Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • South Africa: SA comedian secures US$3 million book deal
    29 january 2016 08:57:24
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Soweto-born comedian Trevor Noah has confirmed that he will publish a book about growing up in Apartheid South Africa.Full text...

  • Senegal: Ghanaian President replies to journalists' petition
    26 january 2016 15:44:14
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, has responded to a petition by the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) and 155 Ghanaian journalists seeking disciplinary action against a senior presidential staffer, Stan Dogbe. Full text...

  • Ghana: Workers’ demonstration, major electricity blackout reported in Ghana
    23 january 2016 08:31:38
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Ghanaian media this week reported on workers’ demonstrations throughout the country to protest against increases in utility tariffs and taxes on petroleum products and a national blackout following a systems failure. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt. will not regulate Online Publications - Minister
    22 january 2016 15:30:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Minister of information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has assured that the Federal Government will not regulate Online Publications in the country, saying the publishers are responsible enough to regulate themselves. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Tanzania imposes permanent ban on newspaper
    22 january 2016 13:34:19
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on authorities in Tanzania to end their harassment of the weekly newspaper, Mawio, which was permanently banned from publishing in print and online and had two of its editors briefly detained.Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights groups want charges against 3 Cameroonian journos dropped
    21 january 2016 14:26:32
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Cameroonian authorities must immediately and unconditionally drop all charges against three journalists, accused of failing to disclose information and sources, Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders said on the eve of their trial before a military court.Full text...

  • Kenya: Editor fired for criticising president in opinion piece
    21 january 2016 12:56:21
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Senior Editor with the Nations Media Group in Kenya, who was accused of writing an editorial that heavily criticised President Uhuru Kenyatta, was sacked on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Government denies asking private sector to boycott private media
    21 january 2016 09:37:00
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Botswana government had refuted media reports that vice president Mokgweetsi Masisi made efforts to coerce the business community to join the government's decision not to advertise in the private media.Full text...

  • Mauritius: Case against PM’s son made headlines in Mauritius
    16 january 2016 15:32:17
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The appeal case involving Pravind Jugnauth, son of the Mauritian Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, who was jailed one year by an Intermediate Court here on 11 July, 2015, after he was found guilty of conflict of interest in the purchase by the State of a private hospital in which his sister was a shareholder, dominated headlines this week in Mauritius. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls for release of 2 detained journalists in Djibouti
    16 january 2016 13:36:54
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on authorities in Djibouti to “immediately release” two journalists, Kadar Abdi Ibrahim and Mohamed Ibrahim Waiss, arrested during the week. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says press in Uganda face restrictions, attacks
    16 january 2016 11:53:55
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed concern that journalists in Uganda are being prevented from freely covering parliament and campaigning for next month's presidential elections. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari's order on culprits in alleged fraudulent arms purchases reported in Nigeria
    16 january 2016 07:37:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President Muhammadu Buhari's directive on Friday to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to establish the scope of the culpability of some retired and serving high-ranking Army and Air Force officers dominated newspaper front pages in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudanese media dwell on Sudan-US relations
    16 january 2016 06:42:07
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese daily newspapers Friday fed heavily on a statement by the Foreign Minister, Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour, that his country’s relations with the US have witnessed some overture. Full text...

  • Gambia: Information Minister rebuts false reports on Gambia
    13 january 2016 19:39:36
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia’s Minister of Information, Sheriff Bojang, has condemned foreign media outfits “that have been filling their newspaper columns and airtime with gross distortions and the most outrageous lies against the country” since President Yahya Jammeh declared an Islamic state on 10 December 2015. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Road accidents highlighted by Mauritian media
    09 january 2016 17:43:04
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Road accidents during and after the New Year festivities were highlighted by the media in Mauritius this week.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Lassa fever outbreak dominates front pages in Nigeria
    09 january 2016 07:20:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The outbreak of Lassa fever, an acute viral hemorrhagic fever caused by the Lassa virus that has resulted in the death of many victims, dominated newspaper front pages in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Politics, workers' threat, Guantanamo detainees highlighted by Ghana media
    09 january 2016 05:48:04
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The media in Ghana this week highlighted a variety of subjects, including political arguments between the two main parties over the voters' register, a threat by labour to “unleash” a series of actions if government does not reverse utility and fuel price increases and the arrival in Ghana of two former detainees at Guantanamo Bay freed by the US. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ urges South Sudan to release detained journalist
    08 january 2016 12:43:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on South Sudanese authorities to immediately release journalist Joseph Afandi.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ reports 71 journalists killed, 199 others imprisoned in 2015
    07 january 2016 17:37:39
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Some 71 journalists were killed worldwide in direct relation to their work in 2015, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) revealed Thursday, describing the year as the fourth deadliest since the media watchdog began keeping records in 1992.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls for immediate release of detained Somali journalist
    07 january 2016 13:04:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The media watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on authorities in Somalia to ''immediately release'' journalist Abdirisak Omar Ahmed or disclose any charges against him.Full text...

  • Ghana: Editor of pro-government newspaper in Gambia quits
    07 january 2016 09:59:20
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Lamin Njie, editor-in-chief of the pro-government newspaper, The Standard, has resigned his position saying he has been pushed to take the action over "professional disagreement". Full text...

  • Ghana: Media play up energy issues, voters’ register, New Year message
    02 january 2016 08:38:13
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Dramatic developments in the energy sector that culminated in the resignation of Power minister Kwabena Donkor and the rejection of demands by the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) for a new voters’ register before this year’s presidential and parliamentary elections were some of the stories highlighted by the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says 69 journalists killed in 2015
    29 december 2015 11:20:16
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Media watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), on Tuesday said 69 journalists were killed in relation to their work in 2015, with Islamic militants responsible for 28, or 40 per cent. Full text...

  • Zambia: Opposition leader demands apology, retraction of story by Times of Zambia
    28 december 2015 14:42:25
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Opposition leader of the United Party for National Development (UPND) Hakainde Hichilema, has demanded for an immediate retraction of an article published by the state-run Times of Zambia in which the UPND leader was quoted using tribal remarks. Full text...

  • 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...

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