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 Albania


17 October 2003 - Inquiry call after interior minister punches TV editor

 Armenia


22 July 2003 - Two main independent TV stations still without broadcasting licences
22 May 2003 - Call for press freedom to be respected in Sunday’s legislative elections and referendum
2 May 2003 - Alarm sounded about increasingly frequent physical attacks against journalists
17 March 2003 - Double standard criticised in hunt for attackers of two journalists
4 March 2003 - Presidential election: concern about violence against journalists

 Azerbaijan


28 October 2003 - Editor of main opposition daily arrested
21 October 2003 - Three journalists held - Police bar access to main opposition newspaper
17 October 2003 - One journalist missing, two others detained
16 October 2003 - Presidential election : many journalists beaten or detained
22 September 2003 - Police attack and detain journalists covering opposition rallies
28 July 2003 - Independent media under pressure as presidential election nears
7 May 2003 - Government targets opposition papers
10 April 2003 - Journalist harassed by authorities
30 January 2003 - Appeal to stop harassment of independent media

 Belarus


19 September 2003 - Journalists protest attacks on press freedom
10 July 2003 - Government bans Russian TV station and restricts media aid organisation
7 July 2003 - Third anniversary of Dmitri Zavadski’s disappearance - Reporters Without Borders and BAJ call on Belarussian judiciary to do its duty
29 June 2003 - Russian journalist expelled
7 June 2003 - Two more independent newspapers closed down
3 June 2003 - Two journalists conditionally freed, but a third stays in labour camp
30 May 2003 - Government shuts down independent daily for three months
26 May 2003 - OSCE alerted about major press freedom violations
25 March 2003 - Press freedom groups call for reopening of investigation
6 February 2003 - Independent paper threatened with closure

 Croatia


17 July 2003 - Criminal code amendments and planned press law changes deal a blow to press freedom
3 March 2003 - Press magnate escapes bomb attack

 Cyprus


5 November 2003 - Five journalists face heavy prison sentences for "insulting" the army
20 October 2003 - Journalist beaten up by members of ultra-nationalist Turkish Cypriot group
9 May 2003 - Turkish Cypriot authorities stop opposition journalist entering other part of island

 France


15 December 2003 - Launch of new Damocles Network site
25 November 2003 - OSCE and Reporters Without Borders call for defamation to be decriminalized
24 October 2003 - Paris court convicts journalist of receiving document that violated judicial confidentiality
9 October 2003 - No to defence secrecy for French nuclear energy
5 September 2003 - Gunmen fire at journalist’s car
18 August 2003 - Guadeloupe police rough up news photographer
13 August 2003 - Appeal court orders monthly to pay exorbitant damages for report criticising Beaujolais
26 June 2003 - National Front-run town hall urged to end boycott of local newspaper
13 June 2003 - Paris police manhandle freelance photographer, seize camera
25 April 2003 - Perben Bill "threatens confidentiality of journalists’ sources"
24 February 2003 - Journalists prevented from covering Franco-African Summit
29 January 2003 - Reporters without Borders wins court case against ex-army chief
13 January 2003 - Magazine heavily punished for criticising wine
7 January 2003 - Transmitter of Jewish community radio station damaged
6 January 2003 - Two Malian journalists arresting for filming deportation at airport

 Georgia


29 December 2003 - Grenade attack on TV station Rustavi 2
5 December 2003 - Explosion rocks state TV company building
14 November 2003 - Elections board cancels accreditation of main independent TV station

 Germany


13 March 2003 - Police authorised to trace journalists’ phone calls

 Gibraltar


21 January 2003 - Police arrest 14 journalists off Gibraltar coast

 Greece


1 October 2003 - Petrol bomb attack on home of TV presenter who probed terrorism

 Italy


22 November 2003 - RAI suspends satirical programme after lawsuit by Berlusconi-owned company
23 October 2003 - Shots fired at journalist’s home in Sardinia
18 October 2003 - Police search Il Giornale, seize files : violation of the confidentiality of sources
11 August 2003 - Thugs attack Sicilian journalist who had been investigating drug trafficking
23 July 2003 - Two bills tailored for Berlusconi’s media empire progress through parliament
23 April 2003 - A media conflict of interest: anomaly in Italy

 Kazakhstan


3 June 2003 - Threat to independent newspaper
19 April 2003 - Editor of opposition newspaper beaten up
15 April 2003 - Access to Internet websites blocked
11 March 2003 - Sergei Duvanov sentenced, on appeal, to three and a half years in prison - Reporters without Borders denounces what it considers a parody of justice
7 March 2003 - Sergei Duvanov appeal hearing: A chance for the authorities to finally let justice be done
28 January 2003 - Opposition journalist accused of rape is jailed for three and a half years
23 January 2003 - Opposition journalist will face trial alone

 Kyrgyzstan


13 June 2003 - Libel suit fines bankrupt independent newspaper, force closure
31 January 2003 - Independent newspaper threatened with closure
24 January 2003 - Opposition journalist attacked in Kyrgysztan

 Romania


5 December 2003 - Journalist who covers corruption is beaten unconscious
27 March 2003 - Vanished journalist found dead

 Russia


14 November 2003 - Court commutes Galkin’s sentence of one year’s hard labour
30 October 2003 - An AFP correspondent kidnapped in Ingushetia - Journalists who are former hostages call for his release
23 October 2003 - Newspaper editor’s murder: fact-finding visit raises doubts about official version
10 October 2003 - Newspaper editor murdered months after the killing of his predecessor
2 October 2003 - Reporters Without Borders lobbies EU and OSCE about kidnapped journalist in Ingushetia
24 September 2003 - Call for immediate release of journalist jailed for year at hard labour
22 August 2003 - Journalist sentenced to year at hard labour for libel
25 July 2003 - Kidnappers still not found three weeks after seizure of journalist in Ingushetia
23 July 2003 - Journalist killed in Moscow
6 July 2003 - AFP reporter kidnapped in Ingushetia
24 June 2003 - Government closes last independent TV station while parliament restricts election coverage
21 April 2003 - TV station owner shot dead in Murmansk
26 February 2003 - Closure of opposition newspaper Noviye Izvestia
10 February 2003 - Reporters Without Borders protests against President Putin’s takeover of the media
27 January 2003 - TV chief forced to resign
23 January 2003 - Release of journalist Grigory Pasko
9 January 2003 - Russia turns back German journalist who wanted to probe human rights in Chechnya

 Serbia-Montenegro


22 July 2003 - Call for reelection of broadcasting Council
5 June 2003 - Ban on distribution of weekly
11 April 2003 - Two journalists arrested under state of emergency for criticising government
2 April 2003 - Ex-head of Serbian radio and TV arrested
31 March 2003 - Prosecutor admits blocking enquiry into murder of journalist Slavko Curuvija
20 March 2003 - Concern about media shutdowns under state of emergency
7 March 2003 - Two journalists receive death threats

 Spain


22 September 2003 - Call for end to payment of defamation fines before cases are heard in appeal
23 July 2003 - Closure of Basque newspaper Euskaldunon Egunkaria extended by six months
20 May 2003 - Basque public TV threatened with prosecution for broadcasting ETA statement
28 February 2003 - Basque Journalist complains of ill-treatment in custody Reporters Without Borders calls for an inquiry
20 February 2003 - Explanation demanded for closure of Basque newspaper

 Tajikistan


29 May 2003 - News website censored

 Turkey


23 December 2003 - Journalist who criticised the army arrested at Istanbul airport
4 November 2003 - More than 300 generals sue Islamist newspaper
28 October 2003 - Journalist jailed for second time
8 October 2003 - Greek television journalist detained by the army
4 July 2003 - Five of businessman’s TV stations banned for a month
22 April 2003 - Journalist freed after nine years faces new prison term
29 January 2003 - Reporters without Borders wins court case against ex-army chief

 Turkmenistan


26 November 2003 - Authorities harass Radio Liberty correspondent

 Ukraine


21 November 2003 - Warning of risk of abuse over Internet regulation
31 October 2003 - Reporters Without Borders concerned about dismissal of prosecutor in Gongadze case
27 October 2003 - Concern about secret police bid to control the Internet
4 October 2003 - Reporters Without Borders condemns attack on newspaper offices
15 September 2003 - Georgy Gongadze vanished three years ago
19 August 2003 - Reporters Without Borders condemns Council of Europe report on Gongadze case
14 August 2003 - A second online journalist assaulted
18 July 2003 - Dismay over passage of official secrets legislation
15 July 2003 - Journalist and press freedom representative killed in car crash
12 March 2003 - Gongadze case : DNA test confirms body is that of Georgiy Gongadze
12 February 2003 - Reporters Without Borders calls for more tests in Kolomiets death and stresses that enquiry is not over

 United Kingdom


26 September 2003 - Two years after Martin O’Hagan’s murder, the investigation is at a standstill
8 April 2003 - Media attacked by ministers and MPs for Iraq war coverage

 Uzbekistan


22 December 2003 - Journalist Ruslan Sharipov to remain jailed despite general amnesty
26 September 2003 - Journalist and human rights activist sentenced to four years in prison
29 August 2003 - EU and embassies urged to press for release of jailed human rights journalist
13 August 2003 - Call for immediate release of press freedom defender being tried on sex charges
28 May 2003 - Three detained in crackdown on journalists
17 March 2003 - Journalist jailed for six and a half years for writing about religion
14 March 2003 - A journalist gets death threats after objecting to closure of his weekly
7 March 2003 - Radio Free Europe and Voice of America correspondents physically attacked in Tashkent