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Attacks on the Press in 2012

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The 2009 vote seemed open for the press. Then came the brutal crackdown. By D. Parvaz

(Reuters)

Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam had vibrant blogospheres--until the crackdowns. By Shawn W. Crispin

(AP/Apichart Weerawong)

Her son's murder unsolved, Rimma Maksimova pursues a landmark case. By Elisabeth Witchel

(AFP/Frederick Florin)

Countries hosting the Olympics assume global obligations. What if they renege? By Nina Ognianova and Kristin Jones

(AP/Igor Yakunin)

In a country filled with paranoia and fear, citizens learn to be reporters. By Oliver Holmes

(AP/Ugarit News)

The right to news and opinion is enshrined in international law. It's not enough. By Joel Simon

(AFP/Spencer Platt)

Governments exploit national security laws to punish critical journalists. By Monica Campbell

(AFP/Jonathan Nackstrand)

Your cellphone allows authorities to locate you and uncover your sources. By Danny O'Brien

(AFP/Filippo Monteforte)

Press freedom languished despite the establishment of a new government under President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi. Anti-government demonstrations continued as protesters demanded deeper reforms than those offered by Hadi's administration. Critical independent journalists were assaulted, threatened, and harassed from multiple sides. In February, armed men belonging to an influential tribal group attacked a journalist who had reported critically about the clan. The same month, supporters of former President Ali Abdullah al-Saleh seized the offices of two state-run newspapers and forced them to publish Saleh's picture on the front page. In May, the Press and Publications Court summoned two Al-Jazeera journalists for trial on charges that they had reported on the 2011 uprising without accreditation. The trial was pending in late year. The government debated an Audio-Visual and Electronic Media bill that was first proposed by the Saleh administration in 2010. CPJ's review of the legislation found it would impose exorbitant registration and licensing fees, among other restrictions. The bill was pending in late year. No journalists were killed during the year, a drop from 2011 when two fatalities occurred during coverage of anti-government protests.

2012

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