Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Fare thee well, Biava Seshie (Tribute to the late Biava Seshie, Editor-in-Chief of PANAPRESS, by Kennedy Abwao)
    17 november 2018 07:27:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – The saying adversity is the mother of invention applied best for Biava Seshie, who was the Editor-In-Chief of the Pan African News Agency until his eternal rest on 15 October 2018. Full text...

  • Pretoria addresses detention of prominent journalists
    08 november 2018 09:34:45
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) on Thursday expressed deep concern over the detention of South African journalist, Angela Quintal and her Kenyan colleague, Muthoki Mumo, in Dar es Salaam. Full text...

  • Khartoum welcomes South Sudan's initiative to help end conflict in Sudan
    06 november 2018 20:01:43
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has welcomed the good offices offered by South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit for resolving the remaining conflict in Sudan’s Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains areas. Full text...

  • Security chief drops charges against journalists, media houses
    02 november 2018 16:08:03
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Director of the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), Lt. Gen. Salah Abdulla Gosh, has announced the dropping of “all lawsuits” filed against journalists and newspapers. Full text...

  • EU underlines media safety and security to promote democracy
    01 november 2018 08:31:47
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - There is, in many countries, a worrying tendency to erode and shrink the space for free journalism, often by putting indiscriminately in question the credibility of media to discredit and weaken their work, the High Representatives of the European Union has said.Full text...

  • Political incitement to violence against journalists is ‘toxic’: UN experts
    01 november 2018 04:53:17
    New York, US (PANA) - A group of independent, UN-appointed human rights experts has called on world leaders to stop inciting hatred and violence against the media, citing the hundreds of journalists killed or forcibly detained because of their work, and ensure that those responsible are held accountable. Full text...

  • Pan-African parliament to discuss Libyan crisis with warring parties
    28 october 2018 15:13:17
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Presidency of the African Parliament (PAP) will send a delegation to Libya to discuss the crisis in that north African country with stakeholders and international parties with a view to finding a negotiated settlement to the crisis, the Libyan MP at the PAP, Youssef al-Fakhri, told the press on Sunday. Full text...

  • Mauritian gov't criticised by media for silence in Khashoggi case
    27 october 2018 11:51:30
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian media this week criticised the Government of Mauritius for its silence in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, early this month. Full text...

  • Burkinabe Communication minister calls for accurate reportage of information on terrorism
    19 october 2018 09:36:59
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Burkina Faso's minister of Communication, Remis Dandjounou, has urged journalists to report responsibly on the fresh outbreak of terrorist attacks in the West African country so as not to be the mouthpiece of terrorists.Full text...

  • Sudan to mediate for peace in CAR
    17 october 2018 07:45:18
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Central African Republic (CAR) warring factions and government have agreed to meet in Khartoum under Sudanese President Omar Bashir’s mediation to end the conflict in their country. Full text...

  • Rwandan court upholds suspension of community radio station
    11 october 2018 11:23:31
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Rwandan court has upheld the suspension slapped on a community radio station for broadcasting hate remarks against women. Full text...

  • UNGA meeting spotlights the ‘press behind bars’
    29 september 2018 11:07:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Regularly threatened, attacked and killed, journalists are also being imprisoned in record numbers around the world, an event on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly highlighted on Friday. Full text...

  • Gambian journalists demand investigation into assault of colleague
    25 september 2018 09:16:35
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia Press Union is demanding a thorough and impartial investigation by the Inspector-General of Police into an alleged assault of a television cameraman. Full text...

  • Sudanese security agency seizes ‘Al-Tayyar’ daily
    12 september 2018 11:33:43
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) on Tuesday confiscated print runs of ‘Al-Tayyar’ newspaper from the printing house without giving reasons. Full text...

  • South African opposition party calls for probe into new 24-hour television channel
    29 august 2018 11:46:40
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Wednesday raised concerns over the selection of Newzroom Afrika as the winning bidder to broadcast a new 24-hour television channel in the country.Full text...

  • HRW slams arrests, detentions of journalists in Nigeria
    21 august 2018 08:20:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Several recent arrests and detentions of journalists and activists in Nigeria suggest a disturbing trend toward repression of freedom of expression, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rights group blasts Mozambique for exorbitant accreditation fees for journalists
    14 august 2018 19:43:34
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) - Amnesty International on Tuesday blasted the Mozambican authorities for approving exorbitant media accreditation fees describing it as an assault on freedom of the press and a blatant attempt to clamp down on journalists. Full text...

  • Kagame salutes historic meeting between Ethiopian, Eritrean leaders
    09 july 2018 09:27:19
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President and current Chairman of the African Union (AU) Paul Kagame has lauded the meeting between the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea, who agreed on Sunday to restore diplomatic relations after nearly 20 years and to open the border between their neighbouring Horn of Africa countries.Full text...

  • Rights group criticises Uganda's 'troubling' social media tax
    03 july 2018 07:43:49
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Human Rights Watch, an international human rights organisation, has joined in the chorus of criticism of the Ugandan government for imposing "a troubling new set of tax rules" on social media users. Full text...

  • Rights group slams Uganda for social media tax
    02 july 2018 18:29:48
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - An international human rights watchdog on Monday slammed Uganda for introducing social media tax saying it is a means of curtailing freedom of expression. Full text...

  • UNESCO chief condemns killing of Bangladeshi writer
    15 june 2018 09:41:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, Friday condemned the murder of book and magazine publisher Shahjahan Bachchu in Munshiganj district in central Bangladesh on 11 June.Full text...

  • Gambia honours ECOWAS Court ruling involving journalists
    09 june 2018 13:16:44
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The new Gambian government has started paying families of two journalists who were victims of Yahya Jammeh’s reign of terror as declared by a sub-regional court, PANA confirmed Saturday. Full text...

  • Rwanda's media regulatory body sued over suspension of community radio station
    18 may 2018 15:38:12
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - One of the Christian community Radio Stations, Amazing Grace FM, has dragged the Rwanda Media Commission (RMC), a regulatory body, to court for its recent suspension after it aired what authorities considered as hate remarks against women, PANA learnt Friday from a judicial source in Kigali. Full text...

  • Journalists call for end to restrictions on press freedom
    04 may 2018 07:08:06
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Journalists have called for an end to attacks on them in their line of work as events to mark the 2018 World Press Freedom Day ended on Thursday. Full text...

  • ‘Standing up for our right to truth,’ UN celebrates press freedom
    04 may 2018 05:36:39
    New York, US (PANA) - With journalism under increasing attack worldwide, top United Nations officials on Thursday joined a growing chorus of calls for the better protection of media workers. Full text...

  • Human rights experts urge media protection and end to attacks on journalists
    03 may 2018 19:11:25
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, David Kaye, and rights experts from around the world have joined forces to highlight growing threats to media independence and diversity worldwide, particularly those affecting digital outlets. Full text...

  • UN envoy praises courage, dedication of Somali journalists on World Press Freedom Day
    03 may 2018 18:58:32
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Marking World Press Freedom Day, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Michael Keating, on Thursday commended the courage and dedication of the country’s journalists who operate in one of the world’s most dangerous environments for media workers. Full text...

  • Minister says Gambia committed to media law reform
    03 may 2018 17:28:49
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian Minister of Information, Demba Ali Jawo, has said the government will continue engaging journalists in efforts to put in place a self-regulatory mechanism besides their work on media law reform. Full text...

  • Mali marks international press freedom day
    03 may 2018 13:34:42
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali on Thursday marked international press freedom day on the theme: ‘Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law."Full text...

  • Ghana President appeals for end of violence against journalists
    03 may 2018 09:32:37
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday night appealed to world leaders to make a conscious effort to end all forms of State-sponsored attacks on journalists. Full text...

  • 'Attacks on journalists reach alarming levels in West and Central Africa'
    03 may 2018 07:44:36
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Journalists across West and Central Africa are facing intimidation and harassment and being targeted with arrest and assault for doing their work while media outlets are often closed down and the Internet journalists rely on to undertake their work shut down, Amnesty International said on World Press Freedom Day as it called on governments in the region to promote media freedom and protect media workers and organizations. Full text...

  • UN to study its role in Liberia conflict resolution, political mediation
    20 april 2018 05:56:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Commending the remarkable achievements made by the people and Government of Liberia to consolidate lasting peace and stability in the wake of a 1999-2003 civil war, the Security Council on Thursday asked the United Nations Secretary-General to conduct a study of the role played by its peacekeeping mission in resolving conflicts and other challenges the country has faced. Full text...

  • MFWA to host UN Special Rapporteur
    12 april 2018 15:17:01
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) will host UN Special Rapporteur during a regional conference on press freedom and media development holding in Ghana in May. Full text...

  • Rwandan journalists remember slain colleagues in genocide against Tutsis
    12 april 2018 14:42:35
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan journalists on Thursday staged a march in the capital city of Kigali in memory of 49 colleagues killed during the April-July 1994 genocide in the country.Full text...

  • Leading South African television host launches foundation
    12 april 2018 08:45:18
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Top South African television host Trevor Noah has launched his own foundation in Johannesburg which aims to provide orphans with education programmes and skills development.Full text...

  • Media watchdog calls for release of DRC journalist
    05 april 2018 09:36:41
    New York, US (PANA) - Media watchdog the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is asking the authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo to immediately release Eliezer Ntambwe, a journalist and presenter at the privately owned news outlet and YouTube channel Tokomi Wap. Full text...

  • Media launch kicks off countdown to World Press Freedom Day 2018 in Ghana
    28 march 2018 15:50:15
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - UNESCO and the Government of Ghana on Tuesday kicked off the countdown to World Press Freedom Day 2018 (to be observed 3 May) during a widely-attended media event at the Ghanaian Ministry of Information in Accra. Full text...

  • Ethiopia arrests at least five journalists during state of emergency
    27 march 2018 12:37:10
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Ethiopian authorities to release five journalists who were arrested in the house of a magazine owner, Temesghen Desalegn. Full text...

  • Media body alleges upsurge in official intimidation of Liberian journalists
    22 march 2018 17:47:00
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The Press Union of Liberia (PUL), an umbrella organization of Liberian journalists, on Thursday said it has followed with “total dismay rabble-rousing comments” from different sections of the Weah Administration directed towards the local media. Full text...

  • 'Gambian government upholds right to freedom of expression' - Justice minister
    03 march 2018 13:37:01
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The government of The Gambia under the new dispensation is committed to creation of a media friendly environment, devoid of harassment and intimidation of media practitioners, in clear recognition of the right to freedom of expression as a fundamental human right, Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubacarr M. Tambadou said here on Saturday. Full text...

  • Floods hit headlines in Mauritius dailies this week
    24 february 2018 15:49:55
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Torrential rains that pounded Mauritius daily for more than a week, causing floods in almost all parts of the island, made the headlines this week. Full text...

  • Government raises concern on signs of intolerance in Gambian media
    23 february 2018 14:54:45
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The government of President Adama Barrow has raised concern on signs of intolerance in the Gambian media, particularly those of a religious nature, despite expressing its continued commitment to a free media, according at statement made available to PANA on Friday.Full text...

  • CPJ calls for immediate release of Somaliland journalist
    22 february 2018 11:40:40
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Somaliland authorities should immediately release Mohamed Aabi Digaale, the Hargeisa bureau chief for the London-based broadcaster Universal TV, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tunisian journalists' trade unions set to fight corruption in media
    20 february 2018 18:13:22
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian Journalists' Trade Union (SNJT) and the general news trade union (SGI) have reaffirmed their strong determination to fight corruption in the media sector and guarantee transparency in the financing of broadcasting houses. Full text...

  • CPJ urges Ethiopia to drop charges against blogger
    17 february 2018 11:10:14
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on the Ethiopian authorities to drop an incitement charge against Zone 9 blogger, Atnafu Berhane. Full text...

  • Gambian journalists welcome ECOWAS Court ruling on media laws
    15 february 2018 17:11:47
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia Press Union (GPU) has welcomed the ruling by the Abuja-based ECOWAS Court of Justice on Wednesday that ordered the government to repeal the laws of sedition, criminal defamation, false publication on the internet and false publication and broadcasting. Full text...

  • CPJ urges Gambia to act on ECOWAS Court ruling
    15 february 2018 14:46:33
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Media watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has called on the Gambian government to act on a judgment passed by a sub-regional court and “immediately repeal its laws on criminal libel, sedition and false news”. Full text...

  • CPJ welcomes release of 2 Ethiopian journalists
    14 february 2018 22:45:23
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Wednesday welcomed the release of two Ethiopian journalists, Eskinder Nega and Woubshet Taye, from custody. Full text...

  • AI hails ECOWAS Court ruling against Gambia’s media laws
    14 february 2018 16:57:14
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday hailed the West African sub-regional court’s ruling against Gambia’s draconian media laws. Full text...

  • Rwanda suspends community radio over hate broadcast
    13 february 2018 14:18:11
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's media regulatory body has suspended a Christian community radio station's operating licence for three months, after it aired what authorities considered as hatred remarks against women by a local pastor. Full text...

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