Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Reporter accused of corruption expelled from paper
    16 march 2006 20:59:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A Mozambican weekly paper, Zambeze, has expelled its reporter Osvaldo Tembe for alleged corruption, and handed him to the Criminal Investigation Police (PIC) for further action. Full text...

  • UNESCO condemns killing of Mexican photographer
    14 march 2006 22:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNESCO Director General Koichiro Matsuura has condemned the assassination of Mexican photographer Jaime Arturo Overa Bravo who was shot dead on 9 March in Piedad in Mexico. Full text...

  • CPJ urges Ugandan authorities to reopen shut FM radio
    14 march 2006 20:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called for the reopening of private radio station in Uganda closed by the authorities Monday for airing a programme critical of the military and a ruling party candidate in last month's municipal elections. Full text...

  • Ethiopian political divide ensnares the press - CPJ report
    14 march 2006 17:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal, (PANA) -- Deep political divisions in Ethiopia have fuelled the massive, months-long crackdown on the private press in that country, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) found during a one-week visit that ended on Monday. Full text...

  • Lusophone radio stations hold festival in Bissau
    14 march 2006 08:49:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) – Community radios ru-n by six of the eight member countries of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPSC) began a seven-day festival Tuesday in Bissau, organisers of the event said. Full text...

  • Media watchdog suspends Benin radio
    13 march 2006 23:01:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's Audiovisual and Communication High Authority (HAAC), the country's official media watchdog, on Monday suspended the privately-owned Arzeke FM radio broadcasting from Parakou (450 km north of Cotonou) for airing its programmes after it breached electoral regulations. Full text...

  • Kenyans stage mass protest to support press freedom
    07 march 2006 18:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyans turned out in the thousands here Tuesday to voice opposition to last week's raid by state security operatives of the Kenya Television Network (KTN) and the Standard newspapers, calling it a human rights abuse. Full text...

  • Top SA media guru named Sekunjalo media head
    03 march 2006 11:20:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Former Cape Times editor Ryland Fisher has been appointed the Chief Executive Officer of Sekunjalo Media, a newly-formed division of Sekunjalo Investments expected to make significant acquisitions in South Africa's media arena, company sources said here Friday. Full text...

  • CPJ petitions Kibaki over media attacks in Kenya
    02 march 2006 23:00:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Thursday expressed grave concern over "a recent string of attacks on the media" in Kenya. Full text...

  • ACBF donates $1.5m to West African media
    02 march 2006 22:46:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Through the West African Journalist Association (WAJA), the West African media will benefit from a 1. Full text...

  • As US condemns attack on Kenyan media, Kibaki vows more
    02 march 2006 17:01:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki Thursday vowed to continue the crackdown against errant media, saying international pressure would not intimidate his government to waver. Full text...

  • Kenya police admits media attack, vows more to come
    02 march 2006 16:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Police and the minister of Internal Security, John Michuki, on Thursday confirmed that they were behind the raid that shutdown a privately run television station, claiming they acted to prevent a major crime from being committed. Full text...

  • Kenya 'police burn' newspaper, shutdown TV station
    02 march 2006 08:48:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan police Thursday pounced on the mass circulation newspaper, The Standard, and switched off its broadcast subsidiary, the Kenya Television Network (KTN), in an early morning raid. Full text...

  • Kenyan journalists still held without charges
    01 march 2006 20:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Three Kenyan journalists were behind bars for the second day without charges Wednesday in violation of the country's laws, while the police also invited a fourth journalist for questioning. Full text...

  • CPJ urges Kenya to free detained journalists
    28 february 2006 23:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called for the release of three Kenyan journalists detained by the police Tuesday over a story concerning President Mwai Kibaki'e political meeting. Full text...

  • CPJ denounces govt anti-media measures in Guinea Conakry
    27 february 2006 22:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Monday expressed concern over the Guinea National Communications Council's decision last Wednesday to suspend the country's private bimonthly Les Echos for two months and ban two of the newspaper's journalists from working during that time. Full text...

  • Monitor Group Web site, radio blocked Friday in Uganda
    24 february 2006 23:52:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Monitor Group in Uganda complained Friday its news Web site and radio station were being blocked within Uganda to prevent them from publishing early results from polling stations in Thursday's crucial presidential election. Full text...

  • Survey puts radio stations in DR Congo at 220
    22 february 2006 23:07:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- DR Congo has to date 220 community- based, private and denominational radio stations, according to an enquiry done up to December 2005 by the international NGO research and technology transfer Group (GRET, as part of its support programme to Congolese media. Full text...

  • Ugandan govt blocks critical Web site ahead of poll
    22 february 2006 22:48:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists has expressed concern that the Ugandan government has blocked internal access to a critical Web site, Radio Katwe, in the run-up to Thursday's hotly contested presidential election. Full text...

  • Niger commended for releasing journalist from detention
    21 february 2006 21:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists has welcomed the release of newspaper director Ibrahim Manzo, who spent 18 days in preventive detention awaiting the outcome of a defamation case in Niger. Full text...

  • African News Agency launched in Dakar
    20 february 2006 10:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- African shareholders from various countries have launched a privately owned continental multimedia news agency to be known as l'Agence de Presse Africaine (APA). Full text...

  • Nigerian press on oil workers' abduction, cartoon riots
    20 february 2006 08:35:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The twin crises facing Nigeria - the cartoon riots which claimed at least 16 lives in the northern city of Maiduguri and the abduction of nine foreign oil workers by militants in the oil- producing Niger Delta region -- at the weekend have dominated local editorials on Monday. Full text...

  • Burundi police arrest news agency reporter
    19 february 2006 14:25:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Police officers on Sunday morning arrested a correspondent of the Burundian News Agency (ABP) in the country's north for unspecified reasons, reliable sources said in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • Dean of Angolan journalists dies
    17 february 2006 20:05:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan journalist Mesquita Lemos died Wednesday in Luanda at the age of 93, reliable sources said. Full text...

  • Moroccan court heavily fines newspaper over libel
    17 february 2006 08:22:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The magisterial court in Casablanca has imposed a fine of 270,000 euros on a local newspaper "Journal Hebdomadaire" as damages to the European Research, Analysis and counselling strategic centre (ESISC) for libel, judicial sources affirmed here. Full text...

  • Newspapers sales in Morocco - 13 copies per 1,000 readers
    16 february 2006 22:47:00
    Rabat- Morocco(PANA) -- The average sales of newspapers in Morocco stand at 13 copies for every 1,000 readers out of a population of 30 million. Full text...

  • Niger journalist's 'rushed' jailing troubles media advocates
    14 february 2006 18:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Press freedom advocates in Niger are concern over the rushed trial and detention of journalist Ibrahim Manzo, managing editor of the weekly L'Autre Observateur, for allegedly defaming a top Nigerien businessman, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Niger brainstorms on media reform
    10 february 2006 16:02:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Representatives of Niger media, government and other stakeholders Friday started discussions here expected to lead to the adoption of a media code of conduct and the creation of an observatory to facilitate implementation of and adherence to the code. Full text...

  • Rights group says Zimbabwe media crackdown intensifies
    09 february 2006 14:27:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Zimbabwean government has launched a new assault on the country's remaining independent press through a wave of criminal prosecutions and arrests, the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Thursday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone's AG fails to pursue manslaughter charges against MP
    08 february 2006 07:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's attorney general has confirmed that he will not pursue charges of manslaughter against a member of parliament and two others accused of assaulting journalist Harry Yansaneh in May 2005, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sao Tome to license private radio and TV stations
    07 february 2006 20:26:00
    Sao Tome- Sao Tome and Principe (PANA) -- The government in Sao Tome and Principe is finalising a project aimed at authorising the launch of private radio and television stations between now and March 2006, according to Célia Pereira, deputy minister of public service and social affairs. Full text...

  • Tension after South African paper prints Muhammad's cartoon
    06 february 2006 09:10:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A major storm has broken out in South Africa over a decision to publish a controversial cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad in Friday's edition of the Mail Full text...

  • Morocco bans "France Soir" for insulting Prophet Mohammed
    02 february 2006 20:09:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The Moroccan government has banned the Wednesday edition of the Paris-based best selling "France Soir" newspaper following the paper's publication of Prophet Mohammed's cartoons under the "false pretexts" of defence of press freedom, a communication ministry source said Thursday here. Full text...

  • Nigerian state drops charges against journalists
    02 february 2006 12:14:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Governor Peter Odili of Nigeria's southern Rivers State has ordered the withdrawal of criminal charges against two journalists of a private radio station for broadcasting a false story. Full text...

  • Benin govt warns media against defamation
    01 february 2006 20:45:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Benin government has told the country's media to refrain from writing articles and making programmes aimed at discrediting citizens and public institutions. Full text...

  • CPJ demands release of Internet reporter detained in Ethiopia
    30 january 2006 23:57:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Ethiopian authorities to release immediately a correspondent for the US-based Website Ethiopian Review, detained since Friday. Full text...

  • Panos Institute plans media, telecom regulation workshop
    30 january 2006 14:28:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The West Africa-based Panos Institute plans a workshop scheduled 2-4 February on "Convergence between media regulation and telecommunications" gathering forty professionals from the public and private sectors involved in communication. Full text...

  • UNFPA partners Nigerian media on population, gender equality
    28 january 2006 16:18:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Participants at a gender and advocacy sensitisation forum in Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos have challenged the media to help raise public awareness on reproductive health issues, gender equality and development, as well as undertake a sustained campaign against harmful cultural practices. Full text...

  • CPJ petitions Museveni on threatened press freedom in Uganda
    25 january 2006 07:52:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed concern over what it calls efforts by the Ugandan government "influence journalists' coverage" of the country. Full text...

  • IFJ denounces killing of 150 journalists, plans worldwide protest
    24 january 2006 13:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Revealing that 150 journalists and media staff were killed in 2005, the highest ever, the Belgium-based International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has condemned a "culture of neglect and indifference," fuelling the killings. Full text...

  • Press union want clarification on late Sierra Leone journalist's inquest
    23 january 2006 11:55:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) has petitioned the country's Chief Justice Ade Renner Thomas demanding clarification on an inquest into the death of journalist Harry Yansanneh, which the Attorney General Justice Minister Frederick Carew has declared null and void. Full text...

  • Minister nullifies inquest into Sierra Leone journalist's death
    23 january 2006 08:49:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's Attorney General and Justice Minister Frederick Carew has declared null and void, the conclusion of an inquest into the death of journalist Harry Yansanneh, on grounds that the investigation panel did not follow the law. Full text...

  • Kabbah, Sierra Leone tabloid in another brush
    22 january 2006 16:37:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah has threatened legal action against a local tabloid if it fails to retract a story alleging that he is constructing a multi-million dollars mansion in neighbouring Guinea, media reports said here Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigerian broadcasting agency chief to visit Benin
    21 january 2006 12:17:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Chairman of Nigeria's National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Silas Babajiya Yisa, is expected in Cotonou Tuesday, sources close to the Benin Audiovisual and Communication Authority, HAAC, said here Saturday. Full text...

  • CPJ welcomes second conviction of Mozambican journalist's killer
    20 january 2006 23:40:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has welcomed Friday's conviction by a Maputo court in the murder of Mozambican journalist Carlos Cardoso, but called on authorities to pursue those behind the killing. Full text...

  • Network to help in campaign to educate girls in Benin
    20 january 2006 20:56:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's Network of Journalists and Communicators Specialised in Education (RJCE) is organising a nationwide media campaign to promote girls' education in the country. Full text...

  • CPJ chides continued gagging of Zimbabwe media group
    19 january 2006 08:22:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed concern that Voice of the People (VOP), an independent Zimbabwean news production company, remains inactive after police confiscated its equipment and files in a December 2005 raid. Full text...

  • Nigeria's regulatory body bans 10 private broadcast stations
    18 january 2006 20:37:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has suspended the operations of 10 private broadcast stations with effect from 20 January, for failing to renew their licences, NBC chairman Silas Yisa, announced here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Press Union wants Bissau govt to compensate injured journalists
    10 january 2006 21:11:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- The Guinea-Bissau National Union of Journalists, has called on the government to compensate 11 journalists injured in a road accident, while on their way to cover the World AIDS Day event organised last December 1, by the National AIDS Control Secretariat in Gabu, south-east of the country. Full text...

  • Cape Verde media workers down tools to demand allowances
    10 january 2006 09:37:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Media workers, including journalists and cameramen, from the Cape Verde's Radio and Television Corporation (RTC) have decided to boycott the current campaign for the legislative elections due on 22 January press demands for allowances. Full text...

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