Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • 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...

  • Ghana: Main opposition party’s delegates’ conference dominates media
    19 april 2014 06:59:05
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Last weekend’s national delegates’ conference of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) that saw all but one of the former executive members voted out of office and the commencement of antagonism between the party's two main presidential hopefuls captured the headlines in the media this week.Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian media dominated by politics, economy
    19 april 2014 06:55:04
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian press was this week dominated by the decision of the military court of Appeal of Tunis to reduce sentences handed down to security heads under the toppled regime as well as the increasingly difficult economic crisis marked by government’s decision to take a loan of 350 million dinars to pay the salaries of workers for April.Full text...

  • Rwanda: Press boss arrested
    18 april 2014 08:24:02
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Director of Publication of Rwandan weekly ''Umusingi'', Mr. Stanley Gatera, was arrested Thursday after he was allegedly caught extorting US$450 from a local businessman, police sources told PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA condemns ''repeated'' attacks on Journalists in Togo
    16 april 2014 15:45:38
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The sub-regional rights body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Wednesday strongly condemned repeated attacks on journalists by Togo's security forces, MFWA said in a statement. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Newspaper Editor jailed for criminal defamation
    16 april 2014 14:01:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Authorities in Cameroon should release newspaper editor, Amungwa Tanyi Nicodemus, who has been imprisoned since 29 March after being convicted of criminal defamation, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Tuesday.Full text...

  • Mali: Mariétou Konaté elected chair of Malian female communication professionals
    15 april 2014 20:05:09
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Malian journalist Mariétou Konaté has been elected chair of the Malian branch of the Association of African female Communication Professionals (APAC). Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan media highlight confirmation of acting Prime minister
    12 april 2014 13:52:18
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The confirmation of the Libya's acting Prime minister, Abdallah al-Theni, in his duties by the National General Congress (NGC), more than a month after he was asked to form a government, was highlighted by the media this week.Full text...

  • France: French media highlight sending of UN troops to CAR
    12 april 2014 11:27:04
    Paris, France (PANA) – A UN Security Council resolution on Thursday to send peacekeeping soldiers to restore order and security in Central African Republic, and also ensure protection for civilians was highlighted by the French media this week. Full text...

  • Zambia: Media highlight campaign to fight corruption
    12 april 2014 08:35:18
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The media this week highlighted the need to fight corruption as the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) announced that it is investigating the Minister of Youth and Sport, Chishimba Kambwili, for allegedly allowing the ministry to spend money on congratulatory messages for his personal development.Full text...

  • Ghana: Economy, politics dominate Ghanaian media
    12 april 2014 06:46:06
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The continuing debate on the health of Ghana’s economy and this weekend’s national delegates’ conference of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) dominated the media this week.Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian press dominated by country’s economic crisis
    12 april 2014 06:41:21
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisian newspapers this week were dominated by the country’s difficult economic and financial situation, which continues to affect the daily lives of the people. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Govt. reassures, cyber-criminality bill will not affect press freedom
    11 april 2014 16:08:15
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The bill on cyber-criminality "will not have effects on press freedom which is an essential option for the Mauritanian authorities and people”, the Mauritanian Minister of Employment, Vocational training, Information and Communication technology, Ismael Ould Bedda Ould Cheikh Sidya, said here Friday. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls for release of Swazi editor, lawyer
    11 april 2014 15:45:05
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The New York-based press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Friday called on Swazi authorities to ''immediately release'' detained editor Bheki Makhubu, and human rights lawyer, Thulani Maseko, Full text...

  • Tunisia: Mediterranean annual audiovisual conference opens in Tunis
    10 april 2014 20:59:32
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – About 100 participants on Thursday began the 21st colloquium and 20th conference of Mediterranean audiovisual organs in Tunis. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Encouraging responsible media reporting of Gender-Based Violence
    09 april 2014 18:36:22
    Réduit, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare Ministry on Wednesday organized a capacity-building programme to empower students of Journalism, Communications and Media Studies from the University of Mauritius on responsible reporting of Gender-Based Violence (GBV). Full text...

  • Ethiopia: South Sudan faction insists no talks without detained party chief
    07 april 2014 07:59:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - A group of seven (G7) former political detainees in South Sudan have insisted there should be no further peace talks without Pegan Amum, a top official of the ruling party, and three others arrested in the aftermath of the crisis in the country. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Copyright Bill, deportation of woman from UK attract the Mauritian media
    06 april 2014 16:40:23
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The adoption of the Copyright Bill by the Parliament and the deportation of a 19-year-old Mauritian woman from Great Britain for having violated the immigration laws of that country are the two major stories in the Mauritian media this week.Full text...

  • Benin: Media highlight Pesident Boni Yayi’s three years in power
    06 april 2014 14:19:15
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – The Beninese newspapers this week devoted a large part of their publications to the assessment of president Boni Yayi regime which on Sunday marked three years in his second term as president. Full text...

  • Zambia: Media focuses on mining sector
    05 april 2014 08:56:36
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The announcement this week by Zambia's Energy Regulation Board (ERB) of an increase in electricity tariffs for mining companies by a hefty 28.8 percent was received with mixed feelings, with the Daily Nation newspaper describing the decision as “suicidal”. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS summit, economic challenges dominate Ghana media
    05 april 2014 08:48:29
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Last weekend’s summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), during which Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama was elected Chairman, and Finance Minister Seth Terkper’s appearance in Parliament were some of the main stories highlighted by the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Kenya: Somali police urged to release Sky FM journo
    01 april 2014 12:44:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Somali authorities to release a radio journalist who has been held without charge in the capital, Mogadishu, since Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan's verdict on the "real" cause of insurgency reported in Nigeria
    30 march 2014 08:55:35
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan's categorical statement that the failure in governance by the governors of the 12 Northern States was the real cause of the insurgency was the major story in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Mauritanian media dominated by next presidential election
    29 march 2014 19:20:02
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - For the second consecutive week, the media in Mauritania was dominated by the next presidential election to be held under the Republican calendar between April and July 2014. Full text...

  • Libya: Warning against world terrorism, Khadafi regime trials in the Libyan press
    29 march 2014 18:35:23
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Former Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan’s warning against the use of Libya as a base for international terrorism and the start of the trial of the late dictator Mouammar Khadhafi’s son, Seif-al-Islam, were some of the stories reported in the Libyan media this week.Full text...

  • Mauritius: Electoral reforms and dengue lead the Mauritian media
    29 march 2014 11:59:26
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian government’s proposals for reform of the electoral system in Mauritius and the discovery of about 40 cases of dengue in the north of the island have retained the attention of the Mauritian press this week.Full text...

  • France: French media highlight sentencing of Egypt Muslim brothers
    29 march 2014 11:30:12
    Paris, France (PANA) – Paris newspapers devoted a large part of their pages to news from Egypt, particularly the sentencing of the Muslim brothers for violence that broke out on 14 August in southern Cairo. Full text...

  • Zambia: Squabbles in former ruling party dominate media coverage
    29 march 2014 10:59:00
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Wrangling among senior members of the former ruling party, Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD), dominated media in Zambia this week. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Newspapers highlight politics, economy and security
    29 march 2014 06:24:08
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Political, economic and security issues were once again the headlines of Tunisian newspapers this week, even though topical issues in the Arab world and at the international level were also reported. Full text...

  • Ghana: Media report hopes for early end to power rationing, unending ‘missing babies’ saga
    29 march 2014 06:18:22
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Hopes for an early end to power rationing and the health ministry’s directives on “missing babies” at Ghana’s second largest hospital, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hopsital (KATH), were some of the stories highlighted in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: IFJ launches new website
    26 march 2014 18:46:20
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Wednesday released a statement on the launch of its brand new website – www.ifj.org - which it says will prove to be a great source of information for its members, affiliates and journalists across the world. Full text...

  • Togo: Togo to hold national media conference between May and June
    26 march 2014 14:24:37
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - The Togolese Government is to hold a national conference on the media between May and June, the Council of Ministers said in the statement in the Togolese capital on Wednesday. Full text...

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