Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Mauritius: The Chagos leads the headlines in Mauritius
    25 june 2016 13:19:47
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The threat from the United Kingdom and the United States against Mauritius regarding the issue of the Chagos archipelago has been the main headline news since Friday in Mauritius following a joint communiqué issued by the two foreign powers in Port-Louis. Full text...

  • Zambia: Rights group slams Zambian authorities for newspaper closure
    22 june 2016 16:48:01
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International says the decision by the Zambian authorities to shut down the independent newspaper, The Post, is a deliberate ploy to silence the media ahead of the country's general election in August. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia Revenue closes Post Newspapers
    21 june 2016 20:46:00
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) on Tuesday evening closed the independent Post Newspapers in a bid to recover millions of outstanding tax obligations.Full text...

  • Ghana: Accra floods, power debate, ruling party's anniversary reported in Ghana
    11 june 2016 08:00:08
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The perennial flooding in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, which inflicts havoc and pain on residents the ongoing debate on the controversial tariffs charged by the state-owned Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and the ruling party's 24th anniversary were some of the stories highlighted by the media this week. Full text...

  • Norway: Norway hosts confab of armed conflict mediators, peace process actors
    08 june 2016 10:47:14
    Oslo, Norway (PANA) - Around 100 prominent mediators of armed conflict and peace process actors from around the world will gather in Oslo, Norway, from 14 to 15 June 2016, to share their experiences of peacemaking as part of the 2016 Oslo Forum, the organisers announced on Wednesday.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Somali govt. must investigate killing of journalist
    07 june 2016 13:16:09
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said Somali authorities should thoroughly investigate the killing on Sunday of journalist Sagal Salad Osman and bring those responsible to justice. Full text...

  • Somalia: UN envoy condemns assassination of Somali female journalist
    07 june 2016 10:53:32
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Michael Keating, has condemned the assassination of a female Somali journalist, Sagal Salad Osman, on Monday afternoon in Mogadishu and described the murder as "very distressing". Full text...

  • Nigeria: Recoveries from looted funds, Muhammad Ali's death fill Nigerian papers
    04 june 2016 14:40:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Government's "bombshell" on recoveries from looted funds and the sudden death of boxing legend Muhammad Ali overshadowed all other stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana media report anniversary of deadly flood, fire disaster
    04 june 2016 08:59:36
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Ghanaian media this week highlighted the anniversary of a deadly flood and fire disaster in the capital on 3 June last year that claimed the lives of more than 150 people. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights office reacts to denial of observer status for CPJ
    31 may 2016 14:42:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN human rights office on Tuesday expressed concern over a decision last week by the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to deny the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) consultative status.Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana media report abnormal power tariffs, hints of social media ban on Election Day
    28 may 2016 07:54:51
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Abnormal electricity tariffs, which have seen consumers’ bill climb by more than 100 per cent, and the hint by the Ghana Police Service that it may block social media on Election Day this year were some of the stories played up this week.Full text...

  • Ghana: Debate on Ghana’s new poll date reported by the media
    21 may 2016 05:24:55
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – As Ghana prepares for presidential and parliamentary elections later this year, voters are still not sure whether the poll date will be 7 November, the new date agreed by the Electoral Commission (EC), political parties and stakeholders, or the existing date of 7 December. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Senate bows to public pressure, withdraws its anti-social media bill
    17 may 2016 15:28:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Senate Tuesday bowed to public pressure as it withdrew the anti-social media bill, sponsored by Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah.Full text...

  • Nigeria: New pump price of petrol dominates newspaper headlines in Nigeria
    14 may 2016 10:32:08
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The new pump price of the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise called petrol, announced on Wednesday by the minister of state for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, the move by organized labour to resist the new fuel price regime and President Muhammadu Buhari's intention to make public the names of looters of the economy overshadowed all the other stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Presidential debate, Mahama’s interview on corruption reported in Ghana
    14 may 2016 06:56:15
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – This year's presidential debate and President John Dramani Mahama’s interview in London on corruption were some of the stories reported in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ urges Uganda to restore access to social media sites
    13 may 2016 14:09:26
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Ugandan authorities should immediately restore access to social media websites and refrain from censoring any websites in the future, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • Botswana: Stock exchange embraces social media
    11 may 2016 13:20:52
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE) has revamped its information dissemination outlets to include social media, as part of the bourse’s efforts to lure both local and foreign investors.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ urges Ugandan authorities to stop intimidating journalists
    10 may 2016 13:44:51
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Ugandan authorities should cease attempting to intimidate journalists in an effort to keep them from covering opposition protests, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • Ghana: May Day, politics dominate Ghanaian media
    07 may 2016 07:49:47
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Last Sunday’s May Day celebrations and political developments, especially the ongoing update of the voters’ register, dominated the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ wants charges against Nigerian journalist dropped
    04 may 2016 16:24:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Nigerian authorities should drop all criminal charges against journalist Jacob Onjewu Dickson and release him without delay, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: Euronews launches Pan-African multilingual news channel in Congo
    04 may 2016 13:11:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – In partnership with the national television channel of the Republic of the Congo, Euronews has launched a multi-lingual and multi-cultural news channel, Africanews broadcasting around the clock. Full text...

  • Zambia: NGOCC urges Zambian govt to repeal repugnant laws
    03 may 2016 16:17:17
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – As Zambian journalists commemorated the World Press Freedom Day on Tuesday, the Non-Governmental Organisations Coordinating Council (NGOCC) of Zambia appealed to the Government to immediately begin the repeal process of all repugnant laws that hamper press freedom.Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNESCO links press freedom, sustainable development
    03 may 2016 11:52:35
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - UNESCO’s flagship celebration of World Press Freedom Day (3 May) is taking place in Helsinki, Finland, this year from 2- 4 May, with the overarching theme of "Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms" focusing on: Freedom of Information and Sustainable Development, Protecting press freedom from censorship and surveillance overreach and Ensuring safety of journalists online and offline. Full text...

  • Tanzania: MISA prays for good journalism, better informed citizenry in Africa
    03 may 2016 11:20:35
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - While there has been a dramatic increase in the number of access to information laws in Africa, the right to access information on issues that affect people’s livelihoods remains beyond the grasp of the majority of African people, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) said on World Press Freedom Day, observed annually on 3 May.Full text...

  • Belgium: EU underlines freedoms of opinion, expression in all media
    02 may 2016 17:50:19
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Reaffirming its determination to promote and support, freedoms of opinion and expression as rights to be exercised by everyone everywhere, the European Union (EU) stated Monday that ensuring access to information can serve to promote justice and reparation, in particular after periods of grave violations of human rights. Full text...

  • Senegal: UN urged to appoint Special Representative for safety of journalists
    02 may 2016 16:37:45
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Some 35 freedom of expression groups have urged United Nations (UN) General Assembly to appoint a Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for the safety of journalists as soon as possible.Full text...

  • Ghana: Limited registration of voters, attack at radio station reported in Ghana
    30 april 2016 05:37:17
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The commencement of an exercise to update the voters’ register, the Electoral Commission’s launch of a five-year strategic plan, attack on panellists at a radio station and the unbearable hot weather were some of the stories played up in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA worried over attack against radio station, presenter in Ghana
    28 april 2016 14:03:47
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has expressed worry over an attack against a prominent private radio station, Fox FM, in Ghana’s second largest city, Kumasi, by thugs reported to be supporters of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).Full text...

  • Ghana: Rising political heat, burial of opposition leader reported in Ghana
    23 april 2016 07:51:59
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – With the political temperature rising ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections in November this year, Ghanaian newspapers this week highlighted the advice of President John Dramani Mahama to politicians to behave properly for the country to have peaceful polls. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Quarrel between two ministers hits the headlines this week in Mauritius
    16 april 2016 16:45:42
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The virulent outburst from Foreign Affairs Minister Vishnu Lutchmeenaraidoo against his cabinet colleague, the Financial Services and Good Governance Minister, Roshi Bhadain, hits the headlines this week in Mauritius. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan media highlight int'l campaign against genocide
    16 april 2016 09:35:54
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Global campaigns against genocide dominated newspaper headlines in Rwanda this week, as the country is commemorating the 22nd anniversary of the genocide in which more than a million Tutsis lost their lives. Full text...

  • Ghana: Concerns over examination malpractices reported in Ghana
    09 april 2016 08:57:06
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Just as students in second cycle schools started writing the 2016 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) papers on Monday in Ghana, the media have been flooded with reports of examination malpractices that threaten the credibility of the examination. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns Djibouti for expelling BBC journalists ahead of elections
    07 april 2016 13:08:25
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Djibouti should ensure that journalists can report on presidential elections without harassment or fear of expulsion, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says Ghana’s communications regulator takes 9 TV channels off the air
    05 april 2016 15:24:16
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has said that Ghana's National Communication Authority (NCA) has taken off the air nine television channels for operating without authorisation. Full text...

  • Ghana: Deportation of 3 South Africans, retirement of Central Bank Governor reported in Ghana
    02 april 2016 09:41:01
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The deportation of three retired South African policemen brought into Ghana by the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) to train some of its members and the retirement of the Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr Henry Kofi Wampah, were some of the stories reported in the Ghanaian media this week.Full text...

  • Ghana: Politics dominates Ghanaian media
    26 march 2016 08:55:02
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Politics once again dominated the Ghanaian media this week, with the death of a former chairman of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) on the front pages. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says 3 journalists assaulted in Congo Brazzaville
    25 march 2016 15:10:01
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said that three international journalists who were covering the elections in the Republic of Congo were punched and had their passports and equipment seized on Wednesday by a group of four men who identified themselves as police. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA signs agreements with sub-regional press freedom bodies
    24 march 2016 15:44:39
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has signed partnership agreements with the leading press freedom and freedom of expression organisations in 14 West African countries. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says six men sentenced for killing journalist in Somalia
    24 march 2016 15:03:51
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A military court in Mogadishu, Somalia, has upheld sentences imposed on six people convicted in connection with the December 2015 murder of Somali broadcast journalist Hindia Haji Mohamed, the Commettee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ wants communications blackout lifted in Congo
    23 march 2016 13:48:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The government of the Republic of Congo should immediately lift the total communications blackout it imposed before the 20 March presidential elections, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • US: UN Women launches media partnership to bring gender equality to newsrooms
    23 march 2016 07:20:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations entity tasked with promoting gender equality launched an innovative partnership with leading media houses on Tuesday to galvanize attention and concrete action towards women's rights within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Full text...

  • Ghana: Media report security alert, Mahama’s debate challenge to main opposition leader
    19 march 2016 06:47:36
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Public security alert following the 20 March terrorist attack in Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana’s western neighbour, and a challenge thrown by President John Dramani Mahama to opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo to address some “contentious” statements made by the latter were some of the stories highlighted in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Independence Day celebration, brochure gaffe, women’s day reported in Ghana
    12 march 2016 08:36:18
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The celebration of Ghana’s 59th Independence Day on 6 March, an embarrassing brochure for the main event and celebration of International Women’s Day were some of the stories reported in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls for release of detained Nigerian publisher
    11 march 2016 16:28:14
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Nigerian authorities should immediately release magazine publisher Yomi Olomofe on bail, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls for investigation into abduction, torture of South Sudanese Journalist
    09 march 2016 13:25:48
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - South Sudanese authorities should immediately launch an independent, thorough investigation into the abduction and torture of journalist Joseph Afandy and punish those responsible, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA urges Burkina Faso's authorities to lift suspension against magazine
    08 march 2016 14:09:09
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Tuesday urged Burkina Faso's media regulatory body to lift the one-month suspension it slammed against an investigative magazine, L’Evènement.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Somali court sentences man to death for murdering 5 journalists
    07 march 2016 14:57:49
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said that a military court in Mogadishu, Somalia, has handed down the death sentence against Hassan Hanafi, a former journalist, having found him guilty of direct or indirect involvement in the killing five journalists on behalf of the armed militant group, Al-Shabaab. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Capital punishment leads the headlines in Mauritius
    05 march 2016 14:50:31
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The debate on the reintroduction of capital punishment has once again appeared on the forefront of newspapers in Mauritius this week, following the discovery of two dead bodies on 26 February.Full text...

  • Ghana: War of words on State of the Nation address highlighted in Ghana
    05 march 2016 06:35:48
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A war of words following the 25 February State of the Nation address by President John Dramani Mahama and the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to Ghana were some of the stories highlighted by the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: Rights groups petition African Commission on Human Rights over detained Gambian journalist
    04 march 2016 15:49:51
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) and 36 other freedom of expression organisations have petitioned the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights to prevail on the Gambian President, Yahyah Jammeh, to release a journalist who has been in detention for seven months. Full text...

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