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  • 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...

  • Zambia: Media lament poor condition of service for Zambian workers
    03 may 2014 07:27:13
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – As the world commemorated Labour Day on 1 May, the Zambian media paid special attention to the numerous challenges that Zambian workers continue to face, among them low wages. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA trains media monitors in Ghana
    02 may 2014 15:19:32
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based media rights body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Friday revealed, in a statement, that it had trained 30 individuals to monitor and report on ethical violations in Ghanaian media. Full text...

  • US: UN tasks governments, societies on press freedom
    01 may 2014 19:55:14
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of the World Press Freedom Day, UN officials on Thursday urged governments, societies and individuals to actively defend press freedom to foster sustainable development, noting that free media, traditional and new, are indispensable for development, democracy and good governance. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Kerry slams Ethiopian media crackdown
    01 may 2014 17:26:40
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry, has criticized Ethiopia for arresting journalists and bloggers, saying media practitioners deserved the freedom to participate in enhancing governance and political freedoms. Full text...

  • Togo: Togolese journalists elect new secretary general
    30 april 2014 22:39:15
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Patricia Adjissekou, a journalist at the private radio radio station in Lomé, has been elected secretary general of the Togolese Union of independent journalists (UJIT).Full text...

  • Mauritius: Media highlight politics
    27 april 2014 13:12:53
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian media this past week focused on politics, with the second meeting Thursday between Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam and opposition leader Paul Bérenger to discuss the electoral reform.Full text...

  • Mauritania: Mauritanian media highlight 21 June presidential election
    26 april 2014 13:35:17
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The media in Mauritania this week highlighted preparations for the first round of the presidential election scheduled for 21 June this year. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Union anniversary at centre stage of local dailies
    26 april 2014 10:58:24
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The 50th anniversary of the 1964 unification of mainland Tanzania, formerly Tanganyika, and the East African off-shore Islands of Zanzibar dominated coverage in local papers this week as the population took stock of the Union, reflecting on the challenges they have gone through and those lying ahead. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Continuing insecurity dominates media
    26 april 2014 09:17:46
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan's pledge to provide adequate security during the World Economic Forum on Africa, to be held in Abuja in May, and the continuing insecurity across the country dominate headlines in Nigeria this week.Full text...

  • Zambia: Media mourn legendary football commentator Dennis Liwewe
    26 april 2014 08:54:35
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian newspapers this week expressed sympathy at the passing of football commentator, Dennis Liwewe, noting with regret that his death comes barely six days shy of the 21st anniversary of the 1993 Gabon Disaster which claimed the entire Zambia national soccer team. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Economic crisis still leads headlines of Tunisian newspapers
    26 april 2014 08:42:27
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisia's economic crisis remained the main story this week with the Al-Maghreb newspaper reporting that "crisis" has become the most used word in the political, sport, cultural, social and economic fields. Full text...

  • Ghana: Controversial Iran flight, rumours of VAT on bank deposits reported in the media
    26 april 2014 07:01:47
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A controversial flight by a Ghanaian delegation in a US registered plane leased by the company of Ghana’s president, rumours of Value Added Tax (VAT) charges on bank deposits and drowning of nine Easter holidaymakers captured the headlines this week. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: EAJA concludes regional workshop on safety, security of journos
    23 april 2014 16:26:13
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) has successfully concluded its five-day regional investigative journalism and corruption reporting training for trainers. Full text...

  • Libya: Kidnapping of foreign diplomats dominates Libyan media
    20 april 2014 18:07:40
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The daylight abduction of two foreign diplomats in Tripoli in 48 hours dominated the media this week in Libya. Full text...

  • France: French media highlight President Bouteflika’s re-election
    20 april 2014 14:03:41
    Paris, France (PANA) – The re-election of the Algerian President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, for a fourth term, dominated the media in France this week.Full text...

  • Benin: Govt. splashed 150 million CFAF on private media in 2012
    20 april 2014 10:57:50
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – As part of its programme to assist the private media, the Beninese government granted over 150 million CFAF to the organizations in 2012, sources close to the country’s higher audiovisual and communication regulation authority (HAAC) disclosed here Sunday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Opposition's political agitation reported in Mauritius
    20 april 2014 08:55:14
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The political agitation rocking Opposition parties – the Mouvement Militant Mauricien (MMM), led by former Prime Minister Paul Bérenger, and the Mouvement Socialiste Militant (MSM), led by Pravind Jugnauth, were the main stories in Mauritius this week. Full text...

  • Zambia: Security threats at Zambia/DRC border and Constitution dominate news coverage
    19 april 2014 08:04:26
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The media this week was dominated by the recurrence of violent crime at Kasumbalesa border in Chililabombwe, northern Copperbelt, between Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as well as the constitution.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Abuja bomb blast, abduction of female students reported in Nigeria
    19 april 2014 07:54:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Monday's bomb blast at a popular lorry park in the outskirts of Abuja and the abduction, by suspected Boko Haram elements, of more than 100 female students in a post-primary school a few hours later, dominated the media in Nigeria this week. Full text...

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