Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Nigerian police boss apologises to battered journalist
    11 september 2003 12:27:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Inspector General of Police Tafa Balogun has apologised to a local journalist who was assaulted by Nigerian policemen earlier this month, during ceremonies marking the coronation of the traditional ruler of Lagos. Full text...

  • Portugal pledges support for African media
    10 september 2003 20:21:00
    Lisbon- Portugal (PANA) -- Portugal on Wednesday pledged "total willingness" to step up its support for the mass media in its former African colonies -- Mozambique, Angola, Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde and Sao Tome and Principe. Full text...

  • Thousands welcome 'Big Brother Africa' loser Gaetano
    10 september 2003 19:15:00
    Entebbe- Uganda (PANA) -- Normal business stopped Wednesday in Kampala for several after tens of thousands of residents left their routine chores and lined the major streets to welcome Gaetano Juuko Kaggwa, Uganda's loosing contestant for the $100,000 jackpot in the just-ended reality TV show of Big Brother Africa (BBA) House. Full text...

  • Big Brother Africa winner returns to grand welcome
    10 september 2003 13:37:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's Big Brother Africa winner, Cherise Makubale, returned to a heroine's welcome in Lusaka on Wednesday when hundreds of her compatriots turned up at the airport to receive her and wish her well. Full text...

  • Zambia's 'Big Brother Africa' winner to be honoured
    10 september 2003 09:02:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Cherise Makubale, the 24-year-old Zambian lady, who won the 100,000-US-dollar prize money in the controversial "Big Brother Africa" television programme is to be made Tourism Goodwill Ambassador for the country, according a senior government official Peter Mumba. Full text...

  • Big Brother Africa winner Cherise meets Mandela
    09 september 2003 12:18:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's former President Nelson Mandela on Tuesday took time off from his hectic schedule to meet with Big Brother Africa winner Cherise Makubale of Zambia at the Nelson Mandela Foundation offices in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • Zambia's BBA winner offered marriage proposals
    09 september 2003 08:30:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's Cherise Makubale, winner of the Big Brother Africa (BBA) reality TV show, has attracted the attention of suitors from across the world who are now reported to have sent her marriage proposals. Full text...

  • Zambia's Cherise wins $100,000 Big Brother Africa prize
    07 september 2003 20:43:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Big Brother Africa housemate, Zambia's Cherise Makubale cried uncontrollably after being declared here winner of the first continental TV reality show and walking away with $100,000. Full text...

  • Zambians toast compatriot as 'Big Brother Africa' closes
    06 september 2003 11:59:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's participant in the 'Big Brother Africa' reality show, Cherise Makubale, was Saturday the toast of the nation as many tipped their compatriot to win the coveted 100,000 dollars prize and make the nation proud. Full text...

  • UNESCO props Cape Verde press
    05 september 2003 21:32:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- UNESCO regional communication and information adviser Jeanne Seck is in Cape Verde to size up the needs of the local media and discuss with the authorities ways to secure a UNESCO aid for the sector. Full text...

  • Suspense heightens over 'Big Brother Africa' winner
    05 september 2003 20:01:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Big Brother Africa, the reality show beamed from Johannesburg that drew 12 participants from Africa comes to an end this Sunday, but the million-dollar question remains who would be the ultimate winner of the show's 100,000-dollar prize. Full text...

  • RSF urges lifting of ban on Sudanese daily
    05 september 2003 18:53:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF), a media advocacy group, Friday requested Sudanese authorities to lift the ban imposed on the daily Alwan newspaper for allegedly "inciting insurrection". Full text...

  • Tunisian journalist gets 9-month sentence
    04 september 2003 21:48:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- A court here has sentenced pro-Islamist journalist Abddallah Zouari to nine months imprisonment for "flaunting administrative procedures," according to Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH) sources. Full text...

  • SADC journalists form network on climate
    03 september 2003 21:37:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Journalists from the 14 countries in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) have formed a network on climate reporting (SADC-NCJ) focusing on weather and climate related information in the region. Full text...

  • Khartoum daily charged with ridiculing govt officials
    03 september 2003 13:25:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Judiciary authorities have suspended the Khartoum daily Alwan (Colours) while they investigate it for allegedly instigating public hatred towards senior government officials, the daily Arrai el A'am reported here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Opposition denounces Pretoria's attempt to gag SABC
    02 september 2003 15:09:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's main opposition has denounced a memorandum by a senior official of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) instructing it not to discuss "politics beyond prescribed news and current affairs programmes". Full text...

  • Nigerian VP apologises over brutal attack on journalist
    02 september 2003 12:11:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar has apologised to the photojournalist who was beaten to a state of coma by policemen attached to him (Abubakar) during the coronation of the traditional ruler of Lagos at the weekend. Full text...

  • Cameroonian NGO decries declining health of detained journalist
    01 september 2003 20:49:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The Cameroonian Organisation for Human Rights and Citizen's Freedoms (OCDLC) has sounded an alarm over the declining health of detained journalist Jean-Remy Ngono, serving a six-month jail sentence since 5 August. Full text...

  • Mali gets new weekly paper
    01 september 2003 19:11:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- "Mali Demain", a weekly publication, Monday hit the newsstands here to become the latest privately owned institution in Mali's ever-growing media industry. Full text...

  • RSF urges Tunisian govt to free journalist Zouari
    29 august 2003 17:09:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Reporters Sans Frontières -- Reporters Without Borders (RSF) -- has called for the "immediate release" of Tunisian journalist, Abdallah Zouari, now in his tenth day of hunger strike. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean women quitting journalism, says reporter
    25 august 2003 11:08:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Women journalists in Zimbabwe are quitting the profession in droves to escape "arbitrary arrests, torture and harassment" under the country's anti-media law, a female Zimbabwean journalist has charged. Full text...

  • HRW urges Tunisia to free detained journalist
    22 august 2003 16:22:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the Tunisian government to release detained journalist Abdullah Zouari immediately and unconditionally. Full text...

  • Six dailies suspension grabs headlines in Algeria
    22 august 2003 13:52:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Last Monday's suspension of six dailies for non-payment of printing cost arrears was the focus of editorials and commentaries in the Algerian media during the week. Full text...

  • Editors recommend autonomy for African public press
    22 august 2003 13:32:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- About a dozen editors of African public press organs have recommended institutional, financial and editorial autonomy for the public press to ensure viability and efficient service delivery. Full text...

  • Govt bans latest edition of Mauritanian weekly
    21 august 2003 15:12:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The latest edition of the weekly "Le Calame" was off the newsstands Thursday because the Mauritanian Interior ministry imposed a ban on the newspaper, its editorial staff disclosed. Full text...

  • Tunisian journalist back in prison
    19 august 2003 21:35:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Tunisian journalist Abdallah Zouari, released from an 11-year jail term last year, has been arrested in Southern Tunis for contravening measures restricting his movement, informed sources said in Paris. Full text...

  • Libyan daily chides opponents of Lockerbie deal
    18 august 2003 22:14:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Libyan Al-Zahf Al-Akhdar newspaper Monday took a swipe at opponents of the recent settlement on the Lockerbie crisis, which has for over a decade seriously undermined relations between Libya and the US and Britain. Full text...

  • RSF urges Rwandan presidential hopefuls to pledge press freedom
    18 august 2003 20:44:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) Monday enjoined all four candidates on roll for the 25 August presidential election in Rwanda to commit themselves to the defence of press freedom. Full text...

  • Six dailies off Algerian newsstands
    18 august 2003 16:35:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Six Algerian dailies Monday failed to appear on the newsstands here as the state-owned printing company effected its threat to suspend their publication over unpaid debts. Full text...

  • Yaounde hosts workshop on media self-regulation
    18 august 2003 16:01:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Thirty delegates Monday convened at a workshop here to discuss media ethics and self-regulation in Cameroon. Full text...

  • Six Algerian dailies face suspension over debt
    16 august 2003 16:31:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Six Algerian dailies may not appear on the newsstands beginning Monday if they fail to pay debts owed the state-owned printers. Full text...

  • Beijing gives Mozambican News Agency more support
    15 august 2003 18:47:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Chinese Ambassador to Mozambique, Chen Duquing, on Friday reiterated his country's continued technological support to the Mozambican News Agency (AIM). Full text...

  • West African sues Ugandan state-run daily
    15 august 2003 09:45:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The West African Community (WAC) in Uganda chairman, Mohammed Gakou, has dragged the government-owned daily The New Vision to court for allegedly defaming him as an ivory trafficker, a charge he denies. Full text...

  • Four detained Togolese journalists released
    14 august 2003 20:25:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Four Togolese journalists detained here for allegedly attacking a colleague and breaking into the offices of the newspaper proprietors organisation, have been released, sources said here Thursday. Full text...

  • 4 Togolese journalists arrested for assaulting colleague
    14 august 2003 08:44:00
    Lomé- Togo (PANA) -- Four Togolese journalists were arrested by the gendarmerie (police) Tuesday for assaulting one of their colleagues, sources close to the journalists association said in Lome. Full text...

  • Gabonese govt chides local press over alleged abuses
    13 august 2003 16:47:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The Gabonese government Wednesday accused the local press of "excelling in misinformation, fabrication, falsehood and intrusion into the private life of citizens". Full text...

  • Lawyers accuse Mauritaanian State media chiefs of defamation
    13 august 2003 08:46:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Defence lawyers to the persons arrested under Mauritania's controversial "Islamist penal code" have accused the chief executives of three State media organisations of defaming their clients. Full text...

  • Cautious welcome for Sudan's easing of press, travel ban
    13 august 2003 08:04:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- London-based rights organisation Amnesty International (AI) has welcomed the decision by the Sudanese government to lift press censorship and travel restrictions on opposition members in the country, but expressed scepticism over the implementation of the directive. Full text...

  • Bashir eases press censorship, opposition travel ban
    12 august 2003 15:37:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudanese President Omar el Bashir Tuesday eased State censorship of the press and the travel ban imposed on many opposition members. Full text...

  • PANAPRESS chief urges support for national news agencies
    11 august 2003 20:53:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The director-general of the Pan-African News Agency (PANAPRESS), Babacar Fall, Monday called on African leaders to prioritise national news agencies among their national development programmes in a move to encourage democracy and good governance on the continent. Full text...

  • Regional UNESCO media workshop opens in Lusaka
    11 august 2003 16:37:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A five-day UNESCO regional workshop for national news agencies in Southern Africa got underway in Lusaka Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya freezes licensing of radio, TV stations
    08 august 2003 17:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya government Friday declared a freeze on the licensing of radio and television stations and announced tough measures to regulate the media industry. Full text...

  • Burundian parliament passes new media act
    08 august 2003 15:00:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The Burundian National Assembly has passed a new media act to replace that of 1997, which was strongly criticised by media practitioners as violative of press freedom. Full text...

  • Malawi censor board rejects ban on 'Big Brother Africa' show
    07 august 2003 20:18:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The Malawi Classification Board, the State-run censor agency, has called for an urgent meeting with the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority, to review Parliament's decision to ban the transmission of controversial "Big Brother Africa" show by Television Malawi. Full text...

  • Tanzanians welcome Zambian TV signals
    07 august 2003 19:47:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Tanzanians living on the border town of Tunduma have given thumbs-up to the installation of television service in the Zambian town of Nakonde, as the signals will be received on their side of the border. Full text...

  • RSF condemns detention of Cameroonian journalist
    07 august 2003 18:06:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF), an international media freedom advocacy group, has condemned the detention of Remy Ngono, host of a satirical programme on the Siantou radio and television station (SRTS), by the Cameroonian government. Full text...

  • WAJA, IFJ condemn threats against Senegalese journalist
    06 august 2003 14:41:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The West African Journalists Association (WAJA) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on Wednesday expressed "strong concern" about the death threats by anonymous callers against Senegalese journalist Abdou Latif Coulibaly, who wrote a book on the management of power by President Abdoulaye Wade. Full text...

  • Three Moroccan journalists sentenced for incitement
    05 august 2003 23:50:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Three Moroccan journalists, charged following the 16 May terrorist attacks in Casablanca, on Tuesday in Rabat were sentenced up to three years in prison for "inciting violence". Full text...

  • Mozambican Judge bags MISA freedom award
    05 august 2003 19:56:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican Judge Augusto Paulino, who shot into limelight in the trial of Mozambican journalist Carlos Cardoso's murder case, has won the Southern African Independent Media Association (MISA) award for press freedom. Full text...

  • Robbers attack Nigerian journalist for his "high visibility"
    03 august 2003 16:30:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Armed robbers have attacked a local newspaper journalist in Calabar, capital of Nigeria's south-eastern Cross River State, thinking his frequent appearances with the State governor on television meant he has a lot of money, the local press reported Sunday. Full text...

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