Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Senegal: CPJ condemns South Sudan over expulsion of AP journalist
    08 december 2016 16:10:27
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - South Sudanese authorities should immediately reverse the expulsion of Associated Press (AP) reporter Justin Lynch and cease interfering with journalists' ability to work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ urges Uganda to drop all charges against journalist
    01 december 2016 15:34:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Ugandan authorities should immediately and unconditionally drop all charges against Kenya Television Network (KTN) reporter and anchor, Joy Doreen Biira, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Thursday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Complaints by three parties on elections reported in Ghana
    26 november 2016 05:19:27
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A complaint by three parties against the Electoral Commission (EC) claiming that the 7 December presidential and parliamentary elections will not be free and fair and a stern warning to media houses not to foment trouble during the polls were some of the stories played up by the media this week. Full text...

  • Botswana: Media workers in Botswana fight journalists persecution
    23 november 2016 18:31:04
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana Media Allied Workers Union (BOMAWU) has organised a demonstration slated for Thursday against alleged abuse and unfair treatment of journalists by employers.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls for release of Gambian journalist, broadcast executive
    21 november 2016 17:13:31
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gambian authorities should immediately release a journalist and the head of the state-owned broadcaster who have been held without charge or access to their families or lawyers for a week, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Monday.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ urges Ethiopia to release detained journalists
    17 november 2016 16:43:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Ethiopia should immediately release all journalists detained amid an intensifying crackdown on the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Thursday.Full text...

  • Ghana: Final list of presidential candidates, Trump victory reported in Ghana
    12 november 2016 06:57:38
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The approval of the final list of candidates for Ghana’s 7 December presidential election, a letter from President John Dramani Mahama to voters and the surprising victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential election last Tuesday were some stories reported by the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Report shows gaps in promoting independent regulatory system among Rwandan media
    07 november 2016 15:40:46
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The 2016 edition of Rwanda Media Barometer (RMB), released Monday by the Rwanda Government Board (RGB), indicates that training for media practitioners remains not yet satisfactory both in number and contents while the independent and transparent regulatory system in the media licensing is still limited, Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana media once again dominated by election cases in courts
    05 november 2016 08:24:08
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Ghanaian media again focused on election cases at the courts following the disqualification of 13 presidential candidates by the Electoral Commission (EC) for various errors and other infractions in their papers.Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia’s leading private Post newspaper placed under receivership
    02 november 2016 09:42:20
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s leading independent newspaper, The Post, closed on 21 June for tax arrears default has been placed under receivership and the process of placing the newspaper under compulsory liquidation has commenced.Full text...

  • Ghana: Court cases on December polls dominate Ghanaian media
    29 october 2016 06:41:50
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A flood of court cases as Ghana heads for general elections on 7 December dominated the media in the country this week.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ decries mounting press freedom crisis in Burundi
    26 october 2016 15:50:23
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed alarm about the ''deteriorating situation for the media'' in Burundi.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Corruption stories, cases dominate front pages in Nigeria
    22 october 2016 06:46:18
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The current wave of corruption allegations and cases were the dominant stories in Nigeria this week even with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo indicting all sectors of being guilty of the menace.Full text...

  • Ghana: Political stories dominate Ghanaian media
    22 october 2016 05:52:59
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – As Ghana’s 7 December presidential and parliamentary elections draw close, the media have been awash with political stories as politicians canvas for support. Full text...

  • Senegal: Six Ghanaian journalists to be rewarded for SDG reporting
    19 october 2016 15:12:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Six Ghanaian journalists who have demonstrated excellence in reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be honoured with awards on 24 October, organizers of the event revealed Wednesday.Full text...

  • Nigeria: African broadcasters, stakeholders meet in Abuja
    18 october 2016 11:47:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The 11th edition of the biennial international conference of African broadcasters tagged AFRICAST opened in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, on Tuesday, with the Nigerian Federal Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, saying that the Nigerian government is committed to meeting the 2017 deadline on digital switch over. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Release of 21 Chibok school girls dominates front pages in Nigeria
    15 october 2016 07:34:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The release of 21 of the more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls, kidnapped by the deadly Islamist Boko Haram insurgents in April 2014, was the major story in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Disqualification of presidential candidates, opposition manifesto launch reported in Ghana
    15 october 2016 05:53:38
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The unexpected disqualification of 12 presidential candidates that has thrown the political landscape into turmoil and the main opposition New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) launch of its manifesto were some of the stories highlighted by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Central bank gold watches hullabaloo, cleaner fuel reported in Ghana
    08 october 2016 06:54:31
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Hullabaloo over gold watches for central bank workers who have worked for 30 years and the decision of the authorities to import cleaner diesel from next January were some of the stories highlighted by the media this week. Full text...

  • Gambia: EU, UNESCO launch initiative to reinforce Gambia's media
    07 october 2016 11:01:03
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) The European Union (EU) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) on Thursday launched a four-month initiative to reinforce the capacity of Gambian media professionals. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls for immediate release of Ethiopian blogger
    04 october 2016 16:28:31
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Ethiopian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release prominent blogger Seyoum Teshome, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • Ghana: Mahama’s car gift brouhaha, filing of nomination papers for elections reported in Ghana
    01 october 2016 06:15:46
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The brouhaha over a car gift given to President John Dramani Mahama by a Burkinabe contractor while he was vice president and filing of nomination papers by presidential and parliamentary candidates for the 7 December elections were some of the stories reported in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ wants thorough investigation into killing of Somali journalist
    28 september 2016 13:08:05
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Somali authorities should thoroughly and credibly investigate the fatal shooting of radio journalist, Abdiaziz Ali, and swiftly bring his killers to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said.Full text...

  • Ghana: Mahama’s UN address, manifesto ‘war’ reported in Ghana
    24 september 2016 05:55:06
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Last Wednesday’s speech by Ghana’s president John Dramani Mahama at the 71st UN General Assembly during which he reaffirmed Ghana’s commitment to consolidate its democratic leadership status in Africa and the continuing "war of words" between the country’s two main political parties were some of the stories highlighted by the media this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana media report highlights of ruling party’s manifesto
    17 september 2016 04:48:19
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – President John Dramani Mahama on Tuesday presented the highlights of the ruling National Democratic Party’s (NDC) manifesto for the December 2016 elections which catalogues his achievements over the past four years and his vision for the country’s future should he be given the nod for the second term. Full text...

  • Ghana: Political news dominates Ghanaian media
    10 september 2016 04:27:47
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Political news dominated Ghana’s media this week as the various parties stepped up their campaigns for the 7 December presidential and parliamentary polls. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA condemns police officers in Ghana for assaulting, detaining journalist
    08 september 2016 16:59:17
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has condemned police officers in Ghana for assaulting and detaining journalist Fred Sarpong of Daily Express newspaper, for taking pictures of a policeman who was allegedly receiving bribe from a bus driver.Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Burkinabe public media journalists embark on one-day strike
    07 september 2016 12:31:19
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Journalists in Burkina public on Wednesday embarked on a one-day strike to demand better working and living conditions.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU says conflict mediation efforts face daunting challenges
    06 september 2016 19:27:55
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The range of conflicts that the African Union (AU) has to mediate and resolve have not only persisted but have grown in complexity, the organization's Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Caution of elections boss to journalists, pastor’s alleged US$100,000 bribe reported in Ghana
    03 september 2016 06:47:31
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Criticisms of journalists by the chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) during the 21st awards night of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), and an allegation of a minister of one of the biggest Orthodox churches that he was offered US$100,000, a 4x4 car and an expensive house to keep quiet were some of the stories highlighted in Ghana this week.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ wants ban on two radio stations in Tanzania lifted
    01 september 2016 15:45:25
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Tanzanian authorities should immediately lift a ban on two privately owned radio stations and allow them to resume broadcasts without further harassment or censorship, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • Mauritius: FMD again highlighted by the media this week in Mauritius
    27 august 2016 12:44:13
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) that has been ravaging Mauritian livestock for the past three weeks continued to dominate the headlines again this week as the authorities proceed to vaccinate those animals that are still in good health.Full text...

  • Ghana: Freedom for radio panellists, electoral reforms played up in Ghana
    27 august 2016 07:42:57
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The controversial remission of the sentences of a radio talk show host and two panellists, and electoral reforms announced by the Electoral Commission (EC) to make elections in Ghana credible were some of the stories played up this week in the media.Full text...

  • Zambia: CPJ demands reinstatement of broadcasting licences to Zambian media stations
    25 august 2016 09:07:46
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Zambian regulators to immediately reinstate the broadcasting licences of three media outlets it revoked this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA wants Police in West Africa trained on journalists' safety
    23 august 2016 16:34:26
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has called for the training of police and other security forces to protect journalists' safety and stop violent extremism in West Africa.Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian broadcasting authority shuts down TV, 2 radio stations
    22 august 2016 19:12:06
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia's Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) has with immediate effect suspended broadcasting licences for privately-owned Muvi TV, community radio stations Komboni Radio in Lusaka and Itezhi Tezhi Radio in Southern province.Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama pardons radio host, panellists
    22 august 2016 19:11:49
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - President John Dramani Mahama has remitted the remaining prison sentences imposed on a radio host and two panellists on an Accra-based radio station, Montie FM, for contempt of court on compassionate grounds. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana media report ruling party's campaign launch, commissioning of new oil field
    20 august 2016 07:54:20
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The campaign launch of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) last Sunday, and the commissioning of a new oilfield offshore the Western Region were some of the stories reported by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: AMI Board approves package of services for public institutions in Africa
    19 august 2016 15:51:28
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The board of the African Media Initiative (AMI) has discussed and approved a series of important measures aimed at strengthening the organization's efforts towards improving the role of media in African development. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Nigerian military threatens journalist
    19 august 2016 15:13:46
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Nigerian military should cease threatening freelance journalist Ahmad Salkida with prosecution for not acting as an informer, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA expresses worry over police brutality against journalists in Guinea
    16 august 2016 15:41:58
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has said it is worried about ''the continued attacks on journalists'' in Guinea Conakry by a section of the country's police and the Gendarmerie. Full text...

  • Ghana: Civil servants’ strike, TUC’s opposition to IMF programme reported in Ghana
    13 august 2016 06:20:50
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A strike by civil servants and labour unions’ opposition to an International Monetary Fund (IMF) economic programme being pursued by the government, were some of the stories reported in the Ghanaian media this week.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ expresses concern over missing journalist in Burundi
    06 august 2016 16:33:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed deep concern about the welfare of a Burundian journalist, Jean Bigirimana who has been missing for two weeks. Full text...

  • Ghana: Media highlight beauty queen running-mate, arguments on e-transmission of election results
    06 august 2016 08:45:59
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The unveiling of a former beauty queen as running mate of a small centre-left party, Progressive People’s Party (PPP), and loud arguments by the two main political parties about electronic transmission of results of the 2016 general elections were some of the main stories reported this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ welcomes IOC's mechanism on press freedom violations
    05 august 2016 13:14:12
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has welcomed the creation of a press freedom complaints mechanism by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which will enable journalists covering the organization and its Olympic Games to report a violation of their press freedom. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Minister urges editors to be 'Champions of Change' in Nigeria
    04 august 2016 17:27:44
    Port Harcourt, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has commended the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) for being part of the ongoing determined efforts to tackle the various challenges facing the country, especially in the area of the economy.Full text...

  • Zambia: Media body condemns journalist’s attack by opposition cadre
    04 august 2016 15:41:33
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), Zambia Chapter, has condemned the brutal attack on journalist Elijah Mumba of the independent New Vision Newspaper by a named opposition cadre on Wednesday.Full text...

  • Ghana: Sentences for radio panellists, host, owners highlighted in Ghanaian media
    30 july 2016 11:55:59
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Sentences handed to two panellists and host of an Accra-based radio station on Wednesday by the Supreme Court for contempt was one of the major stories highlighted by the media in Ghana this week.Full text...

  • South Africa: National broadcaster backs down over fired journalists
    28 july 2016 13:49:37
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The SA National Editors' Forum (SANEF) on Thursday hailed the public broadcaster’s decision to allow its fired journalists to be reinstated following a legal battle and public outcry. Full text...

  • Ghana: Radio panellists, host jailed for contempt
    27 july 2016 15:17:14
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's Supreme Court on Wednesday jailed two panellists on a political talk show on an Accra-based radio station and the host of the programme for four months each for contempt.Full text...

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