Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Ghana: War of words on State of the Nation address highlighted in Ghana
    05 march 2016 06:35:48
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A war of words following the 25 February State of the Nation address by President John Dramani Mahama and the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to Ghana were some of the stories highlighted by the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: Rights groups petition African Commission on Human Rights over detained Gambian journalist
    04 march 2016 15:49:51
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) and 36 other freedom of expression organisations have petitioned the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights to prevail on the Gambian President, Yahyah Jammeh, to release a journalist who has been in detention for seven months. Full text...

  • Senegal: Ghana to host conference on Media, governance
    04 march 2016 13:00:38
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Ghana will play host to a sub-regional conference on Media and Participatory governance which will run between 15-17 March at the Mensvic Grand Hotel in Accra, the capital. Full text...

  • Mauritius: President’s pension hits headlines this week in Mauritius
    27 february 2016 14:02:07
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Can a former President of the Republic of Mauritius take on a paid job after retiring from his post and continue to benefit from a pension? This is the question put by the media following a legal action initiated by a lawyer before the Supreme Court asking for the freezing of the salary and allowances of the present Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth, who is back to power since December 2014. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama’s state of the nation address fills newspapers
    27 february 2016 08:51:18
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Thursday’s State of the Nation address by President John Dramani Mahama filled Ghanaian newspapers this week, with the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) hailing it as a comprehensive presentation of the president's performance since his inauguration three years ago while the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) rubbished it as propaganda. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ demands investigation of alleged threat against Nigerian journalist
    26 february 2016 16:53:04
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Nigerian authorities should investigate claims that a businessman threatened freelance journalist Augustina Armstrong-Ogbonna over her investigation into his company, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Friday.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says court convicts suspect for murdering journalist in DR Congo
    24 february 2016 13:25:50
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said that a court in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) convicted a suspect of murdering journalist Soleil Balanga.Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says journalist goes missing in Mali
    22 february 2016 13:15:06
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has said its national partner in Mali, la Maison de la Presse (MP), has mobilised the media in the country to work towards unraveling the disappearance of Birama Touré, a reporter with the investigative weekly, Le Sphinx.Full text...

  • Ghana: Gory road accident, President’s Iran visit reported in Ghana
    20 february 2016 06:36:41
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A gory accident on Wednesday night that claimed the lives of 61 passengers, President John Dramani Mahama’s state visit to Iran and the high number of deaths from meningitis were some of the stories highlighted in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA raises concern over threats against Ghanaian journalist
    19 february 2016 15:45:28
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has raised concern over threats against a Ghanaian journalist, Ato Kwamena Dadzie, made by a Member of Parliament (MP) in Ghana. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns Uganda for blocking social media during voting
    19 february 2016 12:25:29
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned Ugandan authorities for restricting access to social media as voters went to the polls in Thursday's presidential elections. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ wants charges against Ugandan journalist dropped
    18 february 2016 13:58:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Ugandan authorities to ''immediately drop all charges'' against radio journalist, Richard Mungu Jakican. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan offers to mediate between Burundi and Rwanda
    17 february 2016 11:14:19
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Foreign Ministry has revealed that Khartoum has offered to mediate in the growing dispute between Burundi and Rwanda.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Federal government disengages heads of information parastatals
    15 february 2016 11:02:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Federal Government has disengaged the heads of the six information-related parastatals under the Ministry of Information and Culture. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana: 'Bloody week' reported in Ghanaian media
    13 february 2016 09:44:31
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Ghanaian media this week reported a number of killings that rocked the country, with the assassination of a Member of Parliament, shooting dead by police of two people mistaken for armed robbers and bloody clashes between Muslim youth and residents of Tafo, a suburb in Kumasi, Ghana’s second largest city, being the most prominent. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA wants thorough investigation into killing of Guinean journalist
    09 february 2016 15:51:44
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Tuesday called for a ''thorough investigation'' into the killing of journalist El Hadj Mohamed Diallo in Guinea Conakry. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns killing of Guinean journalist
    06 february 2016 14:49:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) -The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the shooting to death of Guinean journalist, El-Hadj Mohamed Diallo, a reporter for news websites Guinée7 and Afrik, and called on authorities to ensure justice is served.Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA urges Ghanaian President to fulfill promise
    06 february 2016 14:44:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) -The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has written to Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama urging him to fulfill his promise of taking action against his top aide, Mr. Stan Dogbe who assaulted a journalist last year.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ urges DR Congo to lift suspension order on two TV stations
    06 february 2016 14:37:43
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the decision by the government of DR Congo to close two privately owned news channels, and urged officials to allow the channels to resume broadcasting immediately. Full text...

  • Ghana: Looming strikes, conflict between farmers and herdsmen reported in Ghana
    06 february 2016 07:06:04
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Looming strikes by drivers and traders, and conflict between farmers and Fulani herdsmen in the Ashanti Region were some of the stories highlighted by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ welcomes striking out of Criminal Defamation Laws in Zimbabwe
    04 february 2016 11:50:24
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has welcomed the Zimbabwe Supreme Constitutional Court striking out of the country's criminal defamation laws. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan journalist Mugisha released
    04 february 2016 10:26:26
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - After several hours of interrogation by Rwandan police, Ivan Mugisha, who is the correspondent with the Kenyan-based Nation Media newspaper, has been released from custody, a reliable source confirmed on Thursday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria will work to reposition the Pan African News Agency - Minister
    03 february 2016 17:06:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has given the assurance that Nigeria will do all it takes to ensure the continued survival and repositioning of the Pan African News Agency (PANA) to enable it fulfil its mandate. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns Equatorial Guinea for Gbagbo trial coverage ban
    03 february 2016 11:45:48
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has strongly condemned the decision of the government in Equatorial Guinea to ban state television from covering the trial of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo, which opened at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague on 28 January. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Musical piracy dominates headlines in Mauritius
    30 january 2016 15:29:41
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Musical piracy, whereby unscrupulous vendors copy the works of local artists and sell them to the public at large, dominated the media headlines this week in Mauritius. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Burundi arrests 2 foreign correspondents in wider crackdown
    30 january 2016 11:30:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on authorities in Burundi to stop harassing journalists and allow them to freely report on events in the country following the arrest of two foreign correspondents. Full text...

  • Ghana: Meningitis deaths, reduction in power tariff reported in Ghana
    30 january 2016 07:23:33
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Ghanaian media this week reported the rising deaths from the outbreak of pneumococcal meningitis and the request of a British fugitive to be repatriated to stand trial for his alleged murder of his partner and two children.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ urges Uganda to allow radio station resume broadcasts
    29 january 2016 13:29:08
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has urged Ugandan authorities to immediately allow the privately-owned radio station, Endigyito FM, to resume broadcasts. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA comedian secures US$3 million book deal
    29 january 2016 08:57:24
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Soweto-born comedian Trevor Noah has confirmed that he will publish a book about growing up in Apartheid South Africa.Full text...

  • Senegal: Ghanaian President replies to journalists' petition
    26 january 2016 15:44:14
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, has responded to a petition by the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) and 155 Ghanaian journalists seeking disciplinary action against a senior presidential staffer, Stan Dogbe. Full text...

  • Ghana: Workers’ demonstration, major electricity blackout reported in Ghana
    23 january 2016 08:31:38
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Ghanaian media this week reported on workers’ demonstrations throughout the country to protest against increases in utility tariffs and taxes on petroleum products and a national blackout following a systems failure. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt. will not regulate Online Publications - Minister
    22 january 2016 15:30:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Minister of information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has assured that the Federal Government will not regulate Online Publications in the country, saying the publishers are responsible enough to regulate themselves. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Tanzania imposes permanent ban on newspaper
    22 january 2016 13:34:19
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on authorities in Tanzania to end their harassment of the weekly newspaper, Mawio, which was permanently banned from publishing in print and online and had two of its editors briefly detained.Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights groups want charges against 3 Cameroonian journos dropped
    21 january 2016 14:26:32
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Cameroonian authorities must immediately and unconditionally drop all charges against three journalists, accused of failing to disclose information and sources, Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders said on the eve of their trial before a military court.Full text...

  • Kenya: Editor fired for criticising president in opinion piece
    21 january 2016 12:56:21
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Senior Editor with the Nations Media Group in Kenya, who was accused of writing an editorial that heavily criticised President Uhuru Kenyatta, was sacked on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Government denies asking private sector to boycott private media
    21 january 2016 09:37:00
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Botswana government had refuted media reports that vice president Mokgweetsi Masisi made efforts to coerce the business community to join the government's decision not to advertise in the private media.Full text...

  • Mauritius: Case against PM’s son made headlines in Mauritius
    16 january 2016 15:32:17
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The appeal case involving Pravind Jugnauth, son of the Mauritian Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, who was jailed one year by an Intermediate Court here on 11 July, 2015, after he was found guilty of conflict of interest in the purchase by the State of a private hospital in which his sister was a shareholder, dominated headlines this week in Mauritius. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls for release of 2 detained journalists in Djibouti
    16 january 2016 13:36:54
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on authorities in Djibouti to “immediately release” two journalists, Kadar Abdi Ibrahim and Mohamed Ibrahim Waiss, arrested during the week. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says press in Uganda face restrictions, attacks
    16 january 2016 11:53:55
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed concern that journalists in Uganda are being prevented from freely covering parliament and campaigning for next month's presidential elections. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari's order on culprits in alleged fraudulent arms purchases reported in Nigeria
    16 january 2016 07:37:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President Muhammadu Buhari's directive on Friday to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to establish the scope of the culpability of some retired and serving high-ranking Army and Air Force officers dominated newspaper front pages in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudanese media dwell on Sudan-US relations
    16 january 2016 06:42:07
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese daily newspapers Friday fed heavily on a statement by the Foreign Minister, Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour, that his country’s relations with the US have witnessed some overture. Full text...

  • Gambia: Information Minister rebuts false reports on Gambia
    13 january 2016 19:39:36
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia’s Minister of Information, Sheriff Bojang, has condemned foreign media outfits “that have been filling their newspaper columns and airtime with gross distortions and the most outrageous lies against the country” since President Yahya Jammeh declared an Islamic state on 10 December 2015. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Road accidents highlighted by Mauritian media
    09 january 2016 17:43:04
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Road accidents during and after the New Year festivities were highlighted by the media in Mauritius this week.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Lassa fever outbreak dominates front pages in Nigeria
    09 january 2016 07:20:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The outbreak of Lassa fever, an acute viral hemorrhagic fever caused by the Lassa virus that has resulted in the death of many victims, dominated newspaper front pages in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Politics, workers' threat, Guantanamo detainees highlighted by Ghana media
    09 january 2016 05:48:04
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The media in Ghana this week highlighted a variety of subjects, including political arguments between the two main parties over the voters' register, a threat by labour to “unleash” a series of actions if government does not reverse utility and fuel price increases and the arrival in Ghana of two former detainees at Guantanamo Bay freed by the US. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ urges South Sudan to release detained journalist
    08 january 2016 12:43:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on South Sudanese authorities to immediately release journalist Joseph Afandi.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ reports 71 journalists killed, 199 others imprisoned in 2015
    07 january 2016 17:37:39
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Some 71 journalists were killed worldwide in direct relation to their work in 2015, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) revealed Thursday, describing the year as the fourth deadliest since the media watchdog began keeping records in 1992.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls for immediate release of detained Somali journalist
    07 january 2016 13:04:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The media watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on authorities in Somalia to ''immediately release'' journalist Abdirisak Omar Ahmed or disclose any charges against him.Full text...

  • Ghana: Editor of pro-government newspaper in Gambia quits
    07 january 2016 09:59:20
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Lamin Njie, editor-in-chief of the pro-government newspaper, The Standard, has resigned his position saying he has been pushed to take the action over "professional disagreement". Full text...

  • Ghana: Media play up energy issues, voters’ register, New Year message
    02 january 2016 08:38:13
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Dramatic developments in the energy sector that culminated in the resignation of Power minister Kwabena Donkor and the rejection of demands by the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) for a new voters’ register before this year’s presidential and parliamentary elections were some of the stories highlighted by the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

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