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 Azerbaijan


11 December 2007 - Reporter gets one-year suspended sentence on appeal
14 November 2007 - Authorities continue to criminalize opposition press, arresting newspaper editor on hooliganism charge
31 October 2007 - Appeal court upholds long prison sentence for newspaper editor
23 October 2007 - Journalist goes on hunger strike after transfer back to filthy prison
10 September 2007 - New charge of tax evasion brought against imprisoned newspaper editor
30 August 2007 - Imprisoned journalist in critical condition, call for his release on medical grounds
28 August 2007 - Regime criticised for press rights violations
20 July 2007 - Seven journalists to spend National Press Day in prison
16 July 2007 - Slain newspaper editor would have been 40 tomorrow
10 July 2007 - Appeal court upholds prison sentences for two journalists who criticised Islam
5 July 2007 - New terrorism charge brought against journalist serving 30-month sentence for defamation
3 July 2007 - Court to hear appeal of two journalists imprisoned for libelling president’s uncle
2 July 2007 - President Aliev says police will not be punished for beating up journalists
13 June 2007 - Number of journalists seeking asylum at embassies in Baku increases to 24
30 May 2007 - Journalist serving sentence for libel transferred to national security ministry centre
2 April 2007 - Prison authorities deny ailing journalist Sakit Zahidov
9 March 2007 - Journalists file complaint about their exclusion from ex-minister’s trial
3 March 2007 - Case remains unsolved two years after murder of Elmar Husseynov
26 January 2007 - Open letter to Jacques Chirac and other French politicians alerting them to Azerbaijan’s press freedom violations before they meet President Aliev
16 January 2007 - Appeal court frees website editor after two days
12 January 2007 - Government blocks two websites for criticising economic policy

 Belarus


13 December 2007 - Journalist gets seven days in prison for covering banned demo
10 October 2007 - Opposition writer’s two-year jail sentence upheld on appeal
23 August 2007 - Government creates working group to restrict online free expression
10 August 2007 - Parliamentary committee refuses to reexamine article of law used to persecute media
3 August 2007 - Alarm over Lukashenko’s threat to put an end to online “anarchy”
22 February 2007 - Two independent newspapers threatened with closure for not having registered premises
16 February 2007 - Cybercafés owners forced to turn in customers
24 January 2007 - After being evicted, Vitebsk-based newspaper is threatened with withdrawal of licence

 Bulgaria


29 May 2007 - Police who allegedly beat news photographer to go unpunished
23 February 2007 - Acid threat against journalist

 Croatia


9 November 2007 - Hague court to question eight Croatian journalists for publishing classified trial documents
26 October 2007 - Release of journalist held on state secrets charge
20 June 2007 - Disturbing precedent seen in proceedings against journalists covering international tribunal

 Egypt


12 January 2007 - Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey ban issue of French history magazine on fundamentalism

 France


7 December 2007 - Investigative journalist spends two days being interrogated and pressured at intelligence agency’s headquarters
7 December 2007 - Journalist freed after being charged with revealing defence secrets
7 November 2007 - Les Echos to reappear tomorrow after two-day strike
5 November 2007 - Concerns about threats to press freedom in France as Europe marks ‘stand up for journalism’ day
4 September 2007 - Judges conclude probe into Clearstream leaks, case could be dismissed
13 July 2007 - Photographer taking pictures of murder reenactment is physically attacked then arrested on charge of violating judicial confidentiality
14 May 2007 - Journalists urged to be on guard for government pressure after weekly kills story about Sarkozy’s wife
11 May 2007 - With many journalists watching, judge gives up attempt to search Canard Enchaîné
16 April 2007 - Presidential candidates answer our questions about press freedom in France
22 March 2007 - Charlie Hebdo editor’s acquittal in Mohammed cartoon case hailed as positive for French society
21 March 2007 - Open letter to next president about press freedom in France
8 March 2007 - New prevention of criminality law poses threat to citizen reporting
16 February 2007 - Censorship fears over new online ethics commission
6 February 2007 - Full support for satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on eve of trial for publishing Mohammed cartoons
10 January 2007 - Youth detained in Morocco for making online threats against French philosophy teacher

 Georgia


14 December 2007 - Opposition TV station back on the air after 34 days of silence
19 November 2007 - Authorities asked to let opposition tv station resume broadcasting
8 November 2007 - Government suspends news programmes, closes two TV stations after declaring emergency
13 June 2007 - Jailed TV station co-founder does not get presidential pardon, unlike partner

 Germany


14 August 2007 - Leak investigation dropped in Munich
28 February 2007 - Constitutional court ruling favours journalist’s right to protect their sources

 Hungary


25 June 2007 - Journalist who probed fuel rackets hospitalised after being badly beaten

 Italy


14 December 2007 - Call for European-level protection of sources after search of La Repubblica reporter’s home
29 June 2007 - Concern about adoption of bill on publication of phone call intercepts

 Kazakhstan


30 November 2007 - Kazakh presidency of OSCE deplored
22 August 2007 - Kazakhstan’s OSCE presidency opposed after heavily biased election coverage
17 August 2007 - Press freedom violations mar bid to hold democratic elections
8 August 2007 - Another journalist killed in road accident - seventh since 2002
2 August 2007 - Questions still unanswered in French journalist’s murder one year ago
19 June 2007 - Independent daily sued for questioning whether national heroes really existed
19 April 2007 - Concern about vanished journalist
31 January 2007 - Many aspects of French journalist’s murder still unclear as two men go on trial

 Kyrgyzstan


13 December 2007 - Police disperse demonstrators paying tribute to slain journalist
25 October 2007 - Shock at fatal shooting of young freelance journalist in southern city
1 June 2007 - Explosion destroys newspaper archives
6 April 2007 - Letter to kyrgyz authorities about wave of violence against journalists

 Latvia


26 June 2007 - Concern about motives for dismissing director of popular current affairs programme

 Moldova


24 August 2007 - Press freedom at half-mast on Independence Day

 Poland


30 August 2007 - Secret services raid journalist’s home to arrest ex-minister who blew whistle on tapping
9 August 2007 - Government urged to amend laws that restrict press freedom
26 June 2007 - Regional weekly editor told he will have to serve three-month prison sentence
21 June 2007 - Spanish daily and Catalan feminist face trial in Wroclaw for “defaming Poland”
15 May 2007 - Court ruling on “decommunization” law lifts threat to press freedom

 Romania


2 February 2007 - Dismay at constitutional court’s decision to reinstate press offences as crimes

 Russia


18 December 2007 - Court orders online journalist’s release from psychiatric hospital
18 December 2007 - Reporter who wrote about Kremlin slush fund banned from reentering Russia
17 December 2007 - Call for truth about Klebnikov murder after retrial of two Chechens announced
4 December 2007 - Kazan police harass parents of filmmaker Natalia Petrova
30 November 2007 - Reporters covering opposition candidates harassed, while state media lavish coverage on Putin
14 November 2007 - Harassment forces Novaya Gazeta to close regional bureau
29 October 2007 - Ilya Zimin murder trial resumes after three postponements
25 October 2007 - Brutal attack by police on documentary filmmaker and her family
5 October 2007 - Eighteen coffins line Paris human rights plaza in homage to slain Russian journalists on first anniversary of Politkovskaya murder
24 September 2007 - Former Chechen official formally charged with complicity in Politkovskaya murder
27 August 2007 - Concern about prosecutor’s comments as he announces 10 arrests in Politkovskaya murder
21 August 2007 - Activist freed after being held against her will in psychiatric hospital for six weeks
17 August 2007 - BBC dropped from Russia’s FM waveband
26 July 2007 - Concern as Putin signs new law against extremism
10 July 2007 - After Russia awarded 2014 Winter Olympics, authorities should demonstrate a real will to solve murders of journalists
5 June 2007 - G-8 leaders urged to raise human rights with Putin at Heiligendamm summit
18 May 2007 - Imminent eviction of Russian Union of Journalists condemned as “crass harassment”
15 May 2007 - Call for international support for journalists and human rights activists in Russia
17 April 2007 - Journalists beaten and arrested when police disperse opposition marches
10 April 2007 - Hundreds protest in Moscow six months after journalist’s murder
8 March 2007 - Kommersant deputy editor says reporter’s death should not be politicised
28 February 2007 - Interim Chechen president’s claims undermine search for truth in Politkovskaya case

 Russia / France


6 March 2007 - French Council of State rejects request for Putin to be stripped of Legion of Honour
15 January 2007 - Pledge of continuing vigilance at ceremony on 100th day after Politkovskaya’s murder
12 January 2007 - Homage to Politkovskaya outside Notre Dame in Paris on 15 January, the 100th day after her murder

 Serbia


27 September 2007 - Protest over banning of journalists from press conferences
10 May 2007 - Eight ex-paramilitaries arrested for grenade attack on journalist’s home

 Spain


14 November 2007 - Court’s decision to convict cartoonists “reopens debate on free expression in Spain”
25 May 2007 - Madrid judge stands by decision to charge three US soldiers with Spanish cameraman’s murder

 Switzerland


18 April 2007 - Military court acquits three journalists with Zurich-based weekly
14 February 2007 - European court’s ruling in Stoll case will be crucial for press freedom in Switzerland
7 February 2007 - Three journalists to be tried before military court for publishing leaked fax about CIA prisons

 Tunisia


12 January 2007 - Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey ban issue of French history magazine on fundamentalism

 Turkey


16 November 2007 - Military court bans coverage of case of eight soldiers accused of insubordination
13 November 2007 - Two Trabzon police officers who knew about plot to murder journalist are charged with “abuse of authority”
7 November 2007 - Call for ‘deeds not words’ as Justice minister talks of amending law on insult to Turkish identity
5 October 2007 - Call for all relevant evidence to be incorporated into Hrant Dink murder file
28 September 2007 - As Dink murder trial resumes, authorities urged to prosecute all those who knew about murder plot
20 September 2007 - YouTube access again blocked by court order because of “insulting” videos
19 August 2007 - Newspaper editor held for referring to “northern Kurdistan”
2 August 2007 - Istanbul police kidnap and beat newspaper editor
18 July 2007 - Six months after editor’s murder, authorities warned that incomplete trial will not be accepted
16 July 2007 - Three Agos journalists back in court again this week
11 July 2007 - One of Hrant Dink’s alleged murderers revives questions about police role
4 July 2007 - Police say Hrant Dink’s killers were just a group of friends acting on their own initiative
3 July 2007 - As Hrant Dink murder trial opens, court is urged to show it is protecting no one
15 June 2007 - Murdered newspaper editor’s son and three other journalists charged with “insulting Turkish identity”
24 May 2007 - Bill censoring online content that insults Atatürk is signed into law
10 May 2007 - Trial of Turkish-Armenian editor’s alleged murderers to start on 2 July
30 March 2007 - Dangerous ultra-nationalist group threatens radio
27 March 2007 - Call for action against suspected masterminds of journalist’s murder
19 March 2007 - Murdered journalist’s family want proof of government’s intention to punish all those responsible
9 March 2007 - YouTube unblocked after withdrawal of videos insulting Ataturk
8 March 2007 - Police negligence and nationalist tensions at centre of probe in Hrant Dink’s murder
6 February 2007 - Call for firm action from government in face of police negligence and misconduct in Dink case
5 February 2007 - Far-left newspaper’s editor freed after five years in prison
30 January 2007 - Despite reassuring statements from government officials, journalists continue to be threatened and prosecuted
22 January 2007 - Police urged to probe deeper after 17-year-old arrested for editor’s murder
19 January 2007 - Deep shock over Turkish-Armenian editor’s murder today in Istanbul
12 January 2007 - Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey ban issue of French history magazine on fundamentalism

 Turkmenistan


11 October 2007 - Government urged to pursue liberalisation after opening website to comments
17 August 2007 - President urged to extend amnesty for eleven political prisoners to include journalists
8 February 2007 - Open letter urges acting president to take concrete measures in favour of press freedom

 Ukraine


14 September 2007 - Political will lacking to solve Gongadze murder seven years after his death
27 August 2007 - Bomb hoax against Russian-language daily, photographer attacked

 United Kingdom


3 August 2007 - London appeal court quashes judge’s gagging order
25 May 2007 - Right to information threatened by parliamentary bill
21 May 2007 - Unacceptable meddling in news media by Bush-Blair memo trial judge
26 February 2007 - Freedom of information faces double threat
19 January 2007 - Alarm about bill that would increase police search powers in Northern Ireland
12 January 2007 - Police confirm they know the men behind journalist’s murder

 Uzbekistan


31 August 2007 - National holiday reminder about severe repression of media
13 August 2007 - Detained journalist’s health declines in psychiatric hospital
18 June 2007 - Court frees jailed human rights activist after she criticises independent journalists
11 June 2007 - Prosecutors amnesty three Deutsche Welle stringers
23 May 2007 - Deutsche Welle freelancer faces up to 10 years in prison
14 May 2007 - Next six months to be decisive after European Council eases sanctions again
11 May 2007 - Two years after Andijan, EU urged not to be “accomplice” to continuing repression
9 May 2007 - Umida Niyazova freed after recanting on her human rights work in court
27 March 2007 - Fraud case against Deutsche Welle free - lancer