Attacks on the Press
| Algeria, China, Colombia, Cuba, Ethiopia, Iraq, Nepal, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
January 11: A killing in Colombia reinforces self-censorship
-- Gunmen kill radio news host Julio Hernando Palacios Sánchez as he drives to work in Cúcuta. Attacked from all sides, the Colombian press censors itself to an extraordinary degree, CPJ later reports. Probing journalists are killed, detained, or forced to flee. Verified news is suppressed, and investigative reports are abandoned.
February 1: A royal coup in Nepal leads to vast restrictions
-- King Gyanendra dismisses his multiparty government and declares a state of emergency, curtailing civil rights and instituting broad press restrictions. His forces cut telephone lines, block Internet service, and occupy major media outlets to censor the news line by line. Hundreds are detained.