Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • 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...

  • Nigeria: Stakeholders launch media code for Nigeria’s 2015 elections coverage
    16 december 2014 19:04:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Ahead of Nigeria’s general elections due in February 2015, stakeholders from public and private media sector Tuesday, in the capital city of Abuja, unveiled a media code for coverage of the polls.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says two Somali journalists killed, three injured in bombings
    09 december 2014 17:07:54
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Two Somali journalists have been killed and three wounded in a twin bombing that targeted a restaurant frequented by journalists and officials in the south-central Somali town of Baidoa, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said late Monday. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says journalist charged for interviewing musician in Guinea
    09 december 2014 14:10:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The sub-regional press freedom watchdog, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Tuesday said a Guinean journalist, Saidou Barry, is facing charges for interviewing a musician. Full text...

  • Libya: UNSMIL says dialogue remains most effective means to end hostilities in Libya
    08 december 2014 19:18:39
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Dialogue is first and foremost a Libyan necessity, and remains the most viable and effective means of addressing, with a view to ending, the deepening political polarization and raging military hostilities in the North African country, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said here Monday. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ's new report says legacy of Rwanda genocide includes media restrictions
    08 december 2014 15:26:30
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Monday released a new report saying legacy of Rwanda genocide includes media restrictions and self-censorship. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ welcomes African Court’s ruling on criminal defamation
    06 december 2014 19:43:06
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The international press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has welcomed the ruling of the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights that criminal defamation should be used only in restricted circumstances and that imprisonment for defamation violates freedom of expression.Full text...

  • Mali: Media highlight 'difficult group' of Eagles in AFCON 2015
    06 december 2014 15:00:27
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Several newspapers in Mali this week highlighted Wednesday's AFCON 2015 draw in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea, where the competition will be hosted from 17 January to 7 February.Full text...

  • Ghana: Media highlight deepening problems of rights body’s boss, corruption perception index
    06 december 2014 05:45:46
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The deepening problems of the Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and reactions to the Corruption Perception Index (CPI), which saw Ghana make a marginal rise, made the headlines in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Burkinabe journalist wins landmark freedom of expression case
    05 december 2014 20:33:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Burkinabe journalist, Lohe Issa Konate, won a landmark case against the state on Friday, after the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR) issued a ruling in his favour in a defamation case.Full text...

  • Mauritania: Newspaper editors bemoan poor working conditions
    03 december 2014 14:25:40
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Newspaper editors in Mauritania have raised the alarm about the "catastrophic" condition under which they work, saying that "The Mauritanian print media will die if emergency measures are not taken to help the sector."Full text...

  • Libya: UN mission schedules 2nd round of inter-Libyan talks for 9 December
    03 december 2014 13:24:10
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Wednesday called for a new round of political dialogue for 9 December 2014 in the north African country, after consultations with the different Libyan stakeholders. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ to release report on press freedom in Rwanda
    01 december 2014 15:41:37
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Monday said it will launch a special report on press freedom conditions in Rwanda 20 years after the genocide that claimed more than 800,000 lives. Full text...

  • Libya: Italy welcomes Sudan efforts for dialogue in Libya
    29 november 2014 10:36:28
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Italian minister of foreign affairs, Paolo Genteloni, says that Italy backs efforts of Sudan to promote dialogue and stability in Libya, which is being torn apart by political and security crises. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Moves to impeach President Jonathan dominate headlines in Nigeria
    29 november 2014 09:39:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Moves by some lawmakers in the national assembly to begin impeachment proceedings against President Goodluck Jonathan were the dominant news in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Drug saga, energy reported in Ghana
    29 november 2014 08:36:31
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The loud and highly politicised debate following the arrest of a woman in London with 12.5 kg of cocaine and steps to resolve the energy crisis in Ghana were some of the stories reported in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Libya: UN envoy reaffirms UN position in Libya
    22 november 2014 13:40:28
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The chief of the UN Mission in Libya (MANUL), Bernardino Leon, has said the position adopted by the UN on the results of the 25 June elections had not changed, alluding to the recognition of the chamber of representatives (Parliament) in the eastern city of Tobruk. Full text...

  • Nigeria: National Assembly siege, Super Eagles' ouster from 2015 AFCON reported in Nigeria
    22 november 2014 12:48:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Thursday's invasion of the National Assembly by the police and the failure of the Super Eagles to qualify for the 2015 African Nations Cup (AFCON) finals in Equatorial Guinea dominated headlines in Nigeria this week. Full text...

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