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  • Burundi: Dialogue to end political crisis resumes
    23 june 2015 12:00:15
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The inter-Burundian dialogue was due to resume here Tuesday to help resolve the ongoing political crisis in the country, over the insistence of President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third term in office. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan journalist detained in Burundi for "spying" released
    19 june 2015 20:29:36
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan journalist Etienne Besabesa Mivumbi who was detained in Burundi two weeks ago for "spying" has been released and deported to his country, reliable source said on Friday in Kigali. Full text...

  • US: CPJ welcomes arrest of suspect behind Somali kidnapping
    14 june 2015 06:40:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Media watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has welcomed the arrest in Canada on Thursday of Ali Omar Ader, a Somali allegedly involved in the 2008 kidnapping of journalists Amanda Lindhout, Nigel Brennan, and Abdifatah Mohamed Elmi, a Somali photojournalist. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns attack on four journalists in Kenya
    13 june 2015 16:46:05
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Condemning an attack against four journalists who were covering a peaceful protest in western Kenya, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Saturday called on authorities in the East African country to investigate the attack and hold the assailants to account. Full text...

  • Ghana: National mourning for twin disaster victims, abortive Ebola vaccine trial reported in Ghana
    13 june 2015 09:14:56
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A memorial service for victims of the 3 June fire and floods in Accra and hullabaloo about Ebola vaccine trials were some of the major stories in the Ghanaian media this week.Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says African Court orders Burkina Faso to implement remedies in Zongo's case
    12 june 2015 15:56:15
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has disclosed that the African Court for Human and Peoples Rights ordered Burkina Faso to implement remedies, including reopening the investigation and damages in the murder case of journalist Norbert Zongo and his three companions. Full text...

  • Burund: Rwandan journalist held for "spying" in Burundi
    11 june 2015 17:36:20
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Rwandan journalist Etienne Besabesa Mivumbi has been detained at Muyinga central prison in Burundi's Northeastern province since Monday for "spying", according to sources on the country's border with Rwanda. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan journalist detained in Burundi for 'illegally crossing border'
    10 june 2015 22:19:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – A Rwandan journalist has been detained by Burundian security for "illegally crossing the border" into Burundi.Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says Gambian soldiers arrest, detain journalist
    10 june 2015 14:54:42
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The subregional rights body, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), has disclosed that Mafugi Ceesay, senior reporter of The Voice newspaper, was arrested by Gambian soldiers and detained by plain-clothed officers while covering a meeting of President Yahya Jammeh at Sukuta village. Full text...

  • UAE: Ghanaian journalist wins 2015 APO Energy Media Award
    10 june 2015 13:26:01
    Dubai, UAE (PANA) - Ghanaian journalist Kofi Adu Domfeh has been selected as the first-place winner of the 2015 APO Energy Media Award, organizers said in a press statement here Wednesday.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says 4 journalists attacked in Nigeria in a week
    06 june 2015 16:13:48
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has disclosed that at least four journalists have been attacked in Nigeria within the past week and one forced to flee his state.Full text...

  • Senegal: AMI to train African media on data literacy
    06 june 2015 12:21:02
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The African Media Initiative (AMI) has teamed up with the Local Development Research Institute (LDRI) to develop technology and data literacy training programmes for media professionals in Africa.Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA condemns attack against journalist in Nigeria
    05 june 2015 16:04:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Ghana-based subregional rights body, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), has condemned attack against Nigerian journalist, Victor Akinkuolie, by members of Nigeria's Police force. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says four media outlets fined in Sierra Leone
    05 june 2015 15:56:46
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has said that Sierra Leone's media regulatory body, the Independent Media Commission (IMC), has once again fined more media organisations for unprofessionalism. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA deplores lack of progress in digital migration in West Africa
    04 june 2015 18:20:37
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Thursday said its board has expressed ''serious concern'' about the apparent lack of progress in the digital migration process in West Africa, especially in view of the internationally mandated June 17 deadline for all countries to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ urges Buhari to prioritize press freedom in Nigeria
    03 june 2015 18:33:15
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Wednesday called on Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to prioritise press freedom in the West African country.Full text...

  • UN: UN official stresses need to support media to fight terrorism
    03 june 2015 17:13:14
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey FeltmanFull text...

  • Senegal: Photo competition on ''modern Africa'' launched
    01 june 2015 14:28:28
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Agility, one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics, Monday launched a global photo competition to highlight the success of an emerging Africa and reflect its increasing progress. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari's presidential inauguration dominates front pages in Nigeria
    30 may 2015 09:01:06
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian media were awash with stories and pictures from Friday's inauguration of retired Gen. Muhammadu Buhari of the Opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) as the new Nigerian president, taking over from Dr. Goodluck Jonathan who came in as Vice President to the late Musa Yar'Adua, acting president and elected president in 2011. Full text...

  • Ghana: Media highlight bitter in-fighting in main opposition party
    30 may 2015 05:28:46
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana’s main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) is in turmoil. Or so it seems. Full text...

  • Sudan: Security to 'reconsider' suspension of newspapers
    28 may 2015 20:44:06
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) on Thursday announced it would reconsider the suspension of at least five daily newspapers out of 10 that were seized earlier this week for publishing a story seen by the Sudanese security as undermining social security.Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Journalists demonstrate against suspension of live radio, TV programmes
    27 may 2015 16:56:00
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Hundreds of journalists from public and private press houses on Wednesday demonstrated at Burkina Faso's media regulatory body, the Higher Communication Council (CSC), to demand the "unconditional" lifting of the suspension of live radio and TV programmes. Full text...

  • Senegal: Ghana presidential guards beat journalist covering road project
    27 may 2015 16:25:34
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Ghanaian police are investigating a case in which military men, believed to be members of the country's presidential guards, on 25 May assaulted Michael Creg Afful, a journalist with privately-owned Oman FM, in Accra, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has reported. Full text...

  • Sudan: Journalists union denounces confiscation of newspapers in Khartoum
    25 may 2015 17:36:41
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Authorities in Sudan on Monday ordered the confiscation and suspension of at least 10 dailies published in Khartoum on allegations of unethical reporting about widespread child abuse on school buses in the Sudanese capital.Full text...

  • Ghana: Strike by judicial service workers, ECOWAS summit reported in Ghana
    23 may 2015 08:18:51
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A two-day strike by workers of the judicial service which shut all courts and a one-day summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) were some of the stories reported in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Zambian journalist wins IWMF 2015 Courage in Journalism Award
    21 may 2015 20:14:44
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) on Thursday announced in Washington, DC four winners of the 2015 Courage in Journalism and Lifetime Achievement Award, among them, Mwape Kumwenda, a reporter for Muvi Television in Zambia.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls on Burkina Faso to lift suspension of political broadcast
    20 may 2015 15:08:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on authorities in Burkina Faso to lift the suspension of live political broadcasts in the country. Full text...

  • Senegal: AMI launches networks to train specialised reporters in Africa
    19 may 2015 15:48:18
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The African Media Initiative (AMI) Tuesday announced the launch of the first in a series of Reporters Networks specializing in various sectors of the African economy. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns attacks against Burundi's media
    18 may 2015 15:25:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned a series of attacks on Burundian news outlets and called on all sides in the unrest to refrain from attacking or threatening journalists. Full text...

  • Sudan: Media focus attention on tribal conflict in East Darfur
    16 may 2015 12:10:42
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - In a rare show of solidarity with victims of the tribal conflict in east Darfur State, western Sudan, most Sudanese daily newspapers on Saturday published stories from the area under similar headlines -- "No to blood shedding". Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda Media Commission boss quits
    12 may 2015 21:46:02
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Chairman of Rwanda Media Commission (RMC), Fred Muvunyi, on Tuesday announced his resignation citing personal reasons.Full text...

  • Ghana: Power struggle in main opposition party, frustrating energy crisis reported in Ghana
    09 may 2015 05:49:24
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Widening cracks in the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the frustrating energy crisis were some of the stories reported in the Ghanaian media this week.Full text...

  • Egypt: UN calls for international consensus in fight against new crimes
    07 may 2015 11:47:31
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The head of the UN regional Office on Drugs and Crimes in Cairo, Mr. Masoud B. Karimi, has stressed the need for international consensus in the fight against the new crimes of human trafficking and terrorism and the source of their financing.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says gunmen kill radio journalist in Somalia
    04 may 2015 15:55:50
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA ) - The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has disclosed that unidentified armed men killed Somali journalist, Daud Ali Omar, and his wife while calling on authorities to identify the motive in the murders and apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'Media indispensable to anti-corruption battle'
    03 may 2015 16:21:42
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The media is indispensable in the war against corruption, which the incoming Nigerian government of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has promised to make a high priority, the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has said. Full text...

  • UN: UN says free expression, press freedom vital for global sustainability
    03 may 2015 16:21:38
    New York, US (PANA) - Top UN officials on Sunday said freedom of expression and press Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian opposition leader pledges free, vibrant press
    03 may 2015 15:06:35
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - As the world commemorates the World Press Freedom Day on Sunday (3 May), leader of Zambia's main opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) Hakainde Hichilema has pledged his party’s commitment to a free and vibrant press which he said is an essential part of any democracy. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Authorities hail media's contribution to political transition
    03 may 2015 12:24:20
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Burkina authorities have praised the contributions by the media to the country's ongoing political transitional process, following the fall of Blaise Compaoré in October last year.Full text...

  • Sudan: Calls for revoking UNAMID immunity reported in Sudan
    02 may 2015 14:20:54
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Khartoum daily newspapers on Saturday feasted heavily on a legal action planned by local authorities against peacekeepers accused of intentionally shooting down civilians, which UNAMID had said was in self defence.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Rescue of nearly 700 women, girls from Boko Haram reported in Nigeria
    02 may 2015 08:48:01
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The rescue of nearly 700 women and girls from the Boko Haram enclave in northeastern Nigeria were the major news in Nigeria this week.Full text...

  • Ghana: Ruling in Ghana/Cote d’Ivoire maritime dispute, May Day celebration reported in Ghana
    02 may 2015 07:42:24
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A ruling of the Hamburg-based International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) and the May Day celebration were some of the main stories reported in Ghana this week.Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian journalists urge gov’t to renew commitment to media development
    30 april 2015 20:52:12
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia Press Union (GPU) has urged the government to renew its commitment to the growth and development of the media so that their contribution toward national development can be strengthened. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns crackdown on media outlets in Burundi
    30 april 2015 16:10:29
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New-York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the harassment of journalists and news outlets in Burundi, while calling on authorities to allow the media cover protests ahead of the country's elections slated for May and June.Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA decries rise in unprofessionalism, sanctions in the media
    28 april 2015 15:41:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has decried a rise in cases of unprofessional media conduct and consequent sanctions by the judiciary or media regulatory bodies in a number of West Africa countries in recent times. Full text...

  • Senegal: Sierra Leone fines nine media outlets
    27 april 2015 17:35:53
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Sierra Leone's media commission has fined nine media houses over unprofessional conduct, the Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has said in a statement obtained by PANA here Monday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Govt. leakages, size of govt attract media attention
    25 april 2015 13:56:16
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The continued leakages of secret government documents to the media and well as concerns over the size of government were the dominant stories in Zambia this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Xenophobic attacks in SA, death of designer of Ghana flag reported
    25 april 2015 06:38:15
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The bloody wave of xenophobic attacks in South Africa that has killed at least seven people and incurred the anger of African countries and the death of the woman who designed the Ghanaian flag were some of the stories reported in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns murder of Congolese journalist
    24 april 2015 15:37:47
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists has condemned the murder of Soleil Balanga, a journalist in the Democratic Republic of Congo, while calling on authorities to get the killer to book. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Chibok girls: one year after abduction, politics, xenophobic attacks reported
    18 april 2015 07:46:31
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Chibok girls (276 in number), abducted 14 April 2014, from their school, the Government Secondary School in Chibok, in Nigeria's north-east Borno State, by Boko Haram terrorists; politics and the xenophobic attacks in South Africa were the major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Appointment of new EC boss, IMF advice reported in Ghana
    18 april 2015 06:44:52
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Discussions on who becomes the new chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC) and implementation of a deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) were some of the stories highlighted in Ghana this week. Full text...

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