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 Albania


4 September 2008 - TV station fined for broadcasting NGO’s spot satirising government message

 Armenia


28 November 2008 - An alleged assailant of journalist Edik Baghdasaryan gives himself up to police
18 August 2008 - Two Polish journalists denied entry to Armenia in past six days
5 March 2008 - With news media paralysed and websites inaccessible, government is urged to lift state of emergency
21 February 2008 - Journalists physically attacked during election campaign

 Azerbaijan


22 December 2008 - Threat to local broadcasts by foreign radio stations
9 December 2008 - Journalist brothers return to prison after compassionate leave
3 November 2008 - Reporters Without Borders appeals to president over threat to take foreign radios off air
16 October 2008 - Monitoring shows state media failed to cover election campaign properly
14 October 2008 - Monitoring shows president continuing to dominate state media’s electoral coverage
10 October 2008 - Monitoring shows president’s rivals and political debate missing from media’s electoral coverage
29 September 2008 - First four days of monitoring shows government hogging election campaign coverage
5 August 2008 - Minister replies to letter about Internet regulation
15 July 2008 - Court convicts wrong man of knife attack on newspaper reporter
20 June 2008 - Press freedom activist hospitalised since being mistreated in Baku police station
26 May 2008 - Prosecutors drop probe into attack by national security employees on newspaper reporter
20 May 2008 - Threatened journalist files complaint about travel ban
14 May 2008 - Baku appeal court upholds four-year sentence for newspaper editor
9 May 2008 - Another attempt to murder opposition journalist Agil Khalil
7 May 2008 - Reporters Without Borders responds to comments by presidential aide
10 April 2008 - Journalist hounded by official investigators
3 April 2008 - Journalists on hunger strike in protest against press freedom violations
14 March 2008 - Reporter stabbed in chest outside opposition newspaper
26 February 2008 - Azadlig reporter attacked and beaten while filming illegal transaction
20 February 2008 - Prosecutor requests five-year sentence for detained editor of leading opposition newspaper
6 February 2008 - Detained opposition journalist begins another hunger strike
28 January 2008 - Two newspaper journalists sentenced to forced labour for libelling senior official
23 January 2008 - Business reporter gets six years for allegedly taking bribe from ministry official
7 January 2008 - Five journalists freed by presidential decree

 Belarus


27 November 2008 - Amid signs of tentative liberalisation, government urged to do more and to resist temptation to control Internet
26 September 2008 - Media coverage of election campaign ignores political debates and opposition
12 September 2008 - Media slammed for deep flaws in coverage ahead of legislative elections
5 August 2008 - Much tougher restrictions on media in new law signed by president
3 July 2008 - Tough new media law only needs president’s signature
25 June 2008 - Media bill approved by lower house on second reading
11 June 2008 - Ministers urged not to follow Chinese model of online censorship
30 May 2008 - Government continues to hamper Polish radio station broadcasting to Belarus
7 May 2008 - Hrodna-based weekly threatened by eviction, other forms of harassment
28 April 2008 - Police seize copies of independent weekly based in Vitebsk
28 March 2008 - Raids on independent broadcasters and homes of journalists
22 February 2008 - Weekly paper editor freed
18 February 2008 - Government frees opposition writer Andrei Klimau
18 January 2008 - Journalists gets three years in prison for reprinting Mohammed cartoons

 Belgium


9 November 2008 - Weekly censored, ordered to withdraw all copies from sale
26 May 2008 - Court rules that Flemish monthly’s cartoon defamed Belgian industrialist

 Bulgaria


13 November 2008 - Former interior minister says “spineless” journalist should be “hit”
29 September 2008 - Threats against Frognews stepped up. Censored website Opasnite.net reappears on Opasnite.eu
24 September 2008 - Vicious assault on editor of Frog News
15 September 2008 - Security agency closes corruption whistle-blower website

 Central Asia


16 September 2008 - European Union must not abandon press freedom defenders

 China


30 March 2008 - Chinese methods rub off on Greece as journalists barred from Acropolis for Olympic flame’s arrival

 Croatia


28 November 2008 - Drago Held under police protection after receiving fresh death threats
24 October 2008 - Car bomb kills owner and an executive of weekly Nacional
3 June 2008 - Zagreb daily’s crime correspondent beaten with baseball bat
10 April 2008 - Gunman tries to kill journalist

 Denmark


14 February 2008 - Condemnation for plot to kill cartoonist who drew Mohammed

 European union


8 September 2008 - EU asylum ministers asked to do more for refugee journalists
16 July 2008 - Members of European Parliament urged to support Global Online Freedom Act’s European version

 France


17 December 2008 - Public debate on press freedom in Paris draws more than 700 participants
29 November 2008 - Protest at humiliating treatment of Libération journalist in alleged libel case
21 November 2008 - France 3 journalist asked to reveal sources for report about Moroccan arrest warrants
14 October 2008 - Apparent attempt to poison Politkovskaya family lawyer in Strasbourg
2 October 2008 - Exasperation at raids on two provincial newspapers
17 July 2008 - Car magazine reporter charged in connection with Renault industrial spying complaint
26 June 2008 - Sarkozy wants public television chief to be appointed by government
6 June 2008 - Judge investigating journalist’s 1997 death visits intelligence agency and Chirac’s lawyer
19 March 2008 - Sarkozy withdraws lawsuit against Nouvel Observateur
26 February 2008 - Bill to reinforce protection for journalists’ sources discussed with justice ministry
23 January 2008 - Lawyers want “defence secret” case against journalist withdrawn for violating free expression

 French Guiana


7 October 2008 - Local journalist, AFP correspondent, sidelined from military operation against illegal gold-washing

 Georgia


10 September 2008 - War still having serious impact on freedom of expression
18 August 2008 - Three journalists killed since start of fighting, dozens injured and arrested
13 August 2008 - Russian and Georgian websites fall victim to a war being fought online as well as in the field
12 August 2008 - Heavy toll for journalists - four killed and four arrested since fighting broke out
11 August 2008 - Two journalists shot dead at roadblock in South Ossetian capital
23 May 2008 - Several attacks on journalists during parliamentary elections
8 April 2008 - Panel recommends presidential pardon for jailed TV journalist
28 February 2008 - Georgian TV reporter held by Abkhaz authorities

 Germany


2 June 2008 - Deutsche Telekom admits having monitored journalists’ phone calls

 Greece


4 December 2008 - Fire bomb attack on Athens office of Agence France-Presse
28 November 2008 - “Nothing has been done since I was assaulted”
7 July 2008 - Sipa Press photographer arrested and beaten while taking photos inside port
29 May 2008 - Trial of Reporters Without Borders protesters postponed until September
30 March 2008 - Chinese methods rub off on Greece as journalists barred from Acropolis for Olympic flame’s arrival

 Italy


24 November 2008 - Disturbing wave of attacks on journalists in Rome
16 October 2008 - Supporting Roberto Saviano
13 June 2008 - Ulterior motives seen in new bill imposing jail terms and heavy fines on media that publish phone taps

 Kazakhstan


3 December 2008 - Intelligence agency pressures newspaper editor to reveal source of leak
15 October 2008 - Region’s most popular blog service blocked because of former ambassador’s blog
27 May 2008 - Letter to Information and Culture minister about blocking of Radio Free Europe website

 Kosovo


21 May 2008 - Newspaper editor arrested by UN tribunal for naming protected witness

 Kyrgyzstan


25 November 2008 - Officials again rule out Alisher Sayipov’s journalism as motive for his murder
24 October 2008 - “Disgraceful” lack of progress in Sayipov murder investigation, one year later
3 July 2008 - Judicial harassment forces Bishkek newspaper to suspend publishing
16 June 2008 - President’s signature on broadcast law puts many media under threat
29 February 2008 - Concern voiced about delays in investigation into the murder of Alisher Sayipov

 Latvia


10 December 2008 - Assailants threaten Riga-based investigative reporter with knife

 Moldova


29 May 2008 - Concern about government harassment of independent news media
2 May 2008 - Court freezes newspaper’s accounts in connection with libel action
4 April 2008 - Appeal court upholds Moldovan youth’s acquittal of murdering journalist in Moscow

 Montenegro


10 June 2008 - Sports journalist beaten unconscious by unseen intruders

 Netherlands


19 May 2008 - Cartoonist freed after being held for 30 hours

 Poland


21 October 2008 - President Kaczynski threatens Polish TV reporter during EU summit
10 October 2008 - Constitutional court confirms law punishing media publishing unauthorised articles

 Romania


14 November 2008 - NGO coalition criticises government decision to use decree to introduce digital broadcasting
26 June 2008 - TV and radio editorial freedom threatened by senate’s “anachronistic” bill

 Russia


18 December 2008 - Judge bars press from Politkovskaya murder trial, replaces juror
2 December 2008 - Government puts combating press before combating economic crisis, ordering prosecutors to monitor media coverage
28 November 2008 - Lawyer for beaten editor offers 500,000 roubles reward and laments lack of progress in investigation
25 November 2008 - Politkovskaya trial will after all be open to press and public
19 November 2008 - In “disgraceful” move, judge reverses decision to let press and public attend Politkovskaya murder trial
17 November 2008 - Shock and anger about violent attack on newspaper editor
17 November 2008 - Public admitted to Politkovskaya murder trial with no mastermind or hit-man among the defendants
14 November 2008 - Ingush news website owner’s arrest declared “illegal”
14 October 2008 - Apparent attempt to poison Politkovskaya family lawyer in Strasbourg
6 October 2008 - Alleged killer and the instigators of murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya remain at large two years on
3 October 2008 - On eve of second anniversary of Politkovskaya murder, her son asks journalists not to forget her
11 September 2008 - Federal prosecutor’s office calls for thorough probe into Ingush website owner’s death
10 September 2008 - War still having serious impact on freedom of expression
4 September 2008 - Website owner’s last words to his editor: “Roza, they are taking me away”
31 August 2008 - Ingush news website owner shot dead while held by interior ministry officials
27 August 2008 - Police search homes of three journalists in Dagestan
13 August 2008 - Court upholds order blocking website based in Ingushetia
30 July 2008 - Tajik court convicts two men of murdering TV journalist in Moscow
30 July 2008 - Human rights website contributor kidnapped and tortured in Ingushetia
2 July 2008 - Prosecutor says Politkovskaya killer is in western Europe
1 July 2008 - New Times editor asks Medvedev to put a stop to persecution of Moldovan employee
11 June 2008 - Prosecutors drop criminal case against Internews Russia’s director
3 June 2008 - Suspect bailed in Politkovskaya murder inquiry as initial investigation nears end
3 June 2008 - The Moscow apartment of the lawyer for the news portal Ingushetiya.ru searched by the authorities
2 June 2008 - Paper critical of moscow mayor given notice to quit premises
6 May 2008 - Reporters Without Borders makes recommendations to Dmitry Medvedev, on the eve of his investiture as president
5 May 2008 - Concern about young Putin supporter’s bill to amend media law
17 April 2008 - Politkovskaya’s killer said to be hiding in western Siberia
14 April 2008 - Alarm about proposed amendments to law on extremism
8 April 2008 - Call for ban on journalist to be lifted
4 April 2008 - Appeal court upholds Moldovan youth’s acquittal of murdering journalist in Moscow
2 April 2008 - Shchekochikhin case reexamined
21 March 2008 - Ingush parliamentarians call for end to RenTV broadcasts
14 March 2008 - Support for Moscow daily targeted by smear campaign and hacker attack on website
12 March 2008 - Moldovan journalist to complain to European Court of Human Rights about being refused entry
4 March 2008 - Many journalists prevented from freely covering presidential election
28 February 2008 - Television pro-Putin and Medvedev in the race for the Kremlin
27 February 2008 - Expelled Moldovan reporter and two other journalists detained at Moscow airport
20 February 2008 - Moscow court asked to rule that Moldovan journalist’s deportation was illegal
20 February 2008 - Dmitri Medvedev given four proposals for improving press freedom
12 February 2008 - Opposition weekly’s computers seized in raid
8 February 2008 - Police remove all computers from newspaper in southern city
22 January 2008 - Local TV station staff could get a year’s forced labour for play on words on Putin’s name
21 January 2008 - Moldovan journalist told she is a threat to the Russian state

 Serbia


10 November 2008 - Regional newspaper and its editor given police protection
11 September 2008 - Pro-Karadzic demonstrators keep invading Belgrade-based news agency
30 July 2008 - BETA news agency reporter beaten by police during pro-Karadzic protest
22 February 2008 - Video posted on YouTube makes death threat against B92 TV journalists

 Serbia-Montenegro


3 April 2008 - New trial to be held in murder of newspaper editor Dusko Jovanovic

 Slovakia


11 April 2008 - Seven leading dailies appear with blank front pages in protest against new media law
28 March 2008 - Six leading dailies bring out issues with blank front pages in protest against proposed press law reform
5 February 2008 - Prime minister ready to talk with OSCE about changes to press bill

 Spain


31 December 2008 - Basque public broadcaster targeted by ETA car-bomb
20 December 2008 - Basque newspaper humorists acquitted of insulting the king
10 November 2008 - Prosecutor requests five-month jail terms for journalists who covered radical Basque demo
31 July 2008 - Court orders Madrid radio host to pay 100,000 euros in damages
8 June 2008 - ETA bombing of Basque daily firmly condemned
20 May 2008 - Judge Santiago Pedraz calls new witnesses in Couso case
14 May 2008 - National Court rejects charges against three US soldiers implicated in the death of journalist José Couso
30 April 2008 - Man beats Murcia news website editor’s car while he is inside it
3 April 2008 - Justice minister urged to conclude judicial proceedings that have kept Basque daily closed since 2003
5 March 2008 - Many restrictions on media coverage of campaign for 9 March general elections
20 February 2008 - Renewed death threats against Murcia news website editor

 Turkey


4 December 2008 - Thirteen-year jail term requested for provincial newspaper editor who accused prosecutor of bias
13 November 2008 - Journalists expected to remain silent on subject of torture
29 October 2008 - Blogger and Blogspot “provisionally” accessible again
27 October 2008 - Accused mastermind’s brother now also charged in Dink murder
22 September 2008 - Journalist sentenced to ten months in prison under anti-terror law
13 August 2008 - Hayat TV allowed to resume broadcasting
4 August 2008 - Turkish stubbornness condemned after Dailymotion becomes second leading video site to be blocked
31 July 2008 - Provincial newspaper editor free after being held for 109 days
25 July 2008 - Colonel denies involvement in Dink murder as parliamentary committee accuses security forces of negligence
16 July 2008 - Left-wing daily fears raid at behest of military prosecutor
11 July 2008 - Judge decides to hold provincial newspaper editor for another month
8 July 2008 - In first open hearing in Hrant Dink murder trial, court rejects merger with parallel cases implicating police officers
8 July 2008 - All four journalists arrested in Ergenekon roundup now free but one, Mustafa Balbay is forbidden to leave country
2 July 2008 - Newspaper editor in southeast to serve 18 months in prison
19 June 2008 - Court acquits owner and editor of Armenian weekly
9 June 2008 - YouTube blocked for more than a month is an “unacceptable” act of censorship
6 June 2008 - Security camera footage ignored by police shows editor’s killer had accomplices
13 May 2008 - Authorities urged to amend restrictive laws after YouTube blocked for third time in two months
7 May 2008 - Concern about violence against journalists in Istanbul
6 May 2008 - Little progress in latest Hrant Dink trial hearing, but press to be admitted to next one
5 May 2008 - Freedom of expression still in danger in Turkey despite article 301 reform
9 April 2008 - Amendments to article 301 on “Turkish identity” fail to satisfy
8 April 2008 - Illegal court ban on websites deplored
2 April 2008 - Police assault six journalists during pro-Kurdish demo in southeast
1 April 2008 - Another website blocked in latest of measures that threaten Web 2.0
28 March 2008 - Concern over night arrest of journalists
21 March 2008 - Two Trabzon gendarmes accuse superiors of doing nothing to stop Dink murder
6 March 2008 - Trabzon police accuse Istanbul police of failing to prevent Hrant Dink’s murder
29 February 2008 - Disappointing court decisions in Hrant Dink murder trial
21 February 2008 - Istanbul police chief may finally be investigated for failure to stop Dink murder
12 February 2008 - Third hearing in Dink murder trial increases doubts that it will identify all those involved
5 February 2008 - Two cartoonists face possible imprisonment because of cartoons about president
28 January 2008 - Local media continue to be hounded under laws that need to be changed
24 January 2008 - Another prosecution against Agos journalists
18 January 2008 - On first anniversary of editor’s murder, authorities urged to prosecute all those involved

 Turkmenistan


12 December 2008 - Increased harassment of Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty correspondents in run-up to parliamentary elections
1 October 2008 - Incomprehension at UN Human Rights Council’s refusal to name special rapporteur for Turkmenistan
18 September 2008 - Reporters Without Borders occupy Turkmen embassy during EU / Central Asia summit in Paris
16 September 2008 - European Union must not abandon press freedom defenders
26 June 2008 - Radio Free Europe contributor arrested and tortured while government promises EU to improve human rights

 Ukraine


15 March 2008 - Three former policemen convicted of Gongadze murder but instigators have yet to identified
12 February 2008 - Gongadze murder trial resumes in Kiev

 United Kingdom


29 May 2008 - Freelance journalist’s refusal to surrender material highlights need for more precision in laws on protection of sources

 United Kingdom / Northern Ireland


17 September 2008 - Four men charged in Martin O’Hagan murder case

 United States


20 May 2008 - Judge Santiago Pedraz calls new witnesses in Couso case

 Uzbekistan


19 November 2008 - Supreme Court in autonomous republic upholds journalist’s ten year sentence
18 November 2008 - Fear that appeal court will allow imprisonment to silence Karakalpakstan’s last independent voice
10 October 2008 - Shock at journalist’s ten year prison sentence
16 September 2008 - European Union must not abandon press freedom defenders
27 June 2008 - Detained journalist prevented from seeing his lawyer
13 June 2008 - Government TV stations threaten Radio Free Europe
9 June 2008 - Tashkent press freedom seminar condemned as “sad farce” by Reporters Without Borders and three other NGOs