Attacks on the Press
| Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam
by Abi Wright
Threats to press freedom spiked throughout Asia in 2004, even as the news media claimed significant accomplishments. Across the region, 2004 was an election year, with citizens casting ballots in nations such as Afghanistan, whose landmark vote was peaceful and orderly, and India, where more than 370 million went to the polls. Informing voters and guarding against abuses, the press was credited with playing key roles in these and other elections.