Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Senegal: MFWA decries rise in unprofessionalism, sanctions in the media
    28 april 2015 15:41:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has decried a rise in cases of unprofessional media conduct and consequent sanctions by the judiciary or media regulatory bodies in a number of West Africa countries in recent times. Full text...

  • Senegal: Sierra Leone fines nine media outlets
    27 april 2015 17:35:53
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Sierra Leone's media commission has fined nine media houses over unprofessional conduct, the Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has said in a statement obtained by PANA here Monday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Govt. leakages, size of govt attract media attention
    25 april 2015 13:56:16
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The continued leakages of secret government documents to the media and well as concerns over the size of government were the dominant stories in Zambia this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Xenophobic attacks in SA, death of designer of Ghana flag reported
    25 april 2015 06:38:15
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The bloody wave of xenophobic attacks in South Africa that has killed at least seven people and incurred the anger of African countries and the death of the woman who designed the Ghanaian flag were some of the stories reported in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns murder of Congolese journalist
    24 april 2015 15:37:47
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists has condemned the murder of Soleil Balanga, a journalist in the Democratic Republic of Congo, while calling on authorities to get the killer to book. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Chibok girls: one year after abduction, politics, xenophobic attacks reported
    18 april 2015 07:46:31
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Chibok girls (276 in number), abducted 14 April 2014, from their school, the Government Secondary School in Chibok, in Nigeria's north-east Borno State, by Boko Haram terrorists; politics and the xenophobic attacks in South Africa were the major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Appointment of new EC boss, IMF advice reported in Ghana
    18 april 2015 06:44:52
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Discussions on who becomes the new chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC) and implementation of a deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) were some of the stories highlighted in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns assault on dozens of journalists in Nigeria
    17 april 2015 15:35:43
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned attacks against dozen journalists in Nigeria and called for ''thorough and efficient investigation'' with a view to bringing the perpetrators to justice. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Governorship, State legislative polls dominate newspaper pages in Nigeria
    11 april 2015 09:12:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Stories on elections for governors and lawmakers at the state level, two weeks after the presidential and national assembly polls, filled newspaper pages in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Genocide commemoration week dominates front pages in Rwanda
    07 april 2015 15:42:54
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda newspapers this week focused their comments on the 21st anniversary of the Rwandan genocide in which more than a million Tutsis lost their lives. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 2015 general elections fill Nigerian media
    04 april 2015 08:38:36
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The 2015 general elections, won by Opposition candidate, retired Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, overshadowed all other stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: World Cup fiasco report, Nigeria election highlighted in Ghana
    04 april 2015 08:11:46
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The presentation of a report by a commission set up by the government to probe the performance of Ghana’s senior national football team, the Black Stars, in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and last week's election in Nigeria were some of the stories highlighted by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA comedian hits jackpot in USA (Feature by Craig Urquhart, PANA Correspondent, South Africa)
    03 april 2015 05:36:49
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - The announcement that South African comedian Trevor Noah will replace Jon Stewart as the new host of “The Daily Show” has been a major talking point and has raised the profile of black comedians worldwide. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says blog editor arrested in Guinea Bissau
    02 april 2015 17:01:31
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Thursday disclosed that authorities in Guinea Bissau have arrested Danilson Lopes Ferreira, a musician and editor of the blog Doka Internacional- O DENÚNCIANTE for “libel, slander and insulting language.”Full text...

  • South Africa: South African Press Association shuts down
    01 april 2015 07:54:15
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – At midnight on Tuesday, after 77 years of uninterrupted service, the South African Press Association (SAPA) filed its final report and closed its doors.Full text...

  • UN: Libya Mission welcomes ceasefire, withdrawal of forces in Sidra Oil Crescent region
    31 march 2015 18:17:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Tuesday welcomed Full text...

  • Botswana: MISA Botswana calls for release of arrested journalist
    31 march 2015 14:07:50
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), Botswana chapter, has challenged the country’s Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) to withdraw charges against jailed journalist Daniel Kenosi. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ launches new campaign for free press
    27 march 2015 13:30:22
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Thursday launched a new campaign to raise awareness about journalists imprisoned around the world in connection with their coverage of news in the public interest. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls on Angola to drop all charges against journalist
    26 march 2015 15:37:33
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Angolan authorities to drop all charges against journalist Rafael Marques de Morais.Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says state officials interfere with media’s work in Mali
    26 march 2015 13:47:30
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has accused state officials in Mali of interfering with media's work in the West African country.Full text...

  • Senegal:South Africa to host African Media Leaders Forum
    25 march 2015 17:13:39
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The African Media Initiative (AMI) Wednesday announced that this year's African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF) will be held from 11-13 November in Johannesburg, South Africa.Full text...

  • Ghana: Media report Mahama, Deby meeting, CJ’s call for informed comments on judges’ rulings
    21 march 2015 09:10:13
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A one-day meeting between Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama and his Chadian counterpart, Idriss Déby Itno and the call of Chief Justice Georgina Wood for measured criticism of rulings of judges were some of the stories reported in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: Journalist assaulted, others detained in DR Congo
    18 march 2015 13:54:03
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said that a freelance Belgian reporter, Alexis Bouvy, was assaulted while covering a demonstration in Goma in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Senegal: Sierra Leonean police hunt for journalist in hiding
    17 march 2015 15:24:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Tuesday disclosed that Sierra Leone's police are hunting for a journalist in hiding, Tamba Fanday. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Ethiopia denies sick journalist medical care in jail
    17 march 2015 13:47:12
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Ethiopian authorities have denied medical attention to journalist Temesghen Desalegn who has been imprisoned since October. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria-Morocco diplomatic row reported in Nigeria
    14 march 2015 09:22:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The diplomatic spat between Nigeria and Morocco, culminating in the recall of the Moroccan ambassador to Nigeria overshadowed even the raging pre-election political activities in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Zambia: Local media focus on President Lungu’s illness
    14 march 2015 07:35:01
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The media in Zambia this week widely covered the illness of President Edgar Lungu, who fell ill on Sunday, 8 March, 2015, while officiating at the International Women’s Day celebrations at Heroes Stadium in the capital, Lusaka, and was forced to withdraw from the programme. Full text...

  • UN: 'Women remain underrepresented in media'
    12 march 2015 18:03:14
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women Full text...

  • Senegal: Sierra Leonean authorities fine six media houses
    11 march 2015 16:32:05
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) on Wednesday said that Sierra Leone’s media regulatory body, the Independent Media Commission (IMC), has fined five newspapers and a radio station for their unprofessionalism. Full text...

  • Senegal: Journalist receives death threats in Guinea
    11 march 2015 13:54:23
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) on Wednesday revealed that Alpha Kabinet Sidime, managing editor of the actuconakry.com website, has reported receiving death threats from unknown persons in Guinea. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says two journalists arrested, detained in Guinea
    10 march 2015 15:44:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has disclosed that two journalists, Mahmoud Diary Diallo and Algassimou Diallo, were arrested and detained by members of Guinea Conakry's police and gendarmes. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Jonathan's "soothing" words on Chibok girls reported in Nigeria
    07 march 2015 08:56:41
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan's "soothing" assurances that the Chibok Secondary School girls, abducted in April last year by Boko Haram insurgents, are still alive and will be rescued, as well as the continuing war against Boko Haram were the main stories in Nigeria this week.Full text...

  • Ghana: Independence, maritime dispute, march against ethnocentrism reported in Ghana
    07 march 2015 07:44:52
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana’s 58th independence celebration on Friday, a maritime dispute with neighbouring Cote d’Ivoire and a demonstration against tribal bigotry were some of the major stories reported in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says journalist detained, three others fined in Somalia
    04 march 2015 15:10:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ) has said that Mohamed Bashir Hashi, a journalist in Somalia, is being detained while three others faced heavy fines. Full text...

  • Ghana: State of the Nation address, IMF agreement reported in Ghana
    28 february 2015 06:21:15
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – President John Dramani Mahama’s pledge to “fix” the perennial electricity challenges in his State of the Nation address and an announcement that Ghana has reached a deal with officials of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), aimed at overcoming the country’s economic challenges, were some of the stories highlighted by the media this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: Journalist goes into hiding for fear of arrest in Sierra Leone
    27 february 2015 17:02:42
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Friday disclosed that Tamba Fanday, station manager of privately-owned Citizen Radio in Koidu Town, Kono District in eastern Sierra Leone, is currently in hiding for fear of being arrested and detained under a presidential executive order.Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says Nigerian Police move to redress violation against journalist
    25 february 2015 15:17:53
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Wednesday said that Tunde Ogunsakin, the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of police in Zone 6 in the south-south political zone of Nigeria, has assured that the attackers of Charles Erukaa, reporter with Channels TV, will be brought to book. Full text...

  • Senegal: Two newspapers suspended in Sierra Leone
    25 february 2015 14:06:11
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) on Wednesday disclosed that two privately-owned newspapers, Independent Observer and Prime Times, have been suspended by Sierra Leone's media regulatory body. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says Guinea's gendarmes assault journalist
    24 february 2015 15:31:24
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has said that two gendarmes physically assaulted Abdoulaye Oumou Sow, a journalist in Guinea Conakry. Full text...

  • Nigeria: IPC, UNESCO to conduct survey on safety of journalists in Nigeria
    23 february 2015 20:24:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The International Press Centre (IPC) Lagos-Nigeria has commenced a survey on the safety of journalists in Nigeria as part of its project on safety of journalists and emerging issues in conflict in the country. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA condemns continuous detention of two Nigerian journalists
    23 february 2015 20:16:29
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has condemned the ''continuous arbitrary detention'' of two journalists in Nigeria.Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA concerned over attempts to silence media on Ebola issues in Sierra Leone
    23 february 2015 15:45:48
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) says it remains concerned at government attempts to silence press coverage of Ebola and related issues in Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Ivorian nationalist, Ekra, dies at 98
    23 february 2015 08:33:24
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - A founding father of Cote d'Ivoire, Mathieu Vangah Ekra, died on Sunday at the age of 98, PANA learnt from officials sources here Monday.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Politics, heightened war against Boko Haram reported in Nigeria
    21 february 2015 11:55:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Since the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) postponed the 14, 28 February, 2015, general elections, citing insecurity in the north east and the inability to have all the permanent voter cards distributed, the media in Nigeria have been awash with reports of heightened political activities and the war against Boko Haram. Full text...

  • Ghana: Opposition march against energy crisis, changes at presidency reported in Ghana
    21 february 2015 05:05:10
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A huge demonstration called by the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) to protest against the energy crisis that has adversely affected businesses, industries, offices and homes in Ghana and a shake-up at the presidency dominated the media this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA accuses police of assaulting two journalists in Ghana
    20 february 2015 16:51:03
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Friday said two Ghanaian journalists were assaulted by a police marine team stationed at Senchi ferry in the Eastern Region of Ghana.Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA wants protection for journalists in Nigeria
    20 february 2015 15:24:39
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Friday demanded protection for journalists from Nigeria's security agencies following the stabbing of Charles Erukaa of the privately-owned Channels Television while covering a political rally.Full text...

  • Senegal: Security forces are leading violators of freedom of expression in West Africa - MFWA
    19 february 2015 14:36:22
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has released its latest monitoring report, saying state security forces are the leading violators of the right to freedom of expression in West Africa.Full text...

  • France: Leading pro-African news portal unveils new graphic identity
    18 february 2015 11:34:09
    Paris, France (PANA) - Leading professional African news portal, Africa Intelligence, Tuesday unveils its new graphic identity with revamped logos, attractive colours, improved ergonomics and smoother navigation. Full text...

  • Sudan: Journalists' union laments newspapers' confiscation
    17 february 2015 09:53:26
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Journalists Union (SJU) has protested Monday's confiscation of the day's edition of 14 daily newspapers by the security services without giving any justification. Full text...

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