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  • Nigeria: Media workers in Nigeria suspend strike after two days
    19 december 2014 14:39:41
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Two days after embarking on a three-day warning strike, Nigeria’s public media workers are back at their duty posts, following agreements reached with government to resumed further discussions and negotiations.Full text...

  • Kenya: Blogger in court for demeaning presidential authority
    17 december 2014 15:30:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan blogger Robert Alai, was charged Wednesday with the offence of undermining Presidential authority after posting comments deemed to demean President Uhuru Kenyatta. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Media workers in Nigeria begin strike
    17 december 2014 14:23:45
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Less than 24 hours after unveiling a media code of ethics for the coverage of the 2015 general elections, the two main public media workers union, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the Radio Television Theatres and Arts Workers Union of Nigeria (RATTAWU), Wednesday began a three-day warning strike. Full text...

  • Gambia: US Embassy marks 10th anniversary of Deyda Hydara murder
    16 december 2014 21:18:56
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The US Embassy in Banjul on Tuesday marked the 10th anniversary of the killing of Deyda Hydara, a prominent Gambian journalist. Full text...

  • Togo: Open Days of Togolese press get underway in Lome
    16 december 2014 19:36:25
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Open Days of the Togolese press, an annual event aiming to promote the image of the press in the country, opened Tuesday in Lome with the holding of panel discussions, workshops and exhibitions. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Stakeholders launch media code for Nigeria’s 2015 elections coverage
    16 december 2014 19:04:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Ahead of Nigeria’s general elections due in February 2015, stakeholders from public and private media sector Tuesday, in the capital city of Abuja, unveiled a media code for coverage of the polls.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says two Somali journalists killed, three injured in bombings
    09 december 2014 17:07:54
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Two Somali journalists have been killed and three wounded in a twin bombing that targeted a restaurant frequented by journalists and officials in the south-central Somali town of Baidoa, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said late Monday. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says journalist charged for interviewing musician in Guinea
    09 december 2014 14:10:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The sub-regional press freedom watchdog, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Tuesday said a Guinean journalist, Saidou Barry, is facing charges for interviewing a musician. Full text...

  • Libya: UNSMIL says dialogue remains most effective means to end hostilities in Libya
    08 december 2014 19:18:39
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Dialogue is first and foremost a Libyan necessity, and remains the most viable and effective means of addressing, with a view to ending, the deepening political polarization and raging military hostilities in the North African country, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said here Monday. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ's new report says legacy of Rwanda genocide includes media restrictions
    08 december 2014 15:26:30
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Monday released a new report saying legacy of Rwanda genocide includes media restrictions and self-censorship. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ welcomes African Court’s ruling on criminal defamation
    06 december 2014 19:43:06
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The international press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has welcomed the ruling of the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights that criminal defamation should be used only in restricted circumstances and that imprisonment for defamation violates freedom of expression.Full text...

  • Mali: Media highlight 'difficult group' of Eagles in AFCON 2015
    06 december 2014 15:00:27
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Several newspapers in Mali this week highlighted Wednesday's AFCON 2015 draw in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea, where the competition will be hosted from 17 January to 7 February.Full text...

  • Ghana: Media highlight deepening problems of rights body’s boss, corruption perception index
    06 december 2014 05:45:46
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The deepening problems of the Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and reactions to the Corruption Perception Index (CPI), which saw Ghana make a marginal rise, made the headlines in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Burkinabe journalist wins landmark freedom of expression case
    05 december 2014 20:33:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Burkinabe journalist, Lohe Issa Konate, won a landmark case against the state on Friday, after the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR) issued a ruling in his favour in a defamation case.Full text...

  • Mauritania: Newspaper editors bemoan poor working conditions
    03 december 2014 14:25:40
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Newspaper editors in Mauritania have raised the alarm about the "catastrophic" condition under which they work, saying that "The Mauritanian print media will die if emergency measures are not taken to help the sector."Full text...

  • Libya: UN mission schedules 2nd round of inter-Libyan talks for 9 December
    03 december 2014 13:24:10
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Wednesday called for a new round of political dialogue for 9 December 2014 in the north African country, after consultations with the different Libyan stakeholders. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ to release report on press freedom in Rwanda
    01 december 2014 15:41:37
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Monday said it will launch a special report on press freedom conditions in Rwanda 20 years after the genocide that claimed more than 800,000 lives. Full text...

  • Libya: Italy welcomes Sudan efforts for dialogue in Libya
    29 november 2014 10:36:28
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Italian minister of foreign affairs, Paolo Genteloni, says that Italy backs efforts of Sudan to promote dialogue and stability in Libya, which is being torn apart by political and security crises. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Moves to impeach President Jonathan dominate headlines in Nigeria
    29 november 2014 09:39:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Moves by some lawmakers in the national assembly to begin impeachment proceedings against President Goodluck Jonathan were the dominant news in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Drug saga, energy reported in Ghana
    29 november 2014 08:36:31
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The loud and highly politicised debate following the arrest of a woman in London with 12.5 kg of cocaine and steps to resolve the energy crisis in Ghana were some of the stories reported in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Libya: UN envoy reaffirms UN position in Libya
    22 november 2014 13:40:28
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The chief of the UN Mission in Libya (MANUL), Bernardino Leon, has said the position adopted by the UN on the results of the 25 June elections had not changed, alluding to the recognition of the chamber of representatives (Parliament) in the eastern city of Tobruk. Full text...

  • Nigeria: National Assembly siege, Super Eagles' ouster from 2015 AFCON reported in Nigeria
    22 november 2014 12:48:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Thursday's invasion of the National Assembly by the police and the failure of the Super Eagles to qualify for the 2015 African Nations Cup (AFCON) finals in Equatorial Guinea dominated headlines in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Budget, media goof on arrest of cocaine courier reported in Ghana
    22 november 2014 07:55:25
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The 2015 budget presented to Parliament by Minister of Finance Seth Terkper and the media’s handling of the arrest of a Ghanaian woman in London for smuggling cocaine were some of the stories reported in Ghana this week.Full text...

  • Libya: Centre for Press Freedom denounces jailing of journalist
    21 november 2014 22:34:43
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan Centre for Press Freedom has denounced the five-year jail term slapped by a Tripoli court on a journalist, Amara Abdallah al-Khitabi, for defamation against magistrates. Full text...

  • Libya: UN envoy says political solution difficult in Libya, but not impossible
    21 november 2014 12:28:34
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The special envoy of the UN Secretary-General in Libya, Bernardino Leon, has said that a political solution in Libya is difficult to achieve, but not impossible and urged stakeholders to adopt dialogue as a means to solve the political crisis in the north African nation. Full text...

  • Libya: French TV channel shuts Tripoli office
    19 november 2014 12:10:32
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - French international news channel "France 24" has announced the closure of its office in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, after receiving threats. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Media highlight arrest of anti-slavery activists
    15 november 2014 18:27:53
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The media in Mauritania this week devoted a large part of their comments to the arrest on Tuesday in the south-western region of Rosso of several militants of the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA), an anti-slavery NGO.Full text...

  • Zambia: Media urge nation to pick up the pieces following death of President Sata
    15 november 2014 10:41:29
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – As the nation on 11 November laid to rest Zambia’s President Michael Sata, the local media called for unity and strength to carry on from where the late President Sata left. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Jonathan's declaration for second term, rampaging Boko Haram reported in Nigeria
    15 november 2014 08:47:29
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan's public declaration to run for a second term in office and Boko Haram's annexation of cities and villages were the main stories in Nigeria this week.Full text...

  • Ghana: Media report gas project, continuing labour unrest, Mahama’s Vatican meeting
    15 november 2014 05:48:45
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghanaian newspapers this week highlighted the completion of a US$1 billion gas project, which will use natural gas from offshore oilfields to generate electricity, and President Mahama’s meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican. Full text...

  • Gambia: Court frees two journalists on ‘conspiracy’ and ‘false publication’ charges
    10 november 2014 20:28:01
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The magistrate's court in The Gambia’s capital, Banjul, on Monday acquitted and discharged two journalists on two counts of “conspiracy to commit misdemeanor” and “false publication”. Full text...

  • Zambia: Media preach peace as President Sata is mourned
    08 november 2014 11:12:04
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The local media in Zambia this week called on the nation to continue on the path of peace as the population mourn President Michael Sata who died on 28 October in London. Full text...

  • Ghana: Media report ECOWAS summit, brouhaha over Presidential Oath, labour unrest
    08 november 2014 09:15:16
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A one-day extraordinary summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Accra, brouhaha over the “refusal” of the Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho, to be sworn in again following the absence of the president and vice president from the country and continuing labour unrests were some of the stories reported in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Sweeping Boko Haram advancement on all fronts dominates headlines in Nigeria
    08 november 2014 07:56:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The media in Nigeria are saturated this week with reports of the sweeping advancement by the Boko Haram "army" on all fronts. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Tanzanian dailies condemn disorderly politics
    08 november 2014 04:35:56
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Politics dominated Tanzania's media coverage this week as the public started debating the proposed constitution and President Jakaya Kikwete announced 30 April, 2015, for a national referendum on the document.Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: ECOWAS leaders assess current situation in Burkina Faso
    05 november 2014 17:40:08
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Three ECOWAS leaders Wednesday arrived in Ouagadougou to discuss with Burkinabe political stakeholders the ongoing situation following the army takeover of government after President Blaise Compaore's resignation.Full text...

  • Libya: NGO demands sanctions against perpetrators of crimes against Libyan journalists
    03 november 2014 19:00:52
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan Centre for Freedom of the Press has demanded punishment for perpetrators of all crimes committed against hundreds of journalists and the media in the country. Full text...

  • Niger: Niger's Communication Council warns errant broadcasters
    03 november 2014 15:33:08
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Niger's Communication Council warned Monday that it would not hesitate to ban any broadcaster that breaches ethics and regulations governing the local press.Full text...

  • Zambia: Local media mourn, pay tribute to President Sata
    01 november 2014 09:58:14
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Undoubtedly, the major event in Zambia this week was the death of President Michael Sata in a London hospital on Tuesday with the Zambian media appealing for unity and peace in a country which has lost its second president within six years. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan's nomination forms towards 2015 polls dominate headlines in Nigeria
    01 november 2014 09:27:16
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan's nomination forms towards running for re-election in 2015 was the major story in Nigeria this week.Full text...

  • Ghana: Labour unrest, launch of book by boxing legend Azumah reported in Ghana
    01 november 2014 07:53:49
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A series of strike actions by Ghanaian workers and the launch of a book by Ghana’s boxing legend, Azumah Nelson, were some of the stories reported in the media this week. Full text...

  • AI wants charges against 2 Gambian journalists dropped
    31 october 2014 18:10:29
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The London-based rights body, Amnesty International (AI) has called on authorities in Gambia to drop charges against two journalists for allegedly intending to cause fear and alarm to the public.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls for potection of media institutions in Burkina Faso
    31 october 2014 14:10:26
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Friday called for protection of the press in Burkina Faso in the wake of anti-government protests in the West African country. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA to campaign against impunity in The Gambia
    29 october 2014 19:47:50
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based sub-regional rights body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), says it will campaign against impunity in the Gambia as from 2 November. Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir pledges to help rivals in Libya reach agreement
    29 october 2014 14:42:53
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's President Omar Al Bashir has volunteered to help bring all opposing sides in the Libyan conflict to the negotiating table and resolve their differences in order to improve their people’s life. Full text...

  • Zambia: Media salute Zambia’s 50 years of peace, unity
    25 october 2014 11:47:36
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The spotlight in local newspapers this week was on the commemoration of Zambia’s 50 years of independence on Friday, 24 October, with the media urging Zambians to remain a united nation and a beacon of peace. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Local dailies focus on 2015 general elections, other issues
    25 october 2014 10:47:53
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - As election year 2015 approaches, Tanzanians are agog at what it will bring as the polls should be preceded by a referendum on the proposed constitution.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan's re-election bid, Chibok girls reported in Nigeria
    25 october 2014 09:28:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The unfolding drama over President Goodluck Jonathan's re-election bid and the looming release of Chibok girls by Boko Haram were the major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Politics, public sector workers’ strike reported in Ghana
    25 october 2014 09:11:04
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The election of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo by the opposition centre-right New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the third successive time to contest the presidential election in December 2016 and a strike by some public sector workers over pension investment were some of the stories reported in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda suspends BBC broadcasts over controversial documentary
    24 october 2014 20:24:59
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – The Rwandan Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA) has suspended the broadcasts of BBC Radio programmes in national Kinyarwanda language in the country with immediate effect.Full text...

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