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 Albania


13 January 2009 - Police prevent staff of Tirana-based daily from entering their offices

 Armenia


30 April 2009 - Online journalist beaten by unknown assailants

 Azerbaijan


28 May 2009 - Court breaks law by refusing to release journalist on health grounds
9 April 2009 - Mirza Sakit Zahidov finally released
2 March 2009 - Four years after editor’s murder, investigators have achieved nothing
6 February 2009 - Court rejects early release for jailed newspaper reporter
22 January 2009 - Four journalists threatened and expelled from Nakhchivan for trying to investigate disappearance of mother and son

 Belarus


6 March 2009 - Call for end to unofficial ban on foreign journalists
26 February 2009 - Judge orders two issues of cultural magazine seized and destroyed
29 January 2009 - In show of bad faith, government again refuses to issue press accreditation to Radio Racyja journalists

 Croatia


13 May 2009 - Interior minister fails again to support charges against journalist
15 January 2009 - Judicial harassment of war crimes reporter continues

 Czech Republic


11 February 2009 - Journalist Sabina Slonkova convicted for protecting her sources

 Czech Republic


28 January 2009 - Press freedom threatened by proposed phone tap amendment

 European union


7 January 2009 - As holder of EU presidency, Czech government urged to intercede on behalf of jailed bloggers and journalists

 France


29 May 2009 - Regrettable decision by appeal court to lift ban on magazine only if offending photo is covered up
12 May 2009 - TV reporter cleared of inciting teenager in body piercing “suspension”
2 April 2009 - “Dangerous trend” condemned after anti-crime unit questions four journalists over Sarkozy video
26 March 2009 - Two website journalists summoned for questioning about Sarkozy video
4 March 2009 - Anger over new case of journalists being treated as “police auxiliaries or even criminals”

 Georgia


26 May 2009 - Authorities urged not to rule out political motive in grenade attack on TV station
19 March 2009 - Appointment of new head of news exacerbates situation at Imedi TV

 Iran


7 January 2009 - As holder of EU presidency, Czech government urged to intercede on behalf of jailed bloggers and journalists

 Ireland


20 May 2009 - Justice minister wants to keep blasphemy as a crime

 Kazakhstan


2 March 2009 - Independent newspaper faces closure after astronomical fine for “defamation”
21 January 2009 - RFE/RL website editor beaten unconscious in Almaty
7 January 2009 - Masked security men arrest hospitalised newspaper editor on charge of divulging confidential information

 Kosovo


4 June 2009 - Rrokum TV station still excluded by national broadcasting network

 Kyrgyzstan


4 March 2009 - Journalist narrowly survives after being stabbed 21 times

 Moldova


10 April 2009 - Authorities urged to stop violence against journalists
8 April 2009 - In “unfair and dangerous” move, Moldova denies entry to 18 Romanian journalists
6 March 2009 - Privately-owned TV station being harassed in run-up to parliamentary elections

 Romania


24 March 2009 - Government tries to rush through civil and criminal codes reform curtailing right to information

 Russia


2 June 2009 - Journalist seeks asylum in Finland after being convicted for prison torture articles
1 May 2009 - Newspaper editor in coma after latest case of violence against journalists
10 April 2009 - Prosecutors say Novaya Gazeta journalist’s mysterious death was not murder
1er April 2009 - Local newspaper reporter dies two days after beating, human rights activist attacked outside Moscow home
16 March 2009 - Official issued Politkovskaya killer with fake passport
27 February 2009 - Officials in Khimki try to prevent residents seeing letter drafted by journalist who was beaten nearly to death
9 February 2009 - Seven people arrested over tribute to slain human rights lawyer and journalist
5 February 2009 - Authorities urged to react after yet another vicious assasult on a journalist
3 February 2009 - Irregularities and flawed investigation render Politkovskaya murder trial meaningless
20 January 2009 - Editor’s state of health worsens after brutal beating
20 January 2009 - Horrifying double murder of lawyer and journalist in central Moscow underlines climate of impunity

 Spain


16 January 2009 - Another Basque TV installation bombed

 Turkey


2 June 2009 - Woman journalist held for past five weeks on baseless charge of link to armed group
12 May 2009 - Journalist held for past two weeks on suspicion of collaborating with armed group
5 May 2009 - YouTube completes a year of being blocked in Turkey
1 April 2009 - Ergenekon conspirators could have been behind journalist Hrant Dink’s murder
11 March 2009 - Journalist arrested and charged in connection with alleged Ergenekon conspiracy
12 February 2009 - Interior ministry reopens investigation of Hrant Dink murder
28 January 2009 - Dink trial hearing criticised as undignified
19 January 2009 - Call for an end to impunity for security forces on second anniversary of Hrant Dink’s murder
7 January 2009 - Editor of Taraf facing up to five years in prison

 Turkmenistan


18 February 2009 - Details of jail where two journalists have been held for past two and a half years
4 February 2009 - In joint open letter, eight NGOs urge president to include imprisoned journalists in amnesty
8 January 2009 - RFE/RL provincial correspondents harassed and threatened by intelligence officers

 Ukraine


2 June 2009 - Potential witness’s death deals severe blow to probe into journalist’s murder

 United Kingdom / Northern Ireland


11 May 2009 - Northern Ireland police take journalist to court over source material

 Uzbekistan


9 March 2009 - Sentences of 5 to 12 years in prison for five journalists