Attacks on the Press in 2011

Attacks on the Press in 2011: The Year in Photos

February 21, 2012 11:16 PM ET

Photographers from The Associated Press, Reuters, Agence France-Presse, and other news outlets documented historic events in 2011, often at great peril. The Year in Photographs: Press Freedom in 2011 features images from the Arab uprisings, South Asia's armed conflicts, and political repression in the Americas, Africa, and Europe....

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Journalists In Prison

February 21, 2012 4:41 PM ET

Iran is the world's worst jailer of the press. Detentions rise in the Middle East and North Africa....

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Journalists Killed

February 21, 2012 4:37 PM ET

Murders decline, but fatalities rise during coverage of protests. Photographers and freelancers pay an especially high price. Pakistan is the world's most dangerous nation....

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Bahrain

February 21, 2012 4:30 PM ET

The government waged a brutal multifaceted crackdown against independent news media covering the country’s months-long protest movement. Security forces subjected journalists to assaults, expulsions, detentions, politicized trials, prison terms, and lethal mistreatment in custody. Both international and local reporters were targeted: A journalist for the U.S. broadcaster ABC was...

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Eritrea

February 21, 2012 11:31 AM ET

No independent press has operated in this Red Sea nation since a September 2001 government crackdown on dissent that led to the imprisonment of 11 leading journalists without charge or trial and the enforced closure of their publications. President Isaias Afewerki's administration consistently refused to account for the whereabouts,...

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Uzbekistan

February 21, 2012 12:56 AM ET

Authoritarian leader Islam Karimov marked Media Workers Day by calling for an independent domestic press, the state news agency UzA reported, but his long-standing policies of repression belied such statements. The regime is a persistent jailer of journalists, often ranking among the worst in the region. Embattled reporter Abdumalik...

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Ukraine

February 21, 2012 12:55 AM ET

The government failed to deliver on President Viktor Yanukovych's promises to investigate official harassment of news media and ensure justice in the 2000 murder of online journalist Georgy Gongadze. Prosecutors indicted former President Leonid Kuchma on abuse-of-office charges in connection with the Gongadze slaying, alleging that he had ordered...

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Tajikistan

February 21, 2012 12:54 AM ET

Investigative journalists were targeted with retaliatory arrests and debilitating lawsuits, marking a decline in press freedom conditions. Makhmadyusuf Ismoilov, a reporter for the independent weekly Nuri Zindagi, was imprisoned for nearly a year on defamation charges related to stories on government corruption in the northern Sogd region. BBC correspondent...

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Russia

February 21, 2012 12:53 AM ET

Authorities detained at least six journalists covering December protests over flawed parliamentary elections, but in a rare phenomenon Kremlin-controlled television reported on demonstrations that brought tens of thousands of Muscovites onto the streets. In December, a gunman killed the founder of the weekly Chernovik, the 20th work-related murder in...

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Kyrgyzstan

February 21, 2012 12:52 AM ET

As President Roza Otunbayeva declared her commitment to press freedom, parliament decriminalized libel, eliminating a tool used by authorities in the past to suppress critical journalism. But rising violence, censorship, and politically motivated prosecutions marred the year in Kyrgyzstan. Parliament ordered state agencies to block domestic access to the...

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