Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • US: UN urges leaders to defend objective, independent media
    03 may 2017 06:27:32
    New York, US (PANA) – In a “post-truth” world with “fake news” on the rise, and media accountability and credibility falling under question, free, independent and professional journalism has never been more important, the United Nations said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN expert urges govts to end 'demonization' of critical media, protect journalists
    02 may 2017 19:54:58
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The work of journalism as a public watchdog over government has become ever more difficult, but ever more important, in our digital age, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gambia: New government revives press freedom in Gambia
    02 may 2017 17:28:34
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's new government under President Adama Barrow has undoubtedly registered some significant achievements though it faces a lot of challenges, Information, Communication and Infrastructure minister Demba Ali Jawo said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU underlines critical importance of press freedom
    02 may 2017 16:27:48
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Free press is vital for having a democracy that works, European Union (EU) High Representative Federica Mogherini affirmed Tuesday, lamenting that this year's World Press Freedom Day is being celebrated in a difficult context for journalism. Full text...

  • France: UNESCO to honour jailed Eritrean-Swedish journo on World Press Freedom Day
    28 april 2017 16:42:43
    Paris, France (PANA) - Jailed Eritrean-Swedish playwright, journalist and writer Dawit Isaak will be awarded the 2017 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize on 3 May in Jakarta, Indonesia, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced Friday. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Rights group condemns jailing of Radio France Internationale journalist
    25 april 2017 05:58:08
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - Amnesty International has condemned the conviction and sentencing of a journalist by a military court in Cameroon to 10 years in prison after an "unfair trial"describing it as a travesty of justice. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Akufo-Addo’s first 100 days, controversial bond reported in Ghana
    22 april 2017 06:53:36
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Ghanaian media once again focused on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s first 100 days in power after vice president Dr Mahamudu Bawumia held a public forum on Monday to highlight the government’s achievements during the period. Full text...

  • Botswana: Fake social media news syndrome hits Botswana
    20 april 2017 10:10:49
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has condemned fake social media accounts using the country’s coat of arms without official authorisation. Full text...

  • Gambia: CPJ calls for immediate release of Somaliland journalist
    15 april 2017 12:47:10
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Somaliland authorities should immediately release jailed Hangool News journalist Abdirahman Arab Da'ud and cease intimidation of other members of the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • Ghana: Assessment of President Akufo-Addo, condemnation of vigilantes reported in Ghana
    15 april 2017 07:00:09
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - As President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo hits the first 100 days in power on Monday, governance institutions, political parties and individuals have been revealing their score cards on his performance. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian govt denies monitoring phone calls, social media
    10 april 2017 16:24:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government has described as false information being circulated on the social media that under a purported Ministry of Interior Regulation, all phone calls and social media posts made by Nigerians are to be monitored and recorded. Full text...

  • Ghana: Anger at lawlessness of vigilante groups reported in Ghana
    08 april 2017 08:35:15
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Public anger at the indiscipline and lawlessness of vigilante groups which have reached unprecedented levels in recent weeks and calls on the authorities to disband them was the major story reported by the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Alleged bribery in parliament, illegal mining reported in Ghana
    01 april 2017 07:13:36
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The report of an alleged bribery scandal in Ghana’s parliament and an ultimatum to illegal miners in efforts to end the debilitating effects of their activities on the environment, economy and water bodies were some of the stories reported by the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Switzerland: FIFA awards 2017-2018 media rights for sub-Saharan Africa
    30 march 2017 13:07:18
    Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - Following an open tender process for 42 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, FIFA has granted media rights to five major broadcasting entities in the region, according to the FIFA media outlet.Full text...

  • Ghana: Waterfall tragedy, Water Day reported in Ghana
    25 march 2017 06:36:09
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A tragedy at a popular waterfall and a grim warning about a possible water crisis issued during the celebration of World Water Day were some of the stories highlighted by the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Unprecedented number of ministers dominates Ghanaian media
    18 march 2017 08:40:22
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The large number of ministers submitted to Parliament for approval by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo dominated the media in Ghana this week with politicians, individuals, think-tanks and civil society organisations shouting their disapproval in a loud chorus. Full text...

  • Ghana: 60th Independence celebrations, trial of ‘secessionists’ reported in Ghana
    11 march 2017 08:13:19
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana’s 60th Independence celebrations, International Women’s Day and trial of alleged secessionists were some of the stories highlighted by the media this week. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari's return dominates front pages in Nigeria
    11 march 2017 05:43:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The return of President Muhammadu Buhari after 51 days in London was the main story in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Media watchdog says Chad journalists in hiding after threats
    07 march 2017 12:07:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Media watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists, has asked the Chadian domestic intelligence officers to cease harassing and attempting to intimidate journalists. Full text...

  • US: 'Zimbabwean journalists charged with insulting Mugabe'
    07 march 2017 10:16:19
    New York, US (PANA) - Zimbabwean authorities should immediately drop all charges against News Day editor Wisdom Mdzungairi and reporter Richard Chidza, and should cease threatening journalists, Media watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists said on Monday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Maiden budget of new government highlighted by Ghana media
    04 march 2017 07:54:49
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The maiden budget of Ghana’s new government that seeks to remove taxes to give relief to the population, stimulate growth and create jobs was the main story in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: State of the Nation address dominates Ghana media
    25 february 2017 07:22:16
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Last Tuesday’s maiden State of the Nation address by President Nana Akufo-Addo to parliament dominated the Ghanaian media this week with officials of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) respectively hailing and criticising it. Full text...

  • Gambia: UNESCO official says respect for human rights vital for sustainable development
    22 february 2017 17:25:49
    Banjul, Gambia(PANA) - For nations to ensure lasting peace and sustainable development, human rights must be respected and people must be free to seek, receive and impart knowledge and information on all media, according to the director of UNESCO regional office for West Africa, Gwang-Chol Chang.Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana media report controversy over funding of free second cycle education
    18 february 2017 07:18:00
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A loud controversy over the source of funding for the government’s flagship free public Senior High School (SHS) education was highlighted by the media this week.Full text...

  • Ghana: ‘Missing’ gov't cars, disappointing Black Stars AFCON outing reported in Ghana
    11 february 2017 07:23:06
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A huge disagreement between the current and former governments over the whereabouts of state vehicles and the poor performance of the senior national football team, Black Stars, at the just ended 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Gabon were some of the stories highlighted by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights bodies demand end to media crackdown in Kenya, return of UK journalist
    08 february 2017 14:17:10
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan government must halt its crackdown on media freedom and allow Jerome Starkey to return to the country, nine human rights organizations said on Wednesday.Full text...

  • Libya: EU to mediate between al-Sarraj, Haftar
    07 february 2017 11:58:48
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has reaffirmed its willingness to mediate between the chairman of the Libyan presidential council of the coalition government of national accord, Fayez al-Sarraj, and the commander of the Libyan national army, Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who controls portions of Libya. Full text...

  • Gambia: Rights body urges President Barrow to deliver on free expression
    05 february 2017 16:08:47
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Dakar-based rights body, ARTICLE 19, has said that after 22 years of repression under the leadership of former President Yahya Jammeh, President Adama Barrow must seek to address the structures and culture that have produced human rights violations in the past. Full text...

  • Ghana: Alleged bribery in parliament, Black Stars’ AFCON loss reported in Ghana
    04 february 2017 06:13:08
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – An alleged bribery by a ministerial nominee of Parliament’s Appointments Committee and the elimination of the senior national football team, the Black Stars, at the semi-final stage of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations by Cameroon were some of the stories reported in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Assurances of uninterrupted power supply, new police chief reported in Ghana
    28 january 2017 08:07:33
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Against the background of fears that a planned shutdown by the Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC) for maintenance and other works in February would lead to a generation shortfall of electricity, players in the power sector have been assuring consumers that adequate measures have been put in place to forestall load shedding. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says journalists among wounded in Mogadishu hotel attack
    26 january 2017 18:39:54
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - At least four journalists were wounded in Wednesday attack on a hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU vows to protect social media from state meddling
    26 january 2017 16:18:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has vowed to protect democracy and keep the social media open for use during elections while expressing serious concern over the regular social media shutdown during elections as happened in The Gambia and Uganda recently. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian govt reassures public on support for press freedom
    24 january 2017 19:30:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Federal Government said Tuesday said it would not do anything to stifle press freedom, because it is keenly aware that a free press is vital to the success of any democracy. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ wants charges against two Nigerian media workers dropped
    20 january 2017 16:36:18
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Nigerian authorities should drop all charges against Dapo Olorunyomi, publisher of the news website Premium Times, and reporter Evelyn Okakwu, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said.Full text...

  • Gambia: Guinea, Mauritanian presidents in Banjul for talks with Jammeh
    20 january 2017 13:42:40
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Guinean and Mauritanian presidents have arrived in the Gambian capital, Banjul, in a last-minute effort to persuade former president Yahya Jammeh to leave the presidency peacefully. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ denounces Gambian authorities for denying entry to seven journalists
    20 january 2017 13:35:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has denounced Gambian authorities for denying entry to seven international journalists into the West African country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Police raid Nigeria online newspaper office
    19 january 2017 22:35:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria Police on Thursday afternoon raided the head office of Nigeria’s top online newspaper, the Premium Times, in Abuja, arresting the newspaper’s publisher. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Gambia's political crisis fills Rwandan media
    18 january 2017 16:08:18
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The media in Rwanda on Wednesday gave wide coverage to preparations by West African states to possibly invade Gambia to force out president Yahya Jammeh who is refusing to quit despite losing the 1 December election to opposition leader Adama Barrow. Full text...

  • Gambia: Seven foreign journalists expelled
    17 january 2017 19:22:13
    Banjul,Gambia (PANA) - Seven journalists, who are in The Gambia to cover the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Adama Barrow, were on January 16, 2017 prevented from entering the country, according media body Media Foundation for West AfricaFull text...

  • Senegal: CPJ urges Congolese authorities to release journalist
    14 january 2017 09:29:12
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  • Sudan: Sudanese media happy with lifting of US economic sanctions
    14 january 2017 09:19:34
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese newspapers on Saturday lauded the decision of the US to lift its unilateral economic sanctions imposed on the East African nation in 1997.Full text...

  • Ghana: President’s inauguration, transition challenges, cabinet highlighted in Ghana media
    14 january 2017 07:39:32
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Ghanaian media this week had a huge feast of stories with the inauguration of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, his plagiarised speech, hullabaloo over former President John Dramani Mahama’s official retirement accommodation and nominees for cabinet positions being some of the stories that filled the media. Full text...

  • Gambia: ECOWAS mediation talks on Gambia fail again - Opposition spokesman
    13 january 2017 20:43:02
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Talks to resolve the political impasse in the Gambia have failed for the second time with the chief mediator, Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari, leaving the country immediately after the West African mediation team met outgoing President Yahya Jammeh. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria backs efforts to end Gambian impasse
    13 january 2017 07:28:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa has thrown its weight behind mediation efforts by the West African regional bloc ECOWAS aimed at persuading President Yahya Jammeh to step down after he lost the 1 December elections. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh names mediator to resolve Gambian political impasse
    11 january 2017 16:14:10
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, under pressure from within and outside the country to step down following his defeat in last month's presidential election, on Wednesday appointed a mediator to help resolve the country's political impasse.Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA condemns Gambia for closing down four radio stations
    11 january 2017 13:46:18
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has condemned Gambian authorities for closing down four private radio stations whose operating licences were revoked by the country's Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure.Full text...

  • Ghana: Mahama’s final State of the Nation address played up in Ghana media
    07 january 2017 08:30:54
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – President John Dramani Mahama’s final State of the Nation address to Parliament and preparations for the inauguration of president-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo were the major stories highlighted by the media this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ urges Gambian authorities to lift ban on three radio stations
    06 january 2017 15:46:32
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Gambian authorities to allow three independent radio stations to resume full broadcasting. Full text...

  • Rwanda: EU official underlines press freedom, accountability in Rwanda
    06 january 2017 14:21:34
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Promoting a free, responsible and accountable media is a precondition for the Rwandan media self-regulatory body in defending its journalist members, the head of European Union Delegation to Rwanda Michael Ryan said Friday in Kigali.Full text...

  • Senegal: Rights groups decry closure of radio stations, arrests in Gambia
    06 january 2017 14:04:43
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Two leading rights groups, Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch have decried the closure of three private radio stations and arbitrary arrests of opposition supporters in Gambia. Full text...

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