Europe


29 August 2002 - Threat to a journalist’s right to protect sources
2 August 2002 - Protest over "police brutality" against German journalists
30 July 2002 - Threat to Internet freedom posed by new security law
29 July 2002 - Journalist denounces unjustified prosecution
25 July 2002 - Italian president calls for media diversity and impartiality
25 July 2002 - Two radio stations lose broadcasting licences
24 July 2002 - Editor of only opposition newspaper killed in suspicious accident
22 July 2002 - Arrests made in plot to kill investigative journalist
22 July 2002 - Gongadze prosecutors accept help from European forensic experts
19 July 2002 - New law makes public TV and radio independent
18 July 2002 - Cancellation of TV station 1+1’s broadcasting licence confirmed
16 July 2002 - Two journalists questioned about articles incriminating the government
15 July 2002 - Reporters Without Borders supports British media in appeal to rights court over protection of sources
12 July 2002 - Thugs smash up Tbilisi Press Club and offices of press freedom group
9 July 2002 - Reporters Without Borders asks French minister to raise Pasko case during Moscow visit
2 July 2002 - Prime minister Mikhail Kassyanov visits Paris
17 June 2002 - Newspaper condemned for saying President was cigarette smuggler
13 June 2002 - Journalist forced to give evidence to rights court
7 June 2002 - Reporters Without Borders calls on Internet service providers and telecommunications operators not to submit to new legislation and directives on data retention
6 June 2002 - Reporters Without Borders expresses support for journalist Daniel Mermet
31 May 2002 - Two journalists fined for refusing to reveal their sources
30 May 2002 - Confidentiality of professional and personal communications under threat
29 May 2002 - Editor of monthly gets huge fine
29 May 2002 - Newspaper owner shot dead
28 May 2002 - Unprecedented offensive against the media
24 May 2002 - Threats by american actor John Malkovich against journalist Robert Fisk.
22 May 2002 - Neo-Nazis attack journalist’s home
21 May 2002 - Man accused of murdering Alexandrov is acquitted - Reporters Without Borders pleased at exposure of errors in enquiry
17 May 2002 - Revised media law - Reporters Without Borders deplores repressive turn by Turkish regime
13 May 2002 - Attackers force closure of RSF "predators of press freedom" exhibition
26 April 2002 - Canal+ TV crew attacked by Le Pen security guards
24 April 2002 - RSF urges President Ciampi to take a firm stand against the current threat to pluralism of information
18 April 2002 - State prosecutor jails journalist who was his fierce critic
16 April 2002 - Appeal to the the candidates
2 April 2002 - RSF deplores new deterioration in press freedom
29 March 2002 - RSF deplores worsening violence against the press
22 March 2002 - King of Wallis forces newspaper to close
20 March 2002 - Alleged killers of journalist Dmitri Zavadski sentenced
12 March 2002 - Journalist killed, another escapes assassination attempt
14 February 2002 - Fresh attack on editor of satirical monthly
14 February 2002 - Open letter to Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
6 February 2002 - Bill for tightening the legislation on violation of the press laws
30 January 2002 - Tapping of journalists’ phones
28 January 2002 - Gongadze case and the Council of Europe

 European union


15 July 2002 - Reporters Without Borders supports British media in appeal to rights court over protection of sources
7 June 2002 - Reporters Without Borders calls on Internet service providers and telecommunications operators not to submit to new legislation and directives on data retention
30 May 2002 - Confidentiality of professional and personal communications under threat

 France


21 December 2002 - Court bans film of wartime collaborator’s trial
6 December 2002 - Thugs attack offices of Radio Méditerranée
6 December 2002 - Turkish legal action against Reporters Without Borders
4 December 2002 - German TV journalists sue French mayor who attacked them
13 September 2002 - Reporters without borders denounces harassment of radio journalist Daniel Mermet
12 September 2002 - Reporters Without Borders joins reporter’s court case to defend journalistic sources
6 August 2002 - New legislation threaten independence of media
2 August 2002 - Protest over "police brutality" against German journalists
30 July 2002 - Threat to Internet freedom posed by new security law
12 July 2002 - Racism suit against two journalists dismissed
6 June 2002 - Reporters Without Borders expresses support for journalist Daniel Mermet
29 May 2002 - Editor of monthly gets huge fine
2 May 2002 - Far rightists seize journalist’s film and security official hits TV crew member
26 April 2002 - Canal+ TV crew attacked by Le Pen security guards
16 April 2002 - Appeal to the the candidates
8 April 2002 - Journalists attacked by Jewish extremists during demonstration
22 March 2002 - King of Wallis forces newspaper to close
15 March 2002 - Radio journalists and editors charged over satirical sketch about Corsicans
7 March 2002 - RSF General Secretary sentenced to 1000 euros
20 February 2002 - Radio Djido manager Lucienne Moreo-See mugged
14 February 2002 - Fresh attack on editor of satirical monthly
30 January 2002 - Tapping of journalists’ phones

 Georgia


2 October 2002 - Police smash up TV station and threaten to kill journalist and family
12 July 2002 - Thugs smash up Tbilisi Press Club and offices of press freedom group

 Germany


21 October 2002 - Belarus journalist freed

 Greece


7 October 2002 - Journalists attacked over coverage of crackdown on November 17 terrorist group

 Italy


25 November 2002 - Italian journalist in Paris would be jailed for press crimes if he returns home
30 October 2002 - European Social Forum in Florence : Reporters Without Borders asks Italian president for measures to guarantee security of journalists
11 October 2002 - Broadcast making fun of Berlusconi is censored
9 October 2002 - Foreign journalists receive death threats
20 August 2002 - Antiterrorist police search homes of two journalists
16 August 2002 - Journalist released but placed under house arrest over articles in 1960s
6 August 2002 - Media pluralism more threatened than ever
25 July 2002 - Italian president calls for media diversity and impartiality
24 April 2002 - RSF urges President Ciampi to take a firm stand against the current threat to pluralism of information
14 February 2002 - Open letter to Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi

 Kazakhstan


30 August 2002 - Well-known journalist and human rights activist beaten up
29 August 2002 - Report of fact-finding mission : death of Kazakh journalist’s daughter
20 August 2002 - Journalist attacked by former police officers

 Macedonia


26 September 2002 - Beaten-up journalist near death in hospital
9 September 2002 - Threats against journalists a few days before election

 Montenegro


6 August 2002 - New legislation threaten independence of media
17 June 2002 - Newspaper condemned for saying President was cigarette smuggler

 Netherlands


12 December 2002 - Court says journalist does not have to testify
2 October 2002 - International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia: journalist summoned to give evidence before the ICTY appeals against the judges’ decision
13 June 2002 - Journalist forced to give evidence to rights court

 Poland


25 July 2002 - Two radio stations lose broadcasting licences

 Portugal


23 September 2002 - Journalist charged for refusing to reveal his sources

 Romania


9 August 2002 - Intimidation of an opposition journalist
28 May 2002 - Unprecedented offensive against the media

 Russia


27 November 2002 - Reporters Without Borders repeats call for new version of anti-terrorism law
25 November 2002 - Putin demands revision of anti-terrorist law
5 November 2002 - Regional news media suffer in battle for power : the example of Penza
4 November 2002 - Reporters Without Borders refers new anti-terrorist law to UN and Council of Europe
25 October 2002 - Government orders TV station to close and threatens other media
27 September 2002 - British freelance journalist killed in battle zone
27 September 2002 - Unprecedented violence against journalists in Penza region
24 July 2002 - Editor of only opposition newspaper killed in suspicious accident
17 July 2002 - Appeal to French president to seek release of Grigory Pasko
9 July 2002 - Reporters Without Borders asks French minister to raise Pasko case during Moscow visit
9 July 2002 - Two journalists prosecuted after questioning President Putin about regional corruption
2 July 2002 - Prime minister Mikhail Kassyanov visits Paris
28 June 2002 - Grigory Pasko’s jail sentence is confirmed
26 June 2002 - Government cracks down on independent newspaper
29 May 2002 - Newspaper owner shot dead
2 April 2002 - RSF deplores new deterioration in press freedom
12 March 2002 - Journalist killed, another escapes assassination attempt
6 February 2002 - Attack against the editor of the radio station Echo of Moscow of Samara
11 January 2002 - The arbitration Supreme court confirms TV6 compulsory liquidation

 Serbia-Montenegro


8 October 2002 - Was the bombing of Serbia’s state TV headquarters necessary? Reporters Without Borders meets NATO leaders
19 July 2002 - New law makes public TV and radio independent
16 July 2002 - Two journalists questioned about articles incriminating the government

 Spain


13 December 2002 - Police defuse a parcel bomb at El País

 Sweden


17 September 2002 - Two journalists chased by neo-Nazis
22 May 2002 - Neo-Nazis attack journalist’s home

 Switzerland


16 October 2002 - Attempt to bomb Zurich offices of Kosovo newspaper Bota Sot

 Tajikistan


7 November 2002 - Three journalists drafted into army by force; editor gets death threat

 Turkey


6 December 2002 - Turkish legal action against Reporters Without Borders
17 October 2002 - Three journalists sued for "insulting the army" : Turkey breaks commitments to European Union
10 September 2002 - Journalist reported kidnapped and threatened with death
28 June 2002 - Fikret Baskaya released from prison
19 June 2002 - Journalist jailed for 15 years, editor of major newspaper arrested
6 June 2002 - Journalist freed after 5 years in jail, while another is imprisoned
17 May 2002 - Revised media law - Reporters Without Borders deplores repressive turn by Turkish regime
15 May 2002 - RSF chief banned from Turkey
13 May 2002 - Attackers force closure of RSF "predators of press freedom" exhibition
10 May 2002 - RSF urges Turkey to respect press freedom in wake of exhibition protests
6 February 2002 - Bill for tightening the legislation on violation of the press laws

 Ukraine


27 November 2002 - Prosecutor agrees to independent expert in probe of journalist’s death
6 November 2002 - Where is Mikhailo Kolomiets?
16 October 2002 - Defender of press freedom hit during protest against President Kuchma, US journalist attacked
16 September 2002 - Second anniversary of the disappearance of Georgiy Gongadze
6 August 2002 - Reporters Without Borders accorded status of plaintiff’s legal representative
18 July 2002 - Cancellation of TV station 1+1’s broadcasting licence confirmed
4 July 2002 - Alexandrov case , one year after the journalist’s death
21 May 2002 - Man accused of murdering Alexandrov is acquitted - Reporters Without Borders pleased at exposure of errors in enquiry
18 April 2002 - State prosecutor jails journalist who was his fierce critic
29 March 2002 - RSF deplores worsening violence against the press
28 January 2002 - Gongadze case and the Council of Europe

 United Kingdom


27 September 2002 - Killers of Martin O’Hagan still unpunished one year after his death
15 July 2002 - Reporters Without Borders supports British media in appeal to rights court over protection of sources
24 May 2002 - Threats by american actor John Malkovich against journalist Robert Fisk.

 Uzbekistan


29 July 2002 - Journalist denounces unjustified prosecution
1 February 2002 - Ruslan Sharipov once again threatened

 Wallis and Futuna (Fr.)


22 March 2002 - King of Wallis forces newspaper to close