New York, March 28, 2011--Facing the nationwide spread of
political unrest, Syrian authorities barred three Reuters journalists from
reporting, blocked journalistic access to a hotbed of political dissent,
censored a critical satellite station, and detained a political blogger. The widespread
repression in Syria came on the same weekend that Libyan security agents
forcibly barred a woman in Tripoli from giving journalists her account of being
raped and abused by militiamen loyal to leader Muammar Qaddafi. Attacks on the
press were also reported in Iraq, Mauritania, and Jordan.