Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Tunisian journalists' trade unions set to fight corruption in media
    20 february 2018 18:13:22
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian Journalists' Trade Union (SNJT) and the general news trade union (SGI) have reaffirmed their strong determination to fight corruption in the media sector and guarantee transparency in the financing of broadcasting houses. Full text...

  • CPJ urges Ethiopia to drop charges against blogger
    17 february 2018 11:10:14
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on the Ethiopian authorities to drop an incitement charge against Zone 9 blogger, Atnafu Berhane. Full text...

  • Gambian journalists welcome ECOWAS Court ruling on media laws
    15 february 2018 17:11:47
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia Press Union (GPU) has welcomed the ruling by the Abuja-based ECOWAS Court of Justice on Wednesday that ordered the government to repeal the laws of sedition, criminal defamation, false publication on the internet and false publication and broadcasting. Full text...

  • CPJ urges Gambia to act on ECOWAS Court ruling
    15 february 2018 14:46:33
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Media watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has called on the Gambian government to act on a judgment passed by a sub-regional court and “immediately repeal its laws on criminal libel, sedition and false news”. Full text...

  • CPJ welcomes release of 2 Ethiopian journalists
    14 february 2018 22:45:23
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Wednesday welcomed the release of two Ethiopian journalists, Eskinder Nega and Woubshet Taye, from custody. Full text...

  • AI hails ECOWAS Court ruling against Gambia’s media laws
    14 february 2018 16:57:14
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday hailed the West African sub-regional court’s ruling against Gambia’s draconian media laws. Full text...

  • Rwanda suspends community radio over hate broadcast
    13 february 2018 14:18:11
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's media regulatory body has suspended a Christian community radio station's operating licence for three months, after it aired what authorities considered as hatred remarks against women by a local pastor. Full text...

  • Media watchdog denounces Tunisian party's threats against journalists
    13 february 2018 11:50:52
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders (RWB), has denounced the decision of Tunisian religious party Ennahdha to prosecute journalists and media houses considered as "hostile". Full text...

  • CPJ calls on Kenyan government to obey court order
    03 february 2018 19:17:49
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on the Kenyan government to obey a court order suspending a broadcasting ban on four privately-owned television stations, PANA reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Media body decries 'flogging' of journalists at Liberian parliament
    01 february 2018 16:49:17
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) on Thursday condemned the “cruel violence” meted out against journalists covering the upper house of the Liberian parliament, the Senate, on January 31. Full text...

  • Hundreds mourn renowned Rwandan journalist Casmiry Kayumba
    18 january 2018 09:44:34
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Hundreds of people on Thursday turned up for the burial of veteran Rwandan journalist, Casmiry Kayumba, former publisher of Ukuri weekly newspaper, who died of heart attack on Tuesday. Full text...

  • CPJ names global 'Press Oppressors'
    09 january 2018 12:33:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists has named its global Press Oppressors - world leaders who use rhetoric, legal action and censorship to try to silence their critics. Full text...

  • Media watchdog demands release of Nigerian journalist
    09 january 2018 11:28:04
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Media watchdog Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is asking the Nigerian authorities to immediately release Timothy Elombah, editor of the news website Elombah. Full text...

  • Somaliland journalists sentenced to two years in prison on propaganda charges
    09 january 2018 11:16:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Somaliland regional court has sentenced journalists Mohamed Abdilaahi Dabshid and Ahmed Dirie Liltire to two years in prison on charges of conducting propaganda against the state, bringing Somaliland into contempt and "bringing the flag or national emblem of a foreign state" into contempt. Full text...

  • Cyclone Ava dominates media coverage in Mauritius
    06 january 2018 14:05:34
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The New Year festivities were marked in Mauritius by the passage of tropical cyclone Ava, near the coast of the island, which brought heavy winds and a lot of rain, thus disrupting the first days of work of 2018. Full text...

  • Former Rwandan publisher released from prison
    05 january 2018 15:47:15
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Former publisher of the weekly Rwanda Focus, Shyaka Kanuma, has been released from prison after serving one year in prison over tax evasion charges, a judicial source confirmed Friday in Kigali. Full text...

  • RSF condemns attempt to kidnap press freedom defender in DR Congo
    03 january 2018 18:33:28
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned an attack by gunmen on the Kinshasa home of Tshivis Tshivuadi, the secretary-general of the Congolese media freedom NGO, Journalist in Danger (JED). Full text...

  • Egyptian journalist marks a year in detention - Rights group
    22 december 2017 07:09:43
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – Egyptian journalist Mahmoud Hussein on Friday marks one year in pretrial detention without proper due process, Human Rights Watch said. Full text...

  • CPJ says 262 journalists in jails around the world
    13 december 2017 20:38:02
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - For the second year in a row, the number of journalists imprisoned for their work hit a historic high, as the U.S. and other Western powers failed to pressure the world’s worst jailers--Turkey, China, and Egypt--into improving the bleak climate for press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • CPJ calls for release of journalist detained in Cameroon
    09 december 2017 19:10:10
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called for the immediate release of journalist Patrice Nganang, who is detained in Cameroon, according to a statement obtained Saturday by PANA here. Full text...

  • CPJ compiles report on journalists in prison
    09 december 2017 19:06:06
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The US-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has compiled a report on the number of imprisoned journalists across the globe, PANA reported Saturday, quoting sources close to the press freedom watchdog. Full text...

  • Media coverage frames public thinking on migrants, migration – UN report
    02 december 2017 19:30:10
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Changes in traditional media and growing use of social media are offering new avenues for “migrant-led” media and journalism as well as a unique opportunity for migrants to highlight their concerns and contributions – in their own words – the United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM) has said. Full text...

  • MFWA condemns closure of radio station in Guinea
    01 december 2017 18:43:21
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has condemned the closure of a radio station in Guinea calling it “a serious act of censorship.” Full text...

  • CPJ joins coalition to establish sports, human rights center
    01 december 2017 15:47:50
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has joined a coalition working towards establishing an independent Centre for Sport and Human Rights, PANA reported Friday.Full text...

  • UNESCO chief calls for investigation into killing of Nigerian photographer
    28 november 2017 21:40:58
    Paris, France (PANA) – The head of the United Nations agency defending press freedom on Tuesday denounced the killing of a Nigerian photographer, calling for an investigation into the incident. Full text...

  • AMI holds Excellence in Media Awards programme
    20 november 2017 21:00:01
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The African Media Initiative (AMI) on Monday organized its third edition of the “ZIMEO Excellence in Media Awards” recognizing nine journalists as winners and 18 runners-up in a programme held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Full text...

  • High court decision against ruling party inundates Liberian media
    20 november 2017 18:06:13
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Liberian newspapers were Monday awash with banner headlines on a decision by the Supreme Court denying the ruling Unity Party (UP) request for the intervention of the court in a matter with the National Elections Commission (NEC). Full text...

  • Journalism under fire amid rise of ‘fake news’, social media-driven echo chambers – UNESCO
    07 november 2017 06:42:44
    Paris, France (PANA) – The media industry, which remains the primary source of news and information in the digital age, faces both vast opportunities and steep challenges, the United Nations cultural agency said on Monday in its flagship analysis of new trends in media freedom, pluralism, independence and the safety of journalists. Full text...

  • MFWA hails Gambia’s decision to comply with ECOWAS court ruling on journalists
    06 november 2017 19:25:56
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) on Monday hailed the Gambia government’s decision to comply with rulings made by a sub-regional court in favour of three Gambian journalists.Full text...

  • Intenational communuty urged to sanction perpetrators of abuses against media
    02 november 2017 20:08:25
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Journalist in Danger, a media watchdog, has urged the international community to increase pressure on DR Congo government to sanction perpetrators of abuses against press freedom. Full text...

  • 'Injustice against journalists costly for society,' says UNESCO chief
    02 november 2017 19:43:34
    Paris, France (PANA) – Justice must be done for the murder of journalists, who perform important functions in taking forward fundamental freedoms and bolstering the strength of societies, a senior United Nations official said on Thursday, marking the International Day to end impunity for crimes against them. Full text...

  • CPJ releases Global Impunity Index on journalists’ killing; Somalia tops
    01 november 2017 11:41:49
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A lack of justice in the murders of journalists can perpetuate a cycle of violence and impunity lasting a decade or more, media watchdog Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ) has said in a new report released on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ghanaian wins West Africa Media Excellence Award
    29 october 2017 15:01:42
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's Seth Kwame Boateng, a journalist from Multimedia Broadcasting Limited, won the Western Africa Media Excellence Award on Saturday night in Accra, Ghana, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Liberia President Sirleaf condemns 'abuse, misuse' of social media
    22 october 2017 14:55:42
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has expressed umbrage at displays on social media that are “extremely inimical” to the survival of the country’s peace and democracy. Full text...

  • MFWA condemns attack on newspaper in Ghana
    21 october 2017 14:01:20
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) on Saturday condemned an attack on the office of Daily Guide newspaper in Ghana as “an attempt to gag the media house.” Full text...

  • Gambia: Media watchdog condemns Ghanaian chief for molesting journalist
    14 october 2017 13:32:26
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) on Saturday condemned unequivocally the molestation of a journalist by a traditional chief in Ghana. Full text...

  • US: CPJ wants prosecution of three Cameroonian journalists halted
    14 october 2017 12:38:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Cameroonian authorities to immediately halt the prosecution of three journalists after a judge on 9 October changed the charges against them in mid-trial.Full text...

  • Ghana: Explosion at gas filling station dominates Ghana media
    14 october 2017 06:43:50
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Last Saturday night’s explosion at a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) filling station in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, that has claimed seven lives, injured scores of people, destroyed vehicles and other property and triggered directives by the government to forestall future accidents dominated the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Journalists' Union wants better protection of journalists during election coverage
    13 october 2017 14:32:03
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - President of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), Kelvin Lewis, has called on journalists not to cover political party events where their safety could not be guaranteed. Full text...

  • Gambia: CPJ condemns Somaliland court for jailing journalist
    11 october 2017 18:12:56
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) -The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Wednesday condemned the conviction and sentencing of Somaliland journalist Mohamed Adan Dirir after one-day trial held without the journalist's lawyer. Full text...

  • Gambia: CPJ calls for release of cartoonist in Equatorial Guinea
    07 october 2017 16:15:31
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Authorities in Equatorial Guinea should immediately release cartoonist and blogger Ramón Nsé Esono Ebalé, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Saturday. Full text...

  • Gambia: MFWA says Nigerian media under siege for two months
    05 october 2017 13:26:54
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Over a period of two months Nigerian media came under siege by state actors, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) decried Thursday. Full text...

  • US: Media watchdog demands release of Zimbabwe journalist
    04 october 2017 10:06:56
    New York, US (PANA) - Media watchdog Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Zimbabwean authorities to immediately release NewsDay journalist Kenneth Nyangani and drop all charges against him. Full text...

  • Ghana: Verdict in Ghana-Cote d’Ivoire maritime dispute highlighted in Ghana
    01 october 2017 06:39:38
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Ghanaian media last week highlighted the verdict by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in a maritime dispute between West African neighbours Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire that favoured Ghana. Full text...

  • Ghana: Opposition slams 'draconian' penalties on Ghana radio stations
    29 september 2017 16:41:36
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Friday slammed the communications regulator for 'draconian' penalties, including closure, slapped on scores of radio stations, warning that they have grave implications for press freedom and media pluralism in the country.Full text...

  • Ghana: Dozens of Ghana radio stations closed down
    29 september 2017 10:00:46
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's communications regulatory body has swooped on radio stations operating in the country slapping various sanctions on 131 of them including hefty fines and revocation of licences following a nationwide FM Spectrum Audit. Full text...

  • Ghana: Pro-opposition radio station in Accra shut down for unpaid licence fee
    28 september 2017 10:10:03
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - An Accra-based radio station highly critical of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the government has been shut down by the communications regulatory authorities over unpaid licence fee, the local media in the Ghanaian capital reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • Gambia: CPJ calls for immediate release of Somaliland journalist
    27 september 2017 18:52:31
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Somaliland authorities should immediately release journalist Mohamed Adan Dirir, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Gambia: MFWA condemns banning of two Nigerian journalists
    27 september 2017 17:49:19
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) on Wednesday condemned the ban slammed against two Nigerian journalists by the Governor of Imo State.Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body asks Uganda to stop threats against media
    27 september 2017 14:28:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ugandan authorities must stop threatening to close media outlets simply for doing their job, said Amnesty International today after the country’s media regulator vowed to close down media houses for broadcasting live.Full text...

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