Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Ethiopia: Newspaper decries lack of private media investors
    02 august 2014 16:52:32
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopia has been unable to attract private investors into its media industry because of various challenges that potential investors face, an Ethiopian newspaper, the Reporter, said in its latest edition published Saturday.Full text...

  • Ghana: Ebola, economy, money laundering case highlighted by media
    02 august 2014 12:04:34
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The fight against the deadly Ebola virus, concerns about the economy and arrest of a businessman for laundering nearly US$128 million were some of the stories played up by the media in Ghana this week.Full text...

  • Tanzania: Local dailies highlight action on Ebola, situation in Libya, tourists’ security
    02 august 2014 10:56:09
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – With the fear mounting that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa may spread further across the continent, one of Tanzania’s dailies, The Guardian, this week urged the public and health authorities in the East African country to put in place strict precautionary measures against the killer virus. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ expresses concern over the detention of journalist in Ethiopia
    01 august 2014 13:43:09
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has expressed concern over the arrest and detention of Aziza Mohamed, a photojournalist, by Ethiopian authorities, PANA reported Friday. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says Liberian journalist's arrest linked to his ''critical views''
    28 july 2014 15:30:13
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based press freedom watchdog, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), on Monday described the arrest and detention of Octavian Williams, a journalist and publisher of the Nation Times newspaper in Liberia, as ''an unwarranted calculated ploy to clamp down on critical views''. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Workers' pay hike, civil rights issues dominate Ethiopian media 
    26 july 2014 18:09:01
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Ethiopian media highlighted the intended civil servants' pay rise announced by the government, which resulted into overnight commodity price hikes and the status of civil rights in the East African country.Full text...

  • Tanzania: EAJA condemns intimidation of Editors by Tanzanian police
    26 july 2014 11:27:32
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) Saturday condemned an incident in which two editors were summoned by the police in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, for questioning over stories linking local patrol police to corruption. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Dailies highlight flight safety, rational airfares, human development
    26 july 2014 10:11:52
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Air travel safety and fares as well as the need to eliminate corruption in making use of the country’s abundant natural resources for human development were part of key issues which drew the attention of Tanzania’s dailies this week. Full text...

  • Nigeria: US dismayed by harsh sentencing of Swazi Human Rights lawyer, journalist
    26 july 2014 10:04:32
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The US is deeply dismayed by the sentencing of human rights lawyer, Thulani Maseko, and magazine editor, Bheki Makhubu, to two years in jail without the option of parole for a contempt of court conviction for publishing an article critical of the High Court of Swaziland. Full text...

  • Ghana: Media report workers’ demonstrations, anniversary of late president Mills
    26 july 2014 09:26:15
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Ghanaian media this week reported a series of demonstrations to protest against the never-ending economic challenges, the second anniversary of the death of President John Evans Atta Mills and a controversial tweet by the US embassy in Accra. Full text...

  • South Africa: Media company in major cost-cutting moves
    25 july 2014 15:32:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – It has been a bleak week for South Africa’s multi-billion dollar media industry, with some of the country’s publishing giants laying off staff, slashing titles and restructuring. Full text...

  • Mauritius: NGO condemns arrest of Malagasy journalists
    25 july 2014 05:47:32
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian rights group Human Rights Indian Ocean has condemned the arrest of Malagasy journalists Jean-Luc Rahaga and Didier Ramanoelina for publishing a letter from a reader in their daily 'Madagascar Matin'.Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA expresses concern about working conditions of journalists in West Africa
    24 july 2014 19:17:46
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based sub-regional press freedom watchdog, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), has expressed concern about the general working conditions of journalists in West Africa. Full text...

  • South Sudan: EAJA holds investigative journalism training in Juba
    23 july 2014 17:53:06
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) Wednesday launched an Investigative Journalism and Corruption Reporting Training in Juba, the South Sudanese capital, as part of its efforts to build the capacity of journalists in 11 East African countries to report more effectively and contribute to fighting corruption in the region. Full text...

  • Rwanda: African Media Leaders launch campaign against hate speech
    23 july 2014 12:43:02
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The African Media Leaders’ Forum (AMLF) Wednesday launched an advocacy campaign for media leaders and operators in Africa to lend their full support to efforts to turn the tide against the rise of hate speech on the continent, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Nigeria: EAJA urges Somali govt. not to push through anti-media legislation
    22 july 2014 15:05:32
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) has expressed serious concern over the move by the Somali government, through the Ministry of Information, to push through media laws that could undermine media freedom and freedom of expression.Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Media highlight president Hollande’s visit
    20 july 2014 12:11:14
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - Ivorian newspapers this week highlighted the visit of French President Francois Hollande to the West African nation. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Israeli raids on Gaza dominate Mauritanian media
    19 july 2014 16:42:42
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The media in Mauritania devoted most of their pages this week to the air and land strikes by the Israeli army against residents of the Gaza strip, leaving some 200 persons dead in only a few days. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Publisher charged with defamation, refused bail
    19 july 2014 11:47:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian authorities should drop the charges against a publisher who has been held in police custody since Tuesday on accusations of defaming a state governor, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Friday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Fuel price hike, mid-year economic review, strike call reported in Ghana
    19 july 2014 09:11:08
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Fuel price hikes announced by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), finance minister Seth Terkper’s mid-year economic budget review presented to Parliament and a one-day strike called by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) were some of the stories reported in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Dailies focus attention on terrorism suspects
    19 july 2014 08:57:49
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Terror attacks were once again in the limelight this week as Tanzanian newspapers reported the arrest and arraignment of 17 suspects linked to recent bombing incidents in the East African nation. Full text...

  • Mali: Former Malian Defence minister appointed AU mediator in CAR crisis
    15 july 2014 16:36:53
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The former Malian Minister of Defence and Ex-Combatants, Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga, has been appointed the African Union (AU) deputy-mediator in the CAR crisis, reliable sources told PANA on Tuesday.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ urges respect for media freedom in South Africa
    15 july 2014 16:30:59
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called for respect for media freedom in South Africa, the press freedom body stated in a letter obtained here by PANA Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: CPJ condemns closed court hearings for 9 Ethiopian journalists
    15 july 2014 13:26:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Ethiopian government should end its politicized prosecution of nine Ethiopian journalists arrested in April. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Media highlight investiture of re-elected president
    12 july 2014 17:50:33
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The investiture in Mauritania of re-elected president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, scheduled for 2 August, and the formation of a new government were the major stories in Mauritanian this week.Full text...

  • Mauritius: Parliamentary news dominate media in Mauritius
    12 july 2014 14:51:22
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Stories from parliament dominated the media this week in Mauritius with the introduction of a bill to amend the Constitution of the island to give future election candidates the choice of declaring, or not, their religious affiliation on election forms.Full text...

  • Zambia: Media express worry over corruption in the judiciary
    12 july 2014 12:46:18
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The acknowledgement of corruption in the Judiciary by acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda made headlines this week here, with the media saying this must be dealt with thoroughly. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ebola scare, ECOWAS summit reported in Ghana
    12 july 2014 09:03:01
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – An Ebola scare in Ghana, when an American who arrived from Guinea was suspected to be suffering from the deadly virus, and the summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) were some of the major stories that were reported in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Local dailies highlight risks of terrorism on tourism
    12 july 2014 08:53:58
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The latest bomb attack in northern Tanzania’s tourism capital, Arusha, was the main focus of dailies here this week as they raised questions and expressed concern about national security. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says 20 Ethiopian journalists dismissed, forced into hiding
    11 july 2014 15:48:28
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Thursday said 20 journalists from state-run Oromia Radio and Television Organization (ORTO) of Ethiopia were dismissed from work and forced into hiding after six years of service. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA condemns Gambian Police
    10 july 2014 18:17:49
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based media freedom watchdog, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), has condemned the Gambian Police Force for detaining and ''continued harassment'' of journalist Sanna Camara, MFWA said in a statement, obtained by PANA Thursday.Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA releases report on monitoring of Ghana media
    10 july 2014 16:36:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based media freedom watchdog, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), has released its first report on ''media ethics monitoring'' of the Ghanaian media, the body revealed in a statement sent to PANA Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO highlights freedom of expression, media development
    09 july 2014 19:55:34
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) says "tectonic shifts" in technology are having mixed results for freedom of expression and media development and sparking unprecedented creativity and dialogue. Full text...

  • Libya: AU, Arab League support Libya's democratic process
    09 july 2014 17:41:11
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libya’s efforts aimed at promoting its democratic process are supported at regional and international levels, Mohamed Abdelaziz, the Libyan Foreign Minister, said while ensuring that the Arab League, the African Union (AU) as well as other organizations are also providing support to Libya. Full text...

  • Libya: Arab League 'available' to assist Libya
    08 july 2014 12:53:49
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Arab League is available to contribute to any Arab, regional or international initiative to restore peace to Libya, according to the Secretary General of the Arab League, Nabil al-Arabi.Full text...

  • Mauritania: Media dominated by expectations from presidential elections
    05 july 2014 15:30:26
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Newspapers in Mauritania this week highlighted the post-presidential election perspectives in the country, particularly the investiture of re-elected president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, due for 2 August and the formation of a new government.Full text...

  • Tunisia: Media highlight terrorism
    05 july 2014 12:07:32
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Terrorism, marked by land mine explosions at the Ouergha mountain, near the Tunisian-Algerian border, that killed four Tunisian soldiers and injuring several others, is one of the main issues highlighted by the Tunisian media this week. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Local dailies focus on local traders, MDGs, Ebola prevention
    05 july 2014 07:40:41
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – As the national budget for the new financial year came into effect this week, the private newspaper, The Citizen, has urged the government to clamp down on unscrupulous traders who hiked prices of goods and services prematurely. Full text...

  • Ghana: Media report aftermath of disastrous World Cup performance, Ebola meeting
    05 july 2014 06:47:35
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The media in Ghana this week reported the fallout of the disastrous performance of the senior national football team, the Black Stars, in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and a meeting in Accra by health experts and ministers in West Africa on the outbreak of Ebola in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Togo: Togolese media professionals opt for competence
    03 july 2014 20:17:12
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The three-day national forum on the Togolese media has ended with media professionals deciding to give priority to competence.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Media watchdog asks Gambian police to stop harassing journalist
    02 july 2014 11:20:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Media watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has asked the Gambian police to stop harassing a journalist over a story highlighting human trafficking in the country.Full text...

  • Togo: Nationwide media talks open
    30 june 2014 20:59:13
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The Togolese Prime minister, Kwesi Séléagodji Ahoomey-Zunu, on Monday launched a three-day nationwide talks on the Togolese media in Kpalimé, 120 km northwest of the capital Lomé.Full text...

  • Mauritania: Media highlight presidential election
    28 june 2014 12:50:47
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Mauritanian newspapers this week highlighted the 21 June presidential election which was won by incumbent president, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, with more than 81% of the votes. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Local dailies drop hints for the government
    28 june 2014 08:49:49
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzania’s leading dailies this week reproved the executive on various fronts ranging from its yearly budget planning to dispensation of justice and dealing with truant pupils. Full text...

  • Ghana: Disastrous World Cup campaign, fuel shortage, traders’ strike played up in the media
    28 june 2014 08:42:17
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The media in Ghana this week highlighted the disastrous campaign of the Black Stars at the 2014 FIFA World Cup that culminated in the elimination of the country in the first round, the first since its maiden participation in the mundial in 2006. Full text...

  • Zambia: Dailies focus on President Sata’s health, illegal land allocation
    28 june 2014 07:35:59
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – As the media in Zambia this week focused on President Michael Sata’s trip to Israel, most of the leading newspapers, with the exception of the Daily Nation, however, avoided commenting on the confusion surrounding the trip and speculation building up on the health of the President, who is believed to be receiving medical treatment. Full text...

  • South Africa: Commission rebukes radio station over red-head comments
    26 june 2014 12:59:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s Broadcasting Complaints Commission has agreed with a radio listener who complained that a national radio station had ridiculed red-heads. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA applauds ECOWAS Court's ruling on The Gambia
    25 june 2014 18:09:33
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based sub-regional rights body, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Wednesday applauded ECOWAS's Community Court's ruling in favour of the slain Gambian editor, Deyda Hydara, against the government. Full text...

  • Senegal: Workshop to build capacity of journalists on gender issues opens
    24 june 2014 18:03:08
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A workshop aimed at building capacity of journalists on gender issues began on Tuesday in Dakar to promote the inclusion of gender dimensions in the Senegalese media. Full text...

  • Libya: Abducted Director of national television station released
    23 june 2014 20:25:33
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The abducted executive director of Libyan public television "Wataniya", Tarek al-Houni, was released on Monday, sources from the media organ said.Full text...

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