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

  • Gambia: GPU calls for immediate resumption of Daily Observer
    19 june 2017 14:43:03
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia Press Union (GPU) says it is deeply concerned about the closure of the Daily Observer Company by the Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA), and called for its immediate resumption of operations. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gov't concerned over closure of Daily Observer newspaper
    19 june 2017 14:09:25
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambian government has expressed concern over the “temporary” closure of the premises of the Daily Observer Newspaper, saying the move had nothing to do with the paper's editorial policy. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Arrest of kidnap kingpin makes headlines in Nigeria
    17 june 2017 12:34:55
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The arrest of Mr. Chukwudi Onuamadike, known in crime circles as Evans, was the major story in Nigeria this week.Full text...

  • Gambia: Tax officials shut down Observer newspaper operations over unpaid taxes
    15 june 2017 12:44:53
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) has asked the Daily Observer newspaper, owned by former President Yahya Jammeh, to cease operations with immediate effect over unpaid taxes. Full text...

  • Egypt: Rights group slams Egypt for blocking news sites in digital censorship
    14 june 2017 05:32:21
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The Egyptian authorities have shifted their onslaught against media freedom to the digital sphere, blocking access to more than 40 news sites without justification in recent weeks, in an attempt to eliminate the country’s last remaining spaces for criticism and free expression, says Amnesty International. Full text...

  • Gambia: ARTICLE 19 seeks to re-establish trust between Journalists, Security forces
    12 june 2017 13:51:58
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - “It is important to underscore the need to re-establish trust and professional working relationships between security forces and the media in The Gambia,” the words of Fatou Jagne Senghore, Regional Director, Article 19 West and Central Africa, at the closing ceremony Monday of the training session for the second batch of members of the Gambian security forces on "freedom of expression and the safety of journalists”.Full text...

  • Gambia: CPJ demands investigation of assault against Kenyan journalist
    10 june 2017 19:57:23
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Kenyan authorities should credibly investigate and swiftly bring to justice those responsible for attacking and threatening a Kenyan journalist, Emmanuel Namisi, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ ) has said. Full text...

  • Gambia: EU envoy underlines press freedom in building democracy
    05 june 2017 19:55:04
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - European Union (EU) Ambassador to The Gambia, Attilas Lajos, on Monday told members of the country's security forces that a free press is always essential to democracy, no matter how young or old it may be.Full text...

  • Gambia: CPJ calls for immediate release of Somaliland journalist
    03 june 2017 14:19:54
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Authorities in the semi-autonomous region of Somaliland should immediately release detained journalist, Mohamed Adan Dirir, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said.Full text...

  • Ghana: Controversial discharge of pro-government militia members reported in Ghana
    20 may 2017 08:06:06
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The controversial discharge last Wednesday of eight members of a pro-government militia group that stormed an court in Ghana's second largest city, Kumasi, and freed 13 colleagues who are being tried for a violent action was one of the main stories reported in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Egypt: African Women Journalists discuss role of women in media
    08 may 2017 19:19:22
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Female African media specialists have gathered in Cairo, Egypt, for a 12-day workshop discussing the role of women in "African Media Today". Full text...

  • Nigeria: Sunday papers filled with release of more Chibok girls by Boko Haram
    07 may 2017 08:47:26
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Sunday papers in Nigeria are awash with stories on the release, on Saturday, of 82 Chibok girls from the lot abducted on 14 April, 2014, by the Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Buhari's health status dominates front pages in Nigeria
    06 may 2017 09:25:45
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The health status of President Muhammadu Buhari since he returned from London in March on a vacation and medical check up dominated front pages in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: May Day, World Press Freedom Day celebrations reported in Ghana
    06 may 2017 08:06:03
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Two important international celebrations this week – Workers’ Day (May Day) and the World Press Freedom Day – were highlighted by the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Rights group urges Tunisian govt. not to harass, intimidate journalists
    05 may 2017 15:53:01
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Amnesty International, a human rights group, on Friday urged the Tunisian authorities to end harassment of independent media. Full text...

  • Kenya: Press freedom celebrations in Kenya shadowed by mysterious deaths
    03 may 2017 19:08:35
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan media practitioners have celebrated the World Press Freedom Day with mixed feelings of victory and retrogression following an early victory in the law courts, which led to the outlawing of criminal libel as a means of punishment against freedom of expression. Full text...

  • Gambia: 'Journalists, government are partners in Gambia's development' - Minister
    03 may 2017 18:55:01
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian Minister of Information, Communication and Infrastructure Demba Ali Jawo on Wednesday told scribes in the west African country "the most ideal form of a regulatory framework for the media is self–regulation.”Full text...

  • Libya: UN message denounces attacks on media workers in Libya
    03 may 2017 17:14:35
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Since the 17 February 2011 revolution, Libya has seen an expansion of media channels, allowing multiple perspectives and constructive debate in the society, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) in the north African country said in a message marking World Press Freedom Day on Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Amnesty International says press freedom threatened in Southern Africa
    03 may 2017 15:36:24
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Persistent attacks against journalists and media owners are threatening press freedom and the growth of independent media across Southern Africa, human rights group Amnesty International (AI), said on Wedneday to mark the World Press Freedom Day. Full text...

  • US: UN urges leaders to defend objective, independent media
    03 may 2017 06:27:32
    New York, US (PANA) – In a “post-truth” world with “fake news” on the rise, and media accountability and credibility falling under question, free, independent and professional journalism has never been more important, the United Nations said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN expert urges govts to end 'demonization' of critical media, protect journalists
    02 may 2017 19:54:58
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The work of journalism as a public watchdog over government has become ever more difficult, but ever more important, in our digital age, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gambia: New government revives press freedom in Gambia
    02 may 2017 17:28:34
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's new government under President Adama Barrow has undoubtedly registered some significant achievements though it faces a lot of challenges, Information, Communication and Infrastructure minister Demba Ali Jawo said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU underlines critical importance of press freedom
    02 may 2017 16:27:48
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Free press is vital for having a democracy that works, European Union (EU) High Representative Federica Mogherini affirmed Tuesday, lamenting that this year's World Press Freedom Day is being celebrated in a difficult context for journalism. Full text...

  • France: UNESCO to honour jailed Eritrean-Swedish journo on World Press Freedom Day
    28 april 2017 16:42:43
    Paris, France (PANA) - Jailed Eritrean-Swedish playwright, journalist and writer Dawit Isaak will be awarded the 2017 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize on 3 May in Jakarta, Indonesia, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced Friday. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Rights group condemns jailing of Radio France Internationale journalist
    25 april 2017 05:58:08
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - Amnesty International has condemned the conviction and sentencing of a journalist by a military court in Cameroon to 10 years in prison after an "unfair trial"describing it as a travesty of justice. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Akufo-Addo’s first 100 days, controversial bond reported in Ghana
    22 april 2017 06:53:36
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Ghanaian media once again focused on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s first 100 days in power after vice president Dr Mahamudu Bawumia held a public forum on Monday to highlight the government’s achievements during the period. Full text...

  • Botswana: Fake social media news syndrome hits Botswana
    20 april 2017 10:10:49
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has condemned fake social media accounts using the country’s coat of arms without official authorisation. Full text...

  • Gambia: CPJ calls for immediate release of Somaliland journalist
    15 april 2017 12:47:10
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Somaliland authorities should immediately release jailed Hangool News journalist Abdirahman Arab Da'ud and cease intimidation of other members of the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • Ghana: Assessment of President Akufo-Addo, condemnation of vigilantes reported in Ghana
    15 april 2017 07:00:09
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - As President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo hits the first 100 days in power on Monday, governance institutions, political parties and individuals have been revealing their score cards on his performance. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian govt denies monitoring phone calls, social media
    10 april 2017 16:24:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government has described as false information being circulated on the social media that under a purported Ministry of Interior Regulation, all phone calls and social media posts made by Nigerians are to be monitored and recorded. Full text...

  • Ghana: Anger at lawlessness of vigilante groups reported in Ghana
    08 april 2017 08:35:15
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Public anger at the indiscipline and lawlessness of vigilante groups which have reached unprecedented levels in recent weeks and calls on the authorities to disband them was the major story reported by the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Alleged bribery in parliament, illegal mining reported in Ghana
    01 april 2017 07:13:36
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The report of an alleged bribery scandal in Ghana’s parliament and an ultimatum to illegal miners in efforts to end the debilitating effects of their activities on the environment, economy and water bodies were some of the stories reported by the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Switzerland: FIFA awards 2017-2018 media rights for sub-Saharan Africa
    30 march 2017 13:07:18
    Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - Following an open tender process for 42 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, FIFA has granted media rights to five major broadcasting entities in the region, according to the FIFA media outlet.Full text...

  • Ghana: Waterfall tragedy, Water Day reported in Ghana
    25 march 2017 06:36:09
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A tragedy at a popular waterfall and a grim warning about a possible water crisis issued during the celebration of World Water Day were some of the stories highlighted by the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Unprecedented number of ministers dominates Ghanaian media
    18 march 2017 08:40:22
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The large number of ministers submitted to Parliament for approval by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo dominated the media in Ghana this week with politicians, individuals, think-tanks and civil society organisations shouting their disapproval in a loud chorus. Full text...

  • Ghana: 60th Independence celebrations, trial of ‘secessionists’ reported in Ghana
    11 march 2017 08:13:19
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana’s 60th Independence celebrations, International Women’s Day and trial of alleged secessionists were some of the stories highlighted by the media this week. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari's return dominates front pages in Nigeria
    11 march 2017 05:43:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The return of President Muhammadu Buhari after 51 days in London was the main story in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Media watchdog says Chad journalists in hiding after threats
    07 march 2017 12:07:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Media watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists, has asked the Chadian domestic intelligence officers to cease harassing and attempting to intimidate journalists. Full text...

  • US: 'Zimbabwean journalists charged with insulting Mugabe'
    07 march 2017 10:16:19
    New York, US (PANA) - Zimbabwean authorities should immediately drop all charges against News Day editor Wisdom Mdzungairi and reporter Richard Chidza, and should cease threatening journalists, Media watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists said on Monday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Maiden budget of new government highlighted by Ghana media
    04 march 2017 07:54:49
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The maiden budget of Ghana’s new government that seeks to remove taxes to give relief to the population, stimulate growth and create jobs was the main story in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: State of the Nation address dominates Ghana media
    25 february 2017 07:22:16
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Last Tuesday’s maiden State of the Nation address by President Nana Akufo-Addo to parliament dominated the Ghanaian media this week with officials of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) respectively hailing and criticising it. Full text...

  • Gambia: UNESCO official says respect for human rights vital for sustainable development
    22 february 2017 17:25:49
    Banjul, Gambia(PANA) - For nations to ensure lasting peace and sustainable development, human rights must be respected and people must be free to seek, receive and impart knowledge and information on all media, according to the director of UNESCO regional office for West Africa, Gwang-Chol Chang.Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana media report controversy over funding of free second cycle education
    18 february 2017 07:18:00
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A loud controversy over the source of funding for the government’s flagship free public Senior High School (SHS) education was highlighted by the media this week.Full text...

  • Ghana: ‘Missing’ gov't cars, disappointing Black Stars AFCON outing reported in Ghana
    11 february 2017 07:23:06
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A huge disagreement between the current and former governments over the whereabouts of state vehicles and the poor performance of the senior national football team, Black Stars, at the just ended 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Gabon were some of the stories highlighted by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights bodies demand end to media crackdown in Kenya, return of UK journalist
    08 february 2017 14:17:10
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan government must halt its crackdown on media freedom and allow Jerome Starkey to return to the country, nine human rights organizations said on Wednesday.Full text...

  • Libya: EU to mediate between al-Sarraj, Haftar
    07 february 2017 11:58:48
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has reaffirmed its willingness to mediate between the chairman of the Libyan presidential council of the coalition government of national accord, Fayez al-Sarraj, and the commander of the Libyan national army, Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who controls portions of Libya. Full text...

  • Gambia: Rights body urges President Barrow to deliver on free expression
    05 february 2017 16:08:47
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Dakar-based rights body, ARTICLE 19, has said that after 22 years of repression under the leadership of former President Yahya Jammeh, President Adama Barrow must seek to address the structures and culture that have produced human rights violations in the past. Full text...

  • Ghana: Alleged bribery in parliament, Black Stars’ AFCON loss reported in Ghana
    04 february 2017 06:13:08
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – An alleged bribery by a ministerial nominee of Parliament’s Appointments Committee and the elimination of the senior national football team, the Black Stars, at the semi-final stage of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations by Cameroon were some of the stories reported in Ghana this week. Full text...

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