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

  • CPJ says Kenyan parliament passes draconian laws
    06 december 2013 18:06:20
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Thursday condemned Kenya for its new ''contentious anti-press legislation'' CPJ said in statement received here by PANA Friday.Full text...

  • 3 privately-owned media houses banned in Congo
    06 december 2013 13:32:43
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congo's Supreme Council for Freedom of Communications (CSLC) on Friday banned three privately-owned newspapers – La Griffe, Le Nouveau Regard and La Vérité, accusing them of “defamation, publishing and propagating of false and seditious news and manipulation of public opinion”. Full text...

  • Sudanese Journalists Union critical of daily newspapers' suspension
    06 december 2013 09:41:52
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA ) - The Sudanese Journalists Union on Friday denounced as illegal the suspension of a number of newspapers by the government.Full text...

  • Nigerian newspapers feast on news of the death of Nelson Mandela
    06 december 2013 07:56:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The news of the death, on Thursday, of former South African revered statesman, global icon and anti-apartheid leader, Nelson Mandela, aged 95, reverberated like wild fire across newsrooms in Nigeria with media outfits trying to outdo themselves with the story.Full text...

  • New award for African journalists announced
    05 december 2013 14:06:11
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – A South African financial services group, Sanlam, Thursday announced a new award for African journalists, the company revealed in a statement received here by PANA. Full text...

  • AI launches appeal for release of jailed Ethiopian journalist
    02 december 2013 19:00:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International (AI) is launching a global appeal this week for the release of "Ethiopian prisoner of conscience" Eskinder Nega, as part of a major campaign, entitled “Write for Rights”.Full text...

  • Federal govt.-ASUU 'altercation' dominates headlines in Nigeria
    30 november 2013 10:12:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The lingering strike by lecturers in public universities, under the umbrella Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), was the main story in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Brouhaha over oil drill ship sale, WC trophy, Zuma visit reported in Ghana
    30 november 2013 07:03:55
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The controversial sale of an oil drill ship in 2001, the tour of Ghana of the World Cup trophy and a three-day visit of South African president Jacob Zuma were some of the stories reported by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Business journalists attend training in Senegal
    29 november 2013 19:42:50
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Senegalese business journalists Friday began a training workshop, organised by the German Rosa Luxembourg Foundation (FRL), a PANA correspondent reported from the Senegalese capital. Full text...

  • EAC chief urges media to promote regional integration efforts
    29 november 2013 08:32:24
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The Secretary-General of the East African Community (EAC), Dr. Richard Sezibera, has urged the regional media to rally support from citizens of partner states and invent captivating ways of promoting regional achievements.Full text...

  • Inconclusive Anambra elections, Jonathan's sudden illness dominate front pages in Nigeria
    23 november 2013 10:06:45
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The elections in South East Anambra State, aimed at finding a successor to the outgoing Governor Peter Obi and reports of President Goodluck Jonathan's sudden illness in London were the major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Football, budget, cocaine haul highlighted by Ghanaian media
    23 november 2013 08:04:30
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana’s qualification to its third straight FIFA World Cup finals, government’s 2014 budget and financial statement and the arrest of a ship with cocaine were some of the stories highlighted by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • CPJ wants detained Somali journalists released
    22 november 2013 15:48:08
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based global press freedom watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Friday called for the release of two detained Somali journalists, Mohamed Bashir and an unnamed female reporter who alleged she was raped. Full text...

  • Labour's disagreements on new power tariffs reported in Ghana
    16 november 2013 11:23:40
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The government’s decision to absorb 25% of the recent hike in electricity tariff and anger of some workers against the secretary-general of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Kofi Asamoah, for accepting government’s offer were some of the stories highlighted in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Anambra polls, terror groups, reward for Golden Eaglets highlighted in Nigeria
    16 november 2013 09:36:27
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Saturday's polls in South East Anambra State for a successor to outgoing Governor Peter Obi, America's new designation for terror groups, Boko Haram and Ansaru, and Federal Government's reward for the four-time winners of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup, the Golden Eaglets, were the main stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Golden Eaglets' victory at UAE 2013 dominates headlines in Nigeria
    09 november 2013 10:01:24
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Friday's victory by the Golden Eaglets over Mexico at the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in the United Arab Eamirates (UAE) overshadowed all other stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ghana media highlight disagreements in ruling party, deputy minister's sack
    09 november 2013 09:31:54
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Ghanaian media this week feasted on loud disagreements in the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), triggered by potentially damaging comments of a former minister, Alban Bagbin, on the ability of President John Dramani Mahama to tackle cases of corruption cited in the media.Full text...

  • Power sector handover to new owners highlighted in Nigeria
    02 november 2013 10:59:55
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The handover of electricity supply and distribution to core investors and new owners was the major story in Nigeria this week.Full text...

  • Strike call by labour over new water, power tariffs dominates Ghana media
    02 november 2013 08:00:49
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A potentially debilitating strike declared last Tuesday by organised labour dominated the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Anger over National Security Adviser’s strike comment, utility tariffs reported in Ghana
    26 october 2013 07:05:57
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A huge storm kicked up by the National Security Adviser, retired Brigadier-General Joseph Nunoo-Mensah, for his hard line against strikes by workers and the continuing fallout from the increases in electricity and water tariffs were some of the stories reported by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Minister's armoured cars, devastating cholera attack highlighted in Nigeria
    26 october 2013 07:04:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The alleged purchase of two BMW 760 armoured cars for the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah, and the recent devastating cholera attacks in parts of the country were the major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • African journalists report human rights violation to ACHPR
    25 october 2013 14:49:34
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) has tabled a report on human rights violations against its members before the 12 commissioners of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), PANA reported from here Friday. Full text...

  • Rare medical feat, UN security council seat, looming ban on used vehicles reported in Nigeria
    19 october 2013 08:45:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The first open heart surgery conducted at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, the United Nations Security Council seat, and the consequences of the increase in the customs tariff for imported used vehicles were the major stories in Nigeria this week.Full text...

  • Countdown to strike, demonstration, football played up in Ghana media
    19 october 2013 07:01:08
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The countdown to a strike threat by organised workers over hikes in tariffs in water and electricity, a demonstration by workers to protest the tariff increases and a massive first leg win by Ghana’s national football team over Egypt in their 2014 FIFA World Cup playoff qualifying match were some of the stories played up in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Killing in Guinea Bissau, worsening lecturers' strike reported in Nigeria
    12 october 2013 08:35:59
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Tuesday's attack on the Nigerian embassy in Guinea Bissau and the threats by other unions to join the lingering strike by public university teachers were the main stories in Nigeria this week.Full text...

  • Utilities tariff hikes brouhaha highlighted in Ghana
    12 october 2013 08:24:08
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Discontent over the recent hike in water and electricity tariffs announced by the state regulator, Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC), was the major news item highlighted by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • CPJ welcomes release of Liberian journalist from jail
    08 october 2013 18:54:20
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based media freedom watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Tuesday issued a statement welcoming the release of a jailed Liberian journalist, Rodney Sieh. Full text...

  • Plane crash, national dialogue, doctors' strike reported in Nigeria
    05 october 2013 09:40:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Thursday's plane crash in Lagos, President Goodluck Jonathan's response to calls for a Sovereign National Conference, doctors' nation-wide strike and the increase in the import tariff of used cars were the main stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • WB sanctions against waste management company, import of fake drugs reported in Ghana
    05 october 2013 07:44:06
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Stiff sanctions against a Ghanaian waste management company by the World Bank for its involvement in a bribery scandal in Liberia, import of fake drugs from India by a Ghanaian pharmaceutical company and criticisms of tariff hikes in utilities were some of the stories that dominated the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Nigeria civil society to resist govt's attempt to censor social media
    29 september 2013 09:29:08
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A Nigerian non-governmental organisation has urged the Nigerian government to drop its threat to censor social media, warning that such threat ''can only continue to strangle freedom of expression and limit the accountability of government.” Full text...

  • Abuja killings, lingering ASUU strike, the nation at 53 highlighted in Nigeria
    28 september 2013 09:25:56
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The killing, on 20 September in Abuja, of young men purported to be members of the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram, the lingering strike by university teachers, and the state of the nation 53 years after independence were the major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Terrorist attack on Kenyan mall dominates Tanzanian dailies
    28 september 2013 09:21:06
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Last weekend’s terrorist attack on a shopping mall in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, not only sent shock waves to residents of neighbouring Tanzania but also raised fears about public gatherings that are likely to be easy targets of terrorism, local newspapers said this week. Full text...

  • Nairobi mall terror attack, Mahama’s UN speech played up in Ghana media
    28 september 2013 09:07:17
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The 21 September attack on a shopping mall in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, by the Somalia-based al-Shabaab terrorist group and President John Dramani Mahama’s speech at the 68th UN General Assembly in New York were some of the stories highlighted by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Abuja gun battle, "fighting" parliamentarians highlighted in Nigeria
    21 september 2013 09:44:21
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Friday's fierce gun battle between the State Security Service (SSS) and elements, suspected to be members of the Boko Haram Sect, the fisticuffs involving parliamentarians and moves to guard oil installations across the country were the major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Missing documents on sale of drill ship, football highlighted by Ghana media
    21 september 2013 07:28:47
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The frantic search for documents on the sale of an oil drill ship, the pairing for the playoffs of the final qualifying matches for 2014 FIFA World Cup and the car crash involving the visiting Russian Chief Justice were some of the stories highlighted by the Ghanaian media this week.Full text...

  • World Editors' Forum tasks Zuma on Protection of State Information Bill
    17 september 2013 11:52:30
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The World Editors' Forum (WEF) has urged South Africa's President Jacob Zuma to re-consider the Protection of State Information Bill, which has sparked controversy. Full text...

  • Ghana media again flooded with validation of President Mahama’s poll victory
    07 september 2013 07:12:11
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Discussions on the 29 August verdict of the Supreme Court, that upheld the victory of Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama in the December 2012 election, continued to dominate the media this week with lawyers, politicians and the public being reminded not to stoke trouble. Full text...

  • Nigerian newspaper publisher arraigned over alleged extortion, blackmail, libel
    05 september 2013 17:53:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Mr. Tukur Mamu, Publisher of the Desert Herald newspaper based in the Northern Nigerian city of Kaduna, was Thursday arraigned in court here over alleged attempt to defraud the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to the tune of 15 million naira (US$1 = 160 naira). Full text...

  • University teachers' strike, weakened Boko Haram, epileptic power supply reported in Nigeria
    31 august 2013 09:26:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The two-month-old university teachers' strike, for which no resolution is in sight, government's declaration that the dreaded Boko Haram sect had been extensively weakened and unstable electricity supply were the major stories in Nigeria this week.Full text...

  • Ghanaian newspapers awash with confirmation of President Mahama’s poll victory
    31 august 2013 07:50:38
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Thursday’s judgement of the Supreme that dismissed a petition by the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) against the victory of President John Dramani Mahama in the December 2012 election was the main story in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • SA week-old news channel ridiculed by viewers
    27 august 2013 12:23:16
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s week-old television news channel, African News Network 7 (ANN7), has been ridiculed by viewers for its numerous on-air mistakes. Full text...

  • US travel alert, strike threat by court workers reported by Ghana media
    24 august 2013 06:10:04
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A travel alert by the US to its citizens on the possibility of violence when Ghana’s Supreme Court delivers judgement on 29 August in the petition filed by the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) against last December's election victory by President John Dramani Mahama was one of the stories that dominated the media this week. Full text...

  • Pledge on Boko Haram, continuing ASUU strike, Bakassi ownership reported in Nigeria
    17 august 2013 08:46:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The pledge by government to hand over Boko Haram suspects to the International Criminal Court (ICC), the lingering strike by university teachers and the formal handover of the Bakassi peninsular to Cameroon were the major stories in Nigeria this week.Full text...

  • Ghana media highlight proceedings at Supreme Court on election petition
    17 august 2013 08:14:04
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana’s media this week focused on proceedings at the Supreme Court where the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) is challenging the election of President John Dramani Mahama last December. Full text...

  • MFWA criticises Gambia over restrictive online freedom
    15 august 2013 18:25:43
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Ghana-based media advocacy group, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Thursday criticised the Gambian government, saying Banjul had indicated its intention to massively crack down on online freedom.Full text...

  • Challenges of new salary structure, Eid-el-Fitr, election petition played up in Ghana
    10 august 2013 09:48:56
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A challenging new salary structure which government says is gobbling about two-thirds of state revenue, the closing stages of the opposition’s challenge to the election of President John Dramani Mahama and the celebration of Eid-el-Fitr were some of the major stories played up in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Jonathan's pledge to keep the nation united reported in Nigeria
    10 august 2013 04:42:49
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President GoodLuck Jonathan's assurance that the nation will not break up in 2015 was the major story in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • ‘Imprisonment’ of children, petition against President Mahama’s election reported in Ghana
    03 august 2013 06:26:32
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The “imprisonment” of three children by their parents and the continuing court case on the petition of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) against President John Dramani Mahama's victory in last December's polls were some of the stories reported in Ghana during the week. Full text...

  • Emergence of strong opposition party, university teachers' strike highlighted in Nigeria
    03 august 2013 06:24:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The registration of a new opposition political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), and the failure of government and university lecturers to reach an agreement following their lingering strike were the main stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

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