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 Albania


19 December 2005 - Bomb attack on country’s biggest independent daily paper
30 June 2005 - Mayor beat up television journalist

 Azerbaijan


29 November 2005 - Opposition journalists again the victims of police violence
8 November 2005 - Journalists harassed covering legislative election
4 November 2005 - Letter to President Aliev on the eve of legislative elections asking him to guarantee the safety of journalists
11 October 2005 - President Aliev urged to stem wave of attacks on journalists
27 September 2005 - Police set on four journalists covering an opposition demonstration in Baku
20 September 2005 - News agency Turan accused of disinformation after reporting Gallup denial of pro-president poll
31 August 2005 - Journalist’s brother abducted and beaten up
10 August 2005 - Threats and physical attacks on opposition news media
29 July 2005 - Baku calls on Tbilisi to extradite two men in Elmar Huseynov murder case
20 June 2005 - Call for investigation of death of photographer beaten up by police
23 May 2005 - Open letter to the President
21 March 2005 - Rauf Arifoglu finally released
28 February 2005 - Two opposition journalists abducted, beaten and humiliated
3 February 2005 - Opposition journalist abducted and threatened by soldiers
20 January 2005 - Editor of weekly harassed by court in libel case
6 January 2005 - Main opposition daily forced to close

 Belarus


30 December 2005 - Authorities shelve probe into Cherkasova’s murder without ever finding any clues
28 December 2005 - Law to punish “discrediting Belarus” becomes law on 30 December
27 December 2005 - Lukashenko delivers last fatal blow to independent newspaper
19 December 2005 - Investigation closed into suspicious death of Vassily Grodnikov
5 December 2005 - Yet more broken contracts for the Belarus independent press
22 November 2005 - Authorities urged to investigate possibility that Vassili Grodnikov was murdered
4 November 2005 - A Polish journalist again threatened with prosecution
20 October 2005 - A year after Cherkasova’s murder, another journalist dies in suspicious circumstances
28 September 2005 - Minsk court seizes independent weekly’s assets
23 August 2005 - City officials kill off independent weekly Den
18 August 2005 - KGB censors satirical Internet cartoons
11 August 2005 - Open letter to Miklos Haraszti, the OSCE representative on freedom of the media
8 August 2005 - Journalists at the centre of diplomatic crisis between Belarus and Poland
29 June 2005 - Independent bi-weekly Belorusskaya Delovaya Gazeta financially squeezed
10 June 2005 - Newspaper heavily fined for libel
1 June 2005 - President Lukashenko orders independent news media to change their names
29 April 2005 - President Lukashenko dislikes photo mock-up
28 April 2005 - Two Russian journalists sentenced to eight and ten days in prison
8 April 2005 - Call for real probe into Zavadski disappearance after officials say old investigation is being reopened
24 March 2005 - Authorities prevent reporters from freely covering partial legislative elections
23 March 2005 - Pressbol editor’s personal possessions seized
11 March 2005 - Journalists gets 10 days in prison for being at unauthorized demonstration
11 March 2005 - Judge cancels request for psychiatric examination of Veronika Cherkasova’s son

 Belgium


27 January 2005 - Police question two journalists in new attack on confidentiality of sources

 Croatia


12 December 2005 - Journalist gets death threat for investigating war crimes
4 November 2005 - Journalist gets five-month suspended jail sentence for libel
14 October 2005 - Journalist is freed, flies to The Hague and pleads not guilty
18 February 2005 - Journalist given two-month suspended sentence for defamation

 Cyprus


28 July 2005 - Some Turkish journalists banned from covering football match

 Denmark


17 October 2005 - Death threats made against two cartoonists

 Europe


26 October 2005 - Sakharov Prize goes to Cuba’s Women in White, a Nigerian lawyer and Reporters Without Borders

 France


16 December 2005 - Disappearance of journalist still unsolved eight years on
18 November 2005 - Le Parisien journalist released but under investigation
7 November 2005 - Concern about attacks on journalists covering suburban rioting
27 October 2005 - Interior minister says “no excuse” for threats to journalists over Corsica ferry dispute
19 October 2005 - Journalists get death threats in Corsica after covering ferry company conflict
4 May 2005 - Police challenge to confidentiality of sources on World Press Freedom Day
14 January 2005 - Police searches at Le Point and l’Equipe are a new violation of protection of sources

 Georgia


23 November 2005 - New attempt to intimidate an editor
9 September 2005 - Journalist beaten up after revealing corruption

 Greece


3 November 2005 - State body’s order to close radio station criticised
7 June 2005 - Macedonian TV journalists refused accreditation to film in northern Greece
10 May 2005 - Second attack on a sports journalist in Athens

 Italy


4 November 2005 - Genoa football scandal threatens safety of journalists
5 October 2005 - Gérard Depardieu head-butts a photographer
26 May 2005 - Protection of sources trampled on by search at offices of Corriere della Sera

 Kazakhstan


26 December 2005 - Two opposition papers harshly punished for exposing electoral fraud
14 December 2005 - Reporters Without Borders raps censorship of UK comedian’s "Borat" website
9 December 2005 - Police again seize issue of leading opposition weekly
2 December 2005 - Nazarbayev urged to guarantee unimpeded access to information on polling day
5 October 2005 - Opposition newspapers find new printer
23 June 2005 - Call for enquiry into road accident that killed opposition journalist
20 May 2005 - Police cordon set up around newspaper Set KZ publishers
11 May 2005 - Call for interior ministry to act after police arrest and beat journalist
5 April 2005 - Opposition newspaper editor repeatedly harassed in southern city
31 March 2005 - Court decisions could force two opposition newspapers to close
14 January 2005 - Opposition steadily sidelined from the Internet

 Kosovo


27 June 2005 - Journalist from Bota Sot dies of his injuries

 Kyrgyzstan


25 February 2005 - Authorities harass independent media ahead of legislative elections
21 February 2005 - President targets opposition daily MSN again
1 February 2005 - Phoney e-mail messages sent to discredit opposition

 Moldova


28 April 2005 - Head of Christian-democratic party hounds the independent press

 Norway


26 April 2005 - Oslo-resident Tamil journalist victim of death threats and harassment

 Poland


30 December 2005 - New president urged to pardon journalist on the verge of being imprisoned
2 September 2005 - Journalist faces prison for refusing to reveal sources
19 May 2005 - Police arrest Indymedia contributor and accuse him of assault on police
13 May 2005 - Live radio debate on pope leads to suspension of editor
25 January 2005 - The editor of a satirical paper sentenced for making "insulting" comments about the pope

 Romania


28 January 2005 - Secret police tap phones of two journalists

 Russia


21 December 2005 - Prison administration lays complaint against a REN-TV journalist
7 December 2005 - Anchor and three other senior staff resign from Ren-TV
14 November 2005 - New revelations cast doubt on the theory that Khlebnikov’s murder was ordered by Chechen warlord Nukhayev
8 September 2005 - Russian authorities refused to renew an accreditation for a Swedish correspondent
26 August 2005 - Judge frees imprisoned editor following international pressure
12 August 2005 - Polish journalist beaten up in Moscow
2 August 2005 - ABC journalists’ accreditation will not be renewed
1 August 2005 - Moscows turns its guns on Andrei Babitski and ABC News after interview with Chechen
4 July 2005 - AFP correspondent Ali Astamirov kidnapped exactly two years ago in Ingushetia
1 July 2005 - Journalist gunned down in southwestern republic
27 June 2005 - Journalist sentenced to seven months forced labour for defamation
18 June 2005 - Call for all leads to be fully exhausted before the Paul Khlebnikov murder investigation is closed
2 June 2005 - Secret service detains three Polish journalists for 14 hours in Ingushetia
31 May 2005 - Call for murder investigation into young cameraman’s death
24 May 2005 - Murder attempt against head of press group
12 May 2005 - Two Latvian journalists and their driver arrested
9 May 2005 - Press freedom fears put to George Bush and President Barroso ahead of Moscow visits
26 April 2005 - Russian police step up harassment of Kazakh opposition newspaper editor
18 April 2005 - Reporters Without Borders calls on Condoleezza Rice to raise press freedom concerns with her Russian counterparts
6 April 2005 - News photographer badly beaten by police in Voronezh
24 March 2005 - Damages which Kommersant must pay bank cut by 90 per cent
18 March 2005 - Political journalist beaten up during an election campaign
23 February 2005 - Bush asked to raise Russia’s press freedom violations at meeting with Putin in Bratislava
18 February 2005 - Sidorov case reopened but local prosecutor’s office still in charge
25 January 2005 - Russian journalist deprived of his passport and left in legal limbo
20 January 2005 - Concern over government control of media on eve of French foreign minister’s visit

 Serbia-Montenegro


14 September 2005 - Journalist brutally beaten
9 September 2005 - Death threats made against the editor of an independent media group
1 September 2005 - Policeman investigating journalist’s murder is himself gunned down
12 April 2005 - Six years of impunity for Slavko Curuvija’s murderers
23 February 2005 - One-year suspended prison sentence for journalist in libel case

 Spain


17 November 2005 - Justice minister urged to speed up proceedings that have kept Basque newspaper closed
18 September 2005 - Al Jazeera journalist re-arrested 10 days before trial verdict

 Sri Lanka


26 April 2005 - Oslo-resident Tamil journalist victim of death threats and harassment

 Sweden


26 August 2005 - Bomb threat against provincial daily

 Tajikistan


21 December 2005 - Djumaboi Tolibov freed after seven months in custody
31 August 2005 - Editor sentenced to hand over 20% of his income to the state for two years
1 August 2005 - Two-year prison sentence for journalist who criticised provincial prosecutor
20 May 2005 - Sole independent TV station closed
1 February 2005 - Growing threats to independent press in approach to legislative elections

 Turkey


30 December 2005 - Kurdish journalist freed on bail after being held for four months
7 December 2005 - Five columnists face up to 10 years in prison
18 November 2005 - Court upholds 20-month suspended prison sentence against editorialist
26 October 2005 - Nine months in prison for journalist who “insulted” town’s deputy prefect
17 August 2005 - Kurdish journalist detained for allegedly having footage of PKK militants
6 August 2005 - Arbitrary arrest and interrogation of four journalists deplored
1 June 2005 - Austrian journalist Sandra Bakutz finally acquitted
25 May 2005 - Call for major amendments to new criminal code that threatens press freedom
7 April 2005 - Over-sensitive premier urged to stop legal hounding of opposition journalists
31 March 2005 - New criminal code will not take effect until June
10 March 2005 - An Austrian journalist has spent one month in prison
3 March 2005 - Sandra Bakutz faces up to 15 years in prison

 Turkmenistan


17 March 2005 - Russian journalist detained and expelled

 Ukraine


21 November 2005 - Court orders reinstatement of prosecutor-general discredited in Gongadze case
14 November 2005 - Reporters Without Borders in Kiev : « The time for promises is over ! »
28 October 2005 - Minister hints at bomb on editor’s car as Reporters Without Borders says "blast was certainely not vandalism"
12 October 2005 - Journalist escapes a murder attempt
11 October 2005 - Call for opening of independent investigation into Paparazzi attack case
11 October 2005 - Government rescinds decree requiring online publications to register
30 September 2005 - Celebrity magazine editor targeted by bomb on eve of issue about president’s son
9 August 2005 - Suspected killers of journalist Georgy Gongadze named
27 July 2005 - Journalist given suspended three-year prison for publishing phoney political advertising
15 July 2005 - Two journalists attacked in southern city of Kherson
1 July 2005 - Call for release of journalist thrown into prison without a valid reason
30 May 2005 - Editor receives death threats for exposés about local mayor
19 May 2005 - Two police officers sentenced for forgery in Alexandrov murder case
18 May 2005 - Pro-opposition television channel taken off air
29 April 2005 - Court rules that NTN TV’s licence is valid
21 March 2005 - Provincial TV journalist threatened over municipal development scandal
4 March 2005 - New government says it has identified those who set fire to newspaper last August
17 February 2005 - Call for genuine progress in Gongadze murder case as new DNA tests sought
4 February 2005 - Open letter to new prime minister Yulia Timoshenko
21 January 2005 - Open letter to President

 United Kingdom


27 September 2005 - Martin O’Hagan not forgotten four years after his unsolved murder

 Uzbekistan


14 December 2005 - Closure of Radio Free Europe office signals endgame for free media
14 November 2005 - Opposition online journalist assaulted
28 October 2005 - BBC closes Tashkent bureau because of harassment and intimidation
12 September 2005 - Uzbek authorities shut down international organization Internews
1 August 2005 - Uzbek authorities release Kyrgyz journalist who was arrested at border
4 July 2005 - Thugs beat up pregnant journalist
28 June 2005 - Crackdown persists against independent journalists
14 June 2005 - Authorities foment a denigration campaign against independent journalists
8 June 2005 - Journalist imprisoned in Karshi amid mounting pressure on independent media
26 May 2005 - Russian journalist beaten up as government resorts to disinformation
17 May 2005 - EU and USA called on to help restore media access
14 May 2005 - Reporters Without Borders "extremely worried" as journalists expelled from Andijan
2 May 2005 - Correspondent for an American news agency refused accreditation
26 April 2005 - Interior minister asked to investigate beating of dissident journalist
19 April 2005 - Young independent journalist faces up to 20 years in prison