Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Nigeria to launch satellite in 2006
    26 may 2005 23:15:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Nigeria will next year launch a satellite intended for information and communication in Africa, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has said here. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone TV, radio get new management
    23 may 2005 20:12:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A transitional management team appointed by the National Committee on Privatisation (NCP) has taken full control and management of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Services (SLBS), according to an NCP official on Monday here. Full text...

  • Mauritanian journalist released from jail
    22 may 2005 13:05:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mohamed Mahmoud Abou Al Maali, a journalist working for the Arabic- language daily, Akhbar Nouakchott, has been released from prison, the paper reported on Sunday. Full text...

  • Claude Franck About voted best Ivorian journalist
    22 may 2005 12:56:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian radio journalist Claude Franck About has won this year's Ebony best journalist award during a cerempony held Saturday night in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • African journalists to train on world heritage issues
    21 may 2005 18:09:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Journalists from several French-speaking African countries will join their colleagues from elsewhere for a training workshop on world heritage issues, scheduled 23-31 May at the University of Laval in Quebec (Canada). Full text...

  • Showdown expected in Zanzibar over use of state media
    21 may 2005 14:40:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- A showdown is expected between the Zanzibar government and the isles' most leading opposition party, the Civic United Front (CUF), over the use of the state-owned television as well as the government owned Amaan Stadium for campaign rallies. Full text...

  • World media chiefs to tackle Africa's image crisis
    21 may 2005 12:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- World media executives and political leaders are converging in Nairobi ahead of a four-day International Press Institute (IPI) Summit opening here Sunday to discuss Africa's image problems and governance. Full text...

  • Mauritanian editors protest arrest of journalist
    20 may 2005 22:16:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Newspaper editors in Mauritania on Friday expressed "indignation" over the arrest of Mohamed Mahmoud Abou Al Maali, a journalist working for the private Arabic-language newspaper "Akhabar Nouakchott", owned by the "Nouakchott-Info" group. Full text...

  • Libya vows to modernise the media, press
    20 may 2005 20:08:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Broader discussions aimed at developing and modernising the media and the press in Libya was held here Thursday. Full text...

  • Uganda attacks media over donor aid cuts
    20 may 2005 12:05:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- With growing international criticism over its mismanagement of the political transition, Uganda's frustrated authorities have turned their wrath on the country's media, threatening they would pounce on them with an iron fist. Full text...

  • CPJ demands release of freelance journalist in Harare
    19 may 2005 21:48:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists Thursday expressed outrage over the arbitrary detention of freelance journalist Frank Chikowore by police in Harare, and demanded his "immediate and unconditional release". Full text...

  • IFEX wants press freedom in Africa peer review mechanism
    19 may 2005 19:37:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) has urged the African Union (AU) to adopt a treaty on the right to free expression in Africa, saying the continental body needed to formally recognize the role of the media in promoting good governance. Full text...

  • Forced closure of DR Congo community radio outrages CPJ
    19 may 2005 18:56:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed 'deep concern' over the closure of Radio-Télévision Kasaï (RTDK), a community radio station in the central diamond-mining town of Mbuji-Mayi, DR Congo, where at least three people were killed in violent anti-government protests. Full text...

  • RSF wants external investigators probe Hydara's murder
    19 may 2005 17:39:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Thursday called on President Yahya Jammeh to invite external investigators to probe the murder of Gambian journalist Deyda Hydara and bring the perpetrators of the crime to justice. Full text...

  • Rwandan journalists get new code of ethics
    18 may 2005 23:52:00
    Rwanda- Kigali (PANA) -- At least 100 Rwandan media professionals are expected Friday at the press house in Kigali to sign the ethics and deontology code that will govern their career henceforth, for the first time since the 1994 genocide. Full text...

  • CPJ denounces govt censorship, attacks on private media in Togo
    17 may 2005 19:40:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed concern over "ongoing government censorship and attacks on private media in the aftermath of the April 24 presidential election" in Togo. Full text...

  • Gambian paper forced to stop publishing
    17 may 2005 07:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists has expressed deep concern that a biweekly newspaper that lost its printing press in an unsolved arson case in April 2004 has been forced to stopped publishing. Full text...

  • Female MP evicts 6 Sierra Leone newspapers
    14 may 2005 09:59:00
    Freetown Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Fatmata Hassan, a female MP belonging to the ruling Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) has evicted six of the country's private newspapers from their Number 1 Short Street, Freetown offices, editors of the media houses said here Saturday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean radio station wins award
    12 may 2005 12:19:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- London-based Zimbabwean station SW Radio Africa has won the 2005 Free Media Pioneer award, presented by the International Press Institute (IIP) in recognition of the station's efforts to give the voice to the voiceless of Zimbabwe, an official source told PANA here on Thursday. Full text...

  • CPJ writes Biya over court sentencing of Cameroonian journalists
    11 may 2005 13:12:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has written Cameroonian president Paul Biya saying it was "deeply troubled" by the recent jail sentence given in absentia to two journalists who reported on alleged corruption in the gendarmerie. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire to set up media development fund
    10 may 2005 16:22:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian government plans to set up a fund for the development of the press in the country, a government official said. Full text...

  • Burundi leader off to Pretoria for peace talks
    08 may 2005 15:40:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundian President Domitien Ndayizeye left Bujumbura Sunday for Pretoria talks with South African authorities mediating in the Burundi political crisis. Full text...

  • First independent Arabic daily hits Mauritania newsstands
    06 may 2005 15:28:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The weekly Arabic language newspaper 'Essevir' has made its debut on the newsstands here as an independent daily, becoming a first in Mauritania's history. Full text...

  • UNESCO member states urged to respect the press
    06 may 2005 10:02:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Delegates at the just ended world conference on "Media and Good Governance," have appealed to UNESCO member states to ensure that state institutions respected the principles of transparency, accountability and public access to information. Full text...

  • Mozambique to head African media body
    06 may 2005 08:07:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Network of African Communication Regulatory Authorities (RIARC) presidency has passed from South Africa to Mozambique's Supreme Mass Media Council (CSCS) during a meeting here on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN official urges Ivorian journalists to support peace process
    05 may 2005 15:46:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The UN System resident co-ordinator in Cote d'Ivoire, Abdoulaye Mar Dieye has urged Ivorian journalists to contribute towards peace in their country by supporting the Pretoria (South Africa) accord, reached recently by Ivorian political stakeholders. Full text...

  • UNESCO Director General visits PANA headquarters
    04 may 2005 17:26:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNESCO Director General Koïchiro Matsuura on Wednesday visited the headquarters of the Pan-African News Agency (PANA) in Dakar, where PANA Director General Babacar Fall conducted him on a guided tour of facilities at the agency. Full text...

  • Burkinabe journalists still demand probe in Zongo's killing
    04 may 2005 15:27:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Journalists in Burkina Faso observed World Press Freedom Day, demanding justice for their slain colleague Norbert Zongo, former editorial director of the weekly l'Indépendant. Full text...

  • Wade pleads respect for all freedoms
    04 may 2005 12:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Press freedom should not hamper the expression of other forms of freedom, Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade has said. Full text...

  • Kofi Annan commends courage of journalists
    03 may 2005 23:00:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, on the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day, on Tuesday commended the continued work of journalists in the face the danger and barbarity. Full text...

  • Matsuura laments disregard for press freedom worldwide
    03 may 2005 22:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNESCO director general Koïchura Maatsura stated in Dakar Tuesday during the award of the UNESCO/Guillermo Prize that there is no guarantee that governments respected press freedom in the world. Full text...

  • RSF names Gambian leader as "enemy of press freedom"
    03 may 2005 22:50:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Paris-based media watchdog, Reporters without Borders (RSF) Tuesday named President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia as one of the "world's leading enemies of press freedom in 2004" in the world. Full text...

  • PANA correspondent in Monrovia wins award
    03 may 2005 22:35:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The correspondent of PANA in Monrovia, Frank Sainworla, on Tuesday won the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) award as Journalist of the Year for 2004. Full text...

  • France pleads for release of all detained journalists
    03 may 2005 21:29:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France will continue to plead for the release of all journalists detained across the world, declared the Quai d'Orsay on the occasion of the celebration of the World Press Day. Full text...

  • Ghanaian lawyer accuses journalists of lying on people
    03 may 2005 20:54:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A senior lawyer in Ghana and a member of the National Media Commission has lashed out at journalists, saying they publish "wicked lies" about people. Full text...

  • Private press asks Mauritanian govt for support
    03 may 2005 20:25:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The chairman of the Independent Press National Association (ANPI) of Mauritania, Cheikhna Ould Nenni on Tuesday urged the Mauritanian government to provide material support to the private press, noting that the latter should make its mea culpa and unify its efforts. Full text...

  • "Blending", a plaguing journalism in DR Congo
    03 may 2005 19:41:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The career of journalism in DR Congo is being gangrened by the so-called practice of "blending" in which media professionals receive in-kind or cash presents from news providers or events organisers. Full text...

  • Mozambican journalist wins Carlos Cardoso award
    03 may 2005 18:53:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Prominent Mozambican journalist Marcelo Mosse has won the third edition of the Carlos Cardoso prize for investigative journalism for his work in uncovering corruption. Full text...

  • Mozambican journalists want access to information law
    03 may 2005 18:30:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's National Union of Journalists (SNJ) and the Mozambican chapter of MISA (Media Institute of Southern Africa) on Tuesday called on their Parliament -- the Assembly of the Republic -- to pass a law ensuring access to official sources of information. Full text...

  • Political upheaval in Togo worries local journalists
    03 may 2005 17:40:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Journalists' organisations in Togo on Tuesday expressed deep concern over the political upheaval in the country following Gnassingbe Eyadema's demise on 5 February 2005. Full text...

  • Press freedom also means right of access to information
    03 may 2005 17:28:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The freedom of the press should not be only perceived as the freedom of journalists to witness and comment, UNESCO Director General Koichiro Matsuura announced here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigerian Journalists demand passage of Information Bill
    03 may 2005 17:04:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Journalists, media activists and other participants at a ceremony to mark World Press Freedom Day in Nigeria Tuesday emphasised the need for Parliament to speed up the passage of the freedom of information bill as a way of enhancing democracy and good governance in the country. Full text...

  • Liberian journalists recount struggles for press freedom
    03 may 2005 16:55:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Carrying banners and wearing T-shirts promoting press freedom, Liberian journalists under the umbrella Press Union of Liberia (PUL) Tuesday marched through the principal streets of Monrovia to mark World Press Freedom Day. Full text...

  • Lucy Kibaki celebrates World Press Day in style
    03 may 2005 15:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's controversial First Lady, Lucy Kibaki, kicked off World Press Day celebrations Monday night by allegedly slapping a journalist and reportedly demanding the arrest of an editor of a Nairobi-based newspaper. Full text...

  • INSI launches inquiry into rising murder of journalists
    03 may 2005 14:28:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The International News Safety Institute (INSI) Tuesday formally launched a global inquiry into the rising death toll among journalists worldwide, coinciding with the 2005 observance of World Press Freedom Day. Full text...

  • OIF's head pleads for the protection of journalists
    02 may 2005 22:17:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The secretary general of the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF) Abdou Diouf, has appealed to the Francophone community to be resolutely committed to the protection of journalists. Full text...

  • Panos urges Africa to use media to combat poverty
    02 may 2005 22:10:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The director general of Panos Institute in West Africa, Diana Senghor affirmed here Monday that the media could play a key role in Africa's fight against poverty. Full text...

  • Algerian president commends local media
    02 may 2005 22:02:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Monday commended media for being actively involved in public life and described it as "a partner whose role in the development of democracy in our country is undeniable". Full text...

  • RFI protests suspension from FM band in Togo
    02 may 2005 20:06:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The management of Radio France Internationale (RFI) Monday protested in Paris its suspension from the FM band in Togo, saying attacks on it by the Togolese regime were groundless. Full text...

  • Palestinian media denounce Israeli attacks on media
    02 may 2005 19:21:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- On the eve of World Press Freedom Day, the Palestinian chapter of the International Union of Francophone Press (UPF) Monday condemned persistent threats and attacks on journalists in Palestine. Full text...

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