Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Burundian journalist summoned by public prosecutor
    10 june 2013 20:29:15
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – A Burundian journalist has been ordered to appear before the public prosecutor in Makamba, southern Burundi, only days after a stiff press law was passed by the government. Full text...

  • Ethiopian papers shed light on African youth empowerment
    08 june 2013 09:47:48
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Africa’s challenge of deepening the involvement of youth in governance structures and enhancing their intellectual capacity so that they could assume responsibilities was the focus of two Ethiopian newspapers this week. Full text...

  • Tanzania’s draft constitution takes the limelight in local newspapers
    08 june 2013 09:32:24
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Writing a constitution that ideally meets the expectations of the people has been the main focus of Tanzanian newspapers this week after the Constitution Review Commission (CRC) unveiled a detailed draft of what would be the country’s basic law. Full text...

  • Outlawed Boko Haram, electricity nightmare highlighted in Nigeria
    08 june 2013 09:15:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The proscription of Boko Haram, the lack of access to electricity by 120 million people and the first-year anniversary of the Dana Air Crash in Lagos were the main stories in Nigeria this week.Full text...

  • Market fires, arrest of drug baron reported in Ghana
    08 june 2013 08:01:17
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Increasing spate of fire outbreaks, especially in markets across Ghana, and the arrest in the US of a drug baron were some of the stories highlighted by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • UN chief ‘regrets’ new Burundi media law
    06 june 2013 22:15:19
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed regret that a new media law in Burundi was promulgated with provisions that may have a negative impact on the freedom of the press.Full text...

  • France expresses concern about new media law in Burundi
    06 june 2013 20:08:16
    Paris, France (PANA) – France has expressed concern about press freedom in Burundi following the promulgation by the authorities of a new media law that bans reporting on matters which could undermine national security, public order or the economy. Full text...

  • Jonathan's mid-term report, anti-gay bill, pirate attacks highlighted in Nigeria
    01 june 2013 09:17:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The mid-term report (2011-2013) on President Goodluck Jonathan's achievements, the passage of the bill prohibiting same-sex marriage and the hijack of a fuel cargo ship by pirates were the major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Another power generation challenge, Mahama’s France visit reported in Ghana
    01 june 2013 05:36:09
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – An unexpected power generation problem that has seen a return to power rationing and a three-day visit to France of President John Dramani Mahama were some of the stories that were reported in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Ethiopian papers take a close look at 50 years of African unity
    01 june 2013 05:33:46
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and the African Union (AU) hit headlines in Ethiopia’s newspapers this week with editorials focused on Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance. Full text...

  • MFWA condemns death threat against Guinean journalist
    31 may 2013 16:18:50
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Ghana-based sub-regional rights body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Friday condemned the death threat against Guinean journalist, Nouhou Baldé.Full text...

  • War against Boko Haram, Chinua Achebe's burial highlighted in Nigeria
    25 may 2013 08:50:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The State of Emergency declared on three north eastern States and the following war against insurgency there as well as the burial of literary giant Chinua Achebe were the major stories in Nigeria this week.Full text...

  • Church stampede, clampdown on criminals highlighted in Ghana media
    25 may 2013 08:32:23
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A stampede last Sunday at the church of popular Nigerian preacher, Prophet T.B. Joshua, in Accra and a clampdown on criminals in Ghana’s second largest city, Kumasi, that has seen a series of murders and robberies, were some of the stories highlighted in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • CPJ wants DRC journalist's murder investigated
    24 may 2013 18:05:23
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), on Friday called for a thorough investigation into the murder of Congolese journalist, Guillain Chanjabo, aged 58. Full text...

  • CPJ writes South Sudan President on press freedom
    23 may 2013 13:24:58
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based global press freedom watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), on Thursday said it had written to South Sudan President, Salva Kiirr, to express concern over ''the deteriorating state of press freedom'' in his country. Full text...

  • Ghana media highlight action against illegal mining, rising criminal activities in Kumasi
    18 may 2013 08:01:34
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The declaration of war against illegal miners, whose activities degrade the environment, pollute water bodies, cause deaths and trigger violence, was one of the main stories highlighted in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Emergency rule, war against terrorists highlighted in Nigeria
    18 may 2013 07:48:54
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The declaration of emergency rule in three States worst hit by violence - Adamawa, Borno, Yobe - which has now developed into a "war situation" in those areas, was the major story in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • CPJ writes US Secretary of State, Kerry, on press freedom in Africa
    17 may 2013 18:00:39
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The global press freedom watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Thursday wrote to US Secretary of State John Kerry, asking him to include in his discussions at the African Union (AU) Summit the issue of press freedom in Africa. Full text...

  • Libya media protest Benghazi car bomb attack with news "blackout" Thursday
    15 may 2013 17:58:47
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – In protest against Monday's car bomb attack in Benghazi which killed three persons and injured scores of others, media houses in Libya will not function Thursday, PANA reports from here. Full text...

  • Unbridled orgy of killings dominates Nigerian media
    11 may 2013 10:08:26
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The recent breakdown of law and order, resulting in the mass killing of persons, including security operatives, women and children, was the major story in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Market fire, end of doctors' strike highlighted in Ghana media
    11 may 2013 07:25:32
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A huge market fire on Sunday at a popular market in Accra, known for second hand clothing, shoes and building materials, and the end of a crippling doctors’ strike were some of the stories reported in the Ghana media this week. Full text...

  • MFWA condemns attack on two Ghanaian journalists
    08 may 2013 18:46:19
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based sub-regional rights body, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Wednesday strongly condemned the violent attack against two Ghanaian journalists, Frank Worlanyo and Thomas Attram, reporter and cameraman respectively from Metropolitan Television (Metro TV), an Accra-based privately-owned TV station. Full text...

  • Malawi president refuses to sign 'Table Mountain Declaration'
    06 may 2013 15:59:28
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi President Joyce Banda has said she will not be stampeded into signing the 'Table Mountain Declaration' that urges governments in Africa to abolish “insult laws” and set free press high on the agenda. Full text...

  • 2 new TV stations licensed to broadcast in Mauritania
    04 may 2013 17:27:07
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Authorities in Mauritania have granted broadcast licences to two new Television stations -- Dava and ‘Al Mourabitounes, official sources told PANA here Saturday. Full text...

  • Jonathan-labour tirade, joblessness, new Boko Haram strategy highlighted in Nigeria
    04 may 2013 15:08:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Jonathan-Labour tirade against each other over corruption, the growing number of jobless people and Boko Haram's new strategy of violence were the main stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Landmark judgement, never-ending strikes dominate Ghanaian media
    04 may 2013 07:03:16
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A ruling by the Supreme Court that its own verdict on a petition challenging the election of a president could be reviewed and the continuing strikes by doctors and pharmacists dominated the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Gambian government urged to stop harassing journalists
    03 may 2013 20:14:58
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian journalists on Friday asked the government to stop harassing them, saying this does not only tarnish the image of he country but also retards professionalism and overall development of the media.Full text...

  • Rwanda not gagging the media, says Media Council
    03 may 2013 17:53:50
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – The Executive Secretary of Rwanda High Council of the Media (HCM), Emmanuel Mugisha, on Friday denounced a recent report by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) which named Rwanda among the countries that gag the press.Full text...

  • CPJ tasks African Union on press freedom
    03 may 2013 13:03:03
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on the African Union (AU) to champion the call for the release of all journalists imprisoned in Africa and appeal for justice in the murders of journalists killed in the line of duty. Full text...

  • Press Freedom Day: Nigerian editors seek correction of misconception against media
    03 may 2013 07:55:13
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As the World Press Freedom Day is observed Friday, the umbrella Full text...

  • CPJ releases latest impunity index on journalist killings
    02 may 2013 12:32:36
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Thursday released its 2013 Impunity Index, saying unpunished, deadly violence continues to plague the press globally, and has notably increased in Nigeria. Full text...

  • US says press freedom strengthens democracy
    02 may 2013 09:58:06
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Over sixty years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaimed the right of every person “to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers,” that right remains in peril in far too many countries, according to US Ambassador to Tanzania Alfonso E. Lenhardt. Full text...

  • Bloodbath, damning US corruption indictment reported in Nigeria
    27 april 2013 12:10:48
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The killing of 185 people in a border community in north eastern Borno State, the damning report by top US official that massive corruption exists, and government's compensation for victims of the 2011 post-election violence were the major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Doctors’ crippling strike dominates Ghanaian newspapers
    27 april 2013 07:36:39
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The ongoing strike by medical doctors in public health facilities in Ghana, which is causing huge pain and deaths, was the main story that dominated the newspapers in the West African country this week. Full text...

  • Human Rights Watch to Burundi President: Don't sign New Media Law
    26 april 2013 11:40:53
    New York, US (PANA) - Human Rights Watch (HRW) has written to Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza urging him not to sign the country's New Media Law, which was adopted by the Senate 19 April 2013. Full text...

  • SA passes bill that will curtail press freedom
    26 april 2013 10:46:08
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's National Assembly has passed the controversial Protection of State Information Bill with an overwhelming majority, after years of debate. Full text...

  • Burundian journalists kick against controversial press law
    24 april 2013 16:43:57
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The association of media professionals in Burundi Wednesday petitioned the government, urging President Pierre Nkurunziza not to sign the recently-adopted press bill into law. Full text...

  • Boko Haram's amnesty, MEND's threat to attack mosques reported in Nigeria
    20 april 2013 09:10:50
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan's desire to grant amnesty to the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram, the threat by the Niger Delta militants to carry out reprisal attacks on mosques and Jonathan's political ambition in 2015 were the major stories in Nigeria this week.Full text...

  • Mahama’s 100 days in office, election petition, strikes highlighted in Ghana
    20 april 2013 09:04:03
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – An assessment of President John Dramani Mahama's 100 days in office, the two-day visit to Ghana of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the election petition before the Supreme Court and the ongoing strikes by a number of public sector workers were some of the stories covered by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Jailed Ethiopian journalist wins UNESCO prize
    16 april 2013 21:20:21
    Paris, France (PANA) – Ethiopian journalist, Reeyot Alemu, who is serving a five-year sentence, is the winner of the 2013 World Press Freedom prize - UNESCO/Guillermo Cano - in recognition of her “exceptional courage, resistance and commitment to freedom of expression”, the jury said on Tuesday.Full text...

  • MFWA wants Sierra Leone's media regulator's independence ensured
    16 april 2013 17:22:15
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based sub-regional rights body, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Tuesday urged Sierra Leonean President, Ernest Bai Koroma, to respect the independence of his country's Independent Media Commission (IMC) in carrying out its regulatory mandate. Full text...

  • African Commission urged to help stop attacks on Nigerian journos
    16 april 2013 13:51:55
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian NGO Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has petitioned Ms Pansy Tlakula, the Commissioner and Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa, over the “increasing level of attacks against journalists and media houses in the country.” Full text...

  • New law will muzzle journos, HRW warns Burundi
    14 april 2013 09:52:29
    New York, US (PANA) - Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said the adoption of a new media law by Burundi’s National Assembly on 3 April ''is an attempt to curtail free speech and independent journalism''. Full text...

  • Fresh Abacha loot, baby thieves, looming power and fuel scarcity reported in Nigeria
    13 april 2013 08:27:05
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Fresh Abacha loot, discovered by the government, two baby thieves arrested by the police, demand for compensation by Boko Haram victims, looming power and fuel scarcity, and corruption in the civil service were some of the stories reported in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Unending labour agitations, improvement in electricity supply reported in Ghana
    13 april 2013 08:10:31
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Unending labour agitations and President John Mahama’s announcement of an improvement in electricity supply were some of the stories highlighted by the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • ICC reacts to Kenyan media on witness cooperation
    08 april 2013 14:21:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday condemned reports in the Kenyan media over the level of witness cooperation in cases relating to some public figures in the country. Full text...

  • Amnesty for Boko Haram, labour's looming strike, oil deals highlighted in Nigeria
    06 april 2013 08:31:46
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Plans to grant amnesty to members of the violent Islamic sect Boko Haram group, labour's threat to protest pensions fraud and the need for the government to renegotiate oil deals were the main stories in Nigerian newspapers this week. Full text...

  • MPs ex-gratia cheque, Mahama’s tax returns, election petition highlighted by Ghana media
    06 april 2013 08:09:28
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - “Huge” ex-gratia payment to members of parliament in the midst of labour agitations and the filing of tax returns by President John Mahama were some of the stories highlighted by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • MFWA welcomes release of Malian journalist
    05 april 2013 18:00:25
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra- based sub-regional rights body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has welcome the release of detained Malian journalist, Boukary Daou who was granted bail by a magistrate court, PANA report from here Friday. Full text...

  • Media bill triggers protest in Burundi
    04 april 2013 19:34:58
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - A bill mandating anyone wishing to practice journalism in Burundi to have a university diploma in information and communication sciences elicited protests on Thursday. Full text...

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