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American Journalist, Companions Charged with Espionage

On Nov. 9, 2009, an American freelance journalist and two companions were charged with espionage by Iranian authorities in Tehran after 101 days of imprisonment. The three were reportedly hiking in the Iraqi region of Kurdistan on July 31 when they crossed over the Iranian border and were arrested by border guards.

British troops carried out a deadly raid against Taliban forces in northern Afghanistan on September 9, 2009, to rescue New York Times reporter Stephen Farrell. Although Farrell was successfully freed, a British soldier, an Afghan civilian, and Farrell"s interpreter, Afghan journalist Sultan Munadi, were killed during the rescue effort.

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Egyptian Blogger Sentenced to Four Years in Prison

A former Egyptian law student was sentenced to four years in jail after being found guilty of inciting hatred of Islam and insulting Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in articles that the student posted online under an assumed name. The sentence drew criticism and concern from around the world.

Washington State Enacts Reporter Shield Law

In February 2007, the Washington state House of Representatives unanimously (with two lawmakers not voting) passed a shield law granting reporters an absolute privilege for protecting confidential sources, and in March, the state’s Senate followed suit with a 41-7 vote (with one lawmaker not voting) on a similar version of the law. By mid-April, the House agreed to changes in the bill made by the Senate to narrow its definition of “news media” and sent the bill on to Gov. Christine Gregoire (D), who signed the bill into law on April 27.

A Chinese journalist currently serving a 10-year prison term for disseminating state secrets has joined a U.S. lawsuit that accuses Internet company Yahoo! Inc. of assisting Chinese authorities with abuses of human rights.

International concern over the treatment of journalists in Uzbekistan has intensified following the imprisonment and recent sentencing of two Uzbek journalists, Umida Niyazova and Gulbakhor Turayeva. Both women reported on events in Andijan in 2005, when Uzbek government forces reportedly killed hundreds at an anti-government protest.

The captors of BBC reporter Alan Johnston released him to Hamas officials July 4, 2007, 114 days after he was kidnapped in the Gaza Strip.

International Roundup: China, Burma, Zimbabwe, Iran

Chinese Research Assistant Zhao Yan Released from Chinese Prison

Zhao Yan, a Chinese research assistant for The New York Times, was released from prison in China in September 2007 after serving three years for a fraud conviction.

Yahoo, Chinese Journalists' Families Settle Suit

Web Corporation Executives Lambasted by Congress

Censorship of the Internet in China continues to stir controversy and provoke legal challenges from free speech advocates.

Afghan Journalism Student Faces Death Sentence for Downloading Document

A 23-year-old Afghan journalism student was sentenced to death Jan. 22, 2008 for downloading a document from an Iranian Web site that questions the role of women in Islam.

In Midst of Crisis, Musharraf Cracks Down on the Press

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf’s crackdown on domestic and foreign journalists following the imposition of a state of emergency in Pakistan in fall 2007 has showed no signs of abating even during the Feb. 18, 2008 parliamentary elections that resulted in a resounding defeat for Musharraf’s party at the polls.

AP Photographer Freed in Iraq after Two Years

Iraqi Associated Press (AP) photographer Bilal Hussein was released by American military officials on April 14, 2008 after two years of imprisonment for allegedly working with insurgents in Iraq.

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