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

  • Côte d’Ivoire: African journalists awarded at World Water Week in Stockholm
    05 september 2014 19:23:41
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – Three African journalists from Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa were among seven winners of the '2014 WASH Media Awards' presented Friday at the World Water Week closing ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden. Full text...

  • Senegal: South Africa to host 7th edition of African media forum
    05 september 2014 12:08:16
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The 7th edition of the African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF) will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, 12-14 Nov., PANA reported Friday. Full text...

  • Botswana: President Khama joins social media platform
    04 september 2014 07:37:57
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s President Seretse Khama Ian Khama has taken his party’s campaign to the Social Media platform, as his party heightens its presence ahead of the country’s upcoming general election 24 Oct.Full text...

  • Ghana: Ebola meeting, disputed economic figures, opposition party’s congress reported
    30 august 2014 10:23:22
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Ghanaian media this week highlighted a meeting of West African health ministers in Accra that sought strategies to contain the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), which has so far killed at least 1,552 people in four countries. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Police arrest editor in DR Congo
    29 august 2014 13:29:49
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has said that Michael Mukebayi, an editor from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has been arrested by the police, the body revealed in a statement obtained by PANA Friday. Full text...

  • Libya: UN to help forge dialogue among Libyan stakeholders
    29 august 2014 12:06:58
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has said it will help to forge an inclusive political dialogue among Libyan stakeholders so they can reach a consensus on the issues bothering on security and stability of the nation.Full text...

  • Senegal: Media court of peers to judge excesses in profession
    27 august 2014 19:05:54
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – A court of peers for observation of rules of ethics and morals in Senegal's media (Cored) was officially inaugurated here Wednesday under the direction of President Macky Sall, PANA has learnt. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA media group plans major news expansion
    26 august 2014 13:43:00
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Sekunjalo Investment Holdings, which now holds the controlling stake in Independent Media, the largest newspaper publisher company in South Africa, has pledged to invest up to US$5 million to rescue the struggling South African Press Association (SAPA) and create a Pan African Multi-media news syndication service. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Media highlight formation of new government
    23 august 2014 14:02:12
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The Mauritanian media this week highlighted the composition of the new government under new Prime Minister Yahya Ould Hademine.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ebola, Chibok girls and national confab continue to dominate media
    23 august 2014 13:04:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), abducted Chibok girls and the final report from the national conference continued to dominate the media in Nigeria this week.Full text...

  • Tanzania: Local dailies focus on Ebola, Chinese winning tenders, geothermal energy
    23 august 2014 11:14:52
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanian dailies this week focused on various issues ranging from the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) to awarding contracts to Chinese companies and exploitation of the country's geo-thermal potential to generate electricity.Full text...

  • Ghana: Media report power struggle in opposition party, health concerns
    23 august 2014 10:15:34
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A bitter power struggle that has split Ghana’s main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) and concerns about hard drugs and Ebola menace in West Africa were some of the stories covered by the country's media this week.Full text...

  • Tanzania: EAJA lauds Tanzanian journos for engaging in constitution review
    22 august 2014 12:49:06
    Dodoma, Tanzania (PANA) - The Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) Thursday lauded Tanzanian journalists for their active engagement with the ongoing constitution review process to secure guarantees for media freedom in their country. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Somali authorities arrest three journalists
    22 august 2014 12:39:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ), has expressed ''grave concern'' over the continued detention of three journalists in Somalia, PANA report from here Friday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Premier harshly criticises local media
    22 august 2014 09:35:45
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam has harshly criticised the local media, at the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the creation of the Islamic cultural centre in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • Libya: Govt. warns TV channels against incitement to violence
    21 august 2014 15:02:07
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan government has called on private TV channels broadcasting inside and outside the country to stop their campaign of inciting and fuelling violence in eastern Libya.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ launches journalist security guide in Kenya
    19 august 2014 13:35:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), in collaboration with local media organizations , Tuesday launched a journalist security guide and protocol designed specifically for the Kenyan press. Full text...

  • Kenya: South Sudan closes radio station, arrests editor
    19 august 2014 12:06:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned South Sudanese authorities for shutting down the popular Catholic-run Bakhita Radio station in Juba, the capital, on Saturday and the continued detention of the station's news editor. Full text...

  • Tanzania: East African Court allows NGOs to take part in Burundi Journalists Association case
    18 august 2014 20:35:23
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The First Instance Division of the East African Court of Justice on Monday allowed civil society groups and non-governmental organizations operating with and without the borders of Burundi to participate in a case filed by Burundi Journalists Association as amicus curiae (friend of the Court).Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ebola, national confab reported in Nigeria
    16 august 2014 15:54:27
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The continuing battle by the federal government to limit or even contain the spread of the Ebola virus, and recommendations from the national conference on the constitution were the major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Media highlight the long wait for new government
    16 august 2014 15:04:29
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The media in Mauritania this week highlighted the long wait by Mauritanians for a new government, after the investiture on 2 August of the re-elected president, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ebola, disastrous World Cup performance probe reported in Ghana
    16 august 2014 09:11:34
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Ghanaian media this week gave extensive coverage to measures being implemented to check the spread of the deadly Ebola virus into the country. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Tanzanian dailies highlight foreign investments, agriculture
    16 august 2014 08:56:46
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Making Tanzania more attractive to foreign investors, finding markets for farm produce and advancing the status of peasant farmers in the country were the main focus in Tanzania's principal dailies this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: Media watchdog commends Sierra Leone's Justice Minister
    15 august 2014 20:40:08
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based media watchdog, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), has commended Sierra Leone's Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Frankly Bai Kargbo, for his intervention that saw the release of convicted journalist. Full text...

  • Senegal: Journo gets 1-year suspended sentence over false news on Ebola
    15 august 2014 08:02:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Director of publication of the Senegalese daily “La Tribune” Félix Nzalé was sentenced to a one-year suspended sentence and a fine of one million FCFA (US$2,000) Thursday, after he was found guilty of publishing false news about the Ebola epidemic that is now ravaging parts of West Africa, PANA reported from Dakar.Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA concerned over constant fines against Ivorian Journalists
    14 august 2014 15:37:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The sub-regional press freedom watchdog, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), on Thursday expressed concern over ''the constant fines'' imposed on media organizations and journalists by Ivorian press regulatory body.Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA wants Burkina Faso to do more for journalists' safety
    13 august 2014 17:53:23
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based subregional rights body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Wednesday called on authorities in Burkina Faso to do more for the safety of journalists in the West African state.Full text...

  • Kenya: Police arrest Djibouti journalist covering demonstration
    13 august 2014 14:39:28
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called for the release of Mohamed Ibrahim Waiss, a radio journalist who was taken into custody on Friday in a suburb of the capital, Djibouti City, and accused of incitement and publishing false news.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ fears for DRC Journalists ahead of elections
    12 august 2014 14:23:27
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has released a statement, expressing fear over the fate of the media in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) ahead of the country's election, PANA reported from here Tuesday.Full text...

  • Nigeria: War on Ebola, Abacha loot reported in Nigeria
    09 august 2014 10:30:08
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Government's determination to tame the Ebola disease, which is spreading like wild fire across West Africa, and the latest on the Abacha "loot" were the main stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Economics, health issues reported in Ghana media
    09 august 2014 08:35:20
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The directive of President John Dramani Mahama to his economic management team to open talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and development partners for an economic stabilisation programme and a big financial package from the US for power generation were some of the major topics highlighted by the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Constituent Assembly attracts press comments this week
    09 august 2014 08:18:19
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanian dailies this week focused on deliberations of the Constituent Assembly (CA) which resumed business Tuesday in the country's designated capital, Dodoma, amid worries that the process of working out a new constitution could take longer than anticipated.Full text...

  • Cameroon: Central African journalists concerned about future of media
    07 august 2014 22:14:12
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) – About 20 journalists from six Central African countries have expressed concern about the profession in the sub-region saying the media faces a bleak future. Full text...

  • South Sudan: EAJA expresses concern over fate of journalist in hiding in South Sudan
    06 august 2014 13:03:09
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) on Wednesday expressed concern over the safety and security of a South Sudanese freelance journalist who has gone into hiding following fears that security agencies wanted to arrest him. Full text...

  • Botswana: Social media offenders irk Botswana Police
    05 august 2014 18:41:09
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana Police Service (BPS) has warned the public on crimes committed through social media saying the arm of the law would in no time catch up with offenders who use insulting language, threaten others, criminally defame, blackmail, extort, and even distribute pornographic material through such media. Full text...

  • Senegal: ECOWAS Chairman responds to MFWA's demand on regional justice mechanism
    05 august 2014 15:35:20
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - John Dramani Mahama, the ECOWAS Chairman and President of Ghana, has responded to demands of ''resilient regional justice mechanism'' made by the sub-regional rights body, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), according to MFWA statement obtained here by PANA Tuesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says incidents of FoE violations reducing in West Africa
    04 august 2014 15:24:08
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based sub-regional rights body, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), has released a report, saying ''analyses of incidents of Freedom of Expression (FoE) violations'' in West Africa show a ''marginal improvement'', PANA reported from here Monday. Full text...

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