Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Press union condemns attacks on Gambian media
    03 may 2004 19:28:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Gambia Press Union (GPU) Monday condemned what it called "unprecedented violent attacks" on the private media in the country. Full text...

  • RENAMO accuses ruling FRELIMO of undermining journalism
    03 may 2004 18:37:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's opposition party, RENAMO has accused the ruling FRELIMO of undermining serious journalism in the country by "planting" stories to hurt critics. Full text...

  • Liberian journalists mark World Press Freedom Day
    03 may 2004 18:21:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Scores of banner-carrying Liberian journalists Monday staged a colourful parade on major streets of Monrovia to mark the World Press Freedom Day. Full text...

  • Muluzi warns politicians against "abuse" of journalists
    03 may 2004 16:04:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi President Bakili Muluzi Monday warned politicians against using journalists to cause tension ahead of the country's 18 May general elections. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire observes WPF Day amid gloom
    03 may 2004 14:57:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire Monday observed World Press Freedom Day amid a climate marked by killings and disappearances of journalists since the outbreak of the civil war in September 2002. Full text...

  • World Bank links poverty, restriction on free press
    03 may 2004 10:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- World Bank President James Wolfensohn has linked the widening poverty ratios in developing countries to restrictive legal regulations, which bar journalists from accessing information, a crucial component in a transparent society. Full text...

  • Bouteflika defends freedom of expression
    03 may 2004 08:33:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- President Abdelaziz Bouteflika Sunday reiterated his "determination to ensure freedom of expression for all," urging the Algerian press to prop the democratisation process in the country. Full text...

  • Three African journalists on Harry Brittain Fellowship
    30 april 2004 11:44:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Three African journalists are among ten senior Commonwealth journalists selected to participate in the Harry Brittain Fellowship programmed this year. Full text...

  • IFJ condemns media clampdown, cover-up in Sudan
    28 april 2004 20:40:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Brussels-based International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Wednesday called on the Sudanese government to immediately lift "repressive measures" against foreign press coverage of the unfolding disaster in the west of the country where thousands of civilians have reportedly been massacred. Full text...

  • IFJ wants media to devote prime time to health, safety issues
    28 april 2004 20:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Brussels-based International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Wednesday called on media owners, particularly press employers, to put health and safety on the newsroom agenda, warning that companies face expensive court actions unless they take steps to reduce the risks in modern newsgathering. Full text...

  • Ivorian politician condemns journalist's disappearance
    28 april 2004 17:01:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The vice-president of the opposition Democratic Party of Cote d'Ivoire (PDCI), Boa Thiemele Amoakou Edjampan expressed Wednesday in Paris his party's indignation over the disappearance of French-Canadian journalist, Guy-Andre Kieffer since 16 April. Full text...

  • Nigeria's labour to fight ban on foreign news relays
    28 april 2004 10:17:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the country's umbrella workers' union, has threatened to organise a mass rally as part of the measures organised to protest the government's recent ban on live broadcasts of foreign news programmes by the country's electronic press. Full text...

  • Xinhua, Maghreb Arab Press solidify cooperation
    27 april 2004 09:47:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Visiting officials of the New China News agency (Xinhua) and the Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) have discussed strategies that would enable both agencies to strengthen cooperation in their relations. Full text...

  • Kenyan journalists want "Draconian" media laws repealed
    25 april 2004 14:38:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan journalists announced plans Sunday to approach the diplomatic fraternity here for pressure on the government to repeal current media laws, which newsmen in the country find "oppressive and draconian". Full text...

  • Nigeria's labour union to fight ban on foreign news broadcast
    24 april 2004 16:03:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The umbrella workers' union Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has threatened to organise a mass rally as part of measures to fight the government's recent ban on the live broadcast of foreign programmes by the country's electronic media. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt to return newspaper to original owners
    23 april 2004 11:34:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government has opted to return the New Nigerian Newspapers (NNN) to the original owners, the 19 states in northern Nigeria instead of privatising it as earlier planned, according to governor Ahmed Makarfi of northern Kaduna state. Full text...

  • Tunisia, China sign media cooperation agreement
    23 april 2004 11:20:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisia and China signed an agreement here Thursday to strengthen cooperation between the Agence Tunis- Afrique Presse and the Chinese state news agency Xinhua. Full text...

  • Ivorian police probe plight of missing journalist
    21 april 2004 22:49:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Police in Cote d'Ivoire have started investigating the disappearance of French-Canadian journalist, Guy André Kieffer, following rumours and numerous press articles on his case, police boss Yapo Kouassi said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Appeal court acquits Moroccan journalists
    21 april 2004 09:41:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The Casablanca Appeal Court has annulled a lower court judgement and acquitted three journalists of the 'Aujourd'hui Le Maroc' newspaper who were facing a libel charge filed by a journalist of the Spanish 'El Pais' daily, Ignacio Cembrero. Full text...

  • Tunisia's first private TV station in October
    21 april 2004 09:10:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisia's first private television station, The Hannibal Channel, will begin broadcasting via satellite in October, the station's owner, Larbi Nasra, has announced. Full text...

  • CPJ urges authorities to bring to book attackers of Gambian daily
    20 april 2004 20:08:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has urged Gambian authorities to bring to justice arsonists that recently attacked the Banjul-based "Independent" newspaper's printing press. Full text...

  • S.African media protest parliamentary gallery eviction move
    20 april 2004 18:41:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Parliamentary Press Gallery Association (PGA) has strongly condemned the threat by the Secretary to Parliament Sindiso Mfenyana, to evict journalists from their offices within parliament building. Full text...

  • Foreign journalist reported missing in Abidjan
    19 april 2004 14:11:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The whereabouts of Franco- Canadian journalist Guy Andre Kieffer, reported missing since the weekend in the Ivorian business capital of Abidjan, remains a puzzle, a diplomatic source revealed Monday. Full text...

  • Union urges Gambian journalists to defy intimidation
    16 april 2004 08:36:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- As proprietors remain agape over the arson attack on the Banjul-based Independent Newspaper, the Gambia Press Union has urged local journalists "never to be intimidated by such cowardly deeds". Full text...

  • CPJ renews demand to Bozize to release journalist
    15 april 2004 11:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The US-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has renewed its demand to President François Bozize of the Central African Republic (CAR) to release imprisoned journalist Jude Zosse immediately and unconditionally. Full text...

  • Angolan information minister expected in Cape Verde
    14 april 2004 22:33:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Angolan social communication minister Pedro Hendrick Vaal Neto will pay an official visit to Cape Verde from 15-18 April aimed at boosting bilateral co-operation in the field of radio, television and the print media. Full text...

  • Panel probes Kenya FM stations
    14 april 2004 20:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Weeks after Water Resources minister Martha Karua complained that a local station, 'Kiss 100' had aired unsavoury remarks about her, an advisory panel began probing the operation of FM stations in Kenya Wednesday. Full text...

  • CPJ condemns arson attack on Gambian newspaper
    14 april 2004 15:24:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned Tuesday's early-morning arson attack on the printing press of the private, Banjul-based biweekly The Independent. Full text...

  • AU opens up to African journalists
    14 april 2004 12:31:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Building a tradition of interaction with the African media is the new course of action of the African Union Commission, Peace and Security Commissioner Said Djinnit stated here Wednesday. Full text...

  • PANOS issues media handbook for West Africa
    13 april 2004 16:20:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Senegal-based PANOS Institute for West Africa has published a media handbook for the sub-region. Full text...

  • RSF denounces imprisonment of Moroccan journalist
    09 april 2004 12:53:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has denounced the conviction and imprisonment of Moroccan journalist Anas Guennoun on a libel charge. Full text...

  • Swazi PM courts media to protect image of monarchy
    01 april 2004 10:47:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- As the blunders of the government in Swaziland continue to tarnish the image of the monarchy unabatedly, Swazi Prime Minister Themba Dlamini said his office would henceforth be the only conduit for government information intended for public consumption. Full text...

  • International stations back on Abidjan airwaves
    31 march 2004 23:49:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Radio France International, BBC Africa and the Libreville-based Africa Number 1 radio stations have resumed FM broadcasts here after being interrupted since 25 March following a banned opposition demonstration. Full text...

  • CPJ denounces attacks on Ivorian journalists
    31 march 2004 14:03:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has denounced a series of attacks against journalists by security forces during recent mass opposition demonstrations in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • CPJ welcomes release of Congolese journalist
    30 march 2004 20:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has welcomed the release of DR Congo Jean-Denis Lompoto and editor of the satirical biweekly Pili-Pili, who was detained last 19 on a libel charge. Full text...

  • RSF chides Tunisia's repression of free press activists
    30 march 2004 17:38:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) has condemned Tunisian police for exercising brutality during last Saturday's demonstration in support of a free and independent press in the country. Full text...

  • South African deputy president ends Bujumbura visit
    25 march 2004 21:35:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- South African deputy President Jacob Zuma left Bujumbura Thursday after listening to divergent views over whether it is feasible to hold general elections in Burundi before the end of this year. Full text...

  • CPJ condemns imprisonment of Benin journalist
    24 march 2004 10:43:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the imprisonment of Jean-Baptiste Hounkonnou, publication director of Le Nouvel Essor, a Benin private daily based in eastern central town of Parakou. Full text...

  • Nigerian state legislature bans local newspaper for indecency
    23 march 2004 12:04:00
    Kano- Nigeria (PANA) -- Parliament in Nigeria's northern Kano state passed a resolution Monday evening urging the government to ban the sale in the state of one of the country's leading newspapers, Thisday, for publishing the photographs of bikini- clad contestants at a local beauty pageant last week. Full text...

  • Gbagbo, Bedie to hold talks in Abidjan
    22 march 2004 16:57:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo and opposition Democratic Party of Côte d'Ivoire (PDCI-RDA) leader, Henri Konan Bedie, are scheduled to hold talks here late Monday on the peace process, UN special envoy Albert Tevoedjre has announced. Full text...

  • Mauritius reaffirms commitment to press freedom
    22 march 2004 10:23:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Foreign Minister Jayen Cuttaree reaffirmed the government's "strong desire" Monday to safeguard press freedom in Mauritius, ruling out any attempts at media censorship. Full text...

  • Cameroonian journalists meet in Yaounde
    19 march 2004 20:45:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The bid for a self-regulatory body is at the centre of an extraordinary general assembly of the Cameroon Journalists Union (UJC), which opened here Friday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe complains to Botswana over hostile US radio station
    19 march 2004 16:54:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Friday complained to neighbouring Botswana about a US radio station broadcasting hostile propaganda to the country from its soil. Full text...

  • Two Mauritanian newspapers face libel charges
    17 march 2004 23:10:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Former Mauritanian Finance minister Bodjel Ould Homeid filed libel suits Wednesday against two private newspapers, L'Eveil and Le Journal. Full text...

  • CPJ indicts Gambia over press freedom
    15 march 2004 21:35:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has strongly criticised the Gambian government, citing "total disrespect and disregard for press freedom" in the West African country. Full text...

  • Gabonese PM calls independent press to order
    12 march 2004 21:31:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese Prime Minister Jean François Ntoutoume Emane Friday warned editors of independent papers to respect the ethics and code of conduct in the processing of information "to avoid breaching authorities' right of privacy and undermining national unity". Full text...

  • CPJ demands release of jailed CAR journalist
    12 march 2004 21:03:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Bangui's criminal court Friday sentenced the editorial director of the daily "l'Hirondelle", Jude Zossé, to six months in jail plus a 200,000- FCFA fine for describing CAR strongman, Gen. Full text...

  • Mauritanian news agency signs pacts with APS, TAP
    10 march 2004 22:06:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The official Mauritanian news agency on Tuesday signed separate cooperation agreements with the Algerian news agency (APS) and Tunisian Africa Press agency (TAP) the Mauritanian agency announced in here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Maghreb countries create news agency
    09 march 2004 21:32:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The general assembly meeting of the pool of Maghreb news agencies, which opened Sunday in Algiers, announced in a statement the creation of a Maghreb news agency, the official Mauritanian news agency reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gabonese airport police release seized newspapers
    09 march 2004 20:10:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Police officers at Libreville's Leon Mba international airport on Tuesday afternoon handed over to editors copies of the 'Gabaon', 'Le Temps'and 'Nku'u le Messager' weeklies seized Monday shortly after they had been flown in from Cameroon where they are published. Full text...

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