Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Nigeria: Editors kick against bill to stifle freedom of speech
    06 december 2015 18:17:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The umbrella Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has demanded the unconditionally that the country's Senate suspends all proceedings with respect to a proposed Bill, "FRIVOLOUS PETITIONS (PROHIBITIONS ETC) BILL, 2015." Full text...

  • Mauritius: Media dominated this week by bill on unexplained wealth
    05 december 2015 16:35:07
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian media was dominated this week by the parliamentary debates on the new bill on unexplained wealth introduced by the government and passed on Thursday evening, after two days of debate. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana media report power barge’s arrival, suspension of parliamentary candidates of ruling party
    05 december 2015 16:13:20
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The arrival of a power barge that will generate 225MW of power and the suspension of two parliamentary candidates of the ruling National Democratic Congress were some of the stories reported in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • COP21: IFAD report says top media fail to connect climate change, migration, food security
    04 december 2015 15:50:52
    Paris, France (PANA) – Top news media are failing to identify climate change as a contributor to some of the world’s biggest crises, including migration, food insecurity and conflict, according to a new research report funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and presented at the 21st UNCCD Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris Friday. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Somali journalist killed in car bomb
    04 december 2015 12:44:40
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has disclosed that a Somali journalist, Hindia Haji Mohamed, was killed in a car bomb attack on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Minister urges broadcast media owners to shun divisive elements
    30 november 2015 21:06:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed Monday appealed to the private broadcast media owners in Nigeria not to allow their platforms to be used to propagate ideas that can hinder national unity. Full text...

  • Ghana: Politics continues to dominate Ghana media
    28 november 2015 08:37:08
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Politics continued to dominate the front pages of the newspapers in Ghana and for the second week running, with the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) once again making the headlines for different reasons. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ honours Ethiopian journalists for courageous work
    26 november 2015 14:07:36
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has given an award to a group of Ethiopian journalists, known as Zone 9 bloggers, for their courageous work.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Buhari tasks Africa's broadcasters as continental broadcast meeting opens
    26 november 2015 12:43:49
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged public broadcasters in Africa to pay attention to the creation of content in order to take their rightful place and be a catalyst for growth. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt will not clamp down on Social Media - Minister
    23 november 2015 20:47:27
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government assured on Monday that it will not seek to regulate the Social Media, but urged its practitioners to self-regulate in order not to lose credibility. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns arrest of Somali Journalist
    23 november 2015 12:18:17
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the arrest of a Somali Journalist, Jama Yusuf Deperani, by authorities in Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Media highlight Paris, Saint-Denis attacks
    21 november 2015 17:17:39
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian media this week largely commented on the terrorist attacks in Paris and Saint-Denis, perpetrated on Friday, 13 November, with 129 killed and more than 300 injured for which Daech has claimed responsibility.Full text...

  • Ghana: Politics dominates Ghana media
    21 november 2015 08:57:44
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Politics dominated the media in Ghana this week, with developments in the two major parties, the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP), occupying the front pages. Full text...

  • Senegal: AMI tasked towards establishing ''Special Fund for Media Development'' in Africa
    17 november 2015 15:45:43
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The African Media Initiative (AMI) Tuesday said it has been tasked towards exploring the establishment of a publicly-financed ''Special Fund for Media Development,'' whose core purpose will be to strengthen journalism capacity in Africa’s low-income countries. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Bill on unexplained wealth sparks debate in Mauritius media
    14 november 2015 08:57:40
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius' Good Governance and Integrity Bill, tabled before Parliament a fortnight ago, continued to spark a hot debate in the country's media this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Media report clash of anti-corruption crusaders, crises in opposition party
    14 november 2015 07:30:02
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Nasty exchanges between two prominent anti-corruption campaigners, the ongoing crises in the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the 2016 budget were some of the major stories reported in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA expresses concern over suspensions of journalists, newspapers in Cote d'Ivoire
    12 november 2015 16:11:31
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Thursday reiterated deep concern over the spate of suspensions of newspapers in Cote d'Ivoire and called on authorities to reconsider their response to breaches of the professional code. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns detention of Kenyan journalist
    11 november 2015 12:33:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the arrest of a Kenyan journalist, John Ngirachu, who has been in custody for failing to reveal his sources of a report to the authorities. Full text...

  • Zambia: Newspaper promises to pay outstanding taxes within 90 days
    11 november 2015 11:26:46
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The independent Post Newspapers says it will continue liquidating both its current and outstanding tax obligations amounting close to K17 million to the revenue authority and ensure that it is current with the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) within 90 days. (1USD=K13) Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls for release of detained journalist in Burundi
    10 november 2015 16:30:45
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Tuesday called on Burundian authorities to release radio journalist Blaise Célestin Ndihokubwayo who has been detained without being charged since Friday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Power struggle in main opposition party continues to dominate media
    07 november 2015 10:29:58
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The unending row in the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), caused by a bitter power struggle, once again dominated the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Zambia: Revenue officers raid Post newspaper over 'unpaid taxes'
    06 november 2015 12:45:31
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Officers from the Zambia Revenue Authority on Friday raided the offices in Lusaka of the independent Post Newspapers and served the newspaper with a warrant of distress of close to K7 million in taxes and penalties. (1USD=K12) Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA condemns attack against journalist in Ivory Coast
    05 november 2015 16:12:45
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Thursday condemned an attack against an Ivorian journalist, Koffi Kouassi while calling on authorities to investigate the matter. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA urges West Africa to be committed to safety of journalists
    03 november 2015 15:18:37
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has urged countries in the region to be committed to safety of journalists and ensure justice for victims of free expression violations.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Somalia tops countries where journalists are murdered, killers go free
    02 november 2015 13:42:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Monday said Somalia topped the list of countries where journalists get murdered and their killers go unpunished.Full text...

  • Ghana: Opposition New Patriotic Party generates major stories in Ghana
    31 october 2015 08:38:24
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The main opposition party in Ghana, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), generated two major stories in Ghana this week, with the raging confusion among its top rungs and a forum of stakeholders held by the Electoral Commission (EC) to discuss its persistent demand for a new voters’ register highlighted by the media. Full text...

  • Senegal: AMI announces finalists for “Excellence in Media” awards
    28 october 2015 16:24:01
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The African Media Initiative (AMI) Wednesday announced finalists in the first edition of its Zimeo “Excellence in Media” awards following a rigorous judging process led by independent pan-African panels of judges.Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS expands online presence through new media
    26 october 2015 16:54:34
    Abuja, Nigeia (PANA) - In line with modern trends in new media, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has expanded its online media presence through the Facebook, Twitter and Youtube platforms to complement the institution’s revamped website which was launched in March 2015. Full text...

  • Ghana: Energy woes, voters’ register brouhaha, opposition crisis reported in Ghana
    24 october 2015 07:20:29
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A relapse of the energy woes, brouhaha over the voters’ register and further opening of deep cracks in the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) were some of the major stories reported in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Zambia: Media institute warns Information Minister to stop terrorizing Zambian media
    22 october 2015 17:32:32
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zambia has warned Information Minister Chishimba Kambwili to desist from terrorizing the media, as his behavior is painting a bad picture of President Edgar Lungu's leadership. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt withdraws forgery charges against 2 journos
    22 october 2015 17:18:34
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's federal government has withdrawn the charges of forgery against two journalists of the Abuja-based private newspaper 'Leadership', which was instituted by the immediate past government at a high court in the Nigerian capital. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns arrest of Burundian journalist in DR Congo
    20 october 2015 15:42:33
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the arrest and detention of a Burundian journalist, Egide Mwemero, in Uvira in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).Full text...

  • Ghana: Electricity challenges, corruption allegation against MPs reported in Ghana
    17 october 2015 06:42:37
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The near loss of some 400 megawatts of power because of a huge debt owed the West Africa Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo) and an allegation by an outspoken academic that Members of Parliament (MPs) are corrupt were some of the stories reported by the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns Kenyan parliament over repressive media bill
    16 october 2015 18:20:39
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ welcomes acquittal of bloggers in Ethiopia
    16 october 2015 18:17:30
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Friday welcomed the acquittal by an Ethiopian court of four bloggers of the ''Zone 9 bloggers'' charged with terrorism.Full text...

  • Botswana: Journalists urged to fight for their rights
    12 october 2015 12:09:22
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Phillimon Mmeso, interim president of ‎Botswana Media and Allied Workers Union (BOMAWU), on Monday stressed that working conditions for journalist need to improve and urged media workers to fight for their rights and conditions of employment.Full text...

  • Nigeria: "War of words" in Super Eagles camp dominates headlines in Nigeria
    10 october 2015 08:36:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The "war of words" in the Super Eagles camp in Belgium, involving Coash Sunday Oliseh and Captain Vincent Enyama, was the dominant story in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns arrest of 2 journalists in Somalia
    06 october 2015 15:32:27
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned Somali authorities for arresting two journalists working for privately-owned broadcaster, Universal TV, in Mogadishu. Full text...

  • Ghana: Arguments on voters’ register, ‘corruption’ in judiciary reported in Ghana
    03 october 2015 10:27:13
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Raging arguments on the voters’ register and ongoing investigations into alleged corruption in the judiciary were some of the stories highlighted by the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA calls for equal access to state broadcaster in Cote d'Ivoire
    02 october 2015 15:41:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has called on the Ivorian government to allow the state broadcaster, Radiodiffusion Télévision Ivoirienne (RTI), to give equal access to all political actors in the country. Full text...

  • Ghana: Twists and turns in judges ‘corruption’ scandal continues to dominate Ghana media
    26 september 2015 09:32:03
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The twists and turns in the alleged corruption instances involving scores of staff of the Ghana judicial service, including 34 judges, continue to dominate the media, with the first screening of the video and unrelenting pursuit of court cases by the cited judges taking centre stage.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Mass Boko Haram surrender, hajj stampede, Saraki's high-profile trial reported
    26 september 2015 09:00:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The sudden surrender of more than 200 Boko Haram terrorists, the hajj stampede in Saudi Arabia which resulted in the death of many Islamic faithfuls and the corruption trial of Bukola Saraki, the nation's number three citizen and President of the Senate, were the major stories in Nigeria this week.Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: West African leaders arrive for mediation in troubled Burkina Faso
    23 september 2015 13:16:55
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Leaders of Niger, Ghana and Benin, and a representative of President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria arrived here Wednesday for negotiations with coup leaders with a view to resuming Burkina Faso's transition process. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says Guinea's media regulator bans radio phone-in programmes
    21 september 2015 14:21:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has said that Guinea's media regulatory body, Haute Autorité de la Communication (HAC), has banned phone-in programmes on radio stations ahead of the October presidential polls in the West African nation. Full text...

  • Ghana: Reactions to alleged corruption in judiciary reported by Ghanaian media
    19 september 2015 08:07:45
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Ghanaian media this week continued to focus on the alleged bribery scandal rocking the judicial service after an investigative journalist submitted a three-hour video that implicated some 180 staff, including 34 judges, in corrupt practices, to the president and chief justice. Full text...

  • Togo: Govt. approves draft bill for better access to public information sources
    18 september 2015 20:15:33
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The Togolese cabinet has approved a draft bill that will give journalists and other members of the public access to public information sources, official sources said on Friday in Lomé. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Presidents of Senegal, Benin to 'mediate' in B/Faso crisis
    18 september 2015 10:43:36
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Presidents Macky Sall of Senegal and and Boni Yayi of Benin were due in Ouagadougou Friday to mediate in the crisis that has seen the military seize power in Burkina Faso. Full text...

  • Tanzania: EAC chief urges Tanzanian media to nurture social consensus
    17 september 2015 10:00:27
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - East African Community (EAC) Secretary General Richard Sezibera has urged the media fraternity in Tanzania to build peace and social consensus as the country approaches its five-yearly general and presidential elections on 25 Oct. 2015.Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO chief condemns killing of Somali media worker
    16 september 2015 07:53:03
    New York, US (PANA) - UNESCO head Irina Bokova has denounced the recent killing of a Somali news editor, Abdullahi Ali Hussein. Full text...

  • Tanzania: La Francophonie, RFI, RSF launch innovation award in media
    15 september 2015 20:12:39
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF) jointly with Radio France International (RFI) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Tuesday launched "The French Innovation Award in the Media" which will be awarded in March 2016. Full text...

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