Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Radio enhances freedom of speech, says Senegalese newsman
    30 june 2005 22:46:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Radio has contributed in democratising freedom of speech in Africa, Senegalese journalist Cherif Elvalide Seye told the Forum of Political Parties, the Media and the Civil Society for the Consolidation of Peace in West Africa. Full text...

  • About 800 journalists expected to cover AU Summit
    30 june 2005 19:02:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Between 500 and 800 media professionals are expected in Sirte to cover the 5th AU summit of Heads of State and Government set for 4-5 July in the Libyan resort town of Sirte, an official sources said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Protests after Tanzania kicks reporters out
    30 june 2005 15:48:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya government has sent a protest note to Tanzania over the expulsion of six Kenyan journalists working in the neighbouring state. Full text...

  • CPJ protests wave of attacks on the media in DR Congo, Ethiopia
    29 june 2005 08:39:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has in separate statements condemned attacks on and harassment of journalists in DR Congo and Ethiopia. Full text...

  • CPJ joins call for release of Somali journalist
    28 june 2005 20:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Tuesday joined five local and international press freedom and human rights groups demanding the immediate release of Abdi Farah Nur, editor of Puntland's leading independent newspaper, Shacab (Voice of the People). Full text...

  • CPJ criticises harassment of radio host in Zambia
    27 june 2005 21:56:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Monday expressed stern concern after police in Zambia threatened to charge radio host and commentator Anthony Mukwita with sedition after he read an anonymous fax criticising the government. Full text...

  • African media group urges Deby to release detained Chadian journalist
    27 june 2005 12:43:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Sid' El Mokhtar Cheigher, Chair of the Network of African Environmental Journalists RAJE, has called on Chadian President Idriss Déby to release journalist Michael Didama, the editorial director of Chad's weekly Le Temps, detained since last Wednesday over alleged libel. Full text...

  • RFI to set up African bureau
    25 june 2005 18:46:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Radio France Internationale (RFI) will soon set up an all-Africa bureau to look after its African interests, RFI assistant director general in charge of bureaux and information, Bernard Brigouleix, said here on Saturday. Full text...

  • New York-based committee slams police in Nigeria's Kogi State
    25 june 2005 10:59:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists has condemned the police in Nigeria's central Kogi State, where officers have occupied the local chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, harassed local journalists, and detained the local union chairman last Monday. Full text...

  • South Africa awaits paper covering entire industry
    24 june 2005 19:45:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The Event Newspaper, South Africa's first free national trade publication covering the entire business events industry, has announced that it will begin publication in July in Cape Town. Full text...

  • RSF pressurises Chad to free 3 journalists
    24 june 2005 15:44:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Paris-based Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF) has called on donors helping Chad to demand the government to immediately release three local journalists detained by police in N'djamena since Wednesday. Full text...

  • Burundi journalist free on bail
    23 june 2005 22:19:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Detained radio and online journalist Etienne Ndikuriyo was on Thursday released on bail after spending more than a week in jail for writing a story about the health status of President Domitien Ndayizeye of Burundi, a New York-based media rights group has reported. Full text...

  • CPJ: 3 Chadian journalists jailed on criminal charges
    23 june 2005 07:52:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Chadian authorities have detained three journalists on criminal charges stemming from critical reporting, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Thursday, quoting sources in the capital N'djamena. Full text...

  • Puntland editor jailed after resuming publication
    21 june 2005 08:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned authorities in the autonomous Puntland region of northeast Somalia for arresting Abdi Farah Nur, editor of the weekly Shacab (Voice of the People) on Sunday "Puntland authorities are acting in an arbitrary and autocratic way toward this independent newspaper and its journalists," said Ann Cooper, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists. Full text...

  • ICJ writes Burundi over reporter's detention
    20 june 2005 23:37:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists on Monday wrote a letter to the Burundi leadership to express its deep concern by the continued imprisonment of a Burundi journalist over a news report. Full text...

  • Daily wants Uganda draw lesson from Zuma's sacking
    18 june 2005 19:40:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The Ugandan government-run daily New Vision has said South African president Thabo Mbeki's dropping of his deputy Jacob Zuma sent "shockwaves" through the country's political establishment, noting that the decision was a "brave" one considering Zuma's political influence. Full text...

  • Congolese news agency, PANAPRESS to step up cooperation
    17 june 2005 23:42:00
    Kinshasa- RD Congo (PANA) -- Ways and means to strengthen and give new impetus to the cooperation between the Congolese News Agency (ACP) and the Pan-African News Agency (PANAPRESS) dominated talks between ACP delegate administrator, Masini Ntambu, and PANA Director General Babacar Fall at ACP offices here Friday. Full text...

  • Fall upbeat about PANA's coverage of Africa
    17 june 2005 20:21:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The Pan-African News Agency (PANAPRESS), which has 120 African correspondents posted in 51 of the 54 countries in Africa, has become the leading source of information on Africa, PANAPRESS Director General Babacar Fall declared on Congolese state television in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • RSF shoots spot to denounce Hydara's killing
    17 june 2005 20:04:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Paris-based NGO, Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) has offered a 30-second spot to all the radios broadcasting in Africa to mobilise the public against the assassination of Gambian journalist Deyda Hydara on 16 December 2004. Full text...

  • CPJ rejects Gambian government's report on slain journalist
    16 june 2005 21:21:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has rejected the report of Gambian government's investigation into the assassination of journalist Deyda Hydara by gunmen last December. Full text...

  • PANAPRESS Director General Fall arrives in Kinshasa
    16 june 2005 20:36:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Director General Babacar Fall of the Pan-African News Agency (PANAPRESS) arrived Thursday in Kinshasa for a three-day working mission aimed at strengthening cooperation between the continental news agency and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Full text...

  • CPJ demands release of detained Burundi journalist
    14 june 2005 23:09:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Burundi authorities to release Radio and online journalist Etienne Ndikuriyo, who was arrested Tuesday by the national intelligence agency over a story that questioned the health of President Domitien Ndayizeye. Full text...

  • DR Congo hails release of French, Iraqi hostages
    14 june 2005 18:06:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- DR Congo information minister Henri Mova Sakany has hailed the release of French journalist Florence Aubenas and her Iraqi guide Hussein Hanoun following 158 days of captivity in Iraq. Full text...

  • CPJ condemns detention of prominent newspaper distributor in Ethiopia
    13 june 2005 19:37:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the imprisonment by Ethiopian authorities of a prominent newspaper distributor in Addis Ababa, Fikre Gudu. Full text...

  • Ivorian security release Burkinabe journalist
    12 june 2005 20:21:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkinabe journalist, Idrissa Nogo, previously detained at Territorial Surveillance Division (DST) in Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire) has been released, according to family sources. Full text...

  • Benin's public media to stage strike Tuesday
    11 june 2005 18:45:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's public audio-visual media workers have decided to go on a three-day strike starting on Tuesday to protest the signing of an agreement between the offices of Benin's radio- television (ORTB) and the Second Channel (LC2), the country's first private TV channel. Full text...

  • Burkinabe journalists demand release of colleague held in Cote d'Ivoire
    11 june 2005 14:56:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The Burkina Faso Journalists Association (AJB) has requested the immediate release of Burkinabe journalist Idrissa Nogo arrested 6 June in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • CPJ criticises censorship of journalist in Zanzibar
    10 june 2005 21:03:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has urged authorities in semi-autonomous Tanzanian island of Zanzibar to unban political columnist Jabir Idrissa. Full text...

  • Burkinabe journalist detained in Côte d'Ivoire
    10 june 2005 19:28:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkinabe journalist, Idrissa Nogo, arrested in Ivorian western region of Aboisso is being held at the Territorial Surveillance office in Abidjan, Burkinabe daily, Sidwaya reported Friday. Full text...

  • RSF rejects Gambian govt report on slain journalist
    09 june 2005 19:06:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Paris-based media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders under the French acronym, RSF, Thursday dismissed the Gambian government's report on slain journalist Deyda Hydara, as "a government-orchestrated campaign to smear" the murdered journalist. Full text...

  • Friends of Bongo condemn Gbagbo's interview
    09 june 2005 15:18:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The Friends of President Omar Bongo Ondimba Movement has condemned as "insults" statements made by Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo in a recent interview granted the French daily, France Soir, about the Gabonese leader's role in resolving the Ivorian conflict. Full text...

  • UN to investigate violence in western Cote d'Ivoire
    09 june 2005 14:38:00
    Duékoué- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- UN secretary general special representative to Cote d'Ivoire, Pierre Schori, announced here an inquiry into the 1-7 June inter-ethnic massacre in which nearly 100 persons were killed in the western town of Duekoue. Full text...

  • Obasanjo, Konare settle rift over Togo
    09 june 2005 09:57:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The public spat between African Union (AU) chairman, President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, and the AU Commission Chairperson, Alpha Oumar Konare, over Togo has been resolved following a meeting between the two in Abuja Thursday, according to Nigerian state house officials. Full text...

  • CPJ protests harassment of journalists in Ethiopia
    08 june 2005 22:06:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Wednesday expressed deep concern over "recent harassment and censorship" of journalists reporting on Ethiopia's 15 May parliamentary elections and their aftermath. Full text...

  • Ethiopia cancels accreditation of five correspondents
    08 june 2005 08:56:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia's Information ministry has revoked, with immediate effect, work permits held by five local correspondents of Voice of America (VOA) and Deutsche Welle, a German radio broadcasting worldwide. Full text...

  • 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...

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