Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Senegal: CPJ launches new campaign for free press
    27 march 2015 13:30:22
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Thursday launched a new campaign to raise awareness about journalists imprisoned around the world in connection with their coverage of news in the public interest. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls on Angola to drop all charges against journalist
    26 march 2015 15:37:33
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Angolan authorities to drop all charges against journalist Rafael Marques de Morais.Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says state officials interfere with media’s work in Mali
    26 march 2015 13:47:30
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has accused state officials in Mali of interfering with media's work in the West African country.Full text...

  • Senegal:South Africa to host African Media Leaders Forum
    25 march 2015 17:13:39
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The African Media Initiative (AMI) Wednesday announced that this year's African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF) will be held from 11-13 November in Johannesburg, South Africa.Full text...

  • Ghana: Media report Mahama, Deby meeting, CJ’s call for informed comments on judges’ rulings
    21 march 2015 09:10:13
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A one-day meeting between Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama and his Chadian counterpart, Idriss Déby Itno and the call of Chief Justice Georgina Wood for measured criticism of rulings of judges were some of the stories reported in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: Journalist assaulted, others detained in DR Congo
    18 march 2015 13:54:03
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said that a freelance Belgian reporter, Alexis Bouvy, was assaulted while covering a demonstration in Goma in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Senegal: Sierra Leonean police hunt for journalist in hiding
    17 march 2015 15:24:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Tuesday disclosed that Sierra Leone's police are hunting for a journalist in hiding, Tamba Fanday. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Ethiopia denies sick journalist medical care in jail
    17 march 2015 13:47:12
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Ethiopian authorities have denied medical attention to journalist Temesghen Desalegn who has been imprisoned since October. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria-Morocco diplomatic row reported in Nigeria
    14 march 2015 09:22:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The diplomatic spat between Nigeria and Morocco, culminating in the recall of the Moroccan ambassador to Nigeria overshadowed even the raging pre-election political activities in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Zambia: Local media focus on President Lungu’s illness
    14 march 2015 07:35:01
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The media in Zambia this week widely covered the illness of President Edgar Lungu, who fell ill on Sunday, 8 March, 2015, while officiating at the International Women’s Day celebrations at Heroes Stadium in the capital, Lusaka, and was forced to withdraw from the programme. Full text...

  • UN: 'Women remain underrepresented in media'
    12 march 2015 18:03:14
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women Full text...

  • Senegal: Sierra Leonean authorities fine six media houses
    11 march 2015 16:32:05
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) on Wednesday said that Sierra Leone’s media regulatory body, the Independent Media Commission (IMC), has fined five newspapers and a radio station for their unprofessionalism. Full text...

  • Senegal: Journalist receives death threats in Guinea
    11 march 2015 13:54:23
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) on Wednesday revealed that Alpha Kabinet Sidime, managing editor of the actuconakry.com website, has reported receiving death threats from unknown persons in Guinea. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says two journalists arrested, detained in Guinea
    10 march 2015 15:44:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has disclosed that two journalists, Mahmoud Diary Diallo and Algassimou Diallo, were arrested and detained by members of Guinea Conakry's police and gendarmes. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Jonathan's "soothing" words on Chibok girls reported in Nigeria
    07 march 2015 08:56:41
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan's "soothing" assurances that the Chibok Secondary School girls, abducted in April last year by Boko Haram insurgents, are still alive and will be rescued, as well as the continuing war against Boko Haram were the main stories in Nigeria this week.Full text...

  • Ghana: Independence, maritime dispute, march against ethnocentrism reported in Ghana
    07 march 2015 07:44:52
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana’s 58th independence celebration on Friday, a maritime dispute with neighbouring Cote d’Ivoire and a demonstration against tribal bigotry were some of the major stories reported in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says journalist detained, three others fined in Somalia
    04 march 2015 15:10:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ) has said that Mohamed Bashir Hashi, a journalist in Somalia, is being detained while three others faced heavy fines. Full text...

  • Ghana: State of the Nation address, IMF agreement reported in Ghana
    28 february 2015 06:21:15
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – President John Dramani Mahama’s pledge to “fix” the perennial electricity challenges in his State of the Nation address and an announcement that Ghana has reached a deal with officials of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), aimed at overcoming the country’s economic challenges, were some of the stories highlighted by the media this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: Journalist goes into hiding for fear of arrest in Sierra Leone
    27 february 2015 17:02:42
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Friday disclosed that Tamba Fanday, station manager of privately-owned Citizen Radio in Koidu Town, Kono District in eastern Sierra Leone, is currently in hiding for fear of being arrested and detained under a presidential executive order.Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says Nigerian Police move to redress violation against journalist
    25 february 2015 15:17:53
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Wednesday said that Tunde Ogunsakin, the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of police in Zone 6 in the south-south political zone of Nigeria, has assured that the attackers of Charles Erukaa, reporter with Channels TV, will be brought to book. Full text...

  • Senegal: Two newspapers suspended in Sierra Leone
    25 february 2015 14:06:11
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) on Wednesday disclosed that two privately-owned newspapers, Independent Observer and Prime Times, have been suspended by Sierra Leone's media regulatory body. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says Guinea's gendarmes assault journalist
    24 february 2015 15:31:24
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has said that two gendarmes physically assaulted Abdoulaye Oumou Sow, a journalist in Guinea Conakry. Full text...

  • Nigeria: IPC, UNESCO to conduct survey on safety of journalists in Nigeria
    23 february 2015 20:24:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The International Press Centre (IPC) Lagos-Nigeria has commenced a survey on the safety of journalists in Nigeria as part of its project on safety of journalists and emerging issues in conflict in the country. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA condemns continuous detention of two Nigerian journalists
    23 february 2015 20:16:29
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has condemned the ''continuous arbitrary detention'' of two journalists in Nigeria.Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA concerned over attempts to silence media on Ebola issues in Sierra Leone
    23 february 2015 15:45:48
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) says it remains concerned at government attempts to silence press coverage of Ebola and related issues in Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Ivorian nationalist, Ekra, dies at 98
    23 february 2015 08:33:24
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - A founding father of Cote d'Ivoire, Mathieu Vangah Ekra, died on Sunday at the age of 98, PANA learnt from officials sources here Monday.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Politics, heightened war against Boko Haram reported in Nigeria
    21 february 2015 11:55:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Since the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) postponed the 14, 28 February, 2015, general elections, citing insecurity in the north east and the inability to have all the permanent voter cards distributed, the media in Nigeria have been awash with reports of heightened political activities and the war against Boko Haram. Full text...

  • Ghana: Opposition march against energy crisis, changes at presidency reported in Ghana
    21 february 2015 05:05:10
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A huge demonstration called by the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) to protest against the energy crisis that has adversely affected businesses, industries, offices and homes in Ghana and a shake-up at the presidency dominated the media this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA accuses police of assaulting two journalists in Ghana
    20 february 2015 16:51:03
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Friday said two Ghanaian journalists were assaulted by a police marine team stationed at Senchi ferry in the Eastern Region of Ghana.Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA wants protection for journalists in Nigeria
    20 february 2015 15:24:39
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Friday demanded protection for journalists from Nigeria's security agencies following the stabbing of Charles Erukaa of the privately-owned Channels Television while covering a political rally.Full text...

  • Senegal: Security forces are leading violators of freedom of expression in West Africa - MFWA
    19 february 2015 14:36:22
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has released its latest monitoring report, saying state security forces are the leading violators of the right to freedom of expression in West Africa.Full text...

  • France: Leading pro-African news portal unveils new graphic identity
    18 february 2015 11:34:09
    Paris, France (PANA) - Leading professional African news portal, Africa Intelligence, Tuesday unveils its new graphic identity with revamped logos, attractive colours, improved ergonomics and smoother navigation. Full text...

  • Sudan: Journalists' union laments newspapers' confiscation
    17 february 2015 09:53:26
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Journalists Union (SJU) has protested Monday's confiscation of the day's edition of 14 daily newspapers by the security services without giving any justification. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Media dominated by arrest of former PM in Mauritius
    14 february 2015 17:33:33
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian media this week devoted large spaces to the arrest on Friday of former Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam, who is accused of money laundering and complicity to commit a wrongful act, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Reactions to postponed polls get huge media play in Nigeria
    14 february 2015 10:23:23
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Reactions to the postponement of the 14 February 2015 presidential elections captured newspaper front pages in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Gambia: Six Gambian soldiers on trial before military court
    13 february 2015 18:35:34
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Trial of a group of six soldiers who allegedly had links to last year's attack on Gambia's Presidential Palace has opened before a court martial in Banjul, PANA learnt Friday from informed sources. Full text...

  • Senegal: AMI to train over 200 journalists on ICT, peace in Africa
    11 february 2015 18:26:16
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The African Media Initiative (AMI) and two of its partners Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding towards training of journalists in Information, Communication/Technology (ICT), and coverage of peace and conflict issues in Africa.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns ban on newspaper in South Sudan
    11 february 2015 15:23:46
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the ban slammed against South Sudan's independent newspaper, Nation Mirror, a statement from the press freedom body issued late Tuesday disclosed. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Media feast on rescheduled national elections
    08 february 2015 14:47:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - All Nigerian newspapers Sunday ran, on their front pages, stories on the postponement of the general elections, originally scheduled for 14 and 28 February, 2015.Full text...

  • Mauritania: Media highlight perspectives for political dialogue
    07 february 2015 17:55:27
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The perspective for a government-opposition political dialogue, which follows an appeal from President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on 4 January, continues to dominate the Mauritanian media this week.Full text...

  • Zambia: Media applaud President Lungu’s mediation in South Sudan
    07 february 2015 12:05:59
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The local press this week commented, among other issues, on the invitation of Zambian President Edgar Lungu to mediate in the South Sudan conflict as well as the expulsion from the party of 21 members of parliament by the former ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Rumours of election postponement dominate front pages in Nigeria
    07 february 2015 09:42:01
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Growing apprehension that the 14 February general elections will be postponed dominated newspaper headlines in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Energy crisis, prison riot, football reported in Ghana
    07 february 2015 06:01:49
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The never-ending energy crisis, riot at a prison that claimed one life after a fire outbreak and Ghana’s progress to the finals of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament were some of the stories reported this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says newspaper fined 1 million CFA in Cote d'Ivoire
    06 february 2015 15:46:45
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Ivorian authorities have imposed a fine of one million CFA francs on La Refondation SA, publisher of the daily newspaper Notre Voie, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has said.Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA commends Liberian President for decriminalising libel, defamation
    06 february 2015 13:53:09
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has commended Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, for reaffirming her government’s commitment to decriminalise libel and defamation. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria denies frustrating foreign journalists requesting election coverage
    05 february 2015 20:13:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Federal Ministry of Information says media reports claiming that the Federal Government is denying accreditation to foreign journalists who want to cover the 14 February general elections is false.Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa's oldest press agency winds up
    05 february 2015 15:09:26
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African Press Association (SAPA) on Thursday announced that it would close down in March after nearly 70 years of uninterrupted service. Full text...

  • 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...

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