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 Afghanistan


10 August 2007 - Website editor freed after being held for nine hours in Afghan “Guantanamo”

 Azerbaijan


16 January 2007 - Appeal court frees website editor after two days
12 January 2007 - Government blocks two websites for criticising economic policy

 Bahrain


24 October 2007 - Three journalists convicted of defamation in online articles
10 January 2007 - Open letter to king of Bahrain about the Internet censorship

 Bangladesh


18 October 2007 - Telecommunication regulator tightens grip on the Internet

 Belarus


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
3 August 2007 - Alarm over Lukashenko’s threat to put an end to online “anarchy”
16 February 2007 - Cybercafés owners forced to turn in customers

 Brazil


2 November 2007 - Google Brazil : In letter about Google subsidiary’s problems, the Sao Paulo Prosecutor is urged to protect free expression
9 January 2007 - Judge lifts blocking order on YouTube

 Burma


6 November 2007 - “Technical incident” that shut down Internet slowly being solved

 China


18 December 2007 - Held on trumped-up charges, Nanjing-based journalist finally gets to see lawye
28 November 2007 - Cyber-dissident Zhao Changqing freed on completing five-year sentence
14 November 2007 - Yahoo! settles lawsuit by families of jailed Chinese cyber-dissidents
6 November 2007 - Authorities force editor to close China Development Brief for good
2 November 2007 - YouTube and Google accessible again
26 October 2007 - Open letter asking head of China Telecom to keep promise to restore Internet services
10 October 2007 - A “Journey to the Heart of Internet censorship” on eve of party congress
30 August 2007 - Calling for lawsuit’s dismissal, Yahoo! says it is “political and diplomatic issue”
23 August 2007 - Government gets blog service providers to sign "self-discipline" pact to end anonymous blogging
22 August 2007 - Go Daddy explains suspension of sites, denies political pressure
16 August 2007 - Cyber-dissident gets four years for “inciting government’s overthrow”
6 August 2007 - US congress to probe Yahoo!’s role in cyber-dissident Shi Tao’s arrest
17 July 2007 - Court sentences cyber-dissident Zhu Yufu to two years in prison
9 July 2007 - Cyber-dissident Guo Qizhen beaten in prison by inmates at behest of guards
11 June 2007 - Zeng Jinyan once again banned from travelling to Europe
11 June 2007 - Better late than never, Yahoo! criticises repression of Internet users in China
1 June 2007 - Concern about Microsoft research in China into "profiling" Internet users
28 May 2007 - Government drops plan to ban anonymous blogging but imposes self-discipline
27 April 2007 - Release of cyber-dissident welcomed amid concern over new arrests
20 April 2007 - Member of uighur minority sentenced to nine years in jail for trying to post “secessionist” articles
30 March 2007 - French website blocked for warning of risks of investing in China
19 March 2007 - Cyber-dissident Zhang Jianhong ("Li Hong") gets six years in prison
6 February 2007 - Support for call by wife for review of imprisoned cyber-dissident Yang Zili’s trial

 Cuba


18 April 2007 - Journalist sentenced to four years in prison as “pre-criminal social danger”
13 February 2007 - Minister blames US embargo for low number of Cubans online

 Egypt


4 December 2007 - YouTube restores human rights blogger’s account
6 November 2007 - Imprisoned blogger told he can count on continuing support in letter on first anniversary of arrest
4 June 2007 - Blogger Abdul-Moneim Mahmud freed, but Kareem Amer still held
17 April 2007 - Call for release of blogger who reports on torture of detainees
27 March 2007 - UN secretary-general asked to raise imprisoned blogger’s case with Egyptian president
15 March 2007 - Reporters Without Borders and French bloggers demonstrate at Egypt’s stand for release of blogger “Kareem Amer”
22 February 2007 - Four-year prison sentence for blogger “Kareem Amer”
2 February 2007 - Judge says verdict in blogger’s trial will be given on 22 February

 fiji


23 May 2007 - Military no longer bothered by critical blogs

 France


8 March 2007 - New prevention of criminality law poses threat to citizen reporting
16 February 2007 - Censorship fears over new online ethics commission

 India


18 April 2007 - New Delhi authorities allow Burmese news agency to reopen

 International


16 November 2007 - In blog competition, Reporters Without Borders gives special prize to Burmese blogger
13 November 2007 - Issue of online free expression overshadowed by debate about US control over Internet
31 August 2007 - Deutsche Welle’s annual search for the best blogs - Reporters Without Borders again a partner
1 February 2007 - Dictatorships get to grips with Web 2.0

 Iran


3 December 2007 - Another arrest in crackdown on cyber-feminists
21 November 2007 - Authorities could demand 95,000 euros for cyber-feminist’s release
6 November 2007 - Journalist freed after family mortgages property to raise bail
24 September 2007 - Offices of hardline website closed
30 April 2007 - Conservative website Baztab blocked again
27 April 2007 - Four women get jail terms in crackdown on “cyber-feminists”
29 January 2007 - Three online journalists arrested at the airport

 Jordan


11 October 2007 - Ex-legislator gets two years in prison for online criticism of government corruption
16 August 2007 - Jailed cyber-dissident allowed to receive visit from son

 Kuwait


22 August 2007 - Website editor freed on bail after being held for three days over anonymous post

 Kyrgyzstan


14 December 2007 - Several news sites blocked two days before legislative elections

 Malaysia


9 August 2007 - Government continues to harass bloggers
17 July 2007 - Opposition blogger released after four days
11 April 2007 - Registration of bloggers not being considered, says prime minister
19 January 2007 - New Straits Times staffers sue two bloggers

 Maldives


23 January 2007 - Opposition website’s reporter expelled, banned for two years

 Morocco


30 May 2007 - YouTube again accessible via Maroc Telecom

 Russia


18 December 2007 - Court orders online journalist’s release from psychiatric hospital

 Saudi Arabia


10 July 2007 - Authorities urged to stop blocking popular Arabic-language news website

 Sri Lanka


2 November 2007 - Colombo website editor shot and wounded outside his home

 Syria


7 December 2007 - More than 100 websites blocked in growing wave of online censorship
12 September 2007 - Cyber-dissident Habib Saleh freed after 27 months in detention
30 April 2007 - Cyber-dissident Ibrahim Zoro released after 23 days in prison
10 January 2007 - Cyber-dissident freed under presidential amnesty

 Thailand


12 October 2007 - Charges dropped against blogger who was arrested under new cyber-crime law
31 August 2007 - Thailand YouTube accessible again
23 July 2007 - Concern about new law on computer crime

 Tunisia


6 September 2007 - Video-sharing website inaccessible again in Tunisia
3 September 2007 - Court dismisses criminal libel case against online newspaper editor
24 July 2007 - Human rights activist Mohammed Abbou is freed after two and a half years in jail
13 March 2007 - Journalist sentenced in absentia to 14 months in prison
12 March 2007 - Appeal court upholds four-year sentence for blogger “Kareem Amer”
1 March 2007 - Demonstration at Tunisian Tourist office as Mohammed Abbu begins third year in prison
27 February 2007 - French media censored in Tunisia because of articles by Tunisian journalist Taoufik Ben Brik

 Turkey


20 September 2007 - YouTube access again blocked by court order because of “insulting” videos
24 May 2007 - Bill censoring online content that insults Atatürk is signed into law
9 March 2007 - YouTube unblocked after withdrawal of videos insulting Ataturk

 Turkmenistan


11 October 2007 - Government urged to pursue liberalisation after opening website to comments

 United Arab Emirates


3 December 2007 - Court closes libel case against website reporter
12 November 2007 - Call for new press law to include decriminalization of all press offences
30 October 2007 - Libel suit withdrawn against website editor but journalist still subject to jail sentence

 United States


14 November 2007 - Yahoo! settles lawsuit by families of jailed Chinese cyber-dissidents
23 October 2007 - House committee approval for Global Online Freedom Act hailed
22 August 2007 - Go Daddy explains suspension of sites, denies political pressure
4 April 2007 - Freelance journalist Josh Wolf released after 224 days in prison
9 March 2007 - Freelance journalist Josh Wolf stays in prison after mediation fails
6 February 2007 - Congress again urged to recognise right to protect sources as freelance video journalist sets record for time in prison

 Vietnam


27 November 2007 - Jail sentences for two cyber-dissidents reduced
19 November 2007 - 1997 - 2007 : Ten years of Internet censorship and control
17 August 2007 - Cyber-dissident’s prison sentence cut from five years to four on appeal
11 June 2007 - Cyber-dissident pardoned and freed on eve of president’s visit to United States
15 May 2007 - Sixth cyber-dissident jailed in worst crack-down since 2002
11 May 2007 - Two more cyber-dissidents get long jail terms in Stalinist trial
23 April 2007 - Leading woman writer arrested for disseminating “hostile propaganda” online
8 March 2007 - Cyber-dissidents Nguyen Van Dai and Le Thi Cong Nhan on hunger strike
12 February 2007 - Pro-democracy lawyer tried by people’s court

 Yemen


5 March 2007 - Renewed concern about online censorship after authorities block access to opposition site

 Zimbabwe


6 August 2007 - All communications can now be intercepted under new law signed by Mugabe