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 Australia


30 March 2006 - Prime Minister’s office has spoof website closed down

 Azerbaijan


28 July 2006 - Blog that satirizes President Aliev made inaccessible

 Bahrain


30 October 2006 - Authorities block access to influential blog covering Bandargate scandal

 Brazil


8 September 2006 - Electoral court censors blog that posted cartoon of senatorial candidate

 Burma


4 July 2006 - Internet increasingly resembles an Intranet as foreign services blocked

 China


17 November 2006 - Shareholders ask Cisco Systems to account for its activities in repressive countries
15 November 2006 - Wikipedia blocked again
9 November 2006 - Cyber-dissident convicted on Yahoo! information is freed after four years
2 October 2006 - Cyber-dissident Yang Maodong formally arrested and charged
21 September 2006 - Cyber-dissident Deng Yongliang freed but still under threat from the authorities
15 September 2006 - Cyber-dissident Zhu Yufu freed, but fellow-activist He Depu still held as health declines
21 August 2006 - Journalist freed after one week but fired from newspaper
17 August 2006 - Official press reports new restrictions on online video
11 August 2006 - Online journalist still awaiting verdict four months after trial
7 August 2006 - Wikipedia-style online encyclopedia closes under government pressure
3 August 2006 - Authorities close Polls website for third time in three months
1 August 2006 - Century China describes how it was closed down
31 July 2006 - Tibetan poet’s blogs closed down
13 July 2006 - Journalist Li Yuanlong gets two years in prison for “subversive” Internet articles
11 July 2006 - Blogger Hao Wu freed after being held for five months
10 July 2006 - European Parliament president urged to raise cases of imprisoned journalists and cyber-dissidents on visit to China
3 July 2006 - Polls website back online
23 June 2006 - Appeal court upholds cyber-dissident Li Changqing’s three-year sentence
22 June 2006 - Test of filtering by Sohu and Sina search engines following upgrade
12 June 2006 - Authorities allow opinion poll website back online
9 June 2006 - Google.com accessible again inside China
2 June 2006 - Cyber-dissident arrested, two others forced to leave town
22 May 2006 - Blogger still denied lawyer as he enters fourth month in detention
18 May 2006 - Cyber-dissident Zhang Lin needs immediate hospitalization
11 May 2006 - Detained blogger still being denied access to lawyer
28 April 2006 - Still no reaction from Yahoo! after fourth case of collaboration with chinese police uncovered
27 April 2006 - Call for Shi Tao’s release on medical grounds
19 April 2006 - Yahoo ! implicated in third cyberdissident trial
14 April 2006 - Bill Gates urged to raise Internet censorship when he dines with President Hu
12 April 2006 - Yahoo! employees get chance to see Chinese detainee videos outside company’s headquarters
31 March 2006 - Chinese activists call for repeal of Internet “11 Commandments”
24 March 2006 - Sister of Hao Wu challenges authorities over arrest of blogger
17 March 2006 - Ten years in prison for online anti-government articles
7 March 2006 - Release of cyberdissident Cai Lujun at the end of his sentence
28 February 2006 - Journalist Li Yuanlong charged with “subversion”
27 February 2006 - Verdict in cyberdissident Li Zhi case confirms implication of Yahoo!
9 February 2006 - Another cyberdissident imprisoned because of data provided by Yahoo
25 January 2006 - Google launches censored version of its search-engine
18 January 2006 - Three journalists get prison sentences after covering land dispute

 Cuba


13 December 2006 - Cyber-freedom prize for 2006 awarded to Guillermo Fariñas of Cuba
19 October 2006 - Going online in Cuba - Internet under surveillance
1 September 2006 - Guillermo Fariñas ends seven-month-old hunger strike for Internet access
16 March 2006 - March 18, 2003 to March 18, 2006: Three years after "black spring" the independent press refuses to remain in the dark
2 February 2006 - Journalist on hunger strike to demand unrestricted Internet access

 Egypt


26 December 2006 - Prosecutors decide to hold blogger for another 45 days
7 December 2006 - Blogger Kareem Amer held in custody for a further two weeks
14 August 2006 - Months of harassment force Copt blogger to censor herself
20 July 2006 - Authorities free last two bloggers after 56 days in detention
27 June 2006 - Court upholds government’s claim to be able to block opposition websites
22 June 2006 - Police free award-winning blogger Alaa Abd El-Fatah

 Ethiopia


29 May 2006 - Three more sites unaccessible, government denies being involved
13 March 2006 - Pregnant journalist freed after one month in prison

 European union


6 July 2006 - European Parliament condemns ethical breaches by Internet sector companies

 France


1 September 2006 - Propose blogs that defend press freedom

 Gambia


30 May 2006 - Online newspaper hacked, editor smeared and subscribers threatened

 Greece


27 October 2006 - Reporters Without Borders will go to IGF venue in Athens to put free expression on agenda

 Iran


7 December 2006 - New York Times website unblocked, YouTube still inaccessible
9 November 2006 - Government filtering makes two websites inaccessible
28 September 2006 - Independent news website closed, blog platform briefly blocked
19 September 2006 - Blogger Mojtaba Saminejad gets early release after nearly 18 months in prison
12 July 2006 - Blogger Abed Tavancheh released on bail
12 June 2006 - Two imprisoned bloggers allowed to make home visits
27 January 2006 - Blogger Arash Sigarchi sent back to prison
26 January 2006 - Authorities block BBC’s Farsi-language website
24 January 2006 - Jailed blogger taken to sit university exams in handcuffs
20 January 2006 - Blogger gets three-year suspended sentence
20 January 2006 - Government filters an .ir website for the first time

 Iraq


3 April 2006 - Cyberdissident Kamal Sayid Qadir released
27 March 2006 - Kurdish-born Austrian jailed for 18 months for online “defamation”
24 March 2006 - Trial of Kamal Sayid Qadir adjourned yet again
2 February 2006 - Cyberdissident still in prison despite release announcement

 Italy


20 June 2006 - A blogger unfairly convicted of defamation

 Libya


7 March 2006 - Cyberdissident Abdel Razak al Mansuri released

 Maldives


23 February 2006 - Cyberdissident Ahmad Didi released, a photographer arrested
4 January 2006 - Colombo-based exile radio and website raided in manipulation of Interpol

 Pakistan


10 May 2006 - Blogspot.com blocked again
28 April 2006 - Authorities block access to Baluch nationalist sites

 Romania


21 July 2006 - Government closes down foreign ministry spoof website

 Russia


27 October 2006 - In “grotesque” sentence, court fines website editor for insulting Putin
30 May 2006 - Online newspaper editor faces a year of hard labour for insulting Putin
29 March 2006 - Authorities harass independent news sites, citing need to combat extremism

 Saudi Arabia


21 March 2006 - Mohsen al-Awajy freed

 Singapore


24 November 2006 - Blogger belonging to democratic party jailed for ten days
20 July 2006 - Government drops charges against blogger who posted Jesus cartoons
6 July 2006 - Daily newspaper Today sacks blogger “mr brown” after government criticism
28 April 2006 - Opposition party ordered to withdraw podcast from website
5 April 2006 - Government steps up online censorship in run-up to elections

 Sri Lanka


28 April 2006 - Tamilnet editor’s murder still unpunished after one year

 Syria


19 December 2006 - Cyber-dissident held four months without trial
3 October 2006 - Pro-Kurdish website editor freed after six months in prison
21 September 2006 - Arrest of 4th online journalist in 16 months makes Syria the Middle East’s biggest jail for cyber-dissidents
30 August 2006 - Cyber-dissident held for past 20 days, while another prevented from resuming studies after release
18 August 2006 - Cyber-dissident Habib Saleh gets three years in prison
25 July 2006 - Massoud Hamid, winner of 2005 Reporters Without Borders Internet Freedom Prize, released at end of prison sentence
7 April 2006 - Website editor arrested

 Tajikistan


12 October 2006 - Information websites unblocked

 Thailand


4 October 2006 - Open letter to interim Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont about press freedom violations
2 February 2006 - Website denouncing corruption forced to seek host abroad

 Tunisia


7 December 2006 - Imprisoned lawyer’s wife and three companions harassed by police and attacked by youths to prevent prison visit
18 September 2006 - Journalist from irreverent website bakchich.info expelled
17 August 2006 - Police beat two journalists when they try to interview detained lawyer’s wife
6 March 2006 - New call for the release of Mohammed Abbu
27 February 2006 - Release of journalist Hamadi Jebali and the “Zarzis Internet-users”

 Uganda


24 February 2006 - Net censorship reaches sub-Saharan Africa

 United States


14 December 2006 - Yahoo! and Google asked to respect free expression in shareholder resolution filed by New York City Pension Fund
17 November 2006 - Federal appeal court refuses rehearing in Josh Wolf case
17 November 2006 - Shareholders ask Cisco Systems to account for its activities in repressive countries
15 September 2006 - Prosecutors try to send Josh Wolf back to prison
2 August 2006 - Call for immediate release of imprisoned freelance journalist
18 July 2006 - Fourteen human rights organisations express support for a US draft law on free expression online (GOFA)
20 June 2006 - Internet ’neutrality’ vital for free expression
30 May 2006 - Court ruling protecting bloggers’ sources hailed as historic
16 February 2006 - Testimony of Reporters Without Borders before the US House of Representatives
6 January 2006 - Do Internet companies need to be regulated to ensure they respect free expression?

 Uzbekistan


19 September 2006 - Regime persecutes last independent journalists including president’s nephew
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

 Vietnam


20 November 2006 - Cyber-dissident arrested and beaten by police in Hanoi during APEC summit
27 September 2006 - Plea to Canada’s PM to raise cases of cyber-dissidents at Francophone Summit
26 September 2006 - Authorities confirm arrest of two cyber-dissidents
6 September 2006 - US national among three arrested cyberdissidents
24 August 2006 - UK and US companies sold mobile phone tapping equipment to Vietnam
22 August 2006 - Authorities again abduct one of the Kiem Street chat room users
16 August 2006 - Kiem Street chat room users freed after nine months in detention
29 June 2006 - Open letter to new president about two imprisoned cyber-dissidents
28 April 2006 - EU commissioner discusses online free expression during Vietnam visit
29 March 2006 - Vietnamese authorities deny arrest of fourth user of "Paltalk"
27 January 2006 - Cyber-dissident Nguyen Khac Toan is freed, but remains under house arrest