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  • 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...

  • Ghana: Ghanaian media highlight general election
    10 december 2016 09:50:32
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The media in Ghana this week gave wide coverage to Wednesday's general election that culminated in the declaration of Nana Akufo-Addo of the centre-right New Patriotic Party (NPP) as the fifth president of the Fourth Republic that started in 1992. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns South Sudan over expulsion of AP journalist
    08 december 2016 16:10:27
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - South Sudanese authorities should immediately reverse the expulsion of Associated Press (AP) reporter Justin Lynch and cease interfering with journalists' ability to work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ urges Uganda to drop all charges against journalist
    01 december 2016 15:34:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Ugandan authorities should immediately and unconditionally drop all charges against Kenya Television Network (KTN) reporter and anchor, Joy Doreen Biira, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Thursday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Complaints by three parties on elections reported in Ghana
    26 november 2016 05:19:27
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A complaint by three parties against the Electoral Commission (EC) claiming that the 7 December presidential and parliamentary elections will not be free and fair and a stern warning to media houses not to foment trouble during the polls were some of the stories played up by the media this week. Full text...

  • Botswana: Media workers in Botswana fight journalists persecution
    23 november 2016 18:31:04
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana Media Allied Workers Union (BOMAWU) has organised a demonstration slated for Thursday against alleged abuse and unfair treatment of journalists by employers.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls for release of Gambian journalist, broadcast executive
    21 november 2016 17:13:31
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gambian authorities should immediately release a journalist and the head of the state-owned broadcaster who have been held without charge or access to their families or lawyers for a week, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Monday.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ urges Ethiopia to release detained journalists
    17 november 2016 16:43:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Ethiopia should immediately release all journalists detained amid an intensifying crackdown on the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Thursday.Full text...

  • Ghana: Final list of presidential candidates, Trump victory reported in Ghana
    12 november 2016 06:57:38
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The approval of the final list of candidates for Ghana’s 7 December presidential election, a letter from President John Dramani Mahama to voters and the surprising victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential election last Tuesday were some stories reported by the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Report shows gaps in promoting independent regulatory system among Rwandan media
    07 november 2016 15:40:46
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The 2016 edition of Rwanda Media Barometer (RMB), released Monday by the Rwanda Government Board (RGB), indicates that training for media practitioners remains not yet satisfactory both in number and contents while the independent and transparent regulatory system in the media licensing is still limited, Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana media once again dominated by election cases in courts
    05 november 2016 08:24:08
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Ghanaian media again focused on election cases at the courts following the disqualification of 13 presidential candidates by the Electoral Commission (EC) for various errors and other infractions in their papers.Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia’s leading private Post newspaper placed under receivership
    02 november 2016 09:42:20
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s leading independent newspaper, The Post, closed on 21 June for tax arrears default has been placed under receivership and the process of placing the newspaper under compulsory liquidation has commenced.Full text...

  • Ghana: Court cases on December polls dominate Ghanaian media
    29 october 2016 06:41:50
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A flood of court cases as Ghana heads for general elections on 7 December dominated the media in the country this week.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ decries mounting press freedom crisis in Burundi
    26 october 2016 15:50:23
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed alarm about the ''deteriorating situation for the media'' in Burundi.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Corruption stories, cases dominate front pages in Nigeria
    22 october 2016 06:46:18
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The current wave of corruption allegations and cases were the dominant stories in Nigeria this week even with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo indicting all sectors of being guilty of the menace.Full text...

  • Ghana: Political stories dominate Ghanaian media
    22 october 2016 05:52:59
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – As Ghana’s 7 December presidential and parliamentary elections draw close, the media have been awash with political stories as politicians canvas for support. Full text...

  • Senegal: Six Ghanaian journalists to be rewarded for SDG reporting
    19 october 2016 15:12:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Six Ghanaian journalists who have demonstrated excellence in reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be honoured with awards on 24 October, organizers of the event revealed Wednesday.Full text...

  • Nigeria: African broadcasters, stakeholders meet in Abuja
    18 october 2016 11:47:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The 11th edition of the biennial international conference of African broadcasters tagged AFRICAST opened in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, on Tuesday, with the Nigerian Federal Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, saying that the Nigerian government is committed to meeting the 2017 deadline on digital switch over. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Release of 21 Chibok school girls dominates front pages in Nigeria
    15 october 2016 07:34:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The release of 21 of the more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls, kidnapped by the deadly Islamist Boko Haram insurgents in April 2014, was the major story in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Disqualification of presidential candidates, opposition manifesto launch reported in Ghana
    15 october 2016 05:53:38
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The unexpected disqualification of 12 presidential candidates that has thrown the political landscape into turmoil and the main opposition New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) launch of its manifesto were some of the stories highlighted by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Central bank gold watches hullabaloo, cleaner fuel reported in Ghana
    08 october 2016 06:54:31
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Hullabaloo over gold watches for central bank workers who have worked for 30 years and the decision of the authorities to import cleaner diesel from next January were some of the stories highlighted by the media this week. Full text...

  • Gambia: EU, UNESCO launch initiative to reinforce Gambia's media
    07 october 2016 11:01:03
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) The European Union (EU) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) on Thursday launched a four-month initiative to reinforce the capacity of Gambian media professionals. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls for immediate release of Ethiopian blogger
    04 october 2016 16:28:31
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Ethiopian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release prominent blogger Seyoum Teshome, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

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