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Regarding the Middle East, the report clearly refers to the difficulties journalists face in Iraq and in the Palestinian territories. 65 Journalist were killed in Iraq, others were attacked, targeted and kidnapped for their political or ethnical membership.
Kidnaps and attack were also relevant in the Palestinian Territories, and 17 media workers were wounded in shooting by the Israeli army.
In addition to the well-known dictatorship in the zone, Reporters Without Borders points out the increasingly influence of the religion in media. The cartoons of the prophet Mohamed that appeared in a Danish newspaper caused a batch of protests in Middle East and the report states that "Instead of calming the crowds protesting at Danish embassies in the region, Arab governments chose to censor the media as a way to curry favour with the Islamists".
The report do not cite the recent press and publications draft law, which will abolish the detention and imprisonment penalties against journalists in press and publication cases, which are substituted with astronomical fines for who will express 'anything concerning assaults on religions and doctrines or inciting sectarianism and racism'. However the report refers to the king's will in favor of decriminalization of press offences.
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