Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Ghana: Mahama’s UN address, manifesto ‘war’ reported in Ghana
    24 september 2016 05:55:06
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Last Wednesday’s speech by Ghana’s president John Dramani Mahama at the 71st UN General Assembly during which he reaffirmed Ghana’s commitment to consolidate its democratic leadership status in Africa and the continuing "war of words" between the country’s two main political parties were some of the stories highlighted by the media this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana media report highlights of ruling party’s manifesto
    17 september 2016 04:48:19
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – President John Dramani Mahama on Tuesday presented the highlights of the ruling National Democratic Party’s (NDC) manifesto for the December 2016 elections which catalogues his achievements over the past four years and his vision for the country’s future should he be given the nod for the second term. Full text...

  • Ghana: Political news dominates Ghanaian media
    10 september 2016 04:27:47
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Political news dominated Ghana’s media this week as the various parties stepped up their campaigns for the 7 December presidential and parliamentary polls. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA condemns police officers in Ghana for assaulting, detaining journalist
    08 september 2016 16:59:17
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has condemned police officers in Ghana for assaulting and detaining journalist Fred Sarpong of Daily Express newspaper, for taking pictures of a policeman who was allegedly receiving bribe from a bus driver.Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Burkinabe public media journalists embark on one-day strike
    07 september 2016 12:31:19
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Journalists in Burkina public on Wednesday embarked on a one-day strike to demand better working and living conditions.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU says conflict mediation efforts face daunting challenges
    06 september 2016 19:27:55
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The range of conflicts that the African Union (AU) has to mediate and resolve have not only persisted but have grown in complexity, the organization's Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Caution of elections boss to journalists, pastor’s alleged US$100,000 bribe reported in Ghana
    03 september 2016 06:47:31
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Criticisms of journalists by the chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) during the 21st awards night of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), and an allegation of a minister of one of the biggest Orthodox churches that he was offered US$100,000, a 4x4 car and an expensive house to keep quiet were some of the stories highlighted in Ghana this week.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ wants ban on two radio stations in Tanzania lifted
    01 september 2016 15:45:25
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Tanzanian authorities should immediately lift a ban on two privately owned radio stations and allow them to resume broadcasts without further harassment or censorship, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • Mauritius: FMD again highlighted by the media this week in Mauritius
    27 august 2016 12:44:13
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) that has been ravaging Mauritian livestock for the past three weeks continued to dominate the headlines again this week as the authorities proceed to vaccinate those animals that are still in good health.Full text...

  • Ghana: Freedom for radio panellists, electoral reforms played up in Ghana
    27 august 2016 07:42:57
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The controversial remission of the sentences of a radio talk show host and two panellists, and electoral reforms announced by the Electoral Commission (EC) to make elections in Ghana credible were some of the stories played up this week in the media.Full text...

  • Zambia: CPJ demands reinstatement of broadcasting licences to Zambian media stations
    25 august 2016 09:07:46
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Zambian regulators to immediately reinstate the broadcasting licences of three media outlets it revoked this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA wants Police in West Africa trained on journalists' safety
    23 august 2016 16:34:26
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has called for the training of police and other security forces to protect journalists' safety and stop violent extremism in West Africa.Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian broadcasting authority shuts down TV, 2 radio stations
    22 august 2016 19:12:06
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia's Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) has with immediate effect suspended broadcasting licences for privately-owned Muvi TV, community radio stations Komboni Radio in Lusaka and Itezhi Tezhi Radio in Southern province.Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama pardons radio host, panellists
    22 august 2016 19:11:49
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - President John Dramani Mahama has remitted the remaining prison sentences imposed on a radio host and two panellists on an Accra-based radio station, Montie FM, for contempt of court on compassionate grounds. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana media report ruling party's campaign launch, commissioning of new oil field
    20 august 2016 07:54:20
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The campaign launch of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) last Sunday, and the commissioning of a new oilfield offshore the Western Region were some of the stories reported by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: AMI Board approves package of services for public institutions in Africa
    19 august 2016 15:51:28
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The board of the African Media Initiative (AMI) has discussed and approved a series of important measures aimed at strengthening the organization's efforts towards improving the role of media in African development. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Nigerian military threatens journalist
    19 august 2016 15:13:46
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Nigerian military should cease threatening freelance journalist Ahmad Salkida with prosecution for not acting as an informer, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA expresses worry over police brutality against journalists in Guinea
    16 august 2016 15:41:58
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has said it is worried about ''the continued attacks on journalists'' in Guinea Conakry by a section of the country's police and the Gendarmerie. Full text...

  • Ghana: Civil servants’ strike, TUC’s opposition to IMF programme reported in Ghana
    13 august 2016 06:20:50
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A strike by civil servants and labour unions’ opposition to an International Monetary Fund (IMF) economic programme being pursued by the government, were some of the stories reported in the Ghanaian media this week.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ expresses concern over missing journalist in Burundi
    06 august 2016 16:33:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed deep concern about the welfare of a Burundian journalist, Jean Bigirimana who has been missing for two weeks. Full text...

  • Ghana: Media highlight beauty queen running-mate, arguments on e-transmission of election results
    06 august 2016 08:45:59
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The unveiling of a former beauty queen as running mate of a small centre-left party, Progressive People’s Party (PPP), and loud arguments by the two main political parties about electronic transmission of results of the 2016 general elections were some of the main stories reported this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ welcomes IOC's mechanism on press freedom violations
    05 august 2016 13:14:12
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has welcomed the creation of a press freedom complaints mechanism by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which will enable journalists covering the organization and its Olympic Games to report a violation of their press freedom. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Minister urges editors to be 'Champions of Change' in Nigeria
    04 august 2016 17:27:44
    Port Harcourt, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has commended the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) for being part of the ongoing determined efforts to tackle the various challenges facing the country, especially in the area of the economy.Full text...

  • Zambia: Media body condemns journalist’s attack by opposition cadre
    04 august 2016 15:41:33
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), Zambia Chapter, has condemned the brutal attack on journalist Elijah Mumba of the independent New Vision Newspaper by a named opposition cadre on Wednesday.Full text...

  • Ghana: Sentences for radio panellists, host, owners highlighted in Ghanaian media
    30 july 2016 11:55:59
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Sentences handed to two panellists and host of an Accra-based radio station on Wednesday by the Supreme Court for contempt was one of the major stories highlighted by the media in Ghana this week.Full text...

  • South Africa: National broadcaster backs down over fired journalists
    28 july 2016 13:49:37
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The SA National Editors' Forum (SANEF) on Thursday hailed the public broadcaster’s decision to allow its fired journalists to be reinstated following a legal battle and public outcry. Full text...

  • Ghana: Radio panellists, host jailed for contempt
    27 july 2016 15:17:14
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's Supreme Court on Wednesday jailed two panellists on a political talk show on an Accra-based radio station and the host of the programme for four months each for contempt.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says another journalist arrested in South Sudan
    27 july 2016 14:55:30
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on authorities in South Sudan to immediately release journalist Michael Christopher who was arrested in the capital, Juba, on 23 July.Full text...

  • South Africa: University under fire for barring Danish journalist
    25 july 2016 11:14:02
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The University of Cape Town (UCT) has come under fire after barring a Danish journalist from addressing a student gathering because his magazine sparked a global outcry after publishing a series of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed in 2005.Full text...

  • Ghana: Failure to amend voting date, landmark judgements played up in Ghana
    23 july 2016 08:59:51
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Parliament’s failure on Thursday to pass a bill that sought to amend the constitution to move Ghana’s voting date forward by one month and two landmark judgements by the Supreme Court were some of the stories played up by media this week. Full text...

  • Zambia: Media bodies call on Zambian govt. to allow Post to reopen
    20 july 2016 14:21:46
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – A team from the International Press Institute (IPI) and the African Media Initiative (AMI) have called on Zambian authorities to allow the independent Post newspaper, closed on 21 June for tax arrears default, to reopen immediately. Full text...

  • South Africa: National broadcaster forced to drop protest ban
    20 july 2016 11:59:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday granted an order interdicting South Africa’s national broadcaster from implementing or enforcing its decision not to cover violent protests. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls for the release of detained journalist in South Sudan
    19 july 2016 16:39:48
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Authorities in South Sudan should immediately and unconditionally release South Sudanese journalist Alfred Taban, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) demanded Tuesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA wants 3-year sentence against Mauritanian journalist reviewed
    19 july 2016 14:30:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has called on authorities in Mauritania to review the three-year jail sentence recently slammed against a journalist for throwing his shoe at a state official.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls for immediate release of two detained journalists in Congo
    18 july 2016 15:03:05
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the arbitrary detention of two radio journalists by authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo and called for their immediate release. Full text...

  • US: US govt concerned over escalating press intimidation in Lesotho
    16 july 2016 16:31:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Saturday said it is deeply concerned about increasing pressure on the media in Lesotho, particularly noting the 9 July shooting of Lesotho Times/Sunday Express Editor, Mr. Lloyd Mutungamiri. Full text...

  • Ghana: Debates on preparations for 2016 general elections reported in Ghana
    16 july 2016 08:17:09
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Debates on preparations for Ghana’s 2016 general elections, especially on purging the voters’ register of ineligible voters, and moving the date of the vote forward from 7 December to 7 November, were some of the stories highlighted by the media this week.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ wants credible investigation into shooting of Journalist in Lesotho
    14 july 2016 13:26:44
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Lesotho authorities should launch a credible investigation into the shooting of veteran editor, Lloyd Mutungamiri, and bring all those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • South Africa: Durban to host major international media conference
    14 july 2016 11:22:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) has confirmed that it will hold its 69th World News Media Congress, 24th World Editors Forum, and 27th World Advertising Forum in Durban, South Africa, from 7 to 9 June 2017. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritian media highlight Chagos issue for second consecutive week
    09 july 2016 17:35:23
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The controversy between Mauritius and Great Britain on the issue of the Chagos archipelago was highlighted for the second consecutive week by the media in the island-nation.Full text...

  • Ghana: Eid ul-Fitr stampede, politics played up in Ghana media
    09 july 2016 07:57:43
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A stampede during a jamboree organised to celebrate the Eid ul-Fitr in Kumasi, Ghana’s second largest city, and the directive of the Supreme Court to the Electoral Commission (EC) on voters who registered with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) cards were some of the main stories reported by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • South Africa: Global media bodies slam SABC interference
    03 july 2016 13:02:23
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the World Editors Forum (WEF) have written a joint letter to Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the Chief Operations Officer of the South African national broadcaster, demanding the withdrawal of charges against three senior journalists with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). Full text...

  • Ghana: Political activities dominate Ghanaian media
    02 july 2016 07:10:46
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Political activities dominated the Ghanaian media this week as the political atmosphere continues to heat up with tight general elections only about four months away. Full text...

  • South Africa: Journalists protest against SABC
    01 july 2016 08:36:43
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Hundreds of journalists on Friday began protesting outside the offices of South Africa’s national broadcaster in Cape Town and Johannesburg after it was thrown into turmoil with the sudden resignation of acting CEO Jimmi Mathews earlier this week. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Kenyan privately-owned Radio station closed due to financial woes
    30 june 2016 13:52:10
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – One of Kenya's privately-owned Radio Station, KFM, which is broadcasting from Kigali, Rwanda, closed down Thursday due to financial crisis, at a time other private broadcasting stations are facing the same situation, PANA learnt from authoritative sources.Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian NGO 'appalled' by newspaper closure
    30 june 2016 09:09:36
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Oasis Forum, a Zambian non-governmental organisation, says it is not only appalled but also greatly saddened by events surrounding the closure of the offices of The Post Newspaper. Full text...

  • Zambia: Amnesty Int'l demands immediate release of newspaper owner, staff
    29 june 2016 04:34:32
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Authorities must immediately and unconditionally release the owner of The Post newspaper, Fred M’membe, his wife Mutinta and the newspaper’s Deputy Managing Editor, Joseph Mwenda, human rights group, Amnesty International, has demanded. Full text...

  • Zambia: ActionAid demands immediate release of Post newspaper bosses
    28 june 2016 16:05:34
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – ActionAid Zambia has demanded the immediate release from police detention of Post newspaper Managing Editor Fred M’membe, his wife Mutinta and Post Editor Joseph Mwenda who were arrested early on Tuesday.Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian lawyers condemn arrest of Post newspaper bosses
    28 june 2016 15:54:14
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) says it is alarmed by the "brutal manner" in which the Zambian Police Service on Tuesday arrested and beat up the Post newspaper Managing Editor Fred M'membe, his wife Mutinta and Post editor Joseph Mwenda.Full text...

  • South Africa: Deep divisions over resignation of SABC CEO
    28 june 2016 13:56:29
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The fallout following Monday’s shock resignation of the acting CEO of South Africa’s national broadcaster continues to reverberate around the country with other senior staff members threatening to throw in the towel. Full text...

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