Attacks on the Press in 2007

Attacks on the Press 2007: China

February 5, 2008 11:37 AM ET

In a year of internal political wrangling and further emergence on the global stage, Chinese leadership under President Hu Jintao showed a keen awareness of public opinion at home and abroad. But the result was not greater freedom for the press. The administration undertook a clumsy effort to woo the...

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Attacks on the Press 2007: Colombia

February 5, 2008 11:36 AM ET

COLOMBIA The national press played a crucial role in exposing illegal paramilitary activities and links between paramilitary leaders and leading politicians. Provincial journalists, working in areas where paramilitaries and other illegal armed groups were prevalent, faced many challenges in trying to report this and other sensitive stories. Paramilitary fighters were...

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Attacks on the Press 2007: Cuba

February 5, 2008 11:33 AM ET

CUBA July 31 marked a year without Fidel Castro, whose health remained a “state secret” even though it was the biggest story of the year. Cuba continued to prove itself one of the worst reporting environments in the world as three foreign journalists were expelled from the island and 24...

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Attacks on the Press 2007: Democratic Republic of Congo

February 5, 2008 11:32 AM ET

The historic November 2006 presidential election--the first since the country's independence from Belgium in 1960--was followed by a yearlong nationwide wave of media abuses as the new administration struggled with rampant unrest, insecurity, and impunity in attacks against media workers. Interim President Joseph Kabila defeated former rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba...

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Attacks on the Press 2007: Ecuador

February 5, 2008 11:28 AM ET

ECUADOR President Rafael Correa regularly bashed the news media after taking office in January, reflecting increasing tensions between his young socialist government and the powerful business groups that control the country’s media. Correa immediately called for a new constitution that would expand the power of the executive branch, loosen term...

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Attacks on the Press 2007: Egypt

February 5, 2008 11:27 AM ET

EGYPT The government clamped down on political opposition, tried to suppress speculation about the health of President Hosni Mubarak, and waged a steady offensive against critical journalists, bloggers, and foreign media workers. By year’s end, a full-fledged crackdown was under way, with Egyptian courts aggressively prosecuting several of the country’s...

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Attacks on the Press 2007: Eritrea

February 5, 2008 11:25 AM ET

Eritrea remained the leading jailer of journalists in Africa, with as many as 14 writers and editors held incommunicado in secret locations. At least one journalist died in state custody, sources told CPJ in February. The only country in sub-Saharan Africa without a single independent news outlet, Eritrea subjected its...

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Attacks on the Press 2007: Ethiopia

February 5, 2008 11:25 AM ET

Involved militarily in the conflict engulfing Somalia, engaged in a tense stalemate with arch foe Eritrea, assailed by allegations of human rights abuses in the eastern region of Ogaden, Ethiopia eased media repression slightly and released many journalists from prison. Yet the chilling effect of a brutal 2005 media crackdown...

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Attacks on the Press 2007: Europe and Central Asia Snapshots

February 5, 2008 11:24 AM ET

Attacks and developments throughout the region...

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Attacks on the Press 2007: The Gambia

February 5, 2008 11:21 AM ET

Fewer press-related detentions and attacks were reported in 2007, CPJ research showed, but local journalists said the decline reflected several years of intense government suppression. One prominent journalist was slain and others have been forced into exile since 2004, leaving a more compliant press that practices widespread self-censorship. A mere...

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