Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Senegal: Security forces are leading violators of freedom of expression in West Africa - MFWA
    19 february 2015 14:36:22
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has released its latest monitoring report, saying state security forces are the leading violators of the right to freedom of expression in West Africa.Full text...

  • France: Leading pro-African news portal unveils new graphic identity
    18 february 2015 11:34:09
    Paris, France (PANA) - Leading professional African news portal, Africa Intelligence, Tuesday unveils its new graphic identity with revamped logos, attractive colours, improved ergonomics and smoother navigation. Full text...

  • Sudan: Journalists' union laments newspapers' confiscation
    17 february 2015 09:53:26
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Journalists Union (SJU) has protested Monday's confiscation of the day's edition of 14 daily newspapers by the security services without giving any justification. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Media dominated by arrest of former PM in Mauritius
    14 february 2015 17:33:33
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian media this week devoted large spaces to the arrest on Friday of former Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam, who is accused of money laundering and complicity to commit a wrongful act, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Reactions to postponed polls get huge media play in Nigeria
    14 february 2015 10:23:23
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Reactions to the postponement of the 14 February 2015 presidential elections captured newspaper front pages in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Gambia: Six Gambian soldiers on trial before military court
    13 february 2015 18:35:34
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Trial of a group of six soldiers who allegedly had links to last year's attack on Gambia's Presidential Palace has opened before a court martial in Banjul, PANA learnt Friday from informed sources. Full text...

  • Senegal: AMI to train over 200 journalists on ICT, peace in Africa
    11 february 2015 18:26:16
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The African Media Initiative (AMI) and two of its partners Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding towards training of journalists in Information, Communication/Technology (ICT), and coverage of peace and conflict issues in Africa.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns ban on newspaper in South Sudan
    11 february 2015 15:23:46
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the ban slammed against South Sudan's independent newspaper, Nation Mirror, a statement from the press freedom body issued late Tuesday disclosed. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Media feast on rescheduled national elections
    08 february 2015 14:47:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - All Nigerian newspapers Sunday ran, on their front pages, stories on the postponement of the general elections, originally scheduled for 14 and 28 February, 2015.Full text...

  • Mauritania: Media highlight perspectives for political dialogue
    07 february 2015 17:55:27
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The perspective for a government-opposition political dialogue, which follows an appeal from President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on 4 January, continues to dominate the Mauritanian media this week.Full text...

  • Zambia: Media applaud President Lungu’s mediation in South Sudan
    07 february 2015 12:05:59
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The local press this week commented, among other issues, on the invitation of Zambian President Edgar Lungu to mediate in the South Sudan conflict as well as the expulsion from the party of 21 members of parliament by the former ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Rumours of election postponement dominate front pages in Nigeria
    07 february 2015 09:42:01
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Growing apprehension that the 14 February general elections will be postponed dominated newspaper headlines in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Energy crisis, prison riot, football reported in Ghana
    07 february 2015 06:01:49
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The never-ending energy crisis, riot at a prison that claimed one life after a fire outbreak and Ghana’s progress to the finals of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament were some of the stories reported this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says newspaper fined 1 million CFA in Cote d'Ivoire
    06 february 2015 15:46:45
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Ivorian authorities have imposed a fine of one million CFA francs on La Refondation SA, publisher of the daily newspaper Notre Voie, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has said.Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA commends Liberian President for decriminalising libel, defamation
    06 february 2015 13:53:09
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has commended Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, for reaffirming her government’s commitment to decriminalise libel and defamation. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria denies frustrating foreign journalists requesting election coverage
    05 february 2015 20:13:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Federal Ministry of Information says media reports claiming that the Federal Government is denying accreditation to foreign journalists who want to cover the 14 February general elections is false.Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa's oldest press agency winds up
    05 february 2015 15:09:26
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African Press Association (SAPA) on Thursday announced that it would close down in March after nearly 70 years of uninterrupted service. Full text...

  • Senegal: AI calls on Egypt to release Al Jazeera journalists
    02 february 2015 13:42:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Amnesty International (AI) Sunday said the continuing plight of Al Jazeera journalists, Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy, must not be forgotten as their colleague Peter Greste was being deported from Egypt. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA calls on Niger to end harassment of journalists
    02 february 2015 13:36:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has called on President Issoufou Mahamadou of Niger to end the harassment of journalists by state agents.Full text...

  • Ghana: Controversial Nigerian billboards, SIM box arrests, power agreements reported in Ghana
    31 january 2015 12:11:57
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The tearing down of billboards sponsored by Nigerian political parties for the 14 February elections in that country, arrest of several people allegedly involved in SIM box fraud and three major projects to significantly increase power generation in Ghana were some of the stories reported in the media this week.Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritian media focus on 2015/2019 Government Programme
    31 january 2015 09:24:17
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian media this week turned attention to the new government’s five-year programme for the period 2015 to 2019, presented to the nation Tuesday by President Kailash Purryag in which the government said “it will govern for the People with the People.” Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Tanzania bans circulation of regional weekly
    28 january 2015 15:47:59
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has disclosed that Tanzanian authorities banned the circulation of the privately-owned regional weekly, The East African, in the country. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns killing of five journalists in South Sudan
    28 january 2015 11:46:54
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has strongly condemned the killing of five journalists in South Sudan, according to a statement issued by the press freedom body late Tuesday evening and obtained here by PANA.Full text...

  • Tanzania: EU speaks out on press freedom in Tanzania
    27 january 2015 12:30:05
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has called on the Tanzanian government to make every effort to preserve the freedom of expression in the country, while urging all stakeholders to prioritise constructive dialogue as the primary means to resolve differences. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says journalist threatened for criticising Benin president
    26 january 2015 15:53:42
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The sub-regional press freedom watchdog, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), has said that a journalist in Benin, Ozias Sounouvou, has been receiving threatening phone calls, according to a statement obtained here by PANA Monday. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA concerned over attacks against media, demonstrators in Niger
    26 january 2015 15:48:57
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has expressed concern over the ''numerous attacks'' on the media and demonstrators in Niger. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ welcomes release of six Eritrean journalists
    24 january 2015 11:04:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has welcomed the release from jail of six Eritrean journalists who worked for the government-controlled station Radio Bana.Full text...

  • Ghana: Mahama’s Germany visit, arrest of pirates reported in Ghana
    24 january 2015 09:00:23
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – President John Dramani Mahama’s state visit to Germany, where he argued for assistance for a multi-national force to defeat the Nigerian terror group, Boko Haram, and the arrest of 8 Nigerian pirates who hijacked an oil vessel were some of the stories reported in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Violent, mudslinging electioneering campaign reported in Nigeria
    24 january 2015 08:10:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian media are awash, this week, with stories on the campaign for the 14 February 2015 presidential election gradually turning into violence and mudslinging. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: High Communication Council calls for training for journalists
    23 january 2015 22:03:07
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The chairperson of the Burkina Faso High Communication Council, Nathalie Somé, on Friday called for the continuous training of journalists so that they can play an effective role in the transition period after the overthrow of President Blaise Compaore.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says DRC stops internet access, cellphone services amid protests
    23 january 2015 15:25:14
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has revealed that authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have shut down internet access and SMS service for mobile phones throughout the country following nationwide demonstrations that led to deadly clashes with the police. Full text...

  • Gambia: Senior journalist of state-owned newspaper sacked
    22 january 2015 21:18:23
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Deputy Editor-In-Chief of the state-owned Daily Observer newspaper, Mr. Hatab Fadera, has been sacked.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Burundian journalist arrested, charged for not revealing source
    22 january 2015 14:56:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said that authorities in Burundi have imprisoned the director of the privately-owned Radio Publique Africaine (RPA) for not revealing his source.Full text...

  • Congo: CAR mediator praises Kenya's efforts to get rival armed groups closer
    19 january 2015 19:37:57
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Congolese President Dennis Sassou Nguesso has praised the efforts made by Kenyan authorities to bring together rival leaders of armed groups in Central African Republic, according to an official communiqué released here Monday.Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian media call for peaceful elections
    17 january 2015 11:41:03
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – As Zambians go to polls next Tuesday to elect a new president, the local media this week focused on the polls, appealing to the nation to believe in the capacity of the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to deliver peaceful, credible, fair and free elections. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Fever-pitch pre-election activities reported in Nigeria
    17 january 2015 07:46:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - With party primaries over and candidates emerged for the February general elections, the media in Nigeria are awash with stories of fever-pitch political activities across the country. Full text...

  • Ghana: Media report fire at drugs warehouse, suspension of commissioner of human rights
    17 january 2015 06:17:03
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A huge fire that razed the warehouse of the Central Medical Stores of the Ghana Health Service, which stocks drugs and medical equipment for about one year for health facilities, and the suspension of the commissioner of the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Lauretta Vivian Lamptey, were some of the stories reported in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Sudan: Anti-Charlie Hebdo demonstration staged in Sudan
    16 january 2015 15:01:41
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – An estimated 500 Sudanese Muslims Friday demanded the expulsion of the French ambassador to the Sudan in protest against what they termed as the French government allowing the French newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, republish cartoons they consider anti-Islamic and defamatory to Prophet Mohammed.Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Freedom of speech must not cause provocation - President Sall
    15 january 2015 20:31:51
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Senegalese president Macky Sall on Thursday in Ouagadougou said that as president, he cannot accept the circulation of the latest publication of the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, in his country where 95% of the population are Muslims.Full text...

  • Cameroon: Rights network protests against killing of DRC journalists
    14 january 2015 20:59:22
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) – The Central African Human Rights Network (REDHAC) has denounced the killing of journalists in North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritian religious council condemns attack on French magazine
    14 january 2015 19:06:51
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Council of Religions in Mauritius Wednesday condemned last week's attack on a French satirical magazine during 12 people, including journalists, were killed in Paris. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO holds debate on press freedom
    14 january 2015 18:18:21
    New York, US (PANA) - In the wake of last week’s attack against French satirical magazine, Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Media to mourn Charlie Hebdo victims Wednesday
    13 january 2015 14:31:03
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Following an appeal by the National Union of Burkina free audiovisual (UNALFA) and the association of media editors (SEP), the Burkina Faso media will Wednesday observe a day of mourning in memory of the victims of the terror attack on the French satirical newspaper, “Charlie Hebdo”, in which 12 persons were killed.Full text...

  • Togo: Pax Africana preaches against discrimination, stigmatization after Charlie Hebdo attack
    12 january 2015 13:37:52
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The Foundation Pax Africana, which works for peace, unity and development in Africa, Monday called States to ban any form of discrimination and stigmatization, following last Wednesday's terror attack on the French satirical newspaper, “Charlie Hebdo”. Full text...

  • Burundi: 'Charlie Hebdo' supporters rally at French Embassy in Bujumbura
    11 january 2015 14:58:39
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) –Burundi's media professionals, politicians, rights activists and ordinary citizens Sunday held a rally at the French Embassy in Bujumbura in solidarity with the people of France, following this week's terrorist attack on 'Charlie Hebdo' newspaper in Paris.Full text...

  • Mauritania: Media highlight Prime minister's general policy statement
    10 january 2015 17:53:08
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian media this week devoted a large part of their publications to various issues, including the General Policy Statement (GPS) presented by Prime Minister Yahya Ould Hademine to Parliament on Monday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Mahama's second year in office, jailing of drug queen reported in Ghana
    10 january 2015 07:53:11
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The second anniversary of President John Dramani Mahama's inauguration on 7 January and the jailing of a young Ghanaian woman in London for smuggling cocaine into the United Kingdom were some of the stories reported in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius condemns attack on French magazine
    09 january 2015 14:06:19
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius has condemned the "outrageous" attack on the French magazine, “Charlie Hebdo”, that was perpetrated Wednesday in Paris, the French capital, killing 12 people, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • US: OIC condemns terrorist attack on 'Charlie Hebdo'
    08 january 2015 19:08:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned Wednesday's terrorist attack against the office of 'Charlie Hebdo' magazine in Paris, which claimed lives of 10 media workers and two police officers. Full text...

  • Kenya: IFJ condemns media staff killings in Paris
    08 january 2015 15:14:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has joined its French affiliates – SNJ, SNJ-CGT and CFDT – in condemning the shooting that took place Wednesday at the offices of the French satiric magazine, Charlie Hebdo, in Paris, in which at least five journalists were killed.Full text...

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