Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Senegal: CPJ wants charges against Nigerian journalist dropped
    04 may 2016 16:24:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Nigerian authorities should drop all criminal charges against journalist Jacob Onjewu Dickson and release him without delay, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: Euronews launches Pan-African multilingual news channel in Congo
    04 may 2016 13:11:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – In partnership with the national television channel of the Republic of the Congo, Euronews has launched a multi-lingual and multi-cultural news channel, Africanews broadcasting around the clock. Full text...

  • Zambia: NGOCC urges Zambian govt to repeal repugnant laws
    03 may 2016 16:17:17
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – As Zambian journalists commemorated the World Press Freedom Day on Tuesday, the Non-Governmental Organisations Coordinating Council (NGOCC) of Zambia appealed to the Government to immediately begin the repeal process of all repugnant laws that hamper press freedom.Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNESCO links press freedom, sustainable development
    03 may 2016 11:52:35
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - UNESCO’s flagship celebration of World Press Freedom Day (3 May) is taking place in Helsinki, Finland, this year from 2- 4 May, with the overarching theme of "Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms" focusing on: Freedom of Information and Sustainable Development, Protecting press freedom from censorship and surveillance overreach and Ensuring safety of journalists online and offline. Full text...

  • Tanzania: MISA prays for good journalism, better informed citizenry in Africa
    03 may 2016 11:20:35
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - While there has been a dramatic increase in the number of access to information laws in Africa, the right to access information on issues that affect people’s livelihoods remains beyond the grasp of the majority of African people, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) said on World Press Freedom Day, observed annually on 3 May.Full text...

  • Belgium: EU underlines freedoms of opinion, expression in all media
    02 may 2016 17:50:19
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Reaffirming its determination to promote and support, freedoms of opinion and expression as rights to be exercised by everyone everywhere, the European Union (EU) stated Monday that ensuring access to information can serve to promote justice and reparation, in particular after periods of grave violations of human rights. Full text...

  • Senegal: UN urged to appoint Special Representative for safety of journalists
    02 may 2016 16:37:45
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Some 35 freedom of expression groups have urged United Nations (UN) General Assembly to appoint a Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for the safety of journalists as soon as possible.Full text...

  • Ghana: Limited registration of voters, attack at radio station reported in Ghana
    30 april 2016 05:37:17
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The commencement of an exercise to update the voters’ register, the Electoral Commission’s launch of a five-year strategic plan, attack on panellists at a radio station and the unbearable hot weather were some of the stories played up in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA worried over attack against radio station, presenter in Ghana
    28 april 2016 14:03:47
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has expressed worry over an attack against a prominent private radio station, Fox FM, in Ghana’s second largest city, Kumasi, by thugs reported to be supporters of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).Full text...

  • Ghana: Rising political heat, burial of opposition leader reported in Ghana
    23 april 2016 07:51:59
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – With the political temperature rising ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections in November this year, Ghanaian newspapers this week highlighted the advice of President John Dramani Mahama to politicians to behave properly for the country to have peaceful polls. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Quarrel between two ministers hits the headlines this week in Mauritius
    16 april 2016 16:45:42
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The virulent outburst from Foreign Affairs Minister Vishnu Lutchmeenaraidoo against his cabinet colleague, the Financial Services and Good Governance Minister, Roshi Bhadain, hits the headlines this week in Mauritius. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan media highlight int'l campaign against genocide
    16 april 2016 09:35:54
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Global campaigns against genocide dominated newspaper headlines in Rwanda this week, as the country is commemorating the 22nd anniversary of the genocide in which more than a million Tutsis lost their lives. Full text...

  • Ghana: Concerns over examination malpractices reported in Ghana
    09 april 2016 08:57:06
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Just as students in second cycle schools started writing the 2016 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) papers on Monday in Ghana, the media have been flooded with reports of examination malpractices that threaten the credibility of the examination. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns Djibouti for expelling BBC journalists ahead of elections
    07 april 2016 13:08:25
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Djibouti should ensure that journalists can report on presidential elections without harassment or fear of expulsion, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says Ghana’s communications regulator takes 9 TV channels off the air
    05 april 2016 15:24:16
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has said that Ghana's National Communication Authority (NCA) has taken off the air nine television channels for operating without authorisation. Full text...

  • Ghana: Deportation of 3 South Africans, retirement of Central Bank Governor reported in Ghana
    02 april 2016 09:41:01
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The deportation of three retired South African policemen brought into Ghana by the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) to train some of its members and the retirement of the Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr Henry Kofi Wampah, were some of the stories reported in the Ghanaian media this week.Full text...

  • Ghana: Politics dominates Ghanaian media
    26 march 2016 08:55:02
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Politics once again dominated the Ghanaian media this week, with the death of a former chairman of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) on the front pages. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says 3 journalists assaulted in Congo Brazzaville
    25 march 2016 15:10:01
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said that three international journalists who were covering the elections in the Republic of Congo were punched and had their passports and equipment seized on Wednesday by a group of four men who identified themselves as police. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA signs agreements with sub-regional press freedom bodies
    24 march 2016 15:44:39
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has signed partnership agreements with the leading press freedom and freedom of expression organisations in 14 West African countries. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says six men sentenced for killing journalist in Somalia
    24 march 2016 15:03:51
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A military court in Mogadishu, Somalia, has upheld sentences imposed on six people convicted in connection with the December 2015 murder of Somali broadcast journalist Hindia Haji Mohamed, the Commettee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ wants communications blackout lifted in Congo
    23 march 2016 13:48:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The government of the Republic of Congo should immediately lift the total communications blackout it imposed before the 20 March presidential elections, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • US: UN Women launches media partnership to bring gender equality to newsrooms
    23 march 2016 07:20:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations entity tasked with promoting gender equality launched an innovative partnership with leading media houses on Tuesday to galvanize attention and concrete action towards women's rights within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Full text...

  • Ghana: Media report security alert, Mahama’s debate challenge to main opposition leader
    19 march 2016 06:47:36
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Public security alert following the 20 March terrorist attack in Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana’s western neighbour, and a challenge thrown by President John Dramani Mahama to opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo to address some “contentious” statements made by the latter were some of the stories highlighted in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Independence Day celebration, brochure gaffe, women’s day reported in Ghana
    12 march 2016 08:36:18
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The celebration of Ghana’s 59th Independence Day on 6 March, an embarrassing brochure for the main event and celebration of International Women’s Day were some of the stories reported in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls for release of detained Nigerian publisher
    11 march 2016 16:28:14
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Nigerian authorities should immediately release magazine publisher Yomi Olomofe on bail, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls for investigation into abduction, torture of South Sudanese Journalist
    09 march 2016 13:25:48
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - South Sudanese authorities should immediately launch an independent, thorough investigation into the abduction and torture of journalist Joseph Afandy and punish those responsible, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA urges Burkina Faso's authorities to lift suspension against magazine
    08 march 2016 14:09:09
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Tuesday urged Burkina Faso's media regulatory body to lift the one-month suspension it slammed against an investigative magazine, L’Evènement.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Somali court sentences man to death for murdering 5 journalists
    07 march 2016 14:57:49
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said that a military court in Mogadishu, Somalia, has handed down the death sentence against Hassan Hanafi, a former journalist, having found him guilty of direct or indirect involvement in the killing five journalists on behalf of the armed militant group, Al-Shabaab. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Capital punishment leads the headlines in Mauritius
    05 march 2016 14:50:31
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The debate on the reintroduction of capital punishment has once again appeared on the forefront of newspapers in Mauritius this week, following the discovery of two dead bodies on 26 February.Full text...

  • Ghana: War of words on State of the Nation address highlighted in Ghana
    05 march 2016 06:35:48
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A war of words following the 25 February State of the Nation address by President John Dramani Mahama and the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to Ghana were some of the stories highlighted by the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: Rights groups petition African Commission on Human Rights over detained Gambian journalist
    04 march 2016 15:49:51
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) and 36 other freedom of expression organisations have petitioned the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights to prevail on the Gambian President, Yahyah Jammeh, to release a journalist who has been in detention for seven months. Full text...

  • Senegal: Ghana to host conference on Media, governance
    04 march 2016 13:00:38
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Ghana will play host to a sub-regional conference on Media and Participatory governance which will run between 15-17 March at the Mensvic Grand Hotel in Accra, the capital. Full text...

  • Mauritius: President’s pension hits headlines this week in Mauritius
    27 february 2016 14:02:07
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Can a former President of the Republic of Mauritius take on a paid job after retiring from his post and continue to benefit from a pension? This is the question put by the media following a legal action initiated by a lawyer before the Supreme Court asking for the freezing of the salary and allowances of the present Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth, who is back to power since December 2014. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama’s state of the nation address fills newspapers
    27 february 2016 08:51:18
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Thursday’s State of the Nation address by President John Dramani Mahama filled Ghanaian newspapers this week, with the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) hailing it as a comprehensive presentation of the president's performance since his inauguration three years ago while the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) rubbished it as propaganda. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ demands investigation of alleged threat against Nigerian journalist
    26 february 2016 16:53:04
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Nigerian authorities should investigate claims that a businessman threatened freelance journalist Augustina Armstrong-Ogbonna over her investigation into his company, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Friday.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says court convicts suspect for murdering journalist in DR Congo
    24 february 2016 13:25:50
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said that a court in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) convicted a suspect of murdering journalist Soleil Balanga.Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says journalist goes missing in Mali
    22 february 2016 13:15:06
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has said its national partner in Mali, la Maison de la Presse (MP), has mobilised the media in the country to work towards unraveling the disappearance of Birama Touré, a reporter with the investigative weekly, Le Sphinx.Full text...

  • Ghana: Gory road accident, President’s Iran visit reported in Ghana
    20 february 2016 06:36:41
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A gory accident on Wednesday night that claimed the lives of 61 passengers, President John Dramani Mahama’s state visit to Iran and the high number of deaths from meningitis were some of the stories highlighted in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA raises concern over threats against Ghanaian journalist
    19 february 2016 15:45:28
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has raised concern over threats against a Ghanaian journalist, Ato Kwamena Dadzie, made by a Member of Parliament (MP) in Ghana. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns Uganda for blocking social media during voting
    19 february 2016 12:25:29
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned Ugandan authorities for restricting access to social media as voters went to the polls in Thursday's presidential elections. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ wants charges against Ugandan journalist dropped
    18 february 2016 13:58:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Ugandan authorities to ''immediately drop all charges'' against radio journalist, Richard Mungu Jakican. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan offers to mediate between Burundi and Rwanda
    17 february 2016 11:14:19
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Foreign Ministry has revealed that Khartoum has offered to mediate in the growing dispute between Burundi and Rwanda.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Federal government disengages heads of information parastatals
    15 february 2016 11:02:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Federal Government has disengaged the heads of the six information-related parastatals under the Ministry of Information and Culture. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana: 'Bloody week' reported in Ghanaian media
    13 february 2016 09:44:31
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Ghanaian media this week reported a number of killings that rocked the country, with the assassination of a Member of Parliament, shooting dead by police of two people mistaken for armed robbers and bloody clashes between Muslim youth and residents of Tafo, a suburb in Kumasi, Ghana’s second largest city, being the most prominent. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA wants thorough investigation into killing of Guinean journalist
    09 february 2016 15:51:44
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Tuesday called for a ''thorough investigation'' into the killing of journalist El Hadj Mohamed Diallo in Guinea Conakry. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns killing of Guinean journalist
    06 february 2016 14:49:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) -The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the shooting to death of Guinean journalist, El-Hadj Mohamed Diallo, a reporter for news websites Guinée7 and Afrik, and called on authorities to ensure justice is served.Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA urges Ghanaian President to fulfill promise
    06 february 2016 14:44:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) -The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has written to Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama urging him to fulfill his promise of taking action against his top aide, Mr. Stan Dogbe who assaulted a journalist last year.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ urges DR Congo to lift suspension order on two TV stations
    06 february 2016 14:37:43
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the decision by the government of DR Congo to close two privately owned news channels, and urged officials to allow the channels to resume broadcasting immediately. Full text...

  • Ghana: Looming strikes, conflict between farmers and herdsmen reported in Ghana
    06 february 2016 07:06:04
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Looming strikes by drivers and traders, and conflict between farmers and Fulani herdsmen in the Ashanti Region were some of the stories highlighted by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ welcomes striking out of Criminal Defamation Laws in Zimbabwe
    04 february 2016 11:50:24
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has welcomed the Zimbabwe Supreme Constitutional Court striking out of the country's criminal defamation laws. Full text...

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