Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Libya: UN envoy reaffirms UN position in Libya
    22 november 2014 13:40:28
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The chief of the UN Mission in Libya (MANUL), Bernardino Leon, has said the position adopted by the UN on the results of the 25 June elections had not changed, alluding to the recognition of the chamber of representatives (Parliament) in the eastern city of Tobruk. Full text...

  • Nigeria: National Assembly siege, Super Eagles' ouster from 2015 AFCON reported in Nigeria
    22 november 2014 12:48:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Thursday's invasion of the National Assembly by the police and the failure of the Super Eagles to qualify for the 2015 African Nations Cup (AFCON) finals in Equatorial Guinea dominated headlines in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Budget, media goof on arrest of cocaine courier reported in Ghana
    22 november 2014 07:55:25
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The 2015 budget presented to Parliament by Minister of Finance Seth Terkper and the media’s handling of the arrest of a Ghanaian woman in London for smuggling cocaine were some of the stories reported in Ghana this week.Full text...

  • Libya: Centre for Press Freedom denounces jailing of journalist
    21 november 2014 22:34:43
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan Centre for Press Freedom has denounced the five-year jail term slapped by a Tripoli court on a journalist, Amara Abdallah al-Khitabi, for defamation against magistrates. Full text...

  • Libya: UN envoy says political solution difficult in Libya, but not impossible
    21 november 2014 12:28:34
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The special envoy of the UN Secretary-General in Libya, Bernardino Leon, has said that a political solution in Libya is difficult to achieve, but not impossible and urged stakeholders to adopt dialogue as a means to solve the political crisis in the north African nation. Full text...

  • Libya: French TV channel shuts Tripoli office
    19 november 2014 12:10:32
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - French international news channel "France 24" has announced the closure of its office in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, after receiving threats. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Media highlight arrest of anti-slavery activists
    15 november 2014 18:27:53
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The media in Mauritania this week devoted a large part of their comments to the arrest on Tuesday in the south-western region of Rosso of several militants of the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA), an anti-slavery NGO.Full text...

  • Zambia: Media urge nation to pick up the pieces following death of President Sata
    15 november 2014 10:41:29
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – As the nation on 11 November laid to rest Zambia’s President Michael Sata, the local media called for unity and strength to carry on from where the late President Sata left. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Jonathan's declaration for second term, rampaging Boko Haram reported in Nigeria
    15 november 2014 08:47:29
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan's public declaration to run for a second term in office and Boko Haram's annexation of cities and villages were the main stories in Nigeria this week.Full text...

  • Ghana: Media report gas project, continuing labour unrest, Mahama’s Vatican meeting
    15 november 2014 05:48:45
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghanaian newspapers this week highlighted the completion of a US$1 billion gas project, which will use natural gas from offshore oilfields to generate electricity, and President Mahama’s meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican. Full text...

  • Gambia: Court frees two journalists on ‘conspiracy’ and ‘false publication’ charges
    10 november 2014 20:28:01
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The magistrate's court in The Gambia’s capital, Banjul, on Monday acquitted and discharged two journalists on two counts of “conspiracy to commit misdemeanor” and “false publication”. Full text...

  • Zambia: Media preach peace as President Sata is mourned
    08 november 2014 11:12:04
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The local media in Zambia this week called on the nation to continue on the path of peace as the population mourn President Michael Sata who died on 28 October in London. Full text...

  • Ghana: Media report ECOWAS summit, brouhaha over Presidential Oath, labour unrest
    08 november 2014 09:15:16
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A one-day extraordinary summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Accra, brouhaha over the “refusal” of the Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho, to be sworn in again following the absence of the president and vice president from the country and continuing labour unrests were some of the stories reported in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Sweeping Boko Haram advancement on all fronts dominates headlines in Nigeria
    08 november 2014 07:56:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The media in Nigeria are saturated this week with reports of the sweeping advancement by the Boko Haram "army" on all fronts. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Tanzanian dailies condemn disorderly politics
    08 november 2014 04:35:56
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Politics dominated Tanzania's media coverage this week as the public started debating the proposed constitution and President Jakaya Kikwete announced 30 April, 2015, for a national referendum on the document.Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: ECOWAS leaders assess current situation in Burkina Faso
    05 november 2014 17:40:08
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Three ECOWAS leaders Wednesday arrived in Ouagadougou to discuss with Burkinabe political stakeholders the ongoing situation following the army takeover of government after President Blaise Compaore's resignation.Full text...

  • Libya: NGO demands sanctions against perpetrators of crimes against Libyan journalists
    03 november 2014 19:00:52
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan Centre for Freedom of the Press has demanded punishment for perpetrators of all crimes committed against hundreds of journalists and the media in the country. Full text...

  • Niger: Niger's Communication Council warns errant broadcasters
    03 november 2014 15:33:08
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Niger's Communication Council warned Monday that it would not hesitate to ban any broadcaster that breaches ethics and regulations governing the local press.Full text...

  • Zambia: Local media mourn, pay tribute to President Sata
    01 november 2014 09:58:14
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Undoubtedly, the major event in Zambia this week was the death of President Michael Sata in a London hospital on Tuesday with the Zambian media appealing for unity and peace in a country which has lost its second president within six years. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan's nomination forms towards 2015 polls dominate headlines in Nigeria
    01 november 2014 09:27:16
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan's nomination forms towards running for re-election in 2015 was the major story in Nigeria this week.Full text...

  • Ghana: Labour unrest, launch of book by boxing legend Azumah reported in Ghana
    01 november 2014 07:53:49
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A series of strike actions by Ghanaian workers and the launch of a book by Ghana’s boxing legend, Azumah Nelson, were some of the stories reported in the media this week. Full text...

  • AI wants charges against 2 Gambian journalists dropped
    31 october 2014 18:10:29
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The London-based rights body, Amnesty International (AI) has called on authorities in Gambia to drop charges against two journalists for allegedly intending to cause fear and alarm to the public.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls for potection of media institutions in Burkina Faso
    31 october 2014 14:10:26
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Friday called for protection of the press in Burkina Faso in the wake of anti-government protests in the West African country. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA to campaign against impunity in The Gambia
    29 october 2014 19:47:50
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based sub-regional rights body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), says it will campaign against impunity in the Gambia as from 2 November. Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir pledges to help rivals in Libya reach agreement
    29 october 2014 14:42:53
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's President Omar Al Bashir has volunteered to help bring all opposing sides in the Libyan conflict to the negotiating table and resolve their differences in order to improve their people’s life. Full text...

  • 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...

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