Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Senegal: AI calls on Egypt to release Al Jazeera journalists
    02 february 2015 13:42:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Amnesty International (AI) Sunday said the continuing plight of Al Jazeera journalists, Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy, must not be forgotten as their colleague Peter Greste was being deported from Egypt. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA calls on Niger to end harassment of journalists
    02 february 2015 13:36:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has called on President Issoufou Mahamadou of Niger to end the harassment of journalists by state agents.Full text...

  • Ghana: Controversial Nigerian billboards, SIM box arrests, power agreements reported in Ghana
    31 january 2015 12:11:57
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The tearing down of billboards sponsored by Nigerian political parties for the 14 February elections in that country, arrest of several people allegedly involved in SIM box fraud and three major projects to significantly increase power generation in Ghana were some of the stories reported in the media this week.Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritian media focus on 2015/2019 Government Programme
    31 january 2015 09:24:17
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian media this week turned attention to the new government’s five-year programme for the period 2015 to 2019, presented to the nation Tuesday by President Kailash Purryag in which the government said “it will govern for the People with the People.” Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Tanzania bans circulation of regional weekly
    28 january 2015 15:47:59
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has disclosed that Tanzanian authorities banned the circulation of the privately-owned regional weekly, The East African, in the country. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns killing of five journalists in South Sudan
    28 january 2015 11:46:54
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has strongly condemned the killing of five journalists in South Sudan, according to a statement issued by the press freedom body late Tuesday evening and obtained here by PANA.Full text...

  • Tanzania: EU speaks out on press freedom in Tanzania
    27 january 2015 12:30:05
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has called on the Tanzanian government to make every effort to preserve the freedom of expression in the country, while urging all stakeholders to prioritise constructive dialogue as the primary means to resolve differences. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says journalist threatened for criticising Benin president
    26 january 2015 15:53:42
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The sub-regional press freedom watchdog, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), has said that a journalist in Benin, Ozias Sounouvou, has been receiving threatening phone calls, according to a statement obtained here by PANA Monday. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA concerned over attacks against media, demonstrators in Niger
    26 january 2015 15:48:57
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has expressed concern over the ''numerous attacks'' on the media and demonstrators in Niger. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ welcomes release of six Eritrean journalists
    24 january 2015 11:04:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has welcomed the release from jail of six Eritrean journalists who worked for the government-controlled station Radio Bana.Full text...

  • Ghana: Mahama’s Germany visit, arrest of pirates reported in Ghana
    24 january 2015 09:00:23
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – President John Dramani Mahama’s state visit to Germany, where he argued for assistance for a multi-national force to defeat the Nigerian terror group, Boko Haram, and the arrest of 8 Nigerian pirates who hijacked an oil vessel were some of the stories reported in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Violent, mudslinging electioneering campaign reported in Nigeria
    24 january 2015 08:10:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian media are awash, this week, with stories on the campaign for the 14 February 2015 presidential election gradually turning into violence and mudslinging. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: High Communication Council calls for training for journalists
    23 january 2015 22:03:07
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The chairperson of the Burkina Faso High Communication Council, Nathalie Somé, on Friday called for the continuous training of journalists so that they can play an effective role in the transition period after the overthrow of President Blaise Compaore.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says DRC stops internet access, cellphone services amid protests
    23 january 2015 15:25:14
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has revealed that authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have shut down internet access and SMS service for mobile phones throughout the country following nationwide demonstrations that led to deadly clashes with the police. Full text...

  • Gambia: Senior journalist of state-owned newspaper sacked
    22 january 2015 21:18:23
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Deputy Editor-In-Chief of the state-owned Daily Observer newspaper, Mr. Hatab Fadera, has been sacked.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Burundian journalist arrested, charged for not revealing source
    22 january 2015 14:56:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said that authorities in Burundi have imprisoned the director of the privately-owned Radio Publique Africaine (RPA) for not revealing his source.Full text...

  • Congo: CAR mediator praises Kenya's efforts to get rival armed groups closer
    19 january 2015 19:37:57
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Congolese President Dennis Sassou Nguesso has praised the efforts made by Kenyan authorities to bring together rival leaders of armed groups in Central African Republic, according to an official communiqué released here Monday.Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian media call for peaceful elections
    17 january 2015 11:41:03
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – As Zambians go to polls next Tuesday to elect a new president, the local media this week focused on the polls, appealing to the nation to believe in the capacity of the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to deliver peaceful, credible, fair and free elections. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Fever-pitch pre-election activities reported in Nigeria
    17 january 2015 07:46:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - With party primaries over and candidates emerged for the February general elections, the media in Nigeria are awash with stories of fever-pitch political activities across the country. Full text...

  • Ghana: Media report fire at drugs warehouse, suspension of commissioner of human rights
    17 january 2015 06:17:03
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A huge fire that razed the warehouse of the Central Medical Stores of the Ghana Health Service, which stocks drugs and medical equipment for about one year for health facilities, and the suspension of the commissioner of the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Lauretta Vivian Lamptey, were some of the stories reported in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Sudan: Anti-Charlie Hebdo demonstration staged in Sudan
    16 january 2015 15:01:41
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – An estimated 500 Sudanese Muslims Friday demanded the expulsion of the French ambassador to the Sudan in protest against what they termed as the French government allowing the French newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, republish cartoons they consider anti-Islamic and defamatory to Prophet Mohammed.Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Freedom of speech must not cause provocation - President Sall
    15 january 2015 20:31:51
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Senegalese president Macky Sall on Thursday in Ouagadougou said that as president, he cannot accept the circulation of the latest publication of the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, in his country where 95% of the population are Muslims.Full text...

  • Cameroon: Rights network protests against killing of DRC journalists
    14 january 2015 20:59:22
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) – The Central African Human Rights Network (REDHAC) has denounced the killing of journalists in North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritian religious council condemns attack on French magazine
    14 january 2015 19:06:51
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Council of Religions in Mauritius Wednesday condemned last week's attack on a French satirical magazine during 12 people, including journalists, were killed in Paris. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO holds debate on press freedom
    14 january 2015 18:18:21
    New York, US (PANA) - In the wake of last week’s attack against French satirical magazine, Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Media to mourn Charlie Hebdo victims Wednesday
    13 january 2015 14:31:03
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Following an appeal by the National Union of Burkina free audiovisual (UNALFA) and the association of media editors (SEP), the Burkina Faso media will Wednesday observe a day of mourning in memory of the victims of the terror attack on the French satirical newspaper, “Charlie Hebdo”, in which 12 persons were killed.Full text...

  • Togo: Pax Africana preaches against discrimination, stigmatization after Charlie Hebdo attack
    12 january 2015 13:37:52
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The Foundation Pax Africana, which works for peace, unity and development in Africa, Monday called States to ban any form of discrimination and stigmatization, following last Wednesday's terror attack on the French satirical newspaper, “Charlie Hebdo”. Full text...

  • Burundi: 'Charlie Hebdo' supporters rally at French Embassy in Bujumbura
    11 january 2015 14:58:39
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) –Burundi's media professionals, politicians, rights activists and ordinary citizens Sunday held a rally at the French Embassy in Bujumbura in solidarity with the people of France, following this week's terrorist attack on 'Charlie Hebdo' newspaper in Paris.Full text...

  • Mauritania: Media highlight Prime minister's general policy statement
    10 january 2015 17:53:08
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian media this week devoted a large part of their publications to various issues, including the General Policy Statement (GPS) presented by Prime Minister Yahya Ould Hademine to Parliament on Monday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Mahama's second year in office, jailing of drug queen reported in Ghana
    10 january 2015 07:53:11
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The second anniversary of President John Dramani Mahama's inauguration on 7 January and the jailing of a young Ghanaian woman in London for smuggling cocaine into the United Kingdom were some of the stories reported in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius condemns attack on French magazine
    09 january 2015 14:06:19
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius has condemned the "outrageous" attack on the French magazine, “Charlie Hebdo”, that was perpetrated Wednesday in Paris, the French capital, killing 12 people, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • US: OIC condemns terrorist attack on 'Charlie Hebdo'
    08 january 2015 19:08:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned Wednesday's terrorist attack against the office of 'Charlie Hebdo' magazine in Paris, which claimed lives of 10 media workers and two police officers. Full text...

  • Kenya: IFJ condemns media staff killings in Paris
    08 january 2015 15:14:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has joined its French affiliates – SNJ, SNJ-CGT and CFDT – in condemning the shooting that took place Wednesday at the offices of the French satiric magazine, Charlie Hebdo, in Paris, in which at least five journalists were killed.Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Ivorian president condemns attack on French magazine
    08 january 2015 13:27:42
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian President, Alassane Ouattara, in an official communications with his French counterpart, François Hollande, has expressed his "deepest sympathy" to France following Wednesday's attack on French magazine, "Charlie Hebdo", that killed 12 and injured 11 others, said an official statement. Full text...

  • UN: Ban, UN officials condemn attack on French magazine
    08 january 2015 08:20:42
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the ''appalling and cold-blooded crime" committed by terrorists who attacked the French magazine 'Charlie Hebdo', which left 10 media workers and two police officers dead. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Somali security forces arrest five journalists in two days
    06 january 2015 16:39:23
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Somali security forces arrested five journalists in two separate incidents over the weekend in Mogadishu and three of them were still in confinement Tuesday, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported. Full text...

  • Zambia: Local media review 2014, reflect on the New Year
    03 january 2015 09:29:44
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambian newspapers this week reflected on the major events that occurred in the country in 2014 and what lies ahead in 2015.Full text...

  • Ghana: Media report President Mahama's New Year message, Cardinal Turkson's national gov't call
    03 january 2015 09:03:03
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - President John Dramani Mahama's New Year message in which he told his countrymen that 2015 would see a major turnaround in the country's challenges and Cardinal Peter Appiah Turkson's call for a national government were some of the stories highlighted by the Ghanaian media this week.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls for thorough investigation of Congolese journalist's murder
    30 december 2014 18:02:42
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) ''to thoroughly investigate'' the murder of journalist Robert Chamwami Shalubuto and bring the killers to book. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Media urged to be professional
    27 december 2014 13:41:38
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso's high communication council, CSC, has urged the country's media to maintain a high level of professionalism all through the country's political transition, following the crisis that ousted the regime of President Blaise Compaoré last October.Full text...

  • Ghana: Ruling party's congress, Rawlings' call to wife to 'return home' reported in Ghana
    27 december 2014 09:25:26
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Last Saturday's national delegates' congress of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Kumasi, central Ghana, during which former president and founder of the party Jerry John Rawlings urged his wife to “return home”, were some of the stories reported in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Congo: Congo, CAR media councils sign cooperation agreement
    24 december 2014 15:14:52
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The media councils of Congo and the Central African Republic (CAR) Tuesday signed an agreement under which both organizations will cooperate, official sources told PANA here on Wednesday.Full text...

  • Libya: Algeria says solution to Libyan crisis is in hands of Libyans
    21 december 2014 14:56:29
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – "Algeria will accompany Libyan stakeholders in their mission to resolve the crisis in their country," Algeria's Deputy Minister for Maghreb and African Affairs, Abdelkader Messahel, has said. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Media highlight Nouakchott and Sahel G5 meetings
    20 december 2014 18:13:58
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The media in Mauritania this week devoted a large part of their comments to an intense activity of sub-regional security and diplomacy, with the holding of the Summit of Heads of State and government for the “Nouakchott Process” held on Thursday and an extraordinary summit of Sahel G5 on Friday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Congress of ruling party, court order on labour strikes reported in Ghana
    20 december 2014 09:34:54
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The National delegates’ congress of Ghana’s ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) taking place on Saturday, 20 December and a court order banning strikes by workers in a dispute with government over their pension were some of the stories reported this week. Full text...

  • 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...

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