Attacks on the Press in 2006

Attacks on the Press 2006: Table of Contents

February 5, 2007 12:01 PM ET

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Attacks on the Press in 2006: Preface

February 5, 2007 12:00 PM ET

By Anderson CooperSilence. When a journalist is killed, more often than not, there is silence. In Russia, someone followed Anna Politkovskaya home and quietly shot her to death in her apartment building. The killer muffled the sound of the gun with a silencer. Her murder made headlines around the world...

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Attacks on the Press in 2006: Introduction

February 5, 2007 12:00 PM ET

By Joel SimonAs Venezuelan elections approached in November, President Hugo Chávez accused news broadcasters of engaging in a "psychological war to divide, weaken, and destroy the nation." Their broadcast licenses, he said, could be pulled--no idle threat in a country where a vague 2004 media law allows the government to...

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Attacks on the Press 2006: Africa Analysis

February 5, 2007 11:57 AM ET

African Union fails to defend press freedom By Julia Crawford When African heads of state gathered in July in the Gambia's sleepy seaside capital, Banjul, their host had just shut down a leading private newspaper, jailed journalists, and halted a planned freedom of expression forum on the fringes of the...

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Attacks on the Press 2006: Countries That Have Jailed Journalists

February 5, 2007 11:57 AM ET

ALGERIA: 2 Djamel Eddine Fahassi, Alger Chaîne III IMPRISONED: May 6, 1995 Fahassi, a reporter for the state-run radio station Alger Chaîne III and a contributor to several Algerian newspapers, including the now-banned weekly of the Islamic Salvation Front, Al-Forqane, was abducted near his home in the al-Harrache suburb of...

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Attacks on the Press 2006: Americas Analysis

February 5, 2007 11:56 AM ET

Leftists Lean on the Latin American MediaBy Carlos Lauría Latin America's new leftist leaders may try to portray themselves as good news for the press, using the rhetoric of liberal democracy. But political and media analysts say these recently installed left-wing administrations are deeply rooted in the region's longstanding culture...

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Attacks on the Press 2006: Asia Analysis

February 5, 2007 11:55 AM ET

 Afghan-Pakistani border off-limits to most journalists By Bob Dietz The Afghanistan-Pakistan border is a critical front in the most challenging news story in the world: the confrontation between U.S.-led Western countries and militant Islamists. Yet access to the border region has become increasingly restricted, and the Pakistani government continues to...

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Attacks on the Press 2006: Europe and Central Asia Analysis

February 5, 2007 11:54 AM ET

Getting away with murder in the former Soviet states By Nina Ognianova The assassin in a baseball cap who gunned down Anna Politkovskaya outside her Moscow apartment used a silencer. But reverberations from the contract-style slaying of Russia's icon of investigative journalism were felt around the world....

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Attacks on the Press 2006: Middle East Analysis

February 5, 2007 11:53 AM ET

As democracy falters, Arab press still pushes for freedom By Joel Campagna Across the Middle East, political reform gained momentum in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States and the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003. Egyptians and Lebanese clamored for democracy; elections in...

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Attacks on the Press 2006: Analysis: As Democracy Falters, Arab Press Still Pushes for Freedom

February 5, 2007 11:53 AM ET

Across the Middle East, political reform gained momentum in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States and the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003. Egyptiansand Lebanese clamored for democracy; elections in Iraq, Palestine, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia offered a more pluralistic future. In a...

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