Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Abuja gun battle, "fighting" parliamentarians highlighted in Nigeria
    21 september 2013 09:44:21
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Friday's fierce gun battle between the State Security Service (SSS) and elements, suspected to be members of the Boko Haram Sect, the fisticuffs involving parliamentarians and moves to guard oil installations across the country were the major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Missing documents on sale of drill ship, football highlighted by Ghana media
    21 september 2013 07:28:47
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The frantic search for documents on the sale of an oil drill ship, the pairing for the playoffs of the final qualifying matches for 2014 FIFA World Cup and the car crash involving the visiting Russian Chief Justice were some of the stories highlighted by the Ghanaian media this week.Full text...

  • World Editors' Forum tasks Zuma on Protection of State Information Bill
    17 september 2013 11:52:30
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The World Editors' Forum (WEF) has urged South Africa's President Jacob Zuma to re-consider the Protection of State Information Bill, which has sparked controversy. Full text...

  • Ghana media again flooded with validation of President Mahama’s poll victory
    07 september 2013 07:12:11
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Discussions on the 29 August verdict of the Supreme Court, that upheld the victory of Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama in the December 2012 election, continued to dominate the media this week with lawyers, politicians and the public being reminded not to stoke trouble. Full text...

  • Nigerian newspaper publisher arraigned over alleged extortion, blackmail, libel
    05 september 2013 17:53:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Mr. Tukur Mamu, Publisher of the Desert Herald newspaper based in the Northern Nigerian city of Kaduna, was Thursday arraigned in court here over alleged attempt to defraud the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to the tune of 15 million naira (US$1 = 160 naira). Full text...

  • University teachers' strike, weakened Boko Haram, epileptic power supply reported in Nigeria
    31 august 2013 09:26:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The two-month-old university teachers' strike, for which no resolution is in sight, government's declaration that the dreaded Boko Haram sect had been extensively weakened and unstable electricity supply were the major stories in Nigeria this week.Full text...

  • Ghanaian newspapers awash with confirmation of President Mahama’s poll victory
    31 august 2013 07:50:38
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Thursday’s judgement of the Supreme that dismissed a petition by the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) against the victory of President John Dramani Mahama in the December 2012 election was the main story in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • SA week-old news channel ridiculed by viewers
    27 august 2013 12:23:16
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s week-old television news channel, African News Network 7 (ANN7), has been ridiculed by viewers for its numerous on-air mistakes. Full text...

  • US travel alert, strike threat by court workers reported by Ghana media
    24 august 2013 06:10:04
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A travel alert by the US to its citizens on the possibility of violence when Ghana’s Supreme Court delivers judgement on 29 August in the petition filed by the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) against last December's election victory by President John Dramani Mahama was one of the stories that dominated the media this week. Full text...

  • Pledge on Boko Haram, continuing ASUU strike, Bakassi ownership reported in Nigeria
    17 august 2013 08:46:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The pledge by government to hand over Boko Haram suspects to the International Criminal Court (ICC), the lingering strike by university teachers and the formal handover of the Bakassi peninsular to Cameroon were the major stories in Nigeria this week.Full text...

  • Ghana media highlight proceedings at Supreme Court on election petition
    17 august 2013 08:14:04
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana’s media this week focused on proceedings at the Supreme Court where the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) is challenging the election of President John Dramani Mahama last December. Full text...

  • MFWA criticises Gambia over restrictive online freedom
    15 august 2013 18:25:43
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Ghana-based media advocacy group, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Thursday criticised the Gambian government, saying Banjul had indicated its intention to massively crack down on online freedom.Full text...

  • Challenges of new salary structure, Eid-el-Fitr, election petition played up in Ghana
    10 august 2013 09:48:56
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A challenging new salary structure which government says is gobbling about two-thirds of state revenue, the closing stages of the opposition’s challenge to the election of President John Dramani Mahama and the celebration of Eid-el-Fitr were some of the major stories played up in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Jonathan's pledge to keep the nation united reported in Nigeria
    10 august 2013 04:42:49
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President GoodLuck Jonathan's assurance that the nation will not break up in 2015 was the major story in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • ‘Imprisonment’ of children, petition against President Mahama’s election reported in Ghana
    03 august 2013 06:26:32
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The “imprisonment” of three children by their parents and the continuing court case on the petition of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) against President John Dramani Mahama's victory in last December's polls were some of the stories reported in Ghana during the week. Full text...

  • Emergence of strong opposition party, university teachers' strike highlighted in Nigeria
    03 august 2013 06:24:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The registration of a new opposition political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), and the failure of government and university lecturers to reach an agreement following their lingering strike were the main stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Lingering university teachers' strike highlighted in Nigeria
    27 july 2013 09:22:19
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian media were awash this week with stories on the lingering university lecturers' strike which began 1 July, 2013. Full text...

  • Anniversary of President Mills’ death, taxing of private universities reported in Ghana
    27 july 2013 09:13:08
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghanaian newspapers were this week dominated by activities marking the first anniversary of the death of President John Evans Atta Mills and the decision of the Ghana Revenue Authority to tax private universities. Full text...

  • UN rights office 'concerned' over draft law on press freedom in Somalia
    20 july 2013 19:12:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has expressed concern over a draft law in Somalia that would require journalists to reveal their sources and prevent them from disseminating information against Islam or Somali traditions. Full text...

  • Suggestion to increase marriage age, challenge to election results reported in Ghana
    20 july 2013 08:28:39
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A controversial suggestion to increase the legal marriage age from 18 to 23 years and the end of evidence in the Supreme Court on the opposition New Patriotic Party’s challenge of the December 2012 election results were some of the stories reported in the Ghanaian media this week.Full text...

  • Mali troops, lingering ASUU strike, Mandela's birthday bash reported in Nigeria
    20 july 2013 08:01:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Government's intention to withdraw its troops from Mali, the lingering university teachers' strike, low inflation figures and celebrations marking Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday were the major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Mandela Day: Nigerian media salute Nelson Mandela at 95
    18 july 2013 15:45:59
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Almost all Nigerian newspapers devoted their front pages to the ailing former South African president, Nelson Mandela, who celebrated his 95th birthday Thursday. Full text...

  • Damning report on corruption, debate on economy highlighted in Ghanaian media
    13 july 2013 07:56:22
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A damning report of anti-corruption agency, Transparency International, and claims and counter-claims on the actual health of Ghana's ailing economy were some of the stories that dominated the media this week. Full text...

  • CPJ condemns Gambia's amended Information, Communication law
    11 july 2013 16:11:37
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has condemned Gambia for amending its information and communication law, PANA reports from here Thursday. Full text...

  • Mali newspapers highlight controversy about election date
    06 july 2013 07:01:02
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian newspapers this week were dominated by the controversy surrounding the date for the presidential election scheduled for 28 July. Full text...

  • Jailing of two persons for contempt of court dominates Ghanaian media
    06 july 2013 07:00:03
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Supreme Court’s jailing of two persons last Tuesday for criminal contempt, following their comments on the ongoing suit filed by the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) against the electoral victory of President John Dramani Mahama in December last year, dominated the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Gambia's Information, Communications Act amended
    04 july 2013 13:48:26
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gambian parliamentarians on Wednesday amended the country's Information and Communications Act, prescribing long-jail sentences and heavy fines for the spread of false news about the government and its officials over the internet.Full text...

  • Forbes tasks Africa on media investment, as African entertainment TV network opens
    04 july 2013 11:24:16
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Mr Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of American business magazine, Forbes, has said it is crucial for Africans to invest more in the media industry if the continent must develop. Full text...

  • PANA DG in Angola to launch Portuguese Desk
    03 july 2013 19:06:44
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The Director-General of the Pan African News Agency (PANA), Mr. Babacar Fall, arrived in the Angolan capital, Luanda, Wednesday for a working visit during which he will inaugurate the agency's Portuguese Desk. Full text...

  • UK's new visa requirements, Abacha loot, oil find in Lagos highlighted in Nigeria
    29 june 2013 09:36:18
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The new UK visa policy, newly-recovered Abacha loot, Nelson Mandela's health status and oil find in Lagos were the major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ghana media highlight UK visa requirement, Supreme Court’s disciplinary action
    29 june 2013 09:27:41
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Ghanaian media this week highlighted public anger at news that the United Kingdom intends to demand a 3,000-pound deposit for visa applications. Full text...

  • Parliament's newly-found powers, Egypt and the Nile river reported in Ethiopia
    29 june 2013 09:16:33
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Ethiopia’s parliament, officially known as the House of Peoples’ Representatives, is showing signs of teething, a local weekly wrote this week, observing that the legislature has started exercising authority over the executive branch of the government. Full text...

  • MFWA says reporter attacked in Sierra Leone
    26 june 2013 17:58:14
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based rights body, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), on Tuesday said, in a statement, that Alie Mozart Sesay, a Sierra Leonean journalist, was attacked by workers of the Sierra Leonean Water Company (SALWACO). Full text...

  • Jonathan's optimism of "victory" over terrorism reported in Nigeria
    22 june 2013 07:42:46
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan's declaration that the nation was winning the war against terrorism and revelations that the elites have stolen US$ 600 billion since independence in 1960 were the two major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ethiopian weeklies focus on Nile waters, war on corruption
    22 june 2013 07:30:12
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – “Ethiopia and Egypt cannot afford to go to war over the Nile,” wrote The Reporter this week, commenting on a diplomatic wrangle that in recent days filled Ethiopian air waves and newspapers as Egypt voiced opposition to the construction of a giant hydro-power dam on the Blue Nile river. Full text...

  • Tanzanian dailies awash with stories on tax loopholes
    22 june 2013 07:27:35
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tax payment, tax evasion and transparency in government spending caught the attention of Tanzanian dailies this week as the National Assembly debated the government’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year, staring 1 July, 2013. Full text...

  • Clampdown on illegal mining, market fires continue to dominate Ghanaian newspapers
    22 june 2013 07:22:35
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The continuing action against illegal mining that has affected scores of Chinese nationals and investigations into fires that have razed down markets were some of the stories that dominated Ghanaian newspapers this week. Full text...

  • Ugandan journalist stabbed to death in Kampala
    17 june 2013 20:57:06
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – Thomas Pere, a Ugandan journalist working for the government daily newspaper, The New Vision, died on Monday after he was stabbed in a slum in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, the local media reported Ugandan security sources. Full text...

  • Annulled June 12, 1993, presidential election dominates Nigerian media
    15 june 2013 08:38:39
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The 20th anniversary of the June 12 presidential election, won by businessman M.K.O. Abiola in 1993 but annulled by military President Ibrahim Babangida and the resultant death of the winner, overshadowed all other stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Crackdown on illegal miners, ‘killer’ gas reported in Ghana
    15 june 2013 07:25:07
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The clampdown on illegal miners, “killer” gas in Accra and arrival of US fire experts to unravel causes of devastating fires were some of the stories reported in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Tanzanian dailies highlight public debate on proposed constitution
    15 june 2013 07:00:21
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Views, praises and criticism related to Tanzania’s draft constitution, made public two weeks ago, continued to flow in the country’s newspapers this week. Full text...

  • Ethiopian weekly focuses on Egypt-Ethiopia tension over Nile waters
    15 june 2013 06:59:46
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – “Clouds over the Nile waters have become denser,” Ethiopia’s weekly Fortune wrote this week, referring to renewed military threats by Egypt in its opposition to the construction of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Blue Nile River. Full text...

  • Mauritanian private press editors condemn attack against newspaper offices
    12 june 2013 18:52:28
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Association of Mauritanian Press (RPM), a body of private press editors, has strongly condemned the attack against the offices of the weekly magazine "Biladi", perpetrated on Sunday by unknown persons. Full text...

  • Burundian journalist summoned by public prosecutor
    10 june 2013 20:29:15
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – A Burundian journalist has been ordered to appear before the public prosecutor in Makamba, southern Burundi, only days after a stiff press law was passed by the government. Full text...

  • Ethiopian papers shed light on African youth empowerment
    08 june 2013 09:47:48
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Africa’s challenge of deepening the involvement of youth in governance structures and enhancing their intellectual capacity so that they could assume responsibilities was the focus of two Ethiopian newspapers this week. Full text...

  • Tanzania’s draft constitution takes the limelight in local newspapers
    08 june 2013 09:32:24
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Writing a constitution that ideally meets the expectations of the people has been the main focus of Tanzanian newspapers this week after the Constitution Review Commission (CRC) unveiled a detailed draft of what would be the country’s basic law. Full text...

  • Outlawed Boko Haram, electricity nightmare highlighted in Nigeria
    08 june 2013 09:15:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The proscription of Boko Haram, the lack of access to electricity by 120 million people and the first-year anniversary of the Dana Air Crash in Lagos were the main stories in Nigeria this week.Full text...

  • Market fires, arrest of drug baron reported in Ghana
    08 june 2013 08:01:17
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Increasing spate of fire outbreaks, especially in markets across Ghana, and the arrest in the US of a drug baron were some of the stories highlighted by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • UN chief ‘regrets’ new Burundi media law
    06 june 2013 22:15:19
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed regret that a new media law in Burundi was promulgated with provisions that may have a negative impact on the freedom of the press.Full text...

  • France expresses concern about new media law in Burundi
    06 june 2013 20:08:16
    Paris, France (PANA) – France has expressed concern about press freedom in Burundi following the promulgation by the authorities of a new media law that bans reporting on matters which could undermine national security, public order or the economy. Full text...

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