Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Ghana: Unprecedented number of ministers dominates Ghanaian media
    18 march 2017 08:40:22
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The large number of ministers submitted to Parliament for approval by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo dominated the media in Ghana this week with politicians, individuals, think-tanks and civil society organisations shouting their disapproval in a loud chorus. Full text...

  • Ghana: 60th Independence celebrations, trial of ‘secessionists’ reported in Ghana
    11 march 2017 08:13:19
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana’s 60th Independence celebrations, International Women’s Day and trial of alleged secessionists were some of the stories highlighted by the media this week. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari's return dominates front pages in Nigeria
    11 march 2017 05:43:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The return of President Muhammadu Buhari after 51 days in London was the main story in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Media watchdog says Chad journalists in hiding after threats
    07 march 2017 12:07:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Media watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists, has asked the Chadian domestic intelligence officers to cease harassing and attempting to intimidate journalists. Full text...

  • US: 'Zimbabwean journalists charged with insulting Mugabe'
    07 march 2017 10:16:19
    New York, US (PANA) - Zimbabwean authorities should immediately drop all charges against News Day editor Wisdom Mdzungairi and reporter Richard Chidza, and should cease threatening journalists, Media watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists said on Monday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Maiden budget of new government highlighted by Ghana media
    04 march 2017 07:54:49
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The maiden budget of Ghana’s new government that seeks to remove taxes to give relief to the population, stimulate growth and create jobs was the main story in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: State of the Nation address dominates Ghana media
    25 february 2017 07:22:16
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Last Tuesday’s maiden State of the Nation address by President Nana Akufo-Addo to parliament dominated the Ghanaian media this week with officials of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) respectively hailing and criticising it. Full text...

  • Gambia: UNESCO official says respect for human rights vital for sustainable development
    22 february 2017 17:25:49
    Banjul, Gambia(PANA) - For nations to ensure lasting peace and sustainable development, human rights must be respected and people must be free to seek, receive and impart knowledge and information on all media, according to the director of UNESCO regional office for West Africa, Gwang-Chol Chang.Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana media report controversy over funding of free second cycle education
    18 february 2017 07:18:00
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A loud controversy over the source of funding for the government’s flagship free public Senior High School (SHS) education was highlighted by the media this week.Full text...

  • Ghana: ‘Missing’ gov't cars, disappointing Black Stars AFCON outing reported in Ghana
    11 february 2017 07:23:06
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A huge disagreement between the current and former governments over the whereabouts of state vehicles and the poor performance of the senior national football team, Black Stars, at the just ended 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Gabon were some of the stories highlighted by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights bodies demand end to media crackdown in Kenya, return of UK journalist
    08 february 2017 14:17:10
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan government must halt its crackdown on media freedom and allow Jerome Starkey to return to the country, nine human rights organizations said on Wednesday.Full text...

  • Libya: EU to mediate between al-Sarraj, Haftar
    07 february 2017 11:58:48
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has reaffirmed its willingness to mediate between the chairman of the Libyan presidential council of the coalition government of national accord, Fayez al-Sarraj, and the commander of the Libyan national army, Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who controls portions of Libya. Full text...

  • Gambia: Rights body urges President Barrow to deliver on free expression
    05 february 2017 16:08:47
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Dakar-based rights body, ARTICLE 19, has said that after 22 years of repression under the leadership of former President Yahya Jammeh, President Adama Barrow must seek to address the structures and culture that have produced human rights violations in the past. Full text...

  • Ghana: Alleged bribery in parliament, Black Stars’ AFCON loss reported in Ghana
    04 february 2017 06:13:08
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – An alleged bribery by a ministerial nominee of Parliament’s Appointments Committee and the elimination of the senior national football team, the Black Stars, at the semi-final stage of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations by Cameroon were some of the stories reported in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Assurances of uninterrupted power supply, new police chief reported in Ghana
    28 january 2017 08:07:33
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Against the background of fears that a planned shutdown by the Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC) for maintenance and other works in February would lead to a generation shortfall of electricity, players in the power sector have been assuring consumers that adequate measures have been put in place to forestall load shedding. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says journalists among wounded in Mogadishu hotel attack
    26 january 2017 18:39:54
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - At least four journalists were wounded in Wednesday attack on a hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU vows to protect social media from state meddling
    26 january 2017 16:18:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has vowed to protect democracy and keep the social media open for use during elections while expressing serious concern over the regular social media shutdown during elections as happened in The Gambia and Uganda recently. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian govt reassures public on support for press freedom
    24 january 2017 19:30:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Federal Government said Tuesday said it would not do anything to stifle press freedom, because it is keenly aware that a free press is vital to the success of any democracy. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ wants charges against two Nigerian media workers dropped
    20 january 2017 16:36:18
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Nigerian authorities should drop all charges against Dapo Olorunyomi, publisher of the news website Premium Times, and reporter Evelyn Okakwu, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said.Full text...

  • Gambia: Guinea, Mauritanian presidents in Banjul for talks with Jammeh
    20 january 2017 13:42:40
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Guinean and Mauritanian presidents have arrived in the Gambian capital, Banjul, in a last-minute effort to persuade former president Yahya Jammeh to leave the presidency peacefully. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ denounces Gambian authorities for denying entry to seven journalists
    20 january 2017 13:35:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has denounced Gambian authorities for denying entry to seven international journalists into the West African country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Police raid Nigeria online newspaper office
    19 january 2017 22:35:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria Police on Thursday afternoon raided the head office of Nigeria’s top online newspaper, the Premium Times, in Abuja, arresting the newspaper’s publisher. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Gambia's political crisis fills Rwandan media
    18 january 2017 16:08:18
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The media in Rwanda on Wednesday gave wide coverage to preparations by West African states to possibly invade Gambia to force out president Yahya Jammeh who is refusing to quit despite losing the 1 December election to opposition leader Adama Barrow. Full text...

  • Gambia: Seven foreign journalists expelled
    17 january 2017 19:22:13
    Banjul,Gambia (PANA) - Seven journalists, who are in The Gambia to cover the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Adama Barrow, were on January 16, 2017 prevented from entering the country, according media body Media Foundation for West AfricaFull text...

  • Senegal: CPJ urges Congolese authorities to release journalist
    14 january 2017 09:29:12
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  • Sudan: Sudanese media happy with lifting of US economic sanctions
    14 january 2017 09:19:34
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese newspapers on Saturday lauded the decision of the US to lift its unilateral economic sanctions imposed on the East African nation in 1997.Full text...

  • Ghana: President’s inauguration, transition challenges, cabinet highlighted in Ghana media
    14 january 2017 07:39:32
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Ghanaian media this week had a huge feast of stories with the inauguration of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, his plagiarised speech, hullabaloo over former President John Dramani Mahama’s official retirement accommodation and nominees for cabinet positions being some of the stories that filled the media. Full text...

  • Gambia: ECOWAS mediation talks on Gambia fail again - Opposition spokesman
    13 january 2017 20:43:02
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Talks to resolve the political impasse in the Gambia have failed for the second time with the chief mediator, Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari, leaving the country immediately after the West African mediation team met outgoing President Yahya Jammeh. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria backs efforts to end Gambian impasse
    13 january 2017 07:28:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa has thrown its weight behind mediation efforts by the West African regional bloc ECOWAS aimed at persuading President Yahya Jammeh to step down after he lost the 1 December elections. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh names mediator to resolve Gambian political impasse
    11 january 2017 16:14:10
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, under pressure from within and outside the country to step down following his defeat in last month's presidential election, on Wednesday appointed a mediator to help resolve the country's political impasse.Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA condemns Gambia for closing down four radio stations
    11 january 2017 13:46:18
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has condemned Gambian authorities for closing down four private radio stations whose operating licences were revoked by the country's Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure.Full text...

  • Ghana: Mahama’s final State of the Nation address played up in Ghana media
    07 january 2017 08:30:54
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – President John Dramani Mahama’s final State of the Nation address to Parliament and preparations for the inauguration of president-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo were the major stories highlighted by the media this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ urges Gambian authorities to lift ban on three radio stations
    06 january 2017 15:46:32
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Gambian authorities to allow three independent radio stations to resume full broadcasting. Full text...

  • Rwanda: EU official underlines press freedom, accountability in Rwanda
    06 january 2017 14:21:34
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Promoting a free, responsible and accountable media is a precondition for the Rwandan media self-regulatory body in defending its journalist members, the head of European Union Delegation to Rwanda Michael Ryan said Friday in Kigali.Full text...

  • Senegal: Rights groups decry closure of radio stations, arrests in Gambia
    06 january 2017 14:04:43
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Two leading rights groups, Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch have decried the closure of three private radio stations and arbitrary arrests of opposition supporters in Gambia. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns imprisonment of two journalists in Ethiopia
    05 january 2017 14:35:20
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Ranked among worst jailers of journalists worldwide, Ethiopia has sent two more scribes from the faith-based broadcasting station, Radio Bilal, to prison over terrorism charges.Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda journalist arrested for tax evasion
    03 january 2017 13:22:58
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Rwandan journalist has been arrested for evasion of tax after the Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) filed a case against him. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian govt. cracks down on opposition voices, media
    02 january 2017 14:39:26
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambian government has launched a massive crackdown on opposition voices, arresting opposition members and closing down an independent radio station, Tanraga FM radio, PANA reported here Monday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Criticism of UK High Commissioner for ‘undiplomatic’ tweet reported in Ghana
    31 december 2016 09:34:33
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A tweet by the United Kingdom High Commissioner in Ghana Jon Benjamin and appeals by outgoing president John Dramami Mahama to Ghanaians to support the incoming administration were some of the stories highlighted by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ urges Angola to drop charges against two journalists
    30 december 2016 15:56:20
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has urged Angolan authorities to immediately drop charges against two journalists charged with "crimen injuria", a crime defined to be the act of "unlawfully, intentionally and seriously impairing the dignity of another." Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana media highlight continuing transition challenges
    24 december 2016 08:17:05
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The media in Ghana this week again highlighted disagreements between the outgoing and incoming administrations following the main opposition party’s victory in the 7 December elections. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says killing of journalists eased in 2016 from record levels
    19 december 2016 15:55:04
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The number of journalists killed in the line of duty is declined in 2016 from recent record levels as fewer journalists were targeted for murder and war became the deadliest beat, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Monday. Full text...

  • Sudan: US urges Sudan to respect freedom of expression
    17 december 2016 13:52:31
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA ) – The United States has called on Sudanese authorities to refrain from confiscating newspapers, to allow freedom of expression and release politicians and activists opposing government stands in politics.Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana media highlight transition challenges
    17 december 2016 07:32:20
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The media in Ghana this week featured president-elect Nana Akufo-Addo's meetings with various groups and organisations, and transition challenges, with attacks on government facilities by jubilant supporters of the incoming administration and anger of loyalists of the outgoing ruling party for their loss. Full text...

  • DRC: Rights group asks DRC to rescind order to block social media sites
    15 december 2016 20:58:49
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International on Thursday condemned the order to internet firms by the DR Congo authorities to block social media sites on 18 December. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls for release of website's co-founder in Tanzania
    15 december 2016 16:01:57
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Tanzanian security forces should immediately and unconditionally release Maxence Melo, the co-founder of popular online discussion portal, Jamii Forum, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says record number of journalists in jail globally
    13 december 2016 17:19:28
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Turkey's unprecedented crackdown on the media brought the total number of jailed journalists worldwide to the highest number since the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) began taking an annual census in 1990, the press freedom watchdog said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gambia: Ghana's outgoing President Mahama in Gambia for Jammeh mediation talks
    13 december 2016 12:17:29
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Ghana's outgoing president John Dramani Mahama has arrived in the Gambian capital, Banjul, where he will join leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to mediate in the looming political crisis in Gambia. Full text...

  • Gambia: ECOWAS leaders due in Gambia to mediate in looming political crisis
    13 december 2016 08:47:33
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are due in Banjul, Gambia, on Tuesday for talks to persuade incumbent president Yahya Jammeh to agree to leave office after his defeat in the country's 1 December presidential election. Full text...

  • South Africa: South African talk show host to interview Obama
    11 december 2016 08:57:09
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Popular South African television presenter Trevor Noah will interview President Barack Obama on Monday. Full text...

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