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 Armenia


31 October 2006 - “Disproportionate” prison sentence for newspaper editor who skipped military service

 Azerbaijan


12 December 2006 - Restrictions provisionally lifted for independent media, but their future still in doubt
4 December 2006 - Open letter to Ilham Aliev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan
27 November 2006 - Authorities shut down TV station and evict two newspapers and news agency in crackdown on independent media
24 November 2006 - Imprisoned journalist joins independent media hunger-strikers
22 November 2006 - Journalists’ hunger strike goes on in a climate of growing tension
13 November 2006 - Hunger strike by journalists and opposition representatives in protest against crackdown on independent media
7 November 2006 - Police disperse demonstration in support of threatened newspaper
20 October 2006 - Two newspapers banned from covering former police officer’s trial
17 October 2006 - Threat to retransmission of BBC, Voice of America and Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe
4 October 2006 - Opposition journalist’s three-year prison sentence condemned as politically motivated
29 September 2006 - Two-year suspended sentence and sizeable damages for probe into interior minister
22 August 2006 - Interior minister withdraws suit against journalist
21 August 2006 - Elmar Husseynov Foundation calls for FBI help in investigating journalist’s death
9 August 2006 - Prosecutor says evidence links imprisoned former minister to journalist’s murder
28 July 2006 - Blog that satirizes President Aliev made inaccessible
3 July 2006 - Appeal court confirms three-month custody order against Zahidov
28 June 2006 - Support Committee calls for release of journalist Sakit Zahidov
12 June 2006 - Opposition demonstrators arrested for demanding justice for Bahaddin Khaziyev
30 May 2006 - On visit to France, Aliev reminded of violence against journalists at home
6 March 2006 - Opposition journalist escapes murder attempt, one year after killing of Elmar Husseynov

 Belarus


21 December 2006 - Polish minority journalist held for a week to stall publication of critical article
28 November 2006 - State postal company refuses to deliver many independent newspapers next year
24 November 2006 - Oldest independent weekly threatened by closure on 100th anniversary
16 November 2006 - Court upholds three-month suspension for cultural magazine
16 June 2006 - Backing for independent newspaper editor who has sought asylum in Ukraine
5 May 2006 - Belarus authorities slated as file on missing cameraman Dmitri Zavadski is closed for a third time
13 April 2006 - All journalists now released but opposition members still detained
22 March 2006 - Reporters Without Borders and Belarusian Association of Journalists condemn lack of opposition access to media
3 March 2006 - At least nine journalists beaten up in crackdown 17 days ahead of presidential election
24 February 2006 - 23 days to go before presidential election: opposition paper may be forced to close

 Bulgaria


7 April 2006 - Investigators follow professional lead after bomb rips apart journalist’s home

 Chechnya


7 September 2006 - Concern over plight of missing journalist

 Croatia


15 December 2006 - Two state TV journalists allowed to return to work
31 August 2006 - Report on Rwanda tribunal’s disturbing precedents is published as ex-Yugoslavia tribunal fines Croatian journalist
16 June 2006 - Relief at Hague court decision not to prosecute three Croatian journalists

 Denmark


4 December 2006 - Three Berlingske Tidende journalists acquitted of state security charges
13 November 2006 - Court urged not to set bad precedent in trial of three journalists for publishing leaked intelligence

 European union


27 September 2006 - Abdou Diouf urged to use Francophone summit to set deadline for decriminalizing press offences
6 July 2006 - European Parliament condemns ethical breaches by Internet sector companies

 France


19 December 2006 - France and Greece submit resolution on protecting journalists to UN security council
14 December 2006 - Probe into journalist’s disappearance in Polynesia nine years ago is stalled, support committee says
5 December 2006 - Clearstream wins libel suit against investigative journalist targeted from all sides
28 November 2006 - Three Midi Libre reporters under judicial investigation over leaked audit
17 November 2006 - As Chirac opens Legion of Honour museum, activists outside sport its insignia in protest against its award to Putin
15 November 2006 - In landmark decision, Paris court drops charges against journalist who revealed details of judicial investigation
10 November 2006 - Return to normal after eight months of turmoil for French public broadcaster in Noumea
1 November 2006 - France 2 TV crew attacked with iron bars
13 October 2006 - Reporters Without Borders regrets adoption of law making it a crime to deny Turkish genocide against Armenians
29 September 2006 - Threats against Le Figaro op-ed author - “Ideological censorship must not replace debate”
7 July 2006 - Reporters Without Borders demonstrates outside Turkmen embassy for release of three journalists and human rights activists
21 June 2006 - Prime Minister sues fourth journalist over Clearstream allegations
27 May 2006 - Court gives green light for two journalists to be investigated in doping case
5 May 2006 - French authorities asked to protect TV station’s staff in Pacific territory
14 February 2006 - Reporters Without Borders and Arab Commission for Human Rights stage conference in Paris to try to restore dialogue in Mohammed cartoons crisis
7 February 2006 - Bomb hoax at France-Soir follows similar threats against other European newspapers
12 January 2006 - Lyon Capitale in receivership
6 January 2006 - Concern about privacy laws after Prince Albert wins ruling against Paris Match

 Georgia


31 March 2006 - Reporters without borders casts doubt on validity of charges in Chalva Ramishvili case

 Germany


29 May 2006 - Parliament releases report about journalists spied on by state intelligence and those who spied for it
17 March 2006 - Government urged to extend right to confidentiality of sources after two journalists charged

 Greece


19 December 2006 - France and Greece submit resolution on protecting journalists to UN security council
27 October 2006 - Reporters Without Borders will go to IGF venue in Athens to put free expression on agenda

 Italy


18 August 2006 - Searches of two newspaper offices criticised in kidnap probe
20 June 2006 - A blogger unfairly convicted of defamation
6 April 2006 - Head of government rapped for a third time since start of election campaign
14 February 2006 - Media urged to give a fair share of airtime to election candidates

 Kazakhstan


21 December 2006 - RFE/RL correspondent held illegally in Almaty for the past six days
27 November 2006 - Press freedom group becomes party to French investigation into journalist’s death in Almaty
4 August 2006 - French journalist stabbed to death at his home
28 April 2006 - Opposition journalist beaten unconscious on street near his home

 Kyrgyzstan


20 November 2006 - Press freedom violations mar demonstrations despite democratic progress
29 September 2006 - Arson attack by hooded men causes serious damage to independent TV station
28 April 2006 - Death threats made against editor of independent TV
30 January 2006 - Media shaken by threats and intimidation

 Lithuania


12 September 2006 - Entire issue of newspaper seized for “revealing state secrets”

 Macedonia


16 May 2006 - Parliament abolishes prison sentences for press offences

 Moldova


22 March 2006 - Leading sports journalist attacked, left unconscious

 Netherlands


30 November 2006 - Release welcomed of two Telegraaf journalists amid calls for better protection of sources

 Poland


2 November 2006 - Bad pupil Poland refuses to abolish prison sentences for defamation
25 July 2006 - Pressure on German journalists continues in wake of article making fun of Polish president
29 May 2006 - Government demands closure of far-right website but fails to probe threats to journalists
7 April 2006 - Media climate poses threat to press freedom
18 January 2006 - Editor Andrzej Marek freed on order of the constitutional court

 Portugal


26 April 2006 - Court rejects journalists’ appeal against allowing courts to examine their computers

 Romania


21 July 2006 - Government closes down foreign ministry spoof website
24 February 2006 - Plea for charges to be dropped against two journalists in defence secrets case

 Russia


15 December 2006 - List of Politkovskaya petition signatories handed over to head of PACE
13 December 2006 - 2006 laureate in the “media” category : Novaya Gazeta
30 November 2006 - Temporary arrest of an Austrian Channel journalist and her team : Reporters Without Borders strongly protests
27 November 2006 - Two Novaya Gazeta contributors get death threats
24 November 2006 - Helsinki summit: Europe urged to remind Russia of its human rights commitments
21 November 2006 - Court extends custody for Permsky Obozrevatel photographer
17 November 2006 - As Chirac opens Legion of Honour museum, activists outside sport its insignia in protest against its award to Putin
9 November 2006 - Supreme court overturns acquittal in murder of US journalist Paul Klebnikov
6 November 2006 - A month after the murder of Anna Politkovskaya, TV presenters urged to wear ‘Justice for Anna’ badge
6 November 2006 - Homeless man convicted of killing reporter during break-in
27 October 2006 - In “grotesque” sentence, court fines website editor for insulting Putin
20 October 2006 - French authorities urged to strip Putin of Legion of Honour
12 October 2006 - Homage to journalist slain in Moscow - “Anna’s voice is stronger than ever”
25 September 2006 - Legion of Honour award for Putin condemned as “unworthy of France”
29 August 2006 - Regional court orders closure of opposition weekly in Kaliningrad
21 August 2006 - Hounding of weekly newspaper condemned
3 August 2006 - Authorities say homeless intruder murdered Gerasimenko
27 July 2006 - President Putin urged to take account of US Senate resolution on Klebnikov murder
17 July 2006 - Authorities free two German students who work for university radio
6 July 2006 - Putin and Bush urged to request UN probe into US journalist’s murder in Moscow
21 June 2006 - Interior minister urged to protect threatened Tajik journalist
7 June 2006 - Open letter to President Putin holds him responsible for gagging the Russian press
30 May 2006 - Online newspaper editor faces a year of hard labour for insulting Putin
18 May 2006 - Supreme Court orders release of opposition journalist
15 May 2006 - Prosecutor asks supreme court to overturn Klebnikov case acquittal
21 April 2006 - Weekly Nash Region fined 3,000 euros in cartoons case
29 March 2006 - Authorities harass independent news sites, citing need to combat extremism
2 March 2006 - Prosecutor urged to probe work lead in violent death of NTV journalist
22 February 2006 - The three alleged killers of Paul Khlebnikov plead not guilty
17 February 2006 - Reporters Without Borders denounces minister’s criticism of media for exposing army bullying
3 February 2006 - Journalist gets suspended prison sentence for publishing statements by Chechen leaders
17 January 2006 - Putin promulgates controversial law on NGOs

 Serbia


7 September 2006 - New bid to frighten independent media group B 92
14 August 2006 - Four-month suspended sentence for TV editor who broadcast viewers’ SMS messages
28 July 2006 - Serbian president blocks parliament’s repressive amendments

 Serbia-Montenegro


14 June 2006 - Interior ministry orders internal police inquiry into conduct of Curuvija and Pantic cases
13 April 2006 - Slavko Curuvija’s killers still not identified seven years after his murder

 Spain


6 December 2006 - Court says Spain can investigate Spanish cameraman’s death in Baghdad
6 October 2006 - Al-Jazeera journalist allowed to serve out sentence at home on health grounds
2 June 2006 - Supreme court upholds seven-year jail sentence for Taysir Allouni
11 May 2006 - Reporters Without Borders returns ETA to its list of press freedom predators
7 May 2006 - ETA suspended from list of press freedom predators
25 April 2006 - Spanish police bar Moroccan journalist from public conference on Western Sahara
19 January 2006 - Catalan autonomous region asked to amend broadcasting law

 Switzerland


27 April 2006 - Call for the decriminalization of press offences
10 February 2006 - Three journalists face prison for revealing existence of secret CIA prisons in Europe

 Tajikistan


7 November 2006 - Candidates had unequal access to media in yesterday’s presidential election
12 October 2006 - Information websites unblocked
8 August 2006 - Government refuses to give broadcasting licence to BBC
25 January 2006 - Tajik authorities suspend BBC’s FM broadcasts

 Turkey


27 November 2006 - Two women journalists freed after being held for nine months
9 November 2006 - EU criticises Turkish penal code article under which 65 people have been prosecuted
28 September 2006 - Five journalists charged under controversial article on Turkish identity
21 September 2006 - Prime Minister talks of amending “national identity”article used to prosecute writers and journalists
29 August 2006 - Court rules that two women reporters must stay in prison
26 July 2006 - Government urged to conform to European Court’s rulings on freedom of expression
19 July 2006 - Armenian editor could face new prosecution for referring to Armenian “genocide”
10 July 2006 - Prime Minister warned that terror law changes could impose censorship of Kurdish issues
21 June 2006 - Call for provisional release of Kurdish journalist accused of collaborating with PKK
9 June 2006 - Court acquits fifth journalist who criticised conference ban
12 May 2006 - Interior minister urged to hunt bombers of daily Cumhuriyet
21 April 2006 - Radio journalist gets six months in prison for insulting parliament
18 April 2006 - Left-wing newspaper reporter Ilyas Aktas dies from gunshot injuries
15 February 2006 - Police fail to stop attack on female journalist during anti-cartoons demonstration
5 January 2006 - Letter to chancellor of Austria, new holder of the EU presidency, about violations of free expression in Turkey

 Turkmenistan


21 December 2006 - Call for release of journalists and political prisoners after the death of Saparmurat Niyazov
8 December 2006 - French Festival Awards Prize To TV Documentary For Which Three Turkmen Journalists Paid With Their Freedom And One With Their Life
19 October 2006 - President Nyazov’s “House of Free Creativity” called a crude provocation
17 October 2006 - President Nyazov asked to include two imprisoned journalists in independence anniversary pardon
3 October 2006 - Support for a journalist and a human rights activist imprisoned in Turkmenistan
22 September 2006 - Appeal for support for Muradova’s family now under threat from government
14 September 2006 - Journalist Ogulsapar Muradova dies violently in prison
25 August 2006 - Two journalists get long jail terms in human rights crackdown
24 August 2006 - Three journalists and activists to go on trial tomorrow
19 July 2006 - Joint international appeal for release of three journalists and NGO activists
4 July 2006 - Human rights activist and journalist’s three children released
30 June 2006 - Call for G8 members to react to detention of french media contributor and Radio Free Europe journalist
20 March 2006 - Two radio journalists freed in exchange for stopping work
23 January 2006 - President personally sentences journalist to eight years in prison

 Ukraine


6 October 2006 - Witnesses give contradictory views about motives for Gongadze murder
25 September 2006 - Gongadze trial hamstrung by prosecutor-general’s incompetence
15 September 2006 - Killers of Georgy Gongadze still unpunished six years later
23 August 2006 - Local newspaper editor badly beaten
11 August 2006 - Persecuted journalist fears for her life
13 July 2006 - Shock at “scandalous” eight-year jail sentence against a journalist of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea
12 July 2006 - Five men get prison sentences for fatal beating of regional TV chief in 2001
8 June 2006 - Arson attack on home of journalist who covers corruption
3 March 2006 - Arson attack at editor’s home appears linked to her work

 United Kingdom


27 September 2006 - Spectre of Martin O’Hagan’s unsolved murder refuses to fade as press freedom takes a back seat on the road to peace in Northern Ireland

 United Kingdom / Northern Ireland


13 November 2006 - Police deny protection to journalist facing death threats

 Uzbekistan


8 November 2006 - Welcome for release of Ulugbek Khaidarov but other journalists remain in prison
5 October 2006 - UN Human Rights Council misses chance to condemn Tashkent’s abuses
2 October 2006 - Detained independent journalists get Soviet-style psychiatric treatment
19 September 2006 - Regime persecutes last independent journalists including president’s nephew
12 September 2006 - Surprise at Unesco award for President Karimov
1 August 2006 - Journalists fired for freelancing for independent or foreign media
27 July 2006 - Authorities block Neweurasia blog platform
19 July 2006 - Editor closes website in response to harassment
5 July 2006 - Authorities block access to independent journalist’s website
12 May 2006 - One year after Andijan, foreign media and independent journalists prevented from working freely
5 April 2006 - Reporters Without Borders welcomes release of Sabirjon Yakubov after one year in prison
23 March 2006 - New resolution treats journalists like terrorists
28 February 2006 - Release of Radio Free Europe journalist imprisoned for covering Andijan crackdown