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  • Ghana: Challenges facing economy on front pages
    08 february 2014 09:08:20
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The challenges facing Ghana’s economy, which have necessitated stiff measures by the Bank of Ghana (BoG) to check the slide in the local currency, the Ghana Cedi, and a looming confrontation with labour unions occupied the front pages this week. Full text...

  • Tanzania: War on narcotics, cancer dominate dailies this week
    08 february 2014 08:55:44
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – A drug haul from a vessel sailing off the Tanzanian coast and the increasing national burden of cancer cases were dominant issues in newspapers published here this week. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Newspapers highlight election of president Aziz as AU chairman
    03 february 2014 22:02:17
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian press on Monday highlighted last Thursday's election of president Mohamed Ould Abdel as chairman of the African Union (AU) at the opening of its 22nd summit of heads of State and government in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • Sudan: Security lifts ban on pro-opposition newspaper
    01 february 2014 13:47:24
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese security on Saturday lifted the ban imposed on “Rai al Shaab” (People’s Opinion) daily newspaper, sponsored by the opposition Popular Congress party of Islamist Dr. Hassan Turabi.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Proposed National Conference dominates newspaper headlines
    01 february 2014 08:45:31
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The federal government's modalities for the conduct of the National Conference, designed to bring the people together and discuss the fundamental terms of their coexistence, was the main story in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: GMO controversy, resurgence of illegal mining played up in Ghana media
    01 february 2014 07:05:38
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A raging controversy over Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and the resurgence of illegal mining, called “galamsey” in Ghana, were some of the main stories covered by the media this week. Full text...

  • US: UN human rights office condemns clampdown on media in Egypt
    31 january 2014 18:57:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday expressed deep concern about the growing threats and attacks on members of the media in Egypt.Full text...

  • South Africa: Authorities urged to drop charges against journalist
    30 january 2014 15:10:48
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based media freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Wednesday called on South African authorities to drop charges against a journalist, Ricky Dire, who was roughed up and detained after photographing police officers allegedly involved in bribery. Full text...

  • Ghana: Media highlight advice of medics on cardiac ailments after death of popular broadcaster
    25 january 2014 08:43:59
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Ghanaian media this week highlighted the advice of medical doctors on avoiding heart attacks following the sudden death of popular broadcaster Komla Dumor. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Cabinet reshuffle dominates headlines in local dailies
    25 january 2014 08:38:14
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - President Jakaya Kikwete must leave behind a legacy when he bows out of office in less than two years' time, said The Citizen, commenting on the Tanzanian leader's shuffle of his cabinet this week. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Gains of new automotive policy, "dying" Boko Haram highlighted in Nigeria
    25 january 2014 08:26:48
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan's explanation on the gains of his administration's new automotive policy, the military's assertion that Boko Haram will become history before April this year and the timely warning not to expect a perfect polls in 2015 were the main stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: US Embassy, MFWA to organize media forums
    24 january 2014 15:30:55
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), in partnership with the Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy in Accra, Ghana, will organize two separate forums on the topic: “The Challenges and Prospects of Journalism in the Age of New Media", MFWA said in a statement received here by PANA. Full text...

  • Gambia: Trial of two Gambian journalists postponed
    22 january 2014 15:26:23
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Journalists Musa Sheriff and Sainey M.K. Marena, on Tuesday appeared before Banjul Magistrates' Court in The Gambia, but the case was adjourned to 4 February, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • Togo: Media watchdog concerned about attacks against journalists
    20 january 2014 21:04:39
    Lomé,Togo (PANA) - A Togolese media watchdog, SOS Journalistes en Danger, on Monday expressed concern about the resurgence of attacks against journalists performing their normal duties. Full text...

  • Ghana: Newspapers mourn broadcaster Komla Dumor
    20 january 2014 08:57:18
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghanaian newspapers on Monday mourned broadcaster Komla Dumor, who passed away last Saturday in London from a heart attack. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama leads broadcaster Komla Dumor tributes
    19 january 2014 08:01:22
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Mahama has led the country in paying tribute to broadcaster Komla Dumor who died in London on Saturday, calling him one of the most illustrious sons of Ghana. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghanaian broadcaster Komla Dumor dies
    18 january 2014 19:10:47
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghanaian broadcaster Komla Dumor has died, Joy FM, the Accra-based radio station he worked for before moving to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in London, announced on Saturday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Media report LPG tanker accident, prepaid water metres, opposition’s scorecard
    18 january 2014 08:48:45
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - An accident involving a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tanker, hints of introduction of prepaid metres for water consumption and the main opposition party’s low marks for the government were some of the stories reported in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Gambia: Journalists Sheriff and Marenah charged with ‘publication of false news’
    16 january 2014 21:18:35
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Musa S. Sheriff, Editor-In-Chief of The Voice newspaper and Sainey M.K. Marenah, a freelance journalist, on Thursday appeared in court charged with “conspiracy” and “publication of false news”. Full text...

  • Senegal: IFJ demands release of 2 detained Gambian journos
    16 january 2014 11:58:27
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has called on The Gambian authorities to immediately release two journalists, Musa Sheriff and Sainey Marenah, who are being detained by the police on charges of ''giving false information to a public officer''. Full text...

  • Gambia: Journalist arrested for publishing 'false information'
    13 january 2014 18:31:20
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Musa Sheriff, Publisher and Editor of The Gambian-based The Voice newspaper, was Monday arrested by the Gambian police for allegedly publishing false information, sources close to the journalist told PANA. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Local dailies focus on endangered elephant population
    11 january 2014 10:40:31
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - There is evidence of belated seriousness at Tanzania’s National Resources and Tourism ministry on the need to wage a winning war on wildlife poaching, a private daily observed this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Mahama’s first year in office, Rawlings’ take on corruption make headlines
    11 january 2014 07:07:22
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The first anniversary of the inauguration of John Dramani Mahama as president of Ghana, which fell on 7 January, and former President Jerry John Rawlings’ scathing criticism of two of his successors - John Agyekum Kufuor and the late John Evans Atta Mills - on corruption were some of the stories that occupied the front pages of newspapers this week. Full text...

  • Boko Haram, power supply, improved airport security highlighted in Nigeria
    11 january 2014 06:55:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan's determination to end the Boko Haram challenges soon, the presidential order on improved power supply and adequate airport security were the main stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Zambia: Govt. refutes media reports on Finance Minister's resignation
    06 january 2014 17:32:18
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s Information Minister Mwansa Kapeya has refuted local media reports that Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda has resigned from government. Full text...

  • Ghana: Media highlights Mahama’s New Year message, Rawlings’ call for cabinet reshuffle
    04 january 2014 10:44:58
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama’s New Year message and a call by former President Jerry John Rawlings for a cabinet reshuffle were some of the stories in the country's newspapers this week. Full text...

  • Gambia lifts ban of newspaper, FM radio station
    01 january 2014 19:05:56
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian authorities have lifted the ban they placed on The Standard Newspaper and the Taranga FM radio station with immediate effect, saying that was the government's goodwill gesture for the new year, PANA reported here Wednesday, quoting the Gambia Radio and Television Services. Full text...

  • CPJ releases new report on killing of journalists
    30 december 2013 19:32:33
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Monday released a new report, saying that Syria remained the “most deadly place for journalists” in 2013. Full text...

  • UN chief welcomes South Sudan's mediation efforts
    29 december 2013 16:18:34
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the appointment of a mediation team to work with government of South Sudan and the opposition to reach a ceasefire in the current conflict, which has taken a heavy toll on the world's youngest nation. Full text...

  • Mahama’s hopes for 2014, speculation of cabinet reshuffle in Ghana press
    28 december 2013 09:25:56
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama’s high hopes for 2014, increase in water and electricity tariffs and speculation of a cabinet reshuffle early in the New Year were some of the stories highlighted in Ghana during the week. Full text...

  • Presidential brickbats, war against terrorism highlighted in Nigeria
    28 december 2013 09:19:55
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The war of words between President Goodluck Jonathan and former President Olusegun Obasanjo as well as the federal government's chest-beating over the war against terrorism were the major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Money meant for private media embezzled in Mauritania
    26 december 2013 14:55:01
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Union of private media editors in Mauritania Thursday accused officials of its management committee of embezzling 4 per cent of an aid fund to the media for 2013. Full text...

  • Kenyan TV stations go off air
    23 december 2013 20:59:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan TV stations have switched off their signals after losing a lawsuit against the switch to digital signals. Full text...

  • Accra Mayor’s house, electricity generation, Old Parliament House fire reported in Ghana
    21 december 2013 08:42:26
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghanaian newspapers this week highlighted the sale of the official residence of the Mayor of Accra, inauguration of a hydro-electric dam that will produce 400 megawatts of power and fire at the Old Parliament House that accommodates offices of anti-corruption bodies. Full text...

  • South Sudan accepts IGAD mediation, ready for talks with rebels without preconditions
    21 december 2013 08:22:01
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The government of South Sudan has said it is ready for unconditional talks with rebel elements led by former Vice President Reik Machar whom it accused of involvement in a failed coup attempt. Full text...

  • Budget, life jail for Boko Haram chieftain, poor WAEC results highlighted in Nigeria
    21 december 2013 07:57:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The national budget, presented Thursday by the Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, life jail term for Boko Haram chieftain Kabiru Soko and the poor results from the pre-university examinations were the main stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Mali to set up new media regulatory body
    19 december 2013 16:24:44
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian government says it will set up a High Authority for Communications (HAC), which will replace the Superior Council of Communications (SCC), the media regulatory organ since 1994, according to a government communique. Full text...

  • CPJ says 211 journalists are behind bars world wide
    18 december 2013 16:35:38
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based global press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), on Wednesday revealed that some 211 journalists are behind bars around the globe with Turkey topping the list of countries accused of jailing journalists. Full text...

  • Media watchdog says Burkina Faso newspaper faces FCFA 1 million suit
    16 december 2013 20:27:17
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based sub-regional media watchdog, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), on Monday said a newspaper in Burkina Faso faces a FCFA1 million libel suit for allegedly accusing a prosecutor of demanding a bribe. Full text...

  • Libyan dailies play up financial crisis, registration of voters
    16 december 2013 19:51:27
    Tripoli , Libya (PANA) - Libyan newspapers on Monday highlighted the current financial crisis, caused by the lack of liquidity for the Libyan state as a result of the closure of the oil ports, and the slow progress in the registration of voters for the election of members of the committee responsible for drafting the constitution.Full text...

  • Gambian journalists mark killing of Managing Editor Hydara
    16 december 2013 17:01:36
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Journalists, under the umbrella of the Gambia Press Union (GPU), on Monday marked the ninth anniversary of the ''gruesome murder'' of Deyda Hydara, the managing editor of The Point Newspaper. Full text...

  • Mauritanian newspapers dwell on Mandela's funeral
    14 december 2013 14:25:29
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The media in Mauritania this week focused attention on the death of former South African president Nelson Mandela whose government led the transition that brought national reconciliation in his country. Full text...

  • Obasanjo's attack on Jonathan highlighted in Nigeria
    14 december 2013 09:29:36
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Former President Olusegun Obasanjo's letter to incumbent leader, President Goodluck Jonathan, dominated newspaper headlines in Nigeria this week.Full text...

  • Mandela’s legacy dominates Tanzanian dailies this week
    14 december 2013 09:08:08
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Remembering the late Nelson Mandela and his legacy to the world was the predominant focus of Tanzanian newspapers this week. Full text...

  • Ghana media continue to focus on Mandela
    14 december 2013 08:56:59
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The media in Ghana this week continued to focus on the death and funeral of former South African President and anti-apartheid hero, Nelson Mandela. Full text...

  • Rwanda minister urges media to improve performance
    11 december 2013 17:32:28
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – Rwanda's Local Administration Minister James Musoni has called on the media to take advantage of opportunities that exist in regional integration to improve their economic and professional capacities. Full text...

  • Cameroon hosts consultation meeting with African media on Agenda 2063
    10 december 2013 18:59:47
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - At least 20 African journalists are gathered here for the Consultation workshop aimed at making recommendations and suggestions that are expected to be taken into account in the 2063 Agenda for the African Union (AU), PANA reported from here Full text...

  • Zambian newspapers pay tribute to Mandela
    07 december 2013 11:47:24
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian newspapers have joined the rest of the world in mourning the late former South African President Nelson Mandela, who they say, deserves respect and honour. Full text...

  • Mandela's demise, Brazil 2014 draws reported in Nigeria
    07 december 2013 11:23:21
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The death on Thursday of the former South African and leading anti-apartheid campaigner, Nelson Mandela, and the 2014 World Cup draws were the major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Mandela's death, 2014 World Cup draw highlighted by Ghana media
    07 december 2013 08:45:07
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghanaian newspapers this week highlighted the passing of former South African president and hero Nelson Mandela and the 2014 World Cup draw that placed Ghana in a tough group against Germany, Portugal and USA, tagged "group of death". Full text...

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