Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • 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...

  • UN: Top UN envoy to Somalia welcomes parliamentary review of media law
    26 september 2017 06:35:24
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – The top United Nations envoy to Somalia has welcomed the recent introduction of legislation that would amend the 2016 media law, and urged lawmakers to give due consideration to the concerns raised by prominent members of Somalia’s news media about the existing law and the proposed amendments. Full text...

  • Somalia: Federal parliament reviews Somalia’s 2016 media law
    25 september 2017 13:18:26
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – Some provisions of Somalia’s current media law do not appear to comply with international standards of media legislation and regulation, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) in Somalia, Michael Keating, said on Monday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Telecom regulator drags journalists to court
    22 september 2017 14:20:35
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Three media practitioners are set to appear in court on Friday, after they were sued on multiple counts of sedition and criminal libel by the National Telecommunication Commission (NATCOM). Full text...

  • Gambia: MFWA organises training on media safety in Liberia
    20 september 2017 13:38:31
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Ahead of Liberia's elections, the Media Foundation For West Africa (MFWA) and partners are implementing a rapid response intervention aimed at addressing media safety issues in the West African country. Full text...

  • Congo: Media watchdogs appeal to Congo to free detained Editor
    19 september 2017 11:19:44
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Two media watchdogs, Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Sans Frontières, have appealed to Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso to immediately free Ghys Fortuné Dombé Bemba, editor of the privately-owned newspaper, Talassa.Full text...

  • Lesotho: Rights group slams Lesotho for journalist's arrest
    16 september 2017 10:40:52
    Maseru, Lesotho (PANA) - Human rights organisation Amnesty International has lashed out at the Lesotho authorities for arresting the owner of a radio station in the southern Africa country and called for his immediate and unconditional release. Full text...

  • Gambia: CPJ urges Somali authorities to investigate killing of journalist
    16 september 2017 10:31:07
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on authorities in Somalia to thoroughly investigate the killing of journalist Abdullahi Osman Moalim following a bomb blast. Full text...

  • Gambia: CPJ to release report on threats to journalists in Cameroon
    16 september 2017 10:22:01
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) will release its report titled, "Journalists Not Terrorists: In Cameroon, anti-terror legislation is used to silence critics and suppress dissent," on 20 September, the press freedom watchdog said on Saturday.Full text...

  • Ghana: Free secondary education dominates Ghanaian media
    16 september 2017 06:53:59
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The commencement of free second cycle education in Ghana dominated the media this week with the government hailing it as a major achievement while the opposition is cautioning that it may not be sustainable. Full text...

  • Gambia: "Respect the right, dignity of journalists", MFWA tells Mauritanian Police
    09 september 2017 16:09:01
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The sub-regional rights body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), has expressed concern over the harassment of journalists by the police in Mauritania, PANA reported on Saturday. Full text...

  • Gambia: MFWA says free expression violations down in West Africa
    08 september 2017 13:13:32
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The sub-regional rights body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), on Friday said the freedom of expression violations had gone down in the sub-region during the second quarter of the year.Full text...

  • US: UN urges consumers of information to assess credibility of media messages
    08 september 2017 06:21:06
    New York, US (PANA) – Amid the increasing proliferation of fake news and the resulting challenges in discerning accurate information from false ones, a United Nations forum on Thursday discussed ways to tackle the complex issue as well as equipping the consumers of information with the necessary skills and tools to assess the credibility of any media message and news source. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Head of High Council for Communication detained
    06 september 2017 20:48:40
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Burkina’s chairperson of the High Council for Communication (CSC), Nathalie Somé, was on Wednesday detained as part of the investigations into financial malpractices in the Council estimated at 1 billion CFA francs, PANA learned from judicial sources. Full text...

  • Gambia: CPJ welcomes release of Cameroonian journalists
    03 september 2017 16:41:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The global press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has welcomed the release of scores of journalists in Cameroon.Full text...

  • Gambia: CPJ wants charges against DRC journalist dropped
    02 september 2017 20:30:20
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo should drop all charges against journalist Jeef Mwingamb and release him immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian authorities close Daily Observer newspaper
    24 august 2017 14:13:28
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambia’s judicial and tax authorities have shut down the Daily Observer Newspaper, PANA reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Collapse of 2 banks, concerns about assets declaration reported in Ghana
    19 august 2017 00:23:50
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The collapse of two Ghanaian-owned banks announced on Monday sending shockwaves across the country and concerns about an “ineffective” assets declaration law for state officials were some of the stories reported this week. Full text...

  • Gambia: CPJ wants investigation into harassment of Kenyan journalists
    18 august 2017 16:46:03
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Authorities in Kenya should credibly investigate incidents of harassment against journalists covering the aftermath of disputed elections held on 8 August, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Friday. Full text...

  • CPJ urges authorities in DR Congo to investigate raid on media house
    10 august 2017 21:04:03
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo should thoroughly and credibly investigate police raid on Radio Télévision Chrétienne (RTC), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • US: Guterres appoints British journalist to lead UN global communications department
    10 august 2017 07:47:55
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Alison Smale, a British journalist, to head the Organization's Department of Public Information as Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications. Full text...

  • Gambia: MFWA organises Media Excellence Conference Awards in October
    07 august 2017 17:46:20
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The maiden edition of the West Africa Media Excellence Conference and Awards (WAMECA) will be held in Accra, Ghana, in October. Full text...

  • Ghana: Mid-year fiscal review, war against illegal mining highlighted in Ghana
    05 august 2017 09:12:37
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The mid-year fiscal policy review of the 2017 budget, presented to Parliament on Monday by finance minister Ken Ofori-Atta, and the stepping up of the war against illegal mining, which has degraded the environment and destroyed water bodies, were some of the stories highlighted by the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Release of abducted college students dominates front pages in Nigeria
    29 july 2017 07:52:06
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The release of 6 college students, kidnapped from their hostel 65 days ago, was the main story in Nigeria this week.Full text...

  • Ghana: Storm at Electoral Commission, late President Mills’ anniversary reported in Ghana
    29 july 2017 06:45:27
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The explosive disagreements among the top management personnel of the Electoral Commission (EC) and the fifth anniversary of the passing of President John Evans Atta Mills were some of the stories reported in the Ghanaian media this week.Full text...

  • Ghana: President’s maiden press conference, petition to impeach EC chair reported in Ghana
    22 july 2017 05:39:15
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The maiden press conference by Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo and a petition by anonymous workers of the Electoral Commission (EC) to impeach its chairperson, Mrs Charlotte Osei, were some of the stories highlighted by the media this week. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia Press Union asks government to establish ownership of Daily Observer
    17 july 2017 16:47:47
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Transparency of media ownership is not only important for media freedom, but also for the protection and promotion of the rights and welfare of it members, the Gambia Press Union (GPU) said on Monday in a statement. Full text...

  • Ghana: ‘Bugging’ of minister’s office highlighted by media
    15 july 2017 05:41:49
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The twists and turns in the story of the "bugging" of the office of the Minister of Lands and natural Resources dominated the media this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Commissioning of oil ship, death of illegal miners, contaminated fuel played up in Ghana
    08 july 2017 06:03:51
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The media in Ghana this week highlighted the commissioning of an oil ship, the death last Sunday of 22 illegal miners in a pit and the raging contaminated fuel saga.Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana to pilot live parliamentary broadcast
    04 july 2017 10:18:07
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Speaker of Botswana's National Assembly, Gladys Kokorwe, has announced that the country’s parliamentary discussions will soon be broadcast live. Full text...

  • Ghana: Brouhaha over contaminated fuel, Eid celebrations highlighted in Ghana
    01 july 2017 11:38:07
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A huge controversy over some five million litres of contaminated fuel and last Monday’s Muslim Eid-ul-Fitr celebration were some of the stories that were highlighted by the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNESCO launches book on protecting journalists, combating impunity
    01 july 2017 06:13:45
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - "Although attacks on journalists continue unabated, there are examples of successful grassroots and global efforts to stem the tide," says a key message by Albana Shala, Chairperson of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), when she flagged off the IPDC’s latest publication, titled "An Attack on One is an Attack on All: Successful Initiatives to Protect and Combat Impunity." Full text...

  • Ghana: Supreme Court rulings played up in Ghana media
    24 june 2017 05:47:58
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A series of landmark rulings by the Supreme Court and outdooring of a post-election report by the former ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) dominated the Ghana media this week. Full text...

  • Gambia: Opposition party decries closure of Gambian daily
    19 june 2017 18:05:03
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Closure of Gambia's Daily Observer by the Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) has a bearing on some ulterior motive to stifle the newspaper, besides being an affront to press freedom in the country, the opposition Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) charged on Monday. Full text...

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