Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Moroccan TV channel gets French funding
    05 october 2005 13:44:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The French Development Agency (AFD) has approved a 3 million euros loan to Morocco for the launch of MED 1 SAT, a satellite television station with a 24-hour news broadcast, the agency said in a statement here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Pressure mounts on Sierra Leone to release editor
    04 october 2005 23:08:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- One year after the government od Sierra Leone jailed journalist Paul Kamara, the Committee to Protect Journalists has expressed outrage that Freetown continues to refuse to release on bail. Full text...

  • IFEX disqualifies Tunisia to host global information summit
    04 october 2005 19:52:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A Canadian watchdog organisation protecting the freedom of expression on Tuesday disqualified Tunisia as being "unable" to host the World Information Society Summit (WISS) scheduled in Algiers next month due to the deterioration freedom of expression in that country. Full text...

  • CPJ protests closure of 3 radio stations by Senegalese Muslim cleric
    04 october 2005 09:38:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed concern over the forced closure last Friday of three radio stations in the Muslim holy city of Touba, centre of the Senegalese Muslim community known as the mourides. Full text...

  • Mediterranean Basin media meets in Tripoli
    02 october 2005 19:05:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Nine countries of the Permanent Conference of Audio-visual Media of the Mediterranean Basin are attending a meeting here to examine media co-operation among countries of the region. Full text...

  • SA paper suspends reporter for state witness role
    30 september 2005 16:47:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's leading independent newspaper The Star has suspended reporter Alameen Templeton with immediate effect following his decision to testify on behalf of the state in the so-called 'lion murder trial'. Full text...

  • Gabon protests against attacks from Ivorian media
    30 september 2005 14:18:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabon is protesting what it terms a "new wave of insults" orchestrated against President Omar Bongo by several media organs in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • CPJ condemns heavy sentence for Niger journalist
    30 september 2005 13:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the jail sentence given to a magazine journalist who reported on alleged corruption in the distribution of food aid during this year's famine in Niger. Full text...

  • Exiled Gambian journalist wins award
    29 september 2005 22:36:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- A fearless Gambian newspaper editor currently on a self-imposed exile in the US has been named as one of the winners of this year's Canadian International Press Freedom Award, the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Chissano accuses Mozambican media of sensationalism, materialism
    29 september 2005 21:24:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's immediate past President Joaquim Alberto Chissano said Thursday the country faced "an excessive proliferation of mass media," and accused some of them of pursuing materialism and sensationalism. Full text...

  • Niger jails reporter for exposing corruption
    29 september 2005 21:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists Thursday condemned the jail sentence given to a magazine journalist who reported on alleged corruption in the distribution of food aid during this year's famine in Niger. Full text...

  • Radio should be vanguard of development - PM
    29 september 2005 19:07:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Radio Mozambique "should be in the vanguard" of the country's fight to overcome poverty, Prime Minister Luisa Diogo said on Thursday here. Full text...

  • West African seminar backs national news agencies
    29 september 2005 17:47:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A three-day seminar on the future of public news agencies in Africa ended in Ouagadougou Thursday with the creation of an advocacy committee to wage a sensitisation campaign for their survivor. Full text...

  • 2 Kenyan journalists face incitement charges
    29 september 2005 16:07:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan authorities Thursday arraigned two senior journalists of the Kenya Times newspaper on charges of publishing what police labelled "an alarmist" report and incitement. Full text...

  • CPJ demands release of detained Somali radio journalist
    27 september 2005 22:40:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Tuesday called on authorities in the Somali autonomous north-eastern region of Puntland to free radio journalist Awale Jama Salad being held over his report on prison conditions. Full text...

  • RSF welcomes release of four Chadian reporters
    27 september 2005 21:19:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The French press watchdog, Reporters sans Frontieres (RSF), has welcomed the Monday release of four Chadian journalists, and thanked President Idriss Deby for his support in the settlement of the issue. Full text...

  • Rwandan minister restates commitment to free expression
    27 september 2005 18:04:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan information minister Laurent Nkusi has reiterated government's pledge to uphold freedom of expression and of the media as part of its commitment to democratisation of the country. Full text...

  • Govt urges Mauritania media to eschew partisanship
    27 september 2005 17:07:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian communication minister and government spokesman Cheikh Ould Ebbe has urged the national media to promote the culture of democracy and peace, and eschew sectarian reportage of developments in the country. Full text...

  • Kenyan paper confirms arrest of journalist
    27 september 2005 14:25:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- State security agents Tuesday picked up journalist David Ochami of The Kenya Times newspaper apparently in connection with an article critical of President Mwai Kibaki and key government officials, and which drew parallels on reasons for coups in Africa. Full text...

  • CPJ welcomes release of jailed Chadian journalists
    26 september 2005 23:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has welcomed Monday's release of three jailed journalists in Chad. Full text...

  • Panos publishes teacher's guide for high schools
    21 september 2005 09:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Panos Institute for West Africa has introduced a manual entitled "Media in School," a 164-page document highlighting the use of the print press in teaching 10th and 11th graders in West African Schools. Full text...

  • Rwandan newspaper seized, editor quizzed by police
    20 september 2005 22:08:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CP) Tuesday condemned the Rwandan authorities for seizing copies of the newspaper "Umuco" and harassing its editor who has criticized the government. Full text...

  • New three-year term for UNJCI chairman
    20 september 2005 08:55:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The National Union of Ivorian Journalists (UNJCI)'s sixth ordinary congress ended on Monday with the re-election of Amos Beonaho as the chair of the UNJCI's executive council. Full text...

  • UN fostering a responsible CAR press
    20 september 2005 08:32:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Five years after it was set up, the UN Office in the Central African Republic (BONUCA) is now reaping the fruits of its laborious work towards the fostering of a responsible but independent press in the country. Full text...

  • PANAPRESS photographer wins 2 Fujifilm Awards
    17 september 2005 10:43:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- PANARESS Benin photographer Erick Christian Ahounou has won two "Fujifilm African Press Photo Awards" for 2005, organisers said in Cotonou Friday. Full text...

  • CAR needs to revamp its media landscape, says AIF
    16 september 2005 21:47:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- The Francophonie Intergovernmental Organisation (AIF)'s media officer, Tidiane Dioh, on Friday in Bangui called on Central African Republic media practitioners to "examine their conscience" in order to fashion a "new press" in the country. Full text...

  • ILO to meet journalists in Dakar
    16 september 2005 19:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The local sub-regional office of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) will next Monday organise a Press Day for the national and foreign press, government authorities, employer organisations and trade unions in Senegal. Full text...

  • CPJ condemns arrest of Rwandan journalist
    15 september 2005 21:40:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists Thursday condemned the arrest of Jean Léonard Rugambage, a reporter for the twice-monthly newspaper "Umuco" who accused judges of a traditional court in Rwanda of corruption. Full text...

  • 9th "Highway Africa" conference underway in South Africa
    12 september 2005 23:16:00
    Grahamstone- South Africa (PANA) -- Some 400 participants including 350 journalists from 28 countries are taking part in the 9th "Highway Africa" Conference, which opened here Monday. Full text...

  • Media freedom alive and well in Tunisia - Party
    09 september 2005 16:59:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The Tunisian government has hit back at charges that there was no press freedom in the country after the authorities stopped the first board meeting of the National Association of Journalists from going ahead as planned on Thursday. Full text...

  • Minister urges stronger Tunisia-Kuwait information ties
    09 september 2005 12:13:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian Communications and Parliamentary Relations Minister Rafaa Dkhil has called for greater co-operation between the country and Kuwait in the information and communication sectors. Full text...

  • Chadian journalist granted provisional release
    08 september 2005 20:10:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Ngaradoumbé Samory, one of four Chadian journalists jailed since July in connection with their work, was granted a provisional release from prison Thursday pending a decision on his appeal, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Full text...

  • RSF to seek Chadian journalists' release
    07 september 2005 17:53:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Reporters Without Borders (RSF) will dispatch a delegation to Ndjamena, Chad on 20 September to seek the release of Chadian journalists jailed for alleged violation of media laws, an official of the NGO said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Pirate radio station gets warning in Benin
    01 september 2005 10:32:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's High Audiovisual and Communication Authority (HAAC) has given the FM EKPE radio station an ultimatum to stop broadcasting before 9 September. Full text...

  • CPJ welcomes acquittal of Zimbabwean journalist
    01 september 2005 09:36:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ) has welcomed a decision by magistrate in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare to acquit a journalist accused of working without accreditation for the now-banned Daily News. Full text...

  • CPJ welcomes acquittal of Zimbabwean journalist
    31 august 2005 20:19:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has hailed a Harare Magistrate's court acquittal Wednesday of Zimbabwean journalist on criminal charges of working without accreditation for the now-banned private Daily News. Full text...

  • Benin, private firm sign TV deal
    28 august 2005 18:55:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's high authority on broadcasting and communication (HAAC) and Canal 3, a new private television company here, have signed an agreement allocating a government frequency to the TV firm under a 10-year contract. Full text...

  • Togolese MPs elect HAAC members
    26 august 2005 16:01:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The National Assembly has elected five officers for the nine-member Supreme Authority for Audiovisual and Communication (HAAC), Togo's media regulatory body. Full text...

  • Radio stations urged to focus development in Africa
    25 august 2005 19:37:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Leaders and partners of African radios have appealed to the main actors of the media to contribute to the development of Africa and its human resources. Full text...

  • AI demands immediate release of four Chadian journalists
    22 august 2005 23:38:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Amnesty International (AI) has strongly demanded from the Chadian government the "immediate and unconditional release of four journalists jailed for exerting their right to the freedom of expression and for doing their job". Full text...

  • Ugandan daily hails new public service policy
    20 august 2005 13:04:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda's official New Vision newspaper has welcomed a new policy requiring that managers of public enterprises be paid according to their performance, saying the development was good for the country's economy. Full text...

  • Independent Cameroonian paper targeted in legal suits - CPJ
    19 august 2005 22:17:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists Friday said it is "troubled" by the continued legal harassment of the independent weekly L'Oeil du Sahel by members of Cameroon's security forces. Full text...

  • Suspended Ugandan radio station back on air
    19 august 2005 22:09:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Independent radio station KFM has resumed broadcast after paying a fine of 4. Full text...

  • SA TV slated for omitting booing of deputy president
    19 august 2005 13:14:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Broadcasting Corporation has apologised to the public for not airing the footage of a crowd booing deputy president Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at a rally in Utrecht, northern KwaZulu-Natal on Women's Day last week. Full text...

  • AI, CPJ condemn Kampala over media muzzling
    18 august 2005 14:30:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The independent media and the right to information are under threat in Uganda, Amnesty International, a global human rights watchdog, has observed. Full text...

  • Chad jails journalist for "inciting hatred"
    16 august 2005 21:22:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Chadian journalist Sy Koumbo Singa Gali has been sentenced to one year in prison for "inciting hatred," according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists. Full text...

  • Ugandan journalist denies sedition charges
    15 august 2005 19:10:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A Ugandan journalist who angered President Yoweri Museveni's government with remarks concerning Sudanese First Vice President John Garang's death denied sedition charges levelled against him in a Kampala court on Monday, saying the law guaranteed him free speech. Full text...

  • NGOs to strengthen HIV/AIDS campaign in Nigeria
    14 august 2005 14:57:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Media-focused non-governmental organisations in Nigeria are scheduled to meet in Abuja from 16 to 17 August to discuss how to team up to better support the media in providing user friendly information to the public on HIV/AIDS, the organisers said this weekend. Full text...

  • CPJ seeks "immediate" release of Ugandan journalist
    12 august 2005 20:51:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Friday urged President Yoweri Museveni to ensure the "immediate" release of Ugandan journalist, Andrew Mwenda, who was arrested barely 24 hours after the Ugandan government shut his radio for hosting a talk show on John Garang's fatal crash. Full text...

  • CPJ urges Kampala to re-open shut private radio station
    12 august 2005 18:47:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on the Ugandan government to re-open private KFM radio shut Thursday after it aired a talk show about the 30 July helicopter crash that killed southern Sudanese former rebel leader John Garang. Full text...

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