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  • Côte d’Ivoire: Media highlight president Hollande’s visit
    20 july 2014 12:11:14
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - Ivorian newspapers this week highlighted the visit of French President Francois Hollande to the West African nation. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Israeli raids on Gaza dominate Mauritanian media
    19 july 2014 16:42:42
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The media in Mauritania devoted most of their pages this week to the air and land strikes by the Israeli army against residents of the Gaza strip, leaving some 200 persons dead in only a few days. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Publisher charged with defamation, refused bail
    19 july 2014 11:47:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian authorities should drop the charges against a publisher who has been held in police custody since Tuesday on accusations of defaming a state governor, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Friday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Fuel price hike, mid-year economic review, strike call reported in Ghana
    19 july 2014 09:11:08
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Fuel price hikes announced by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), finance minister Seth Terkper’s mid-year economic budget review presented to Parliament and a one-day strike called by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) were some of the stories reported in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Dailies focus attention on terrorism suspects
    19 july 2014 08:57:49
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Terror attacks were once again in the limelight this week as Tanzanian newspapers reported the arrest and arraignment of 17 suspects linked to recent bombing incidents in the East African nation. Full text...

  • Mali: Former Malian Defence minister appointed AU mediator in CAR crisis
    15 july 2014 16:36:53
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The former Malian Minister of Defence and Ex-Combatants, Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga, has been appointed the African Union (AU) deputy-mediator in the CAR crisis, reliable sources told PANA on Tuesday.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ urges respect for media freedom in South Africa
    15 july 2014 16:30:59
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called for respect for media freedom in South Africa, the press freedom body stated in a letter obtained here by PANA Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: CPJ condemns closed court hearings for 9 Ethiopian journalists
    15 july 2014 13:26:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Ethiopian government should end its politicized prosecution of nine Ethiopian journalists arrested in April. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Media highlight investiture of re-elected president
    12 july 2014 17:50:33
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The investiture in Mauritania of re-elected president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, scheduled for 2 August, and the formation of a new government were the major stories in Mauritanian this week.Full text...

  • Mauritius: Parliamentary news dominate media in Mauritius
    12 july 2014 14:51:22
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Stories from parliament dominated the media this week in Mauritius with the introduction of a bill to amend the Constitution of the island to give future election candidates the choice of declaring, or not, their religious affiliation on election forms.Full text...

  • Zambia: Media express worry over corruption in the judiciary
    12 july 2014 12:46:18
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The acknowledgement of corruption in the Judiciary by acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda made headlines this week here, with the media saying this must be dealt with thoroughly. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ebola scare, ECOWAS summit reported in Ghana
    12 july 2014 09:03:01
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – An Ebola scare in Ghana, when an American who arrived from Guinea was suspected to be suffering from the deadly virus, and the summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) were some of the major stories that were reported in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Local dailies highlight risks of terrorism on tourism
    12 july 2014 08:53:58
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The latest bomb attack in northern Tanzania’s tourism capital, Arusha, was the main focus of dailies here this week as they raised questions and expressed concern about national security. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says 20 Ethiopian journalists dismissed, forced into hiding
    11 july 2014 15:48:28
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Thursday said 20 journalists from state-run Oromia Radio and Television Organization (ORTO) of Ethiopia were dismissed from work and forced into hiding after six years of service. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA condemns Gambian Police
    10 july 2014 18:17:49
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based media freedom watchdog, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), has condemned the Gambian Police Force for detaining and ''continued harassment'' of journalist Sanna Camara, MFWA said in a statement, obtained by PANA Thursday.Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA releases report on monitoring of Ghana media
    10 july 2014 16:36:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based media freedom watchdog, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), has released its first report on ''media ethics monitoring'' of the Ghanaian media, the body revealed in a statement sent to PANA Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO highlights freedom of expression, media development
    09 july 2014 19:55:34
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) says "tectonic shifts" in technology are having mixed results for freedom of expression and media development and sparking unprecedented creativity and dialogue. Full text...

  • Libya: AU, Arab League support Libya's democratic process
    09 july 2014 17:41:11
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libya’s efforts aimed at promoting its democratic process are supported at regional and international levels, Mohamed Abdelaziz, the Libyan Foreign Minister, said while ensuring that the Arab League, the African Union (AU) as well as other organizations are also providing support to Libya. Full text...

  • Libya: Arab League 'available' to assist Libya
    08 july 2014 12:53:49
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Arab League is available to contribute to any Arab, regional or international initiative to restore peace to Libya, according to the Secretary General of the Arab League, Nabil al-Arabi.Full text...

  • Mauritania: Media dominated by expectations from presidential elections
    05 july 2014 15:30:26
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Newspapers in Mauritania this week highlighted the post-presidential election perspectives in the country, particularly the investiture of re-elected president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, due for 2 August and the formation of a new government.Full text...

  • Tunisia: Media highlight terrorism
    05 july 2014 12:07:32
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Terrorism, marked by land mine explosions at the Ouergha mountain, near the Tunisian-Algerian border, that killed four Tunisian soldiers and injuring several others, is one of the main issues highlighted by the Tunisian media this week. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Local dailies focus on local traders, MDGs, Ebola prevention
    05 july 2014 07:40:41
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – As the national budget for the new financial year came into effect this week, the private newspaper, The Citizen, has urged the government to clamp down on unscrupulous traders who hiked prices of goods and services prematurely. Full text...

  • Ghana: Media report aftermath of disastrous World Cup performance, Ebola meeting
    05 july 2014 06:47:35
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The media in Ghana this week reported the fallout of the disastrous performance of the senior national football team, the Black Stars, in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and a meeting in Accra by health experts and ministers in West Africa on the outbreak of Ebola in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Togo: Togolese media professionals opt for competence
    03 july 2014 20:17:12
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The three-day national forum on the Togolese media has ended with media professionals deciding to give priority to competence.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Media watchdog asks Gambian police to stop harassing journalist
    02 july 2014 11:20:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Media watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has asked the Gambian police to stop harassing a journalist over a story highlighting human trafficking in the country.Full text...

  • Togo: Nationwide media talks open
    30 june 2014 20:59:13
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The Togolese Prime minister, Kwesi Séléagodji Ahoomey-Zunu, on Monday launched a three-day nationwide talks on the Togolese media in Kpalimé, 120 km northwest of the capital Lomé.Full text...

  • Mauritania: Media highlight presidential election
    28 june 2014 12:50:47
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Mauritanian newspapers this week highlighted the 21 June presidential election which was won by incumbent president, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, with more than 81% of the votes. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Local dailies drop hints for the government
    28 june 2014 08:49:49
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzania’s leading dailies this week reproved the executive on various fronts ranging from its yearly budget planning to dispensation of justice and dealing with truant pupils. Full text...

  • Ghana: Disastrous World Cup campaign, fuel shortage, traders’ strike played up in the media
    28 june 2014 08:42:17
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The media in Ghana this week highlighted the disastrous campaign of the Black Stars at the 2014 FIFA World Cup that culminated in the elimination of the country in the first round, the first since its maiden participation in the mundial in 2006. Full text...

  • Zambia: Dailies focus on President Sata’s health, illegal land allocation
    28 june 2014 07:35:59
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – As the media in Zambia this week focused on President Michael Sata’s trip to Israel, most of the leading newspapers, with the exception of the Daily Nation, however, avoided commenting on the confusion surrounding the trip and speculation building up on the health of the President, who is believed to be receiving medical treatment. Full text...

  • South Africa: Commission rebukes radio station over red-head comments
    26 june 2014 12:59:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s Broadcasting Complaints Commission has agreed with a radio listener who complained that a national radio station had ridiculed red-heads. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA applauds ECOWAS Court's ruling on The Gambia
    25 june 2014 18:09:33
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based sub-regional rights body, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Wednesday applauded ECOWAS's Community Court's ruling in favour of the slain Gambian editor, Deyda Hydara, against the government. Full text...

  • Senegal: Workshop to build capacity of journalists on gender issues opens
    24 june 2014 18:03:08
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A workshop aimed at building capacity of journalists on gender issues began on Tuesday in Dakar to promote the inclusion of gender dimensions in the Senegalese media. Full text...

  • Libya: Abducted Director of national television station released
    23 june 2014 20:25:33
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The abducted executive director of Libyan public television "Wataniya", Tarek al-Houni, was released on Monday, sources from the media organ said.Full text...

  • Tunisia: Media highlight security situation in Iraq, FIFA World Cup
    21 june 2014 12:32:19
    Tunis Tunisia (PANA) – The security situation and terrorism, particularly in Iraq where Jihadists "are making significant progress in their fight against the government of Prime minister Nouri Maliki", the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the socio-economic situation are the main issues covered in the Tunisian media this week. Full text...

  • Zambia: Local media focus on Chinese VP's visit and agriculture
    21 june 2014 11:06:40
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The four-day State visit to Zambia this week by the Chinese Vice-President Li Yuonchao, and the advice by Zambian Vice-President Guy Scott to farmers to grow more cotton were some of the main stories in Zambia this week.Full text...

  • Tanzania: New voting system, more natural gas discovery make headlines in Tanzania
    21 june 2014 10:55:50
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The introduction of a new voting system and a nationwide re-registration of all eligible voters, ahead of the general elections in 2015, made headlines in the Tanzanian dailies this week, with opposition parties cautioning that the system might fail as it did in some African countries. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram, Chibok girls dominate headlines in Nigeria
    21 june 2014 08:38:28
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Presidential Committee's findings on the fate of the abducted girls from Chibok and the "prize" placed on the head of the leader of Boko Haram's splinter group were some of the main stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Poor World Cup start, tragedies dominate Ghana media
    21 june 2014 08:25:58
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana’s poor start in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and a series of tragedies were the main stories reported in the media this week. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Obasanjo-govt. altercation over abducted schoolgirls highlighted by media
    14 june 2014 10:29:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The altercation between former President Olusegun Obasanjo and President Goodluck Jonathan's government over the schoolgirls abducted by the Boko Haram violent group dominated the headlines in Nigeria, especially in the online media, this week. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Dailies highlight national budget
    14 june 2014 10:02:29
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The government’s budget for the next financial year starting July 2014 was the central focus of the Tanzanian dailies this week, with one of them claiming the budget unveiled Thursday did not show clearly how the man on the street would get relief in day-to-day household expenses.Full text...

  • Ghana: Economy, World Cup reported by Ghana media
    14 june 2014 09:40:17
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Economic issues and the opening of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil were among stories highlighted by the Ghanaian media this week.Full text...

  • Mali: Advanced journalism school to be opened in Mali
    12 june 2014 17:52:43
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Malian authorities will establish a school of Journalism and Communication sciences (ESJSC) to train professional journalists for specialization in fields of economy, democracy and environment, according to a communiqué issued Wednesday at the end of a meeting of the council of ministers. Full text...

  • Burundi: New youth community radio inaugurated in Burundi
    10 june 2014 17:48:31
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – Burundian Head of State, Pierre Nkurunziza, Tuesday inaugurated a community radio for the youth, “Radio Colombe”, at the youth centre of Kamenge, in the western part of the Burundian capital.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Presidency denies involvement in military's interception of newspapers
    07 june 2014 18:33:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian presidency on Saturday explained that the search of all media vehicles in the country was part of extra-ordinary measures being taken to ensure that they do not become conveyors of Boko Haram terror equipment and collaborators.Full text...

  • Mauritania: Opposition march dominates the media
    07 june 2014 13:53:14
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian media this week highlighted a demonstration staged by opposition parties to protest the holding of the 21 June presidential election in the country.Full text...

  • Zambia: Sata’s health continues to make headlines
    07 june 2014 11:16:05
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The humours on President Michael Sata’s health was given prominence by local newspapers as President Sata, who denied being sick, admitted that Zambians have every right to know about his health and talk about it.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram insurgency, abducted girls highlighted in Nigeria
    07 june 2014 09:31:23
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The continuing efforts at tackling the Boko Haram insurgency continued to dominate newspaper headlines in Nigeria this week.Full text...

  • Mauritius: Politics dominates the media in Mauritius
    07 june 2014 09:15:37
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The announcement of a political alliance between the Labour Party (LP), which has been in power since 2010, and the “Mouvement Militant Mauricien” (MMM), the main opposition party, followed by the resignation of Vice-Prime Minister and Finance Minister Xavier-Luc Duval, dominated the media this week in Mauritius. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Dailies highlight heated debate on government budget
    07 june 2014 08:11:43
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Parliamentary debate on the Tanzanian government’s proposed budget for the financial year starting 1 July 2014 was the central focus of local dailies this week as legislators raised serious questions and, some among them, demanded a revised and more realistic budget. Full text...

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