African Media (UNESCO) -
  • Ghana: Unprecedented number of ministers dominates Ghanaian media
    18 march 2017 08:40:22
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The large number of ministers submitted to Parliament for approval by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo dominated the media in Ghana this week with politicians, individuals, think-tanks and civil society organisations shouting their disapproval in a loud chorus. Full text...

  • Ghana: 60th Independence celebrations, trial of ‘secessionists’ reported in Ghana
    11 march 2017 08:13:19
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana’s 60th Independence celebrations, International Women’s Day and trial of alleged secessionists were some of the stories highlighted by the media this week. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari's return dominates front pages in Nigeria
    11 march 2017 05:43:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The return of President Muhammadu Buhari after 51 days in London was the main story in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Media watchdog says Chad journalists in hiding after threats
    07 march 2017 12:07:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Media watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists, has asked the Chadian domestic intelligence officers to cease harassing and attempting to intimidate journalists. Full text...

  • US: 'Zimbabwean journalists charged with insulting Mugabe'
    07 march 2017 10:16:19
    New York, US (PANA) - Zimbabwean authorities should immediately drop all charges against News Day editor Wisdom Mdzungairi and reporter Richard Chidza, and should cease threatening journalists, Media watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists said on Monday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Maiden budget of new government highlighted by Ghana media
    04 march 2017 07:54:49
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The maiden budget of Ghana’s new government that seeks to remove taxes to give relief to the population, stimulate growth and create jobs was the main story in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: State of the Nation address dominates Ghana media
    25 february 2017 07:22:16
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Last Tuesday’s maiden State of the Nation address by President Nana Akufo-Addo to parliament dominated the Ghanaian media this week with officials of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) respectively hailing and criticising it. Full text...

  • Gambia: UNESCO official says respect for human rights vital for sustainable development
    22 february 2017 17:25:49
    Banjul, Gambia(PANA) - For nations to ensure lasting peace and sustainable development, human rights must be respected and people must be free to seek, receive and impart knowledge and information on all media, according to the director of UNESCO regional office for West Africa, Gwang-Chol Chang.Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana media report controversy over funding of free second cycle education
    18 february 2017 07:18:00
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A loud controversy over the source of funding for the government’s flagship free public Senior High School (SHS) education was highlighted by the media this week.Full text...

  • Ghana: ‘Missing’ gov't cars, disappointing Black Stars AFCON outing reported in Ghana
    11 february 2017 07:23:06
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A huge disagreement between the current and former governments over the whereabouts of state vehicles and the poor performance of the senior national football team, Black Stars, at the just ended 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Gabon were some of the stories highlighted by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights bodies demand end to media crackdown in Kenya, return of UK journalist
    08 february 2017 14:17:10
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan government must halt its crackdown on media freedom and allow Jerome Starkey to return to the country, nine human rights organizations said on Wednesday.Full text...

  • Libya: EU to mediate between al-Sarraj, Haftar
    07 february 2017 11:58:48
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has reaffirmed its willingness to mediate between the chairman of the Libyan presidential council of the coalition government of national accord, Fayez al-Sarraj, and the commander of the Libyan national army, Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who controls portions of Libya. Full text...

  • Ghana: Alleged bribery in parliament, Black Stars’ AFCON loss reported in Ghana
    04 february 2017 06:13:08
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – An alleged bribery by a ministerial nominee of Parliament’s Appointments Committee and the elimination of the senior national football team, the Black Stars, at the semi-final stage of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations by Cameroon were some of the stories reported in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Assurances of uninterrupted power supply, new police chief reported in Ghana
    28 january 2017 08:07:33
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Against the background of fears that a planned shutdown by the Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC) for maintenance and other works in February would lead to a generation shortfall of electricity, players in the power sector have been assuring consumers that adequate measures have been put in place to forestall load shedding. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU vows to protect social media from state meddling
    26 january 2017 16:18:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has vowed to protect democracy and keep the social media open for use during elections while expressing serious concern over the regular social media shutdown during elections as happened in The Gambia and Uganda recently. Full text...

  • South Africa: Abducted South African journalist 'still alive' – Charity
    23 january 2017 11:08:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Gift of the Givers Foundation, a disaster relief organisation, on Monday said it had established through its networks that South African photojournalist Shiraaz Mohamed, who was abducted in Syria earlier this month, was still alive. Full text...

  • Gambia: Guinea, Mauritanian presidents in Banjul for talks with Jammeh
    20 january 2017 13:42:40
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Guinean and Mauritanian presidents have arrived in the Gambian capital, Banjul, in a last-minute effort to persuade former president Yahya Jammeh to leave the presidency peacefully. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Police raid Nigeria online newspaper office
    19 january 2017 22:35:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria Police on Thursday afternoon raided the head office of Nigeria’s top online newspaper, the Premium Times, in Abuja, arresting the newspaper’s publisher. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Gambia's political crisis fills Rwandan media
    18 january 2017 16:08:18
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The media in Rwanda on Wednesday gave wide coverage to preparations by West African states to possibly invade Gambia to force out president Yahya Jammeh who is refusing to quit despite losing the 1 December election to opposition leader Adama Barrow. Full text...

  • Gambia: Seven foreign journalists expelled
    17 january 2017 19:22:13
    Banjul,Gambia (PANA) - Seven journalists, who are in The Gambia to cover the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Adama Barrow, were on January 16, 2017 prevented from entering the country, according media body Media Foundation for West AfricaFull text...

  • UN: One journalist killed every four days in 2016, UNESCO says
    17 january 2017 17:38:56
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 100 journalists were killed in 2016 while doing their jobs, according to the UN agency tasked with defending press freedom.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ urges Congolese authorities to release journalist
    14 january 2017 09:29:12
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  • Sudan: Sudanese media happy with lifting of US economic sanctions
    14 january 2017 09:19:34
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese newspapers on Saturday lauded the decision of the US to lift its unilateral economic sanctions imposed on the East African nation in 1997.Full text...

  • Ghana: President’s inauguration, transition challenges, cabinet highlighted in Ghana media
    14 january 2017 07:39:32
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Ghanaian media this week had a huge feast of stories with the inauguration of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, his plagiarised speech, hullabaloo over former President John Dramani Mahama’s official retirement accommodation and nominees for cabinet positions being some of the stories that filled the media. Full text...

  • Gambia: ECOWAS mediation talks on Gambia fail again - Opposition spokesman
    13 january 2017 20:43:02
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Talks to resolve the political impasse in the Gambia have failed for the second time with the chief mediator, Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari, leaving the country immediately after the West African mediation team met outgoing President Yahya Jammeh. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria backs efforts to end Gambian impasse
    13 january 2017 07:28:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa has thrown its weight behind mediation efforts by the West African regional bloc ECOWAS aimed at persuading President Yahya Jammeh to step down after he lost the 1 December elections. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh names mediator to resolve Gambian political impasse
    11 january 2017 16:14:10
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, under pressure from within and outside the country to step down following his defeat in last month's presidential election, on Wednesday appointed a mediator to help resolve the country's political impasse.Full text...

  • Ghana: Mahama’s final State of the Nation address played up in Ghana media
    07 january 2017 08:30:54
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – President John Dramani Mahama’s final State of the Nation address to Parliament and preparations for the inauguration of president-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo were the major stories highlighted by the media this week. Full text...

  • Rwanda: EU official underlines press freedom, accountability in Rwanda
    06 january 2017 14:21:34
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Promoting a free, responsible and accountable media is a precondition for the Rwandan media self-regulatory body in defending its journalist members, the head of European Union Delegation to Rwanda Michael Ryan said Friday in Kigali.Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda journalist arrested for tax evasion
    03 january 2017 13:22:58
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Rwandan journalist has been arrested for evasion of tax after the Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) filed a case against him. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian govt. cracks down on opposition voices, media
    02 january 2017 14:39:26
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambian government has launched a massive crackdown on opposition voices, arresting opposition members and closing down an independent radio station, Tanraga FM radio, PANA reported here Monday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Criticism of UK High Commissioner for ‘undiplomatic’ tweet reported in Ghana
    31 december 2016 09:34:33
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A tweet by the United Kingdom High Commissioner in Ghana Jon Benjamin and appeals by outgoing president John Dramami Mahama to Ghanaians to support the incoming administration were some of the stories highlighted by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Egypt: PPF concerned over detention of Al Jazeera journalist in Egypt
    28 december 2016 14:35:21
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The Pakistan Press Freedom (PPF), in a letter to Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, expressed concern over the arrest and detention of Al Jazeera journalists, Mahmoud Hussein, in Cairo, the Egyptian capital, on 25 December. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana media highlight continuing transition challenges
    24 december 2016 08:17:05
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The media in Ghana this week again highlighted disagreements between the outgoing and incoming administrations following the main opposition party’s victory in the 7 December elections. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana media highlight transition challenges
    17 december 2016 07:32:20
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The media in Ghana this week featured president-elect Nana Akufo-Addo's meetings with various groups and organisations, and transition challenges, with attacks on government facilities by jubilant supporters of the incoming administration and anger of loyalists of the outgoing ruling party for their loss. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian journalists demand justice for Deyda Hydara assassination
    16 december 2016 16:33:33
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian journalists on Friday renewed their demand for justice in relation to the 16 December 2004 murder of Deyda Hydara, founder of independent newspaper 'The Point' and urged President-elect Adama Barrow to investigate the case. Full text...

  • DRC: Rights group asks DRC to rescind order to block social media sites
    15 december 2016 20:58:49
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International on Thursday condemned the order to internet firms by the DR Congo authorities to block social media sites on 18 December. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says record number of journalists in jail globally
    13 december 2016 17:19:28
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Turkey's unprecedented crackdown on the media brought the total number of jailed journalists worldwide to the highest number since the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) began taking an annual census in 1990, the press freedom watchdog said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gambia: Ghana's outgoing President Mahama in Gambia for Jammeh mediation talks
    13 december 2016 12:17:29
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Ghana's outgoing president John Dramani Mahama has arrived in the Gambian capital, Banjul, where he will join leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to mediate in the looming political crisis in Gambia. Full text...

  • Gambia: ECOWAS leaders due in Gambia to mediate in looming political crisis
    13 december 2016 08:47:33
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are due in Banjul, Gambia, on Tuesday for talks to persuade incumbent president Yahya Jammeh to agree to leave office after his defeat in the country's 1 December presidential election. Full text...

  • South Africa: South African talk show host to interview Obama
    11 december 2016 08:57:09
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Popular South African television presenter Trevor Noah will interview President Barack Obama on Monday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghanaian media highlight general election
    10 december 2016 09:50:32
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The media in Ghana this week gave wide coverage to Wednesday's general election that culminated in the declaration of Nana Akufo-Addo of the centre-right New Patriotic Party (NPP) as the fifth president of the Fourth Republic that started in 1992. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns South Sudan over expulsion of AP journalist
    08 december 2016 16:10:27
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - South Sudanese authorities should immediately reverse the expulsion of Associated Press (AP) reporter Justin Lynch and cease interfering with journalists' ability to work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said.Full text...

  • Ghana: Complaints by three parties on elections reported in Ghana
    26 november 2016 05:19:27
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A complaint by three parties against the Electoral Commission (EC) claiming that the 7 December presidential and parliamentary elections will not be free and fair and a stern warning to media houses not to foment trouble during the polls were some of the stories played up by the media this week. Full text...

  • Botswana: Media workers in Botswana fight journalists persecution
    23 november 2016 18:31:04
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana Media Allied Workers Union (BOMAWU) has organised a demonstration slated for Thursday against alleged abuse and unfair treatment of journalists by employers.Full text...

  • Gambia: UN worried as 2 Gambian journalists continue to be held incommunicado
    22 november 2016 15:34:27
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights official, Rupert Colville, has expressed concern that two weeks after their detention, two Gambian journalists continue to be held incommunicado, with no access to family members or lawyers. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ urges Ethiopia to release detained journalists
    17 november 2016 16:43:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Ethiopia should immediately release all journalists detained amid an intensifying crackdown on the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Thursday.Full text...

  • Ghana: Final list of presidential candidates, Trump victory reported in Ghana
    12 november 2016 06:57:38
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The approval of the final list of candidates for Ghana’s 7 December presidential election, a letter from President John Dramani Mahama to voters and the surprising victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential election last Tuesday were some stories reported by the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Report shows gaps in promoting independent regulatory system among Rwandan media
    07 november 2016 15:40:46
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The 2016 edition of Rwanda Media Barometer (RMB), released Monday by the Rwanda Government Board (RGB), indicates that training for media practitioners remains not yet satisfactory both in number and contents while the independent and transparent regulatory system in the media licensing is still limited, Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana media once again dominated by election cases in courts
    05 november 2016 08:24:08
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Ghanaian media again focused on election cases at the courts following the disqualification of 13 presidential candidates by the Electoral Commission (EC) for various errors and other infractions in their papers.Full text...

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