Middle East & North Africa / 2010

Attacks on the Press 2009: Iraq

February 16, 2010 12:31 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments•  Fatalities and abductions plummet as security situation improves.•  Prime minister, others file lawsuits to harass media. Kurdish courts jail six journalists. Key Statistic 4: Journalists killed in connection to their work, the lowest tally since the war began in 2003. Four Iraqi journalists were killed because...

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Attacks on the Press 2009: Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

February 16, 2010 12:30 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments• Israel bars international press access to Gaza fighting.• Fatah, Hamas detain, harass media perceived as biased. Key Statistic 4: News media buildings in Gaza hit by Israeli airstrikes. As the year began, the Israeli military waged a ground offensive into the Gaza Strip in response...

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Attacks on the Press 2009: Libya

February 16, 2010 12:28 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments•  Regime pursues defamation cases in Morocco and other countries.•  Qaddafi nationalizes the nation’s sole private television station. Key Statistic 3: Moroccan newspaper ordered to pay damages for “injuring the dignity” of Col. Muammar Qaddafi. Col. Muammar Qaddafi marked in September the 40th anniversary of the coup...

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Attacks on the Press 2009: Morocco

February 16, 2010 12:26 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments• Authorities censor, jail journalists to silence coverage of the royal family. • Politicized courts issue heavy defamation awards. Key Statistic 100,000: Copies of two weeklies destroyed by authorities because they carried a poll about the king. As King Mohammed VI marked his first decade on the...

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Attacks on the Press 2009: Sudan

February 16, 2010 12:14 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments•  Government continues to impose vast censorship.•  New press law falls short of international standards. Key Statistic 9: Men executed in editor’s murder. Observers call it a miscarriage of justice. Sudanese journalists worked amid political uncertainty and severe restrictions. Pervasive official censorship restricted journalists from closely reporting...

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Attacks on the Press 2009: Tunisia

February 16, 2010 12:12 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments• Government engineers ouster of independent journalist union leaders.• Two journalists are jailed in retaliation for critical reporting. Key Statistic 97: Percentage of newspaper campaign coverage that was devoted to President Ben Ali. President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali was re-elected to a fifth term with...

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Attacks on the Press 2009: Yemen

February 16, 2010 12:05 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments • Government censors newspapers, establishes new press court. • Two journalists jailed without charge; one missing after being abducted. Key Statistic 8: Newspapers banned for periods beginning in May due to their coverage of unrest in the south. Continuing a steady years-long decline, Yemen...

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Attacks on the Press 2009: Middle East and North Africa Developments

February 16, 2010 12:02 AM ET

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On revolution's anniversary, Iran stifles Internet

February 11, 2010 11:45 AM ET

New York, February 11, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Iranian government’s attempt to slow down the Internet and block text messaging ahead of expected demonstrations during today’s 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution....

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Groups join forces, urge Iran to free journalists

February 11, 2010 11:38 AM ET

'Our Society Will Be a Free Society' campaign launched February 11, 2010, New York—A coalition of leading international journalists’, writers’, and publishers’ organizations today launched a campaign to press the government of Iran to release their colleagues imprisoned in the wake of last year’s disputed presidential election CPJ, PEN, Reporters...

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