Attacks on the Press in 2007

Attacks on the Press 2007: Middle East and North Africa Snapshots

February 5, 2008 10:48 AM ET

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Attacks on the Press 2007: Morocco

February 5, 2008 10:48 AM ET

MOROCCO Press freedom continued its downward slide, belying Morocco’s carefully burnished image as a liberalizing country with a free press. Outspoken journalists found themselves in court, in prison, or out of work following a rash of politicized court cases, while the government of King Mohammed VI unveiled a restrictive...

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Attacks on the Press 2007: Niger

February 5, 2008 10:44 AM ET

President Mamadou Tandja pledged in January that his government would not obstruct the press, but journalists in Niger faced threats and restrictions as the military tried to repress a budding Tuareg insurgency in the north. In a country that has suffered devastating famines in recent years, food shortages remained another...

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Attacks on the Press 2007: Nigeria

February 5, 2008 10:43 AM ET

Nigeria’s diverse and freewheeling press weathered a tense political period in 2007, a year marked by fierce disputes surrounding April presidential and legislative elections and a surge of violence in the oil-rich Niger Delta region. Ruling party candidate Umaru Yar’Adua was declared winner of the April 21 presidential vote, the...

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Attacks on the Press 2007: Pakistan

February 5, 2008 10:42 AM ET

The December 27 assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto plunged the nation into further turmoil after months of violent unrest and a bitterly contested state of emergency. An aggressive domestic press corps was in the middle of the momentous events, questioning government assertions and being targeted by government censorship....

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Attacks on the Press 2007: Philippines

February 5, 2008 10:39 AM ET

PHILIPPINES Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno told a visiting CPJ delegation in July that he would personally seek justice for the unsolved killings of journalists and use his judicial authority to better protect press freedom. “The fact that the killings remain unsolved heightens public distrust in our system...

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Attacks on the Press 2007: Russia

February 5, 2008 10:38 AM ET

RUSSIA Constitutional constraints posed little problem for a term-limited President Vladimir Putin, who appeared certain to hold power long after his tenure was due to end in 2008. The popular, two-term president hopped into the parliamentary race in the fall, topping the dominant United Russia ticket that took 64 percent...

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Attacks on the Press 2007: Rwanda

February 5, 2008 10:37 AM ET

Tension remained high between the independent news media and President Paul Kagame’s government in the run-up to the 2008 parliamentary elections. Authorities summarily closed two private newspapers, stripped critical newspapers of vital advertising revenue, and jailed one journalist and harassed others in response to critical coverage. The bloody legacy of...

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Attacks on the Press 2007: Somalia

February 5, 2008 10:32 AM ET

Attacks had become so pervasive in this conflict-riven state that the National Union of Somali Journalists described 2006 as "the most dangerous year for press freedom for more than a decade." Then came 2007--a year in which conditions grew dramatically worse. With seven journalists killed in direct relation to their...

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Attacks on the Press 2007: Sri Lanka

February 5, 2008 10:29 AM ET

SRI LANKA In May, senior journalist Iqbal Athas wrote to CPJ warning that press freedom conditions had deteriorated under President Mahinda Rajapaksa. By September, Athas, a well-known defense correspondent for The Sunday Times of Sri Lanka and a 1994 CPJ International Press Freedom Award winner, had to leave the country...

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