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  • Ghana: Collapsed building, hullabaloo over MP’s bribery claim highlighted in the media
    15 march 2014 09:42:52
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The collapse on Thursday of a hotel under construction in Accra, hullabaloo over claims by a veteran parliamentarian that some MPs are given bribes to push through various agendas of various organisations and interest groups are the major stories in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Zambia: Media reflect on Youth Day commemoration
    15 march 2014 09:31:45
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – As Zambia joined the rest of the world in commemorating the Youth Day on 12 March, the local media here this week took time to highlight the importance of the celebration in the midst of the debate on the draft constitution that took centre stage and resulted in the opposition shunning the fiesta. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Abuja to host Africa conference on FOI implementation
    14 march 2014 13:38:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian Non-Governmental Organisation Media Rights Agenda (MRA) will host a two-day Africa Regional Conference on Freedom of Information (FOI) Implementation 18-19 March in the nation's capital, Abuja. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA condemns attack on private radio in Ghana
    13 march 2014 14:09:02
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Accra-based rights body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Thursday condemned an attack on a privately-owned radio station, ''Radio Justice'', by angry youth in Tamale in the Ghana's Northern Region. Full text...

  • Senegal: Ghana government urged to enact Access to Information law
    10 march 2014 20:46:31
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A group of nine civil society organisations led by Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has urged the Ghanian government to enact Access to Information law, MFWA said in a statement on Monday.Full text...

  • South Africa: SA media gripped by Pistorius trial
    09 march 2014 17:23:58
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – It’s been widely dubbed South Africa’s trial of the century and one week into the murder case of fallen hero Oscar Pistorius, few have been disappointed by the events in and around the North Gauteng High Court. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Dailies focus on constitution debate, press freedom
    08 march 2014 10:05:39
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – As some Tanzania’s dailies this week kept their attention on the Constituent Assembly, some others observed that the legislature is yet to start the agenda it was convened for three weeks ago. Full text...

  • Zambia: Women’s day celebration dominates media in Zambia
    08 march 2014 10:03:48
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – With the debate on the constitution taking centre stage, the media in Zambia, however, this week draw the public’s attention to the International Women’s Day, commemorated 8 March, urging the public to celebrate and honour all women and girls.Full text...

  • Ghana: Independence celebration, education reported in the media
    08 march 2014 08:08:15
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana’s 57th independence celebration, commencement of school blocks for free senior high school education and the arrival of opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo, after more than six months’ stay abroad after he lost the 2012 presidential election and a court suit to overturn the results, were some of the stories reported in the media this week. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Media coverage of Quran's desecration deplored
    05 march 2014 18:36:18
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian High Authority of the Press and the Audiovisual (HAPA) has deplored the coverage, by several private television networks, of the recent events linked to the desecration of the Quran in a mosque in Nouakchott, the Mauritaian capital. Full text...

  • Libya: Media highlight construction of new CAN stadium, Rome conference
    01 march 2014 14:28:00
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libyan newspapers this week highlighted the laying of the foundation stone for the construction of the Tajoura stadium as the country prepares to host the 2017 African Cup of Nations and the second international support conference on Libya scheduled for 6 March in Rome, Italy.Full text...

  • Zambia: Media report cholera outbreak, 'good husband campaign'
    01 march 2014 12:07:21
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The outbreak of cholera in Mpulungu, northern Zambia, and the “Good Husband campaign” launched this week were some issues of concern to the media this week. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Dailies focus on wrangle in Constituent Assembly
    01 march 2014 08:00:29
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Discussions in Tanzania’s Constituent Assembly were the main focus of local dailies this week as members of the House wrangled on the way of voting on issues that would arise from the draft constitution.Full text...

  • Ghana: State of the Nation address, missing babies from hospital reported in Ghana
    01 march 2014 07:40:34
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The State of the Nation address delivered to Parliament by President John Damani Mahama on Tuesday and the embarrassing disclosure of the disappearance of five babies from Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), Ghana’s second biggest hospital, on only one night were some of the stories highlighted during the week. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Editors call for action to save newspapers from bankruptcy
    28 february 2014 22:57:59
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The president of the Tunisian League of Newspaper Editors, Tabeb al-Zahir, has called for urgent measures to save newspapers from bankruptcy, stressing that successive governments since the revolution have ignored their pleas, leaving them with huge financial burdens.Full text...

  • Congo: Media regulatory authority highlights blunders in the local press
    28 february 2014 16:23:15
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The President of the High Council for Freedom of Communication (HCFC), the media regulatory authority in Congo, Philoppe Mvouo, has slammed the local media for, what he called, "blunders in your work".Full text...

  • Mauritania: Mauritanians demand release of four Al-Jazeera journalists in Egypt
    27 february 2014 17:10:02
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Several hundred Mauritanians, including media professionals and politicians, demonstrated on Thursday in front of the offices of Al-Jazeera television network in Nouakchott, asking for the release of the four journalists of the Qatar-based international TV channel who have been detained for many weeks in Egypt.Full text...

  • South Africa: IBA distributes Beatrice Mtetwa DVDs on press freedom
    27 february 2014 10:29:37
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The International Bar Association (IBA) has said it will provide free Digital Video Discs (DVDs) of the recently released documentary, “Beatrice Mtetwa and the Rule of Law”, to non-governmental organisations (NGOs), foundations, schools, law societies, law firms, religious groups, and other constituencies across Africa. Full text...

  • Libya: Reporters Without Borders concerned about press freedom in Libya
    26 february 2014 21:05:52
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Insecurity in Libya has strongly and negatively influenced freedom of the press in the country, the Paris-based media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), has said. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says youth storm radio station in Ghana
    24 february 2014 18:37:06
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based rights body, Media foundation for West Africa (MFWA), has disclosed that angry youth, numbering about 30, stormed the premises of Gift FM, a privately owned radio station at Dormaa Ahenkro - a town in the Brong Ahafo region in Ghana.Full text...

  • Mauritania: Media highlight formation of new government and "G5" summit
    22 february 2014 17:17:22
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritania press this week highlighted the formation of a government after the parliamentary election, marked by re-appointment of permanent ministers at the key departments and the summit in Nouakchott of the "G5", the five presidents from the Sahel region - Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad - devoted to the fight against terrorism.Full text...

  • Nigeria: War drums, changes at the Central Bank, anti-smoking law highlighted in Nigeria
    22 february 2014 11:22:13
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A State governor's "war drums", sudden changes at the apex bank and the anti-smoking law in Lagos State were the major stories this week in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Ghana: Media report strike over missing stillborn baby, challenges in water, power supply
    22 february 2014 07:42:12
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A week-long strike by the doctors and nurses at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), Ghana’s second biggest public hospital in Kumasi, challenges in the provision of electricity and water, and the beginning of funeral rites for Ghanaian broadcaster Komla Afeke Dumor were some of the stories highlighted in the media this week. Full text...

  • DR Congo: CPJ calls for safety for journalists
    19 february 2014 14:54:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), on Tuesday called for the safety of journalists in the troubled DR Congo, according to a CPJ statement, received here Wednesday by PANA.Full text...

  • Senegal: IFJ publishes report on media workers, journalists killed in 2013
    17 february 2014 17:09:46
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has published its latest report on the number of journalists and media workers killed across the globe in 2013, PANA reported Monday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Economic challenges, Rawlings’ call for cabinet reshuffle in the press
    15 february 2014 10:36:41
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – President John Mahama’s defence of measures to stabilise the economy, especially the local currency, and a call by former President Jerry John Rawlings, who is the Founder of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), were some of the stories reported in the media this week. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Tackling game poaching, cervical cancer, traders’ wrangle make headlines
    15 february 2014 10:28:54
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzania’s battles against wildlife poaching on the one hand and against cervical cancer on the other, while the government and local traders wrangled over the use of newly-introduced electronic fiscal devices (EFDs) made headlines in the country’s newspapers this week. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Sugar export to Europe dominates headlines in Mauritius
    15 february 2014 09:39:38
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Sugar exports to the European Union (EU) dominated the headlines in Mauritius this week following the publication of a document from the EU suggesting that the price of this commodity may fall by 2017. Full text...

  • Gambia: Prosecution amends charges against journalists
    13 february 2014 21:33:49
    Banjul,Gambia (PANA) - The prosecution on Thursday amended charges brought against two journalists for allegedly publishing false news. Full text...

  • Libya: Reporters without borders condemn violence against media practitioners in Libya
    13 february 2014 15:15:54
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Reporters without borders on Wednesday condemned the violence targeting media practitioners in Libya, four of whom were abducted recently in the capital, Tripoli. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritian newspapers focus on economy, social problems
    10 february 2014 15:41:10
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Highlighting the economic and the societal problems plaguing the island nation, Mauritian newspapers suggested that Mauritius could be excluded from the club of potential sugar exporters to the European Union by 2017 because of a reduction of EU sugar imports by 1.6 million tonnes. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan and Boko Haram, tackling power problems reported
    08 february 2014 10:46:50
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan's charge to the newly-appointed military chiefs to end insurgency and government's desire to tackle the crippling power problems were the major stories in Nigeria this week.Full text...

  • 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...

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