Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Ghana: Mahama’s first year in office, Rawlings’ take on corruption make headlines
    11 january 2014 07:07:22
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The first anniversary of the inauguration of John Dramani Mahama as president of Ghana, which fell on 7 January, and former President Jerry John Rawlings’ scathing criticism of two of his successors - John Agyekum Kufuor and the late John Evans Atta Mills - on corruption were some of the stories that occupied the front pages of newspapers this week. Full text...

  • Boko Haram, power supply, improved airport security highlighted in Nigeria
    11 january 2014 06:55:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan's determination to end the Boko Haram challenges soon, the presidential order on improved power supply and adequate airport security were the main stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Zambia: Govt. refutes media reports on Finance Minister's resignation
    06 january 2014 17:32:18
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s Information Minister Mwansa Kapeya has refuted local media reports that Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda has resigned from government. Full text...

  • Ghana: Media highlights Mahama’s New Year message, Rawlings’ call for cabinet reshuffle
    04 january 2014 10:44:58
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama’s New Year message and a call by former President Jerry John Rawlings for a cabinet reshuffle were some of the stories in the country's newspapers this week. Full text...

  • Gambia lifts ban of newspaper, FM radio station
    01 january 2014 19:05:56
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian authorities have lifted the ban they placed on The Standard Newspaper and the Taranga FM radio station with immediate effect, saying that was the government's goodwill gesture for the new year, PANA reported here Wednesday, quoting the Gambia Radio and Television Services. Full text...

  • CPJ releases new report on killing of journalists
    30 december 2013 19:32:33
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Monday released a new report, saying that Syria remained the “most deadly place for journalists” in 2013. Full text...

  • UN chief welcomes South Sudan's mediation efforts
    29 december 2013 16:18:34
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the appointment of a mediation team to work with government of South Sudan and the opposition to reach a ceasefire in the current conflict, which has taken a heavy toll on the world's youngest nation. Full text...

  • Mahama’s hopes for 2014, speculation of cabinet reshuffle in Ghana press
    28 december 2013 09:25:56
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama’s high hopes for 2014, increase in water and electricity tariffs and speculation of a cabinet reshuffle early in the New Year were some of the stories highlighted in Ghana during the week. Full text...

  • Presidential brickbats, war against terrorism highlighted in Nigeria
    28 december 2013 09:19:55
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The war of words between President Goodluck Jonathan and former President Olusegun Obasanjo as well as the federal government's chest-beating over the war against terrorism were the major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Money meant for private media embezzled in Mauritania
    26 december 2013 14:55:01
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Union of private media editors in Mauritania Thursday accused officials of its management committee of embezzling 4 per cent of an aid fund to the media for 2013. Full text...

  • Kenyan TV stations go off air
    23 december 2013 20:59:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan TV stations have switched off their signals after losing a lawsuit against the switch to digital signals. Full text...

  • Accra Mayor’s house, electricity generation, Old Parliament House fire reported in Ghana
    21 december 2013 08:42:26
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghanaian newspapers this week highlighted the sale of the official residence of the Mayor of Accra, inauguration of a hydro-electric dam that will produce 400 megawatts of power and fire at the Old Parliament House that accommodates offices of anti-corruption bodies. Full text...

  • South Sudan accepts IGAD mediation, ready for talks with rebels without preconditions
    21 december 2013 08:22:01
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The government of South Sudan has said it is ready for unconditional talks with rebel elements led by former Vice President Reik Machar whom it accused of involvement in a failed coup attempt. Full text...

  • Budget, life jail for Boko Haram chieftain, poor WAEC results highlighted in Nigeria
    21 december 2013 07:57:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The national budget, presented Thursday by the Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, life jail term for Boko Haram chieftain Kabiru Soko and the poor results from the pre-university examinations were the main stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Mali to set up new media regulatory body
    19 december 2013 16:24:44
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian government says it will set up a High Authority for Communications (HAC), which will replace the Superior Council of Communications (SCC), the media regulatory organ since 1994, according to a government communique. Full text...

  • CPJ says 211 journalists are behind bars world wide
    18 december 2013 16:35:38
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based global press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), on Wednesday revealed that some 211 journalists are behind bars around the globe with Turkey topping the list of countries accused of jailing journalists. Full text...

  • Media watchdog says Burkina Faso newspaper faces FCFA 1 million suit
    16 december 2013 20:27:17
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based sub-regional media watchdog, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), on Monday said a newspaper in Burkina Faso faces a FCFA1 million libel suit for allegedly accusing a prosecutor of demanding a bribe. Full text...

  • Libyan dailies play up financial crisis, registration of voters
    16 december 2013 19:51:27
    Tripoli , Libya (PANA) - Libyan newspapers on Monday highlighted the current financial crisis, caused by the lack of liquidity for the Libyan state as a result of the closure of the oil ports, and the slow progress in the registration of voters for the election of members of the committee responsible for drafting the constitution.Full text...

  • Gambian journalists mark killing of Managing Editor Hydara
    16 december 2013 17:01:36
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Journalists, under the umbrella of the Gambia Press Union (GPU), on Monday marked the ninth anniversary of the ''gruesome murder'' of Deyda Hydara, the managing editor of The Point Newspaper. Full text...

  • Mauritanian newspapers dwell on Mandela's funeral
    14 december 2013 14:25:29
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The media in Mauritania this week focused attention on the death of former South African president Nelson Mandela whose government led the transition that brought national reconciliation in his country. Full text...

  • Obasanjo's attack on Jonathan highlighted in Nigeria
    14 december 2013 09:29:36
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Former President Olusegun Obasanjo's letter to incumbent leader, President Goodluck Jonathan, dominated newspaper headlines in Nigeria this week.Full text...

  • Mandela’s legacy dominates Tanzanian dailies this week
    14 december 2013 09:08:08
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Remembering the late Nelson Mandela and his legacy to the world was the predominant focus of Tanzanian newspapers this week. Full text...

  • Ghana media continue to focus on Mandela
    14 december 2013 08:56:59
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The media in Ghana this week continued to focus on the death and funeral of former South African President and anti-apartheid hero, Nelson Mandela. Full text...

  • Rwanda minister urges media to improve performance
    11 december 2013 17:32:28
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – Rwanda's Local Administration Minister James Musoni has called on the media to take advantage of opportunities that exist in regional integration to improve their economic and professional capacities. Full text...

  • Cameroon hosts consultation meeting with African media on Agenda 2063
    10 december 2013 18:59:47
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - At least 20 African journalists are gathered here for the Consultation workshop aimed at making recommendations and suggestions that are expected to be taken into account in the 2063 Agenda for the African Union (AU), PANA reported from here Full text...

  • Zambian newspapers pay tribute to Mandela
    07 december 2013 11:47:24
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian newspapers have joined the rest of the world in mourning the late former South African President Nelson Mandela, who they say, deserves respect and honour. Full text...

  • Mandela's demise, Brazil 2014 draws reported in Nigeria
    07 december 2013 11:23:21
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The death on Thursday of the former South African and leading anti-apartheid campaigner, Nelson Mandela, and the 2014 World Cup draws were the major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Mandela's death, 2014 World Cup draw highlighted by Ghana media
    07 december 2013 08:45:07
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghanaian newspapers this week highlighted the passing of former South African president and hero Nelson Mandela and the 2014 World Cup draw that placed Ghana in a tough group against Germany, Portugal and USA, tagged "group of death". Full text...

  • CPJ says Kenyan parliament passes draconian laws
    06 december 2013 18:06:20
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Thursday condemned Kenya for its new ''contentious anti-press legislation'' CPJ said in statement received here by PANA Friday.Full text...

  • 3 privately-owned media houses banned in Congo
    06 december 2013 13:32:43
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congo's Supreme Council for Freedom of Communications (CSLC) on Friday banned three privately-owned newspapers – La Griffe, Le Nouveau Regard and La Vérité, accusing them of “defamation, publishing and propagating of false and seditious news and manipulation of public opinion”. Full text...

  • Sudanese Journalists Union critical of daily newspapers' suspension
    06 december 2013 09:41:52
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA ) - The Sudanese Journalists Union on Friday denounced as illegal the suspension of a number of newspapers by the government.Full text...

  • Nigerian newspapers feast on news of the death of Nelson Mandela
    06 december 2013 07:56:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The news of the death, on Thursday, of former South African revered statesman, global icon and anti-apartheid leader, Nelson Mandela, aged 95, reverberated like wild fire across newsrooms in Nigeria with media outfits trying to outdo themselves with the story.Full text...

  • New award for African journalists announced
    05 december 2013 14:06:11
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – A South African financial services group, Sanlam, Thursday announced a new award for African journalists, the company revealed in a statement received here by PANA. Full text...

  • AI launches appeal for release of jailed Ethiopian journalist
    02 december 2013 19:00:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International (AI) is launching a global appeal this week for the release of "Ethiopian prisoner of conscience" Eskinder Nega, as part of a major campaign, entitled “Write for Rights”.Full text...

  • Federal govt.-ASUU 'altercation' dominates headlines in Nigeria
    30 november 2013 10:12:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The lingering strike by lecturers in public universities, under the umbrella Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), was the main story in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Brouhaha over oil drill ship sale, WC trophy, Zuma visit reported in Ghana
    30 november 2013 07:03:55
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The controversial sale of an oil drill ship in 2001, the tour of Ghana of the World Cup trophy and a three-day visit of South African president Jacob Zuma were some of the stories reported by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Business journalists attend training in Senegal
    29 november 2013 19:42:50
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Senegalese business journalists Friday began a training workshop, organised by the German Rosa Luxembourg Foundation (FRL), a PANA correspondent reported from the Senegalese capital. Full text...

  • EAC chief urges media to promote regional integration efforts
    29 november 2013 08:32:24
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The Secretary-General of the East African Community (EAC), Dr. Richard Sezibera, has urged the regional media to rally support from citizens of partner states and invent captivating ways of promoting regional achievements.Full text...

  • Inconclusive Anambra elections, Jonathan's sudden illness dominate front pages in Nigeria
    23 november 2013 10:06:45
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The elections in South East Anambra State, aimed at finding a successor to the outgoing Governor Peter Obi and reports of President Goodluck Jonathan's sudden illness in London were the major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Football, budget, cocaine haul highlighted by Ghanaian media
    23 november 2013 08:04:30
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana’s qualification to its third straight FIFA World Cup finals, government’s 2014 budget and financial statement and the arrest of a ship with cocaine were some of the stories highlighted by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • CPJ wants detained Somali journalists released
    22 november 2013 15:48:08
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based global press freedom watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Friday called for the release of two detained Somali journalists, Mohamed Bashir and an unnamed female reporter who alleged she was raped. Full text...

  • Labour's disagreements on new power tariffs reported in Ghana
    16 november 2013 11:23:40
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The government’s decision to absorb 25% of the recent hike in electricity tariff and anger of some workers against the secretary-general of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Kofi Asamoah, for accepting government’s offer were some of the stories highlighted in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Anambra polls, terror groups, reward for Golden Eaglets highlighted in Nigeria
    16 november 2013 09:36:27
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Saturday's polls in South East Anambra State for a successor to outgoing Governor Peter Obi, America's new designation for terror groups, Boko Haram and Ansaru, and Federal Government's reward for the four-time winners of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup, the Golden Eaglets, were the main stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Golden Eaglets' victory at UAE 2013 dominates headlines in Nigeria
    09 november 2013 10:01:24
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Friday's victory by the Golden Eaglets over Mexico at the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in the United Arab Eamirates (UAE) overshadowed all other stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ghana media highlight disagreements in ruling party, deputy minister's sack
    09 november 2013 09:31:54
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Ghanaian media this week feasted on loud disagreements in the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), triggered by potentially damaging comments of a former minister, Alban Bagbin, on the ability of President John Dramani Mahama to tackle cases of corruption cited in the media.Full text...

  • Power sector handover to new owners highlighted in Nigeria
    02 november 2013 10:59:55
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The handover of electricity supply and distribution to core investors and new owners was the major story in Nigeria this week.Full text...

  • Strike call by labour over new water, power tariffs dominates Ghana media
    02 november 2013 08:00:49
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A potentially debilitating strike declared last Tuesday by organised labour dominated the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Anger over National Security Adviser’s strike comment, utility tariffs reported in Ghana
    26 october 2013 07:05:57
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A huge storm kicked up by the National Security Adviser, retired Brigadier-General Joseph Nunoo-Mensah, for his hard line against strikes by workers and the continuing fallout from the increases in electricity and water tariffs were some of the stories reported by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Minister's armoured cars, devastating cholera attack highlighted in Nigeria
    26 october 2013 07:04:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The alleged purchase of two BMW 760 armoured cars for the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah, and the recent devastating cholera attacks in parts of the country were the major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • African journalists report human rights violation to ACHPR
    25 october 2013 14:49:34
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) has tabled a report on human rights violations against its members before the 12 commissioners of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), PANA reported from here Friday. Full text...

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