Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Guinea detains two journalists, no reason given
    07 june 2005 23:47:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Two journalists working for the Internet site Guineenews based in Canada were on Tuesday afternoon remanded in custody at the military barracks (PM3) here, police sources said here. Full text...

  • Gambia Press Union rejects govt report on slain journalist
    07 june 2005 20:33:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Gambia Press Union (GPU) Tuesday dismissed as "fiction," a government report on local journalist Deyda Hydara, killed by unknown armed men last December. Full text...

  • Rwandan journalists elect new leaders Thursday
    07 june 2005 20:08:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Members of the Rwandan Journalists Association (ARJ), a grouping of practitioners in the public and private media, go to the polls Thursday to elect a new steering committee after nearly three years of dissent over the performance of the current committee. Full text...

  • OSIWA sponsors 30 journalists at ex-African leaders Bamako forum
    07 june 2005 16:24:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), an NGO based in Dakar, Senegal, is sponsoring 30 media persons from 10 African countries covering the forum of former heads of state convening in Bamako, the Malian capital. Full text...

  • CPJ condemns killing of journalist in Mogadishu
    07 june 2005 13:51:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the killing of radio journalist Duniya Muhyadin Nur, who was shot to death on Sunday while covering a protest in Afgoye, about 30 km from outside Mogadishu. Full text...

  • Inquiry into Libyan journalist's death
    06 june 2005 20:17:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Libyan League of Journalists (LJL) said on Monday in Tripoli that it was closely monitoring the inquiry into the circumstances of Libyan journalist Dheif Al-Gazal's death last week at the hands of unknown gunmen. Full text...

  • Mozambican health official accused of anti-press conduct
    06 june 2005 17:22:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), Mozambique chapter, has accused a senior health official in the country's southern province of Inhambane of violating freedom of the press and the right of the public to information guaranteed by the national constitution. Full text...

  • CPJ indicts Senegal over repressive media laws reform
    06 june 2005 15:32:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Nearly one year after a journalist was imprisoned for his work, the Senegalese government has failed to implement promised legal reforms, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) charged Monday. Full text...

  • Journalists unionise in Botswana to defend rights
    03 june 2005 13:33:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Journalists in Botswana have launched a trade Union, which proponents say will lobby for better pay and improved working conditions for them and other media workers. Full text...

  • Egyptian journalist union sues for assault on members
    03 june 2005 10:08:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- The Union of Egyptian Journalists and the Bar Association have lodged a complaint following assault on journalists and opposition members during the 25 May constitutional referendum. Full text...

  • Moroccan, Mauritanian news agencies enhance cooperation
    01 june 2005 22:24:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The Mauritanian news agency (AMI) and Moroccan news agency, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), on Wednesday signed a co-operation programme, official sources affirmed here. Full text...

  • Guinea to liberalise electronic media
    01 june 2005 10:03:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- The Guinean cabinet has adopted a draft decree authorising private radio and television stations in the country, an official statement said. Full text...

  • Uniformed assailants shoot at journalist in DR Congo
    31 may 2005 22:00:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) based in New York has expressed alarm following the recent armed attack on Jean Ngandu, a Congolese journalist for Radio Okapi. Full text...

  • Moroccan, Mauritanian news agencies sign protocol on ties
    31 may 2005 17:16:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The Moroccan News Agency (MAP) and Mauritanian News Agency (AMI) have signed a protocol here to strengthen cooperation in communication technology and information dissemination. Full text...

  • CPJ writes Ravalomanana over RFI journalist's work permit
    27 may 2005 17:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists has expressed concern that Olivier Péguy, a correspondent for Radio France Internationale (RFI) and several other international news organisations, has been forced to leave Madagascar after the government refused to renew his work permit. Full text...

  • 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...

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