Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Zambia: Media salute Zambia’s 50 years of peace, unity
    25 october 2014 11:47:36
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The spotlight in local newspapers this week was on the commemoration of Zambia’s 50 years of independence on Friday, 24 October, with the media urging Zambians to remain a united nation and a beacon of peace. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Local dailies focus on 2015 general elections, other issues
    25 october 2014 10:47:53
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - As election year 2015 approaches, Tanzanians are agog at what it will bring as the polls should be preceded by a referendum on the proposed constitution.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan's re-election bid, Chibok girls reported in Nigeria
    25 october 2014 09:28:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The unfolding drama over President Goodluck Jonathan's re-election bid and the looming release of Chibok girls by Boko Haram were the major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Politics, public sector workers’ strike reported in Ghana
    25 october 2014 09:11:04
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The election of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo by the opposition centre-right New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the third successive time to contest the presidential election in December 2016 and a strike by some public sector workers over pension investment were some of the stories reported in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda suspends BBC broadcasts over controversial documentary
    24 october 2014 20:24:59
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – The Rwandan Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA) has suspended the broadcasts of BBC Radio programmes in national Kinyarwanda language in the country with immediate effect.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ wants rights of journalists respected in Zimbabwe
    24 october 2014 17:42:35
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on police and politicians in Zimbabwe to respect the right of journalists to report news without fear of intimidation or violence.Full text...

  • Libya: Reporters Without Borders launches campaign against attack on Libyan journos, media
    23 october 2014 14:03:10
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The international NGO Reporters Without Borders Thursday launched a sensitisation campaign over the attacks being perpetrated against Libyan journalists and media.Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandans demonstrate against BBC documentary on Rwandan genocide
    23 october 2014 08:26:50
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Thousands of Rwandans, mainly university students, Wednesday demonstrated on the streets of Kigali against a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) documentary entitled, “Rwanda, the Untold Story”, a PANA correspondent reported from here.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ wants journalists, authorities to work together in Ebola-stricken nations
    20 october 2014 15:40:30
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Monday said in Ebola-stricken countries, authorities and journalists should work together to tackle the problem.Full text...

  • Ghana: Electricity crisis, Ebola, politics reported in Ghana
    18 october 2014 09:17:17
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Rising concerns about challenges in generation of electricity, Ebola and Saturday’s election of the presidential candidate of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), were some of the stories reported in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says journalists banned from Ebola Treatment Units in Liberia
    16 october 2014 19:25:23
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Thursday said authorities in Liberia have banned journalists from entering Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs), thus preventing them from reporting freely on issues related to Ebola. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ to release new report on impunity, press freedom
    15 october 2014 17:00:57
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Wednesday it will release a new report on impunity and press freedom on 28 October 2014.Full text...

  • Tunisia: Journalists "shocked" by president Marzouki's media attack
    14 october 2014 21:08:08
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The national trade union of Tunisian journalists says it is "shocked" by a statement made by President Moncef Marzouki describing the media in general and the national television in particular as "liars and corrupt". Full text...

  • Zambia: Newspapers report infighting in ruling PF party, national budget
    11 october 2014 12:27:07
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Local newspapers in Zambia this week drew attention to the infighting going om in the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party as well as the 2015 national Budget presented to Parliament by Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda.Full text...

  • Tanzania: Tanzanian dailies keep constitution writing process in limelight
    11 october 2014 09:15:47
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanian dailies this week kept the country's proposed constitution in the limelight after the Constituent Assembly's Chair, Samuel Sitta, formally handed copies of the approved draft to the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete, and Zanzibar President Ali Mohammed Shein. Full text...

  • Ghana: Economic challenges, strike by state attorney reported in Ghana
    11 october 2014 06:13:55
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana’s economic challenges and a strike by state attorneys in Ghana’s second largest city, Kumasi, in the Ashanti Region, were some of the stories carried by the media this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA updates on murder incident in Guinea over Ebola
    09 october 2014 17:14:16
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The sub-regional rights body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has said that eight people, including three journalists, were murdered in Guinea while raising awareness on the Ebola Virus Disease. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Media highlight president Aziz’s visit to France
    04 october 2014 12:28:22
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The Mauritanian media this week devoted a large part of their coverage to the three-day visit to France by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, which began on 28 Sept.Full text...

  • Ghana: IMF talks, Ebola reported in Ghana
    04 october 2014 10:04:38
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - With the Ghanaian authorities eager to secure a bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the media have continued to highlight various angles to the talks between the two sides, as well as the fears and hopes of the public. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns expulsion of second journalist from Congo
    01 october 2014 16:21:48
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) –The New York-based global press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned Congolese authorities in Brazzaville for expelling a second journalist, Elie Smith from the country within a week.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ names 2014 International Press Freedom awardees
    30 september 2014 17:53:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Tuesday named a South African journalist, Ferial Haffajee, as one of the four recipients of its 2014 International Press Freedom Award.Full text...

  • Mauritius: Investigative Journalism manual launched in Mauritius
    30 september 2014 08:17:17
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Transparency Mauritius (TM) has launched a manual on investigative journalism which ''will help journalists go deep into their investigations to reveal what public figures and institutions hide from the population'', according to TM's Executive Director Rajen Bablee. Full text...

  • Zambia: Media focus on controversy surrounding secret phone tapping of Finance Minister
    27 september 2014 12:38:17
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Daily Nation this week condemned the secret tapping of a private phone conversation that Zambia’s Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda had with another person, which was published by the independent Post newspaper.Full text...

  • Libya: EU welcomes Algerian initiative to host inter-Libyan talks
    27 september 2014 10:29:39
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has welcomed the Algerian initiative, aimed at bringing together Libyan stakeholders in October, for an inter-Libyan dialogue with a view to finding a lasting solution to the Libyan crisis, local media reported Saturday.Full text...

  • Ghana: Maritime dispute, Nkrumah’s birthday reported in Ghana
    27 september 2014 08:53:19
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana’s decision to send a long-running maritime dispute with its western neighbour, Cote d’Ivoire, to the Hague-based International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) and the 105th birthday of the country’s late president and Pan-Africanist, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, were highlighted by the media this week. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Tanzanian dailies play up calls to halt global warming
    27 september 2014 08:40:21
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - As world leaders gathered at the UN headquarters in New York, US, for the Climate Summit, Tanzanian dailies this week highlight actions being taken to address the global problem. Full text...

  • Congo: Police deport Cameroonian journalist
    26 september 2014 20:13:29
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Congo on Friday deported Elie Smith, a Cameroonian journalist working for the private pro-government TV channel MNTV, for subversive acts, according to a communiqué issued by the country’s national police in Brazzaville.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns Congo over local journalist's expulsion
    26 september 2014 17:16:14
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned Congolese authorities in Brazzaville for expelling local journalist Sadio Kante from the country. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia refutes foreign media reports that President Sata is hospitalized in New York
    26 september 2014 14:34:25
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Michael Sata’s son, Mulenga, on Friday assured the nation that President Sata is well, dismissing western media reports that the President who is in New York for the UN summit has been hospitalized. Full text...

  • Zambia: Press Association urges govt. to waive tax money owed by media houses
    25 september 2014 15:47:46
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Press Association of Zambia (PAZA) has disagreed strongly with the position taken by the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) to harass print media houses to recover their dues without what it said is consideration for the unfriendly economic atmosphere in which they operate. Full text...

  • Libya: Algeria to host talks on Libya in October
    24 september 2014 21:47:38
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Algerian minister of foreign affairs, Ramtane Lamamra, has announced that his country will host talks between Libyan political stakeholders in October.Full text...

  • Senegal: Ethiopia urged to set free jailed journalists
    24 september 2014 16:44:25
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) Wednesday called on Ethiopian government to free all journalists in jail and create conditions for tens of journalists in exile to return home and ''work for their country’s development.'' Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says 3 journalists killed in Guinea
    22 september 2014 15:19:24
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based rights body, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), on Monday disclosed that a mob of villagers killed three journalists and six others who were raising awareness about Ebola in Womey, a village about 900km from Guinea’s capital, Conakry. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Role of media, archaeological findings grab Tanzanian papers' attention
    20 september 2014 06:45:39
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzania's mainstream media this week reflected on varied issues but, once again, the role of the media in society was given special attention as well as a new tourism frontier in the country after archeologists reported fresh findings about the history of humankind. Full text...

  • Ghana: IMF talks, anger at assault of journalists, opposition politics played up by media
    20 september 2014 06:35:40
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Ghanaian media this week fed on the commencement of talks between the International Monetary Fund (IMF), from which the government, which is almost half-way through its term, is seeking assistance to quickly put the economy back on track. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA condemns arrest, detention of editor in Guinea
    18 september 2014 17:11:02
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) –The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Thursday condemned the unlawful arrest and detention of managing editor Louis Esperant Celestin of Journal d’Afrique, a weekly published in Conakry, Guinea.Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says gendarme assaulted Guinean journalist
    18 september 2014 15:42:44
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) –The Accra-based sub-regional press freedom watchdog, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Thursday disclosed that a member of Conakry Guinean Gendarmerie assaulted David Tchopn Bangoura, a reporter for the private radio station Lynx FM. Full text...

  • Senegal: Botswana under fire over journalist's arrest
    15 september 2014 17:06:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Monday criticised Botswana for arresting a journalist, Outsa Mokone, saying the country's ''image as a bastion of press freedom and good governance has been dented.''Full text...

  • Libya: UN envoy reaffirms need for amicable solution to Libyan crisis
    13 september 2014 17:42:15
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The representative of the UN Secretary in Libya, General Bernardino Leon, has made another effort to end the crisis in the North African country that has known no peace since the overthrow of former leader Mouammar Kadhafi. Full text...

  • South Africa: Apartheid-era journalist reburied 49 years after his death
    13 september 2014 17:24:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Almost 50 years after his tragic death, anti-apartheid journalist Nat Nakasa was reburied in Durban's Chesterville on Saturday. Full text...

  • Libya: Algiers consultative meeting on Libyan crisis postponed
    13 september 2014 13:28:24
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The consultative meeting scheduled for Monday in Algiers to bring together stakeholders in the Libyan crisis, has been postponed until 23-24 September at the request of the Algerian authorities. Full text...

  • Congo: "Reporters sans frontières" denounces attack against journalist in Congo
    13 september 2014 12:53:01
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The media defence NGO, Reporters sans frontières (RSF) has said it is “indignant” at the attack against a journalist working for a private pro-government television station in Brazzaville.Full text...

  • Tanzania: Tanzanian dailies focus on flopping constitutent assembly
    13 september 2014 08:41:32
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The struggle between supporters and opponents of Tanzania's current process of writing a new constitution dominated news coverage in the local media this week after President Jakaya Kikwete met with members of the Tanzania Centre for Democracy (TCD) over the issue.Full text...

  • Ghana: Media report raging power struggle in opposition party, sacking of Black Stars coach
    13 september 2014 08:26:25
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The deepening power struggle in Ghana’s main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the sacking of Kwesi Appiah, coach of the senior national football team, the Black Stars, were some of the major stories reported in the media this week. Full text...

  • Botswana: US condemns Botswana over journo's arrest
    11 september 2014 08:33:43
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The United States has condemned Botswana over its recent arrest of newspaper editor Ousta Mokone over alleged sedition charges.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls for release of detained South Sudanese journalist
    10 september 2014 13:13:45
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Tuesday issued a statement, saying authorities in South Sudan must charge journalist George Livio to a court or release him. Full text...

  • Botswana: Arrested editor released, trial date set for November
    10 september 2014 09:34:57
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Editor of the Sunday Standard, one of Botswana’s leading weekly, has been released from police custody, even as the trial date has been set for 28 Nov. 2014.Full text...

  • Senegal: African Media Leaders Forum postponed due to Ebola crisis
    09 september 2014 18:29:37
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Due to the Ebola virus disease epidemic in West African countries, the African Media Initiative (AMI) announced Tuesday the postponement of the 7th African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF), which was scheduled for 12-14 November 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa.Full text...

  • Botswana: Sunday newspaper editor arrested for sedition in Botswana
    09 september 2014 15:28:39
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s media freedom came under spotlight following the arrest, on Monday, of Outsa Mokone, editor of one of the country’s leading Sunday newspapers, Sunday Standard.Full text...

  • Tanzania: Tanzanian dailies focus on Constituent Assembly, dual citizenship, regional integration, superstition
    06 september 2014 10:54:33
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Critical issues in the ongoing session of Tanzania's Constituent Assembly (CA), dual citizenship for the Tanzanian Diaspora, regional economic integration and superstition were highlighted by Tanzania's leading dailies this week. Full text...

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