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  • 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...

  • Ghana: Media report fish alarm, economic gloom, power blues, Rawlings’ coup anniversary
    07 june 2014 06:44:22
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A loud alarm about dangerous fishing practices, frustrating economic challenges and the never-ending power blackouts dominated the media this week in Ghana. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Agreement to restart community radio in Cameroon signed
    04 june 2014 08:26:18
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - Cameroonian Communication Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary and Posts and Telecommunications Minister Jean Pierre Biyiti Bi Essam have signed a partnership agreement for the restart of community radio stations in Cameroon. Full text...

  • Zambia: Sata’s appearance in court was headline in local newspapers
    31 may 2014 16:34:46
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The appearance at the Lusaka High Court by President Michael Sata on Wednesday made headlines in Zambia as many people were taken by surprise. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS summit, erratic power supply reported in Ghana
    31 may 2014 10:51:05
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The one-day extraordinary summit of ECOWAS leaders in Accra, Ghana, on Friday and the continuing erratic power supply in the country were some of the stories reported by the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan's ''full-scale'' war against Boko Haram reported in Nigeria
    31 may 2014 09:08:54
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The declaration of ''full-scale'' military offensive by Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan against the terror group Boko Haram made newspaper headlines in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Dailies focus on rural livelihoods, tourism
    31 may 2014 08:07:09
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzania’s leading dailies this week devoted their attention to issues concerning rural livelihoods and the country’s economy generally. Full text...

  • Sudan: Authorities bar media reporting on lawsuit against newspaper
    30 may 2014 09:58:17
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese authorities have barred the media from reporting on the lawsuit filed by security agencies against the Al-Saynah (The Outcry), an independent newspaper, for publishing reports which the authorities consider a security risk. Full text...

  • Sudan: Police raid offices of suspended daily, seize documents
    29 may 2014 11:01:07
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Accusing it of possession and circulation of confidential official documents, police have raided the offices of a suspended Sudanese daily Al Sayha (Arabic for Outcry) and confiscated what it said were numerous documents. Full text...

  • Libya: AU to cooperate with Arab League to resolve Libyan crisis
    29 may 2014 10:20:11
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has expressed its determination to cooperate with the Arab League and Libya's neighbours to help resolve the political crisis in this North African country. Full text...

  • Burundi: '96% of Burundians have easy, regular access to radio'
    28 may 2014 21:41:41
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – Almost all Burundians of nine years and above have easy access to radio, as against 60% for television and 37% for written press. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO voices concern over killing of Libyan editor
    28 may 2014 19:54:18
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) on Wednesday expressed deep concern over the killing of newspaper editor, Mr. Meftah Bouzid, in Libya early this week. Full text...

  • Libya: Higher judicial authorities establish reconciliation commission
    26 may 2014 22:30:03
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan higher judicial authorities on Monday decided to establish a commission to be in charge of getting viewpoints of stakeholders and to reach consensus between the different parties involved in the country's political crisis.Full text...

  • Libya: Journalists denounce murder of newspaper editor
    26 may 2014 20:30:44
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Dozens of journalists demonstrated on Monday in Tripoli to protest against the killing of the chief editor of the Bournik newspaper, Muftah Abouzid, in Benghazi, an act which has sparked an outcry in Libya. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Media highlight Malian crisis
    24 may 2014 14:28:05
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian media this week highlighted the Malian crisis, marked by the violent fighting in Kidal, in the north-east of the country that killed several people.Full text...

  • Zambia: Media reflect on Africa Freedom Day, coup in Thailand
    24 may 2014 11:02:41
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The news in Zambia this week has been dominated by the commemoration of the Africa Freedom Day to be observed 25 May, as many African countries celebrate the hard-fought achievement of their freedom from European colonial powers, and the developments in Thailand where the military has taken over.Full text...

  • Nigeria: UN sanctions, deployment of troops in war against Boko Haram reported in Nigeria
    24 may 2014 10:35:54
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - UN sanctions and the actual deployment of international troops to confront the dreaded terrorist group, Boko Haram, dominated headlines in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Garbage crisis, death of veteran politician reported in Ghana
    24 may 2014 06:13:05
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A crisis in garbage collection in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, that has seen mountains of refuse in the streets and in front of houses and offices, was one of the major stories covered by the media this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ remembers slain photo journalist
    23 may 2014 14:07:49
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Friday remembered the slain French freelance photographer, Camille Lepage, whose body was found in a car in the Central African Republic, a CPJ statement indicated. Full text...

  • Zambia: Public sphere under threat in Zambia
    22 may 2014 17:54:57
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Media institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has expressed concern that the existence of a public sphere is under threat in Zambia because of some acts of intolerance by some stakeholders and continued existence of archaic laws that continue to be used to suppress press freedom and freedom of expression. Full text...

  • Mali: Government sets up communication committee for Kidal crisis
    21 may 2014 21:57:45
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian government has set up a communication committee for the management of the events that occurred on 17 and 18 May in Kidal, northern Mali, when rebel Tuaregs attacked government forces. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: EAJA worried over continued detention of journos, bloggers
    20 may 2014 15:38:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) Monday protested over the continued incarceration of three journalists and six bloggers, who were arrested last month in the pretext that the police needed time to conduct “further investigations”. Full text...

  • Libya: Arab League designates Palestinian mediator for reconciliation in Libya
    18 may 2014 10:04:26
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The League of Arab States has designated former Palestinian Foreign Affairs Minister Naser Al-Kadwa to lead a delegation to Libya for consultations with the different protagonists in a bid to initiate a dialogue and national reconciliation in the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Mounting int'l pressure against Boko Haram dominates headlines in Nigeria
    18 may 2014 10:01:06
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The increasingly mounting international campaign against the terror group, Boko Haram, dominated front pages in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Media highlight 21 June presidential poll
    17 may 2014 15:20:46
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The presidential election, scheduled for 21 June, was the major story in Mauritania this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: National Economic Forum, Black Stars World Cup team sheet reported
    17 may 2014 10:21:39
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A non-partisan economic forum that discussed challenges facing the Ghanaian economy and the provisional team sheet of the national football team, the Black Stars, for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil were some of the stories reported by the Ghanaian media this week.Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNDP's comment on constitution, "sinking" Dar es Salam reported in Tanzania
    17 may 2014 08:44:27
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Remarks by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, Helen Clark, on the peoples' constitution and projections that Dar es Salaam Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: World Bank launches Journalism Development prize
    16 may 2014 21:51:47
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The World Bank office in Côte d’Ivoire has launched a competition for Journalism Development awards, sources from the financial institution in Abidjan told PANA on Friday.Full text...

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