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  • 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...

  • Senegal: MFWA condemns attack on Ivorian Journalist
    16 may 2014 13:38:13
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based rights body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Friday condemned an attack against Ivorian journalist, Fabrice Tété, a correspondent of privately-owned Le Temps newspaper.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ, partners urge Kenya to consider plight of refugee journalists
    13 may 2014 14:08:45
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), and partners Tuesday urged Kenya to consider the plight of refugee journalists in the country. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Disrupted march of former Mauritanians, presidential election dominate media
    11 may 2014 14:51:35
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The disruption of the march held by former Mauritanian refugees repatriated from Senegal and the presidential election scheduled for 21 June dominated the country's media in the outgoing week. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Newspapers hit common ground on Kerry, graft trial, Dangote cement
    10 may 2014 15:39:21
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The coverage of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Ethiopia, the acquittal of three senior lands officials on fraud charges and the pending completion of a major cement plant by Dangote Cement dominated newspaper headlines in Ethiopia during the week. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Abduction, World Economic Forum on Africa (WEFA) compete for front pages
    10 may 2014 12:51:26
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Global outrage over the abduction of school girls in Chibok and the 7-9 May, 2014, World Economic Forum on Africa (WEFA), held in Abuja, were the two major stories on the front pages in Nigeria this week.Full text...

  • Tanzania: Plight of elephants catches attention of local dailies
    10 may 2014 10:15:10
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Protection of elephants against poachers and conservation of wildlife in general was a shared focus of Tanzanian dailies this week, after the government raised alarm saying that high demand of ivory and prices in the international market endangered the country’s elephant herd.Full text...

  • Zambia: Bumper maize harvest makes headlines in Zambian press
    10 may 2014 08:08:42
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – This year’s record high production of the country’s staple crop, maize, made headlines this week in the Zambian press, with newspapers commenting that the development means that the country has enough food stocks which can be exported to earn the much needed foreign currency and help to stabilise the local currency.Full text...

  • Ghana: Media highlight teachers’ strike threat, economic and energy issues
    10 may 2014 07:56:13
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A strike threat by a teachers' union, an announcement by the government to convene a non-partisan forum to discuss challenges facing the economy and an agreement to generate 1,000 MW of power were some of the stories highlighted by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO urges inclusion of free expression in post-2015 development goals
    08 may 2014 19:43:36
    New York, US (PANA) - A world conference convened by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has adopted a declaration highlighting the contribution of free expression to contemporary democracy, sustainable and human rights-centred development and economic growth. Full text...

  • Nigeria: African journalists urged to work in public interest
    06 may 2014 15:32:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) – African journalists have been told to use their profession to give voice to the voiceless in the society and work towards countering vested interest and power inimical to public good, according to a Paris-based American freelance journalist and communication consultant, Eduardo Cue. Full text...

  • Benin: Authorities urged to respects media's rights
    04 may 2014 16:05:57
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) -The Observatory on Ethics in the Beninese Media (ODEM) has urged the country's authorities to respect the rights of journalists. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Federation denounces breach of journos' rights
    04 may 2014 15:43:56
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - Chairman of the federation of Cameroonian press editors Haman Mana has deplored the breach of journalists' rights in the country over the past few months. Full text...

  • Senegal: UNESCO pays tribute to journalists killed in 2013
    04 may 2014 09:54:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Director of the UNESCO regional multi-sectoral office for West Africa and Sahel, Mrs Ann-Therese Ndong Jatta, has paid a glowing tribute to journalists who were killed last year in the exercise of their duties.Full text...

  • Libya: Libya sets up centre for press freedom
    04 may 2014 09:49:24
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya marked the 2014 World Press Freedom Day Saturday (3 May) by setting up a centre for press freedom to defend the interests of media professionals, who have been threatened in the exercise of their duties by the prevailing insecurity in the country.Full text...

  • UN: Officials urge govts, societies to defend press freedom
    03 may 2014 17:10:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN marked the World Press Freedom Day on Saturday with an appeal to all States, societies and individuals to actively defend press freedom as a fundamental right and as a critical contribution to achieving and sustaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Full text...

  • Mauritania: Demand for former slaves’ rights dominates Mauritanian media
    03 may 2014 13:26:42
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The massive march by a section of the population, including former slaves, for their political, economic and social rights, was the main story in Mauritania this week. Full text...

  • Nigeria: May Day bomb blast, abducted girls dominate headlines in Nigeria
    03 may 2014 10:51:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Thursday's "Greek Gift" of a bomb blast as Nigerians celebrated May Day, and the continuing efforts to locate the more than 200 girls abducted by the Boko Haram sect were the main stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Zambia: Opposition chieftain bemoans Zambia’s declining press freedom record
    03 may 2014 08:25:15
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) president, Hakainde Hichilema, has bemoaned Zambia’s deteriorating press freedom record and has urged the media in Zambia to take its rightful place in the country.Full text...

  • Tanzania: Demands for good wages, road crashes dominate press coverage
    03 may 2014 08:18:01
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Although demands by Tanzania’s trade unions for better wages and working conditions were the main focus of the local media this week, they were overshadowed by the endless carnage on the country’s highways. Full text...

  • Ghana: May Day, new minimum wage, oil pipeline fire highlighted by the media
    03 may 2014 07:38:51
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – May Day celebrations, agreement on a new daily minimum wage and fire at a pipeline carrying oil to the Tema Oil Refinery (ROR), the sole refinery in the country, were some of the stories highlighted by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

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