Attacks on the Press in 2007

Attacks on the Press 2007: Americas Snapshots

February 5, 2008 11:58 AM ET

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Attacks on the Press 2007: Argentina

February 5, 2008 11:57 AM ET

Outgoing President Néstor Kirchner's administration dramatically increased its advertising budget, rewarding friendly media with government spots, punishing critics by withholding ads, and, in the process, influencing coverage of the presidential election won by Kirchner's wife, Sen. Cristina Fernández. The manipulation of state advertising undermined press freedom and constituted the single...

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Attacks on the Press 2007: Asia Snapshots

February 5, 2008 11:55 AM ET

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Attacks on the Press 2007: Azerbaijan

February 5, 2008 11:54 AM ET

AZERBAIJAN Ignoring international opinion, the authoritarian government of President Ilham Aliyev clamped down on opposition and independent media and became the world’s fifth-leading jailer of journalists, with nine reporters and editors behind bars when CPJ conducted its annual census on December 1. On May 3, World Press Freedom Day, CPJ...

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Attacks on the Press 2007: Bangladesh

February 5, 2008 11:52 AM ET

BANGLADESH Despite stated commitments to democratic reform and media freedom, Bangladesh’s military-backed government dealt a series of crippling blows to what had been one of the freest presses in Asia. Operating under an official state of emergency and faced with a series of written orders and verbal directives governing media...

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Attacks on the Press 2007: Belarus

February 5, 2008 11:51 AM ET

BELARUS Authorities moved aggressively to control the Internet, introducing sweeping new restrictions that allow the government to monitor citizens’ use of the Web. President Aleksandr Lukashenko’s administration continued its practice of suppressing dissent—but paid a price in May when the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) denied Belarus a seat following...

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Attacks on the Press 2007: Brazil

February 5, 2008 11:47 AM ET

BRAZIL With 15 journalists killed for their work in as many years, Brazil is one of the region’s deadliest countries for the press, but court-imposed censorship and official antagonism have also emerged as major issues for the news media. Time and again, local courts issued rulings that barred journalists from...

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Attacks on the Press 2007: Bolivia

February 5, 2008 11:46 AM ET

Increasing hostility between the government of President Evo Morales and the private media reflected a year of overall tension between Bolivia's indigenous majority and the country's conservative, European-descended opposition. Amid heated debate in December, a constituent assembly approved a proposal for a new constitution that grants more power to the...

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Attacks on the Press 2007: Burma

February 5, 2008 11:44 AM ET

BURMA Burmese journalists came under heavy assault in August and September when covering pro-democracy street protests and the military government’s retaliatory crackdown, marking significant deterioration in what was already one of the world’s most repressive media environments. The government banned coverage of the uprising and sought to isolate the nation...

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Attacks on the Press 2007: Cambodia

February 5, 2008 11:42 AM ET

CAMBODIA Government suppression of a hard-hitting investigative report that implicated senior government officials in illegal logging represented a significant reversal of the modest press freedom gains of the previous two years. Britain-based environmental watchdog Global Witness released the 95-page report, “Family Trees,” on June 1 and several local media groups...

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