African Media (UNESCO) -
  • South Africa: National broadcaster forced to drop protest ban
    20 july 2016 11:59:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday granted an order interdicting South Africa’s national broadcaster from implementing or enforcing its decision not to cover violent protests. Full text...

  • Sudan: Vetran journalist arrested in Juba
    18 july 2016 09:38:05
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A veteran South Sudanese journalist, Alfred Taban, has been held in security custody since Sunday for calling on South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Rick Machar to step down so as to help resolve the current crisis in their country, a Sudanese newspaper reported on Monday.Full text...

  • US: US govt concerned over escalating press intimidation in Lesotho
    16 july 2016 16:31:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Saturday said it is deeply concerned about increasing pressure on the media in Lesotho, particularly noting the 9 July shooting of Lesotho Times/Sunday Express Editor, Mr. Lloyd Mutungamiri. Full text...

  • Ghana: Debates on preparations for 2016 general elections reported in Ghana
    16 july 2016 08:17:09
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Debates on preparations for Ghana’s 2016 general elections, especially on purging the voters’ register of ineligible voters, and moving the date of the vote forward from 7 December to 7 November, were some of the stories highlighted by the media this week.Full text...

  • South Africa: Durban to host major international media conference
    14 july 2016 11:22:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) has confirmed that it will hold its 69th World News Media Congress, 24th World Editors Forum, and 27th World Advertising Forum in Durban, South Africa, from 7 to 9 June 2017. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO adds Old Towns of Djenne in Mali to List of World Heritage in Danger
    13 july 2016 22:01:11
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) late Wednesday said its World Heritage Committee, which establishes the locations that are listed as "UNESCO World Heritage Sites", has added the Old Towns of Djenne in Mali to the List of World Heritage in Danger, due to insecurity, which is affecting the area and preventing the implementation of protective measures for the site. Full text...

  • South Africa: Suspended SABC journalists win media awards
    10 july 2016 14:40:02
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - In another humiliating blow for South Africa’s national broadcaster, South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), eight of its employees who are currently facing disciplinary hearings were awarded one of the country’s top media awards on Saturday night. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritian media highlight Chagos issue for second consecutive week
    09 july 2016 17:35:23
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The controversy between Mauritius and Great Britain on the issue of the Chagos archipelago was highlighted for the second consecutive week by the media in the island-nation.Full text...

  • Ghana: Eid ul-Fitr stampede, politics played up in Ghana media
    09 july 2016 07:57:43
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A stampede during a jamboree organised to celebrate the Eid ul-Fitr in Kumasi, Ghana’s second largest city, and the directive of the Supreme Court to the Electoral Commission (EC) on voters who registered with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) cards were some of the main stories reported by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • South Africa: Global media bodies slam SABC interference
    03 july 2016 13:02:23
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the World Editors Forum (WEF) have written a joint letter to Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the Chief Operations Officer of the South African national broadcaster, demanding the withdrawal of charges against three senior journalists with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). Full text...

  • Ghana: Political activities dominate Ghanaian media
    02 july 2016 07:10:46
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Political activities dominated the Ghanaian media this week as the political atmosphere continues to heat up with tight general elections only about four months away. Full text...

  • South Africa: Journalists protest against SABC
    01 july 2016 08:36:43
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Hundreds of journalists on Friday began protesting outside the offices of South Africa’s national broadcaster in Cape Town and Johannesburg after it was thrown into turmoil with the sudden resignation of acting CEO Jimmi Mathews earlier this week. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Kenyan privately-owned Radio station closed due to financial woes
    30 june 2016 13:52:10
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – One of Kenya's privately-owned Radio Station, KFM, which is broadcasting from Kigali, Rwanda, closed down Thursday due to financial crisis, at a time other private broadcasting stations are facing the same situation, PANA learnt from authoritative sources.Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian NGO 'appalled' by newspaper closure
    30 june 2016 09:09:36
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Oasis Forum, a Zambian non-governmental organisation, says it is not only appalled but also greatly saddened by events surrounding the closure of the offices of The Post Newspaper. Full text...

  • Zambia: Amnesty Int'l demands immediate release of newspaper owner, staff
    29 june 2016 04:34:32
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Authorities must immediately and unconditionally release the owner of The Post newspaper, Fred M’membe, his wife Mutinta and the newspaper’s Deputy Managing Editor, Joseph Mwenda, human rights group, Amnesty International, has demanded. Full text...

  • Zambia: ActionAid demands immediate release of Post newspaper bosses
    28 june 2016 16:05:34
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – ActionAid Zambia has demanded the immediate release from police detention of Post newspaper Managing Editor Fred M’membe, his wife Mutinta and Post Editor Joseph Mwenda who were arrested early on Tuesday.Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian lawyers condemn arrest of Post newspaper bosses
    28 june 2016 15:54:14
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) says it is alarmed by the "brutal manner" in which the Zambian Police Service on Tuesday arrested and beat up the Post newspaper Managing Editor Fred M'membe, his wife Mutinta and Post editor Joseph Mwenda.Full text...

  • South Africa: Deep divisions over resignation of SABC CEO
    28 june 2016 13:56:29
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The fallout following Monday’s shock resignation of the acting CEO of South Africa’s national broadcaster continues to reverberate around the country with other senior staff members threatening to throw in the towel. Full text...

  • Zambia: Lungu asks donors to 'bail out' Post newspaper
    27 june 2016 16:26:59
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – With pressure from donors to reopen the independent Post Newspaper, Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Monday lashed out at diplomats calling for the reopening of the Post newspaper, saying those who feel it is being victimised, should raise money to pay the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) and the matter will be cleared overnight.Full text...

  • South Africa: SABC rocked by CEO's resignation
    27 june 2016 15:10:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s national broadcaster has been rocked by the sudden resignation of its acting chief executive Jimmy Mathews. Full text...

  • Mauritius: The Chagos leads the headlines in Mauritius
    25 june 2016 13:19:47
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The threat from the United Kingdom and the United States against Mauritius regarding the issue of the Chagos archipelago has been the main headline news since Friday in Mauritius following a joint communiqué issued by the two foreign powers in Port-Louis. Full text...

  • Zambia: Rights group slams Zambian authorities for newspaper closure
    22 june 2016 16:48:01
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International says the decision by the Zambian authorities to shut down the independent newspaper, The Post, is a deliberate ploy to silence the media ahead of the country's general election in August. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia Revenue closes Post Newspapers
    21 june 2016 20:46:00
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) on Tuesday evening closed the independent Post Newspapers in a bid to recover millions of outstanding tax obligations.Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO, ICC join forces to checkmate cultural heritage destruction
    14 june 2016 16:50:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and International Criminal Court (ICC) are working together in the fight against the deliberate destruction of cultural heritage, which could constitute a war crime. Full text...

  • Ghana: Accra floods, power debate, ruling party's anniversary reported in Ghana
    11 june 2016 08:00:08
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The perennial flooding in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, which inflicts havoc and pain on residents the ongoing debate on the controversial tariffs charged by the state-owned Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and the ruling party's 24th anniversary were some of the stories highlighted by the media this week. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO chief denounces killing of journalist in Somalia
    08 june 2016 22:48:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Full text...

  • Norway: Norway hosts confab of armed conflict mediators, peace process actors
    08 june 2016 10:47:14
    Oslo, Norway (PANA) - Around 100 prominent mediators of armed conflict and peace process actors from around the world will gather in Oslo, Norway, from 14 to 15 June 2016, to share their experiences of peacemaking as part of the 2016 Oslo Forum, the organisers announced on Wednesday.Full text...

  • Somalia: UN envoy condemns assassination of Somali female journalist
    07 june 2016 10:53:32
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Michael Keating, has condemned the assassination of a female Somali journalist, Sagal Salad Osman, on Monday afternoon in Mogadishu and described the murder as "very distressing". Full text...

  • Nigeria: Recoveries from looted funds, Muhammad Ali's death fill Nigerian papers
    04 june 2016 14:40:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Government's "bombshell" on recoveries from looted funds and the sudden death of boxing legend Muhammad Ali overshadowed all other stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana media report anniversary of deadly flood, fire disaster
    04 june 2016 08:59:36
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Ghanaian media this week highlighted the anniversary of a deadly flood and fire disaster in the capital on 3 June last year that claimed the lives of more than 150 people. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights office reacts to denial of observer status for CPJ
    31 may 2016 14:42:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN human rights office on Tuesday expressed concern over a decision last week by the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to deny the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) consultative status.Full text...

  • UN: UN says journalists vital to LCDs' growth, development
    28 may 2016 19:05:05
    New York, US (PANA) - More than two dozen journalists from the world's least Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana media report abnormal power tariffs, hints of social media ban on Election Day
    28 may 2016 07:54:51
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Abnormal electricity tariffs, which have seen consumers’ bill climb by more than 100 per cent, and the hint by the Ghana Police Service that it may block social media on Election Day this year were some of the stories played up this week.Full text...

  • Ghana: Debate on Ghana’s new poll date reported by the media
    21 may 2016 05:24:55
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – As Ghana prepares for presidential and parliamentary elections later this year, voters are still not sure whether the poll date will be 7 November, the new date agreed by the Electoral Commission (EC), political parties and stakeholders, or the existing date of 7 December. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Senate bows to public pressure, withdraws its anti-social media bill
    17 may 2016 15:28:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Senate Tuesday bowed to public pressure as it withdrew the anti-social media bill, sponsored by Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah.Full text...

  • Nigeria: New pump price of petrol dominates newspaper headlines in Nigeria
    14 may 2016 10:32:08
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The new pump price of the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise called petrol, announced on Wednesday by the minister of state for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, the move by organized labour to resist the new fuel price regime and President Muhammadu Buhari's intention to make public the names of looters of the economy overshadowed all the other stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Presidential debate, Mahama’s interview on corruption reported in Ghana
    14 may 2016 06:56:15
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – This year's presidential debate and President John Dramani Mahama’s interview in London on corruption were some of the stories reported in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ urges Uganda to restore access to social media sites
    13 may 2016 14:09:26
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Ugandan authorities should immediately restore access to social media websites and refrain from censoring any websites in the future, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • Botswana: Stock exchange embraces social media
    11 may 2016 13:20:52
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE) has revamped its information dissemination outlets to include social media, as part of the bourse’s efforts to lure both local and foreign investors.Full text...

  • Ghana: May Day, politics dominate Ghanaian media
    07 may 2016 07:49:47
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Last Sunday’s May Day celebrations and political developments, especially the ongoing update of the voters’ register, dominated the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNESCO links press freedom, sustainable development
    03 may 2016 11:52:35
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - UNESCO’s flagship celebration of World Press Freedom Day (3 May) is taking place in Helsinki, Finland, this year from 2- 4 May, with the overarching theme of "Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms" focusing on: Freedom of Information and Sustainable Development, Protecting press freedom from censorship and surveillance overreach and Ensuring safety of journalists online and offline. Full text...

  • Tanzania: MISA prays for good journalism, better informed citizenry in Africa
    03 may 2016 11:20:35
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - While there has been a dramatic increase in the number of access to information laws in Africa, the right to access information on issues that affect people’s livelihoods remains beyond the grasp of the majority of African people, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) said on World Press Freedom Day, observed annually on 3 May.Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO highlights power of jazz in building peace, understanding
    30 april 2016 15:38:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The Director-General of the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Full text...

  • Ghana: Limited registration of voters, attack at radio station reported in Ghana
    30 april 2016 05:37:17
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The commencement of an exercise to update the voters’ register, the Electoral Commission’s launch of a five-year strategic plan, attack on panellists at a radio station and the unbearable hot weather were some of the stories played up in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: Rising political heat, burial of opposition leader reported in Ghana
    23 april 2016 07:51:59
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – With the political temperature rising ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections in November this year, Ghanaian newspapers this week highlighted the advice of President John Dramani Mahama to politicians to behave properly for the country to have peaceful polls. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Quarrel between two ministers hits the headlines this week in Mauritius
    16 april 2016 16:45:42
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The virulent outburst from Foreign Affairs Minister Vishnu Lutchmeenaraidoo against his cabinet colleague, the Financial Services and Good Governance Minister, Roshi Bhadain, hits the headlines this week in Mauritius. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan media highlight int'l campaign against genocide
    16 april 2016 09:35:54
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Global campaigns against genocide dominated newspaper headlines in Rwanda this week, as the country is commemorating the 22nd anniversary of the genocide in which more than a million Tutsis lost their lives. Full text...

  • Ghana: Concerns over examination malpractices reported in Ghana
    09 april 2016 08:57:06
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Just as students in second cycle schools started writing the 2016 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) papers on Monday in Ghana, the media have been flooded with reports of examination malpractices that threaten the credibility of the examination. Full text...

  • Ghana: Deportation of 3 South Africans, retirement of Central Bank Governor reported in Ghana
    02 april 2016 09:41:01
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The deportation of three retired South African policemen brought into Ghana by the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) to train some of its members and the retirement of the Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr Henry Kofi Wampah, were some of the stories reported in the Ghanaian media this week.Full text...

  • Ghana: Politics dominates Ghanaian media
    26 march 2016 08:55:02
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Politics once again dominated the Ghanaian media this week, with the death of a former chairman of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) on the front pages. Full text...

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