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 Azerbaijan


5 August 2008 - Minister replies to letter about Internet regulation

 Belarus


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
18 February 2008 - Government frees opposition writer Andrei Klimau

 Brazil


23 July 2008 - Legislators urged to oppose cyber-crime bill likely to threaten online free expression
4 March 2008 - Senator Expedito Júnior to withdraw proposed law punishing “damage to reputation” online

 Bulgaria


24 September 2008 - Vicious assault on editor of Frog News
15 September 2008 - Security agency closes corruption whistle-blower website

 Burma


10 November 2008 - Prison court sentences blogger to 20 years, poet to two years
9 October 2008 - Military government paralyses Internet
11 July 2008 - Nay Phone Latte faces up to seven years in prison
11 June 2008 - Government seeks at all cost to control news coming out of Irrawaddy delta
28 February 2008 - Blogger begins second month of detention, Internet still closely monitored
11 February 2008 - Journalist U Win Tin and blogger Nay Phone Latt transferred to Insein prison
8 February 2008 - Blogger charged under emergency law

 China


16 December 2008 - Government goes into reverse, blocking access to foreign websites again
21 November 2008 - Political essayist gets three years in prison for three articles posted online
13 November 2008 - Well-known dissident blogger arrested for “subversion”
6 November 2008 - Cyber-dissident Liu Xianbin freed after nine years in prison
6 November 2008 - Cyber-dissident Guo Feixiong tortured in detention
5 November 2008 - Dissident Chen Daojun charged with “separatism” over an article about Tibet
24 October 2008 - “Smile, we now have a file on you” - Internet cafés get new surveillance device
24 September 2008 - Detained cyber-dissident Huang Qi finally allowed to see his lawyer
17 September 2008 - Reporters Without Borders website blocked again inside China
10 September 2008 - “Huang Qi did what any Chinese citizen would have done in his place”
21 August 2008 - “Geoblocking" on the Internet : Reporters Without Borders condemns a discriminatory measure towards Internet users in Tibet
20 August 2008 - As Olympic Games continue, so does mistreatment of prisoners of conscience
6 August 2008 - Cyber-censorship continues for Chinese-language websites
1 August 2008 - Reporters Without Borders website accessible in China for first time since 2003 / 从2003年至今,网民首次可以从中国登陆无国界记者网站无国界记者网站(www.rsf.org)
30 July 2008 - IOC accepts organized online censorship / 奥委会祝贺中国在言论自由方面的进步
25 July 2008 - Hu Jia spends his 35th birthday alone in prison
22 July 2008 - Cyber-dissident Du Daobin finally falls victim to permanent threat of reimprisonment
21 July 2008 - Cyber-dissident accused of illegal possession of state secrets is denied right to see lawyer
11 July 2008 - Case against Chengdu dissident held for past 30 days passed to prosecutors
27 June 2008 - Increase in pre-Olympic repression, with at least 24 journalists and cyber-dissidents arrested or sentenced since January
18 June 2008 - Cyber-dissident held for “illegal possession of state secrets,” wife forbidden to visit him
12 June 2008 - Cyber-dissident Huang Qi kidnapped, foreign journalists arrested in Sichuan
25 April 2008 - Holding “One World, One Web” conference in Beijing condemned as a provocation
17 April 2008 - Call for release of young Uyghur activist on first anniversary of sentencing
5 April 2008 - China urged to go beyond charm offensive and unblock thousands of websites
21 March 2008 - Government tightens net on online video-sharing
17 March 2008 - Crackdown in Tibet away from the eye of the media in new violation of Olympics pledge / 中国对西藏的镇压正在秘密进行,无国界记者谴责中国当局再次违反奥运承诺
27 February 2008 - Detained cyber-dissident has been on hunger strike for nearly 80 days
5 February 2008 - Cyber-dissident Lü Gengsong sentenced to four years in prison
5 February 2008 - Ministry of Information Industry eases new rules on online video and audio sharing
17 January 2008 - Call for immediate release of cyber-dissident Li Hong on humanitarian grounds
16 January 2008 - Call for charges to be dropped after cyber-dissident Wang Dejia is freed
11 January 2008 - Concern about health of detained writer who has been on hunger strike for 28 days
10 January 2008 - Shock at beating death of executive who filmed police violence with mobile phone
4 January 2008 - Unprecedented censorship measures to be applied to online video and audio files

 Cuba


31 March 2008 - Free expression must go with better communications, says Reporters Without Borders as blogs prove hard to access

 Egypt


19 December 2008 - Two bloggers jailed, a third held incommunicado
26 November 2008 - Two bloggers being detained at secret locations
5 November 2008 - Two years for a blog : that’s enough !
1 September 2008 - Imprisoned blogger no longer allowed out of his cell
26 June 2008 - Prisoners of opinion in the shadow of the pyramids
2 June 2008 - Blogger Kareem el-Beheiri freed after 73 days in prison
24 April 2008 - Release of another blogger held in connection with 6 April protests
22 April 2008 - Mahamed El Sharkawi freed but two other bloggers still held
21 February 2008 - Sad anniversary for Egyptian blogger who was sentenced one year ago
2 January 2008 - Court rejects request for blocking of 50 websites

 European union


16 July 2008 - Members of European Parliament urged to support Global Online Freedom Act’s European version

 Georgia


13 August 2008 - Russian and Georgian websites fall victim to a war being fought online as well as in the field

 India


25 August 2008 - “We do not want another Shi Tao case”

 Indonesia


14 April 2008 - YouTube accessible again in Indonesia

 International


28 October 2008 - Why Reporters Without Borders is not endorsing the Global Principles on Freedom of Expression and Privacy for ICT companies operating in Internet-restricting countries
27 October 2008 - The BOBs 2008: Bloggers under surveillance

 Iran


31 December 2008 - Judicial authorities urged to clarify reasons for leading blogger’s detention
22 December 2008 - Closure of Nobel laureate’s human rights organisation condemned
19 December 2008 - Authorities urged to quash 30-month prison sentence imposed on blogger
1 December 2008 - Four-year sentence for online journalist who posted dissident ayatollah’s sermon
20 November 2008 - Two cyber-dissidents jailed, 5 million websites censored
29 October 2008 - Government continues to harass cyber-feminists in attempt to silence them
13 October 2008 - Cyber-journalist arrested in Qom for posting dissident ayatollah’s sermon online
4 September 2008 - Six-month prison sentences for four cyber-feminists
31 July 2008 - Internet censorship stepped up in anticipation of next year’s presidential election
4 July 2008 - Alarm over bill that would extend death penalty to online crimes
13 June 2008 - Nine women, including five journalists, arrested in latest attempt to intimidate cyber-feminists
21 May 2008 - Almost 20 websites blocked as online censorship grows
6 May 2008 - Authorities urged to halt threats to “cyber-feminists”
30 April 2008 - Blogger Esmail Jafari released
26 February 2008 - Website editor arrested in crackdown on Internet two weeks before parliamentary elections
15 February 2008 - Five websites closed down, two women’s rights journalists charged
3 January 2008 - Two cyberfeminists freed after authorities reduce bails sums demanded

 Kazakhstan


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

 Kuwait


11 February 2008 - Emir asked to clarify draft law for regulating Internet

 Malaysia


7 November 2008 - Leading blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin finally released
23 October 2008 - Authorities accused of bad faith as Habeas corpus hearing held for detained blogger
6 October 2008 - Blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin goes on trial for "sedition"
23 September 2008 - Interior minister orders blogger held for two years under draconian security law
20 September 2008 - Blogger Kickdefella released
16 September 2008 - Use of internal security law is serious press violation, interior minister told
12 September 2008 - Two leading journalists arrested under Internal Security Act
28 August 2008 - Authorities order ISPs to block access to Malaysia Today news website
14 August 2008 - Court orders online newspaper editor to identify visitors to website
9 May 2008 - Online newspaper editor freed on bail, pending trial on sedition charge

 Middle-East


9 May 2008 - President George W. Bush urged to call for press freedom during his middle east visit

 Morocco


18 September 2008 - Appeal court overturns blogger’s conviction
11 September 2008 - Court releases blogger who criticised king
19 March 2008 - Royal pardon for Internet user, condemned to three years of jail for creating spoof Facebook profile for prince

 Nigeria


18 November 2008 - Online journalist Emmanuel Emeka Asiwe freed after one week
4 November 2008 - Second online journalist arrested in one week
31 October 2008 - US-based online reporter freed after 11 days

 Pakistan


7 November 2008 - Call for revision of cyber-crime law
27 February 2008 - YouTube access unblocked after offending videos removed
16 January 2008 - Government urged to clarify new law on cyber-crime

 Russia


11 September 2008 - Federal prosecutor’s office calls for thorough probe into Ingush website owner’s death
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
13 August 2008 - Court upholds order blocking website based in Ingushetia
30 July 2008 - Human rights website contributor kidnapped and tortured in Ingushetia
3 June 2008 - The Moscow apartment of the lawyer for the news portal Ingushetiya.ru searched by the authorities
14 March 2008 - Support for Moscow daily targeted by smear campaign and hacker attack on website

 Saudi Arabia


28 April 2008 - Blogger Fouad al Farhan freed after more than four months in prison
9 April 2008 - Authorities asked to say why they have been holding blogger for past four months
8 February 2008 - Government urged to let detained blogger receive visits from lawyer
10 January 2008 - "Your Majesty, please release Ahmad Fouad Al-Fahran"
7 January 2008 - Detained blogger is allowed visit by father-in-law

 Singapore


18 September 2008 - Blogger Gopalan Nair gets three months in prison for insulting judge
17 June 2008 - US blogger Gopalan Nair still waiting the outcome of trial
5 June 2008 - US blogger freed on bail

 Sudan


7 August 2008 - Letter to National Telecommunication Corporation about YouTube’s inaccessibility

 Syria


9 December 2008 - Authorities continue judicial persecution of jailed cyber-dissident
17 October 2008 - Detained cyber-dissident faces up to 15 years in prison
18 August 2008 - Lawyer held for 12 days is latest victim of government harassment of opposition websites
5 August 2008 - Call for release of writer accused of “weakening national feeling”
30 June 2008 - Syria sets Arab world record with at least five bloggers and cyber-dissidents detained
3 June 2008 - Youth held for past year because of comments posted online
14 May 2008 - Blogger gets three-year prison sentence for posting article critical of secret services
9 May 2008 - Call for charges against cyberdissident Habib Saleh to be spelled out
9 April 2008 - Call for release of writer and poet sentenced to four years in prison for criticising government online
25 February 2008 - Blogger to be tried on 17 March for posting critical comments

 Thailand


31 December 2008 - New government plans to step up online censorship
4 December 2008 - Australian author denied bail for the fourth time
25 November 2008 - Australian writer formally indicted on lese-majeste charge
18 November 2008 - Government reinforces online censorship in name of protecting king’s reputation
8 September 2008 - Australian author apologises for lines in novel that prompted lese-majeste charge
5 June 2008 - Lese-majeste accusations used to restrict freedom of expression
20 May 2008 - Government steps up online censorship, creates toll-free number for Internet users to call to report websites that criticise monarchy
7 January 2008 - Information ministry asked to explain why website was closed without going to court

 Tunisia


3 September 2008 - Access to Facebook restored, local newspaper says president intervened
7 May 2008 - Government steps up Internet censorship, blocking access to collaborative news website and filtering email

 Turkey


25 November 2008 - YouTube censored yet again by another court order blocking access
29 October 2008 - Blogger and Blogspot “provisionally” accessible again
4 August 2008 - Turkish stubbornness condemned after Dailymotion becomes second leading video site to be blocked
9 June 2008 - YouTube blocked for more than a month is an “unacceptable” act of censorship
13 May 2008 - Authorities urged to amend restrictive laws after YouTube blocked for third time in two months
8 April 2008 - Illegal court ban on websites deplored
1 April 2008 - Another website blocked in latest of measures that threaten Web 2.0

 United Arab Emirates


22 October 2008 - Popular blog accessible again

 United States


25 August 2008 - “We do not want another Shi Tao case”
20 May 2008 - US Senate Subcommittee looks at role of US companies in online censorship abroad
9 May 2008 - President George W. Bush urged to call for press freedom during his middle east visit
6 March 2008 - Bank withdraws lawsuit against Wikileaks but other suits still pending

 Vietnam


5 December 2008 - Leading blogger’s conviction upheld on appeal
10 September 2008 - Blogger gets two and a half years in prison after “unfair and unfounded” conviction on tax fraud charge
19 August 2008 - No news of Ho Chi Minh City blogger held for past four months on spurious charge
18 June 2008 - New call for release of blogger Dieu Cay after two months without news
15 May 2008 - Authorities urged to release blogger Dieu Cay
31 January 2008 - Journalist Tran Khai Thanh Thuy released from jail

 Yemen


1 April 2008 - Blog platform Maktoob again accessible
13 February 2008 - Government asked to explain filtering of Yemeni Internet
23 January 2008 - Authorities block access to yet another independent news website

 Zimbabwe


27 October 2008 - Government spied on email of state-owned newspaper editors in August