Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Senegal: CPJ says Ethiopia arrests second journalist in 1 week
    28 december 2015 13:05:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on authorities in Ethiopia to release journalist Getachew Shiferaw, who was arrested on Friday 25 December in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari's 2016 budget proposal, "defeat" of Boko Haram highlighted in Nigeria
    26 december 2015 08:25:08
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President Muhammadu Buhari's 2016 budget of 6.08 trillion naira (about US$ 30.4 billion), unveiled on Tuesday, and his declaration that the Boko Haram insurgency has been "technically" defeated were the major stories in Nigeria this week.Full text...

  • Ghana: Energy issues, politics, messy branding of buses reported in Ghana
    26 december 2015 05:40:59
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The media in Ghana this week reported on energy issues, as the self-imposed deadline of 31 December by the Minister of Power, Dr Kwabena Donkor, to end the debilitating crisis that has disrupted industrial, economic and social activity draws near. The power challenge is also a huge political subject. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls on Ethiopian government to release journalist
    23 december 2015 11:36:19
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on the authorities in Ethiopia to release journalist Fikadu Mirkana who was arrested after covering a protest.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ urges Sudan to drop charges against two journalists
    22 december 2015 14:49:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Sudanese authorities to drop all charges against two newspaper editors, potentially facing the death penalty, on charges stemming from their work.Full text...

  • Nigeria: US$2.1b scandal splits umbrella newspapers' body
    20 december 2015 14:47:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The US$2.1 billion arms scandal linked to Nigeria's former National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki has split the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), some of whose members reportedly got a share of the funds. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Govt.’s priorities for 2016 reported in Mauritius
    19 december 2015 14:34:20
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The announcement by Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth that the priorities of his government for 2016 are investment, employment, renewable energy, tourism, ICT, and job creation dominated the media in Mauritius this week. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt's latest Boko Haram alert dominates front pages in Nigeria
    19 december 2015 07:23:36
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Government's warning on Friday that the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents were planning fresh abductions of pupils, students and foreigners overshadowed all other stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Arrest of arms dealer, launch of president’s ‘achievements book’, uproar over power deal reported in Ghana
    19 december 2015 06:57:14
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The media in Ghana this week reported the arrest of an arms dealer, the launch of a book extolling the achievements of President John Dramani Mahama after three years in office and a huge uproar over a power deal that is alleged by a Norwegian newspaper to be a rip-off. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says critical journalism under siege in West Africa
    18 december 2015 18:08:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Friday said critical journalism was under siege as critical journalists have had to face parliamentary and judicial enquiries, arbitrary arrests and detentions in recent times across West Africa.Full text...

  • Sudan: 2 Sudanese Editors-in-Chief taken into custody
    17 december 2015 14:24:52
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Chief Editors of two Sudanese daily newspapers have been arrested by the state security operatives and taken to the security prosecution offices, the Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) organization said late Wednesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls on Nigerian parliament to reject "Frivolous Petitions Bill''
    17 december 2015 12:44:51
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on the upper chamber of Nigeria's parliament (the Senate) to reject a bill which would ''undermine press freedom, stifle public opinion, and criminalize freedom of expression'' in the West African country. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian Press Union launches memorial lecture series for slain journalist
    16 december 2015 14:25:36
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia Press Union (GPU) on Wednesday launched a memorial lecture series in honour of the murdered journalist Deyda Hydara, Managing Editor of the country's private "Point" newspaper. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ welcomes arrest of 3 soldiers linked to murder of Norbert Zongo
    15 december 2015 15:19:49
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has welcomed the arrest of three soldiers in Burkina Faso, saying there ''is glimmer of hope'' in journalist Norbert Zongo's murder case. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says 10 countries are 'worst jailers of journalists' worldwide
    15 december 2015 12:36:02
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has released its latest prison census report, naming 10 countries as among "the worst jailers of journalists worldwide". Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ urges South Africa to revise cybercrime bill
    11 december 2015 18:04:01
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists has called on the South African government to revise provisions in the proposed Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill that would limit journalists' ability to work.Full text...

  • Society: Nigeria urged to withdraw 'frivolous petition' bill
    11 december 2015 12:55:53
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has urged Nigeria to withdraw the 'Frivolous Petitions Bill', saying it finds moves by the country to introduce a new repressive law as disturbing. Full text...

  • Botswana: Government denies sidelining private media in government adverts
    08 december 2015 09:58:01
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Botswana government has denied allegations that private media have been blacklisted from getting government advertising for their operations. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Buhari 'won't' sign any legislation that stifles free speech
    07 december 2015 22:15:52
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Amid a growing debate about a bill proposed by the Nigerian Senate to clamp down on the Social Media, President Muhammadu Buhari has restated the commitment of his administration to the protection of free speech, in keeping with democratic tradition.Full text...

  • 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...

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