Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • "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...

  • Investigative journalism guarantees good governance, says TI
    02 may 2005 11:21:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Journalists should distinguish themselves through investigative reporting with a view to promoting good governance, Transparency International (TI) regional director for Africa and the Middle-East, Muzong Kodi urged here on the occasion of World Freedom Day. Full text...

  • Senegalese journalists sue for improved working conditions
    01 may 2005 21:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Synpics, the union of Senegalese media practitioners, Sunday renewed calls for the full implementation of the employment agreements intended to raise the working conditions of journalists in the country. Full text...

  • Gambian govt renews zeal to probe Hydara's killing
    01 may 2005 10:07:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Gambian delegation to the on-going 37th Session of the African Commission convening here has renewed the government's promise to seriously investigate the gunning down of independent journalist, Deyda Hydara, 16 December 2004, in Banjul. Full text...

  • Two Tanzanian journalists sacked due to election coverage
    26 april 2005 15:00:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania's forthcoming presidential elections on Monday claimed the first casualties in the media when two senior journalists were dismissed from English and Kiswahili language dailies published by the Mwananchi Communications Company Limited. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone journalists take issue with libel law
    22 april 2005 08:23:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) has indicated plans to seize the Supreme Court to challenge the relevance in a democratic context, of the country's 1965 Public Order Act and other libel laws. Full text...

  • IFJ condemns muzzling of the press in Togo
    21 april 2005 19:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The International Federation of journalists (IFJ) on Thursday condemned the decision by the High Audio-visual and Communication Authority (HAAC) in Togo to ban local private radio and TV stations from covering the 24 April presidential election. Full text...

  • Govt regulatory body muzzles private press in Togo
    20 april 2005 22:07:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Four private reporters and media organisations in Lome have accused Togo's High Audi-visual and Communication Authority (HAAC) of trying to stifle the press by banning private radio and TV stations from covering the presidential campaign. Full text...

  • PANAPRESS, AMI sign cooperation agreement
    19 april 2005 22:45:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The director-general of PANAPRESS, Babacar Fall, and the director of the Mauritanian News Agency (AMI) Tuesday signed in Nouakchott a cooperation agreement intended to allow AMI to use dispatches from the Pan-African news agency. Full text...

  • Watchdog denounces gagging of media in DR Congo
    19 april 2005 13:16:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The Supreme Authority for the Media in DR Congo (HAM) had denounced the gagging of private media outlets in the provinces of South Kivu and Katanga, coupled with threats against journalists. Full text...

  • Maghreb nations move towards joint news agency
    17 april 2005 13:15:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The five countries in the African Maghreb on Friday launched an Internet website that features stories from the Pool of five news agencies in north- eastern Africa under the electronic address: www. Full text...

  • Mauritanian bids for African sports journalists' post
    17 april 2005 10:58:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The chairman of the Association of Mauritanian Sports Writers, Mohamed El Hacen, has declared his candidacy for the chairmanship of the Association of African Sports Journalists (AASJ). Full text...

  • CPJ denounces repression against private press in Gambia
    12 april 2005 15:12:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Tuesday concluded that a string of unsolved arson attacks, a series of unchecked threats, and the passage of restrictive new laws have created deep mistrust between the government in Gambia and its small independent press. Full text...

  • Safety of DR Congo journalists worries CPJ
    12 april 2005 11:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed concerned for the safety of members of Journaliste en Danger (JED), a press freedom organization based in Kinshasa, the DR Congo capital, the CPJ said in a statement Tuesday. Full text...

  • CPJ worries about death threats to Congolese newsmen
    11 april 2005 22:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed concern about the safety of members of Journaliste en Danger (JED), a press freedom organisation based in Kinshasa, after JED secretary general Tshivis Tshivadi reported death threats. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean police arrest unregistered British journalists
    01 april 2005 07:38:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Police in Zimbabwe said Thursday they had arrested two British journalists working for the Sunday Telegraph who were allegedly working illegally in the country. Full text...

  • Niger faces criticism for crackdown on media coverage
    31 march 2005 15:30:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Niger has come under severe criticism from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) following ongoing attempts to repress independent media coverage of protests against a new tax on basic foodstuffs, including water and flour. Full text...

  • CPJ chides Niger over media clampdown
    31 march 2005 11:22:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned ongoing attempts by Niger authorities to repress independent media coverage of protests against a new tax on basic foodstuffs. Full text...

  • UMA news agencies convene in Nouakchott
    31 march 2005 10:38:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The 13th Conference of news agencies in the member states of the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA) opened here Thursday. Full text...

  • New Press Union chief vows to advance media freedom in Gambia
    30 march 2005 18:50:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Newly elected President of the Gambia Press Union (GPU), Madi Ceesay, said Wednesday he would continue the fight for free and independent media in the country. Full text...

  • Journalists denounce marginalisation in Casamance
    25 march 2005 11:34:00
    Ziguinchor- Senegal (PANA) -- Journalists working in the southern Senegalese region of Casamance have expressed anger over their marginalisation by their media managers in Dakar, the country's capital. Full text...

  • Mauritanian opposition parties demand release of detained journalist
    23 march 2005 16:36:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Seven Mauritanian opposition parties Wednesday demanded the "immediate and unconditional" release of detained journalist Mohamed Lemine Ould Mahmoud and two members of a local human rights group, Aichetou Mint Abdelatif and Moya Mint Boya. Full text...

  • CPJ condemns court ruling against Rwanda editor
    22 march 2005 22:37:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A Rwandan appeals court Tuesday stiffened the sentence against a newspaper editor as it upheld his conviction on charges of defaming the deputy speaker of parliament in a 2004 article. Full text...

  • RSF uses missing journalist's portrait to stir action
    22 march 2005 20:02:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The world press freedom advocates, Reporters sans Frontieres (RSF), Tuesday put on public display a large portrait of French-Canadian journalist Guy-André Kieffer, who disappeared on 16 April 2004 in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, where he was on assignment. Full text...

  • Challenges of information pluralism discussed in Dakar
    22 march 2005 16:22:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A two-day roundtable on the challenges of information pluralism in the next five years in West Africa ends on Tuesday in Dakar. Full text...

  • CPJ petitions Somali president over detained newsman
    22 march 2005 08:16:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has petitioned Somali President Colonel Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, urging him to investigate the continuing detention of a journalist, Abdirisak Ahmed Absuge by forces loyal to faction leader Mohamed Dhere. Full text...

  • PANOS official sues for private TV channels in Senegal
    21 march 2005 23:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Senegalese media sector will be complete with the establishment of private television channels, Alymana Bathily, an expert at Panos West Africa Institute, said here Monday. Full text...

  • Media head wants training for Liberian female journalists
    21 march 2005 20:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Press Union of Liberia president Elisabeth Hoff said here Monday that capacity-building for female journalists should be prioritised in any media development policy in Liberia. Full text...

  • Mali media regulatory agency boss loses job
    21 march 2005 17:15:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Members of the Malian Higher Communication Council (CSC), one of the country's two media regulatory bodies, have voted out their chairman Moussa Keita, at last weekend's extra-ordinary meeting here. Full text...

  • WAJA seeks to harmonise regional media laws
    18 march 2005 16:13:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The West African Journalists Association (WAJA) in conjunction with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) have launched a study on the harmonisation of media legislations in West Africa. Full text...

  • Journalist arrested for tarnishing country's image
    18 march 2005 15:03:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian journalist Mohamed Lemine Ould Mahmoudh has beeb remanded in custody to await trial "for breach of the country's image" in Rosso, 200 km south of here, judicial sources said on Friday here. Full text...

  • Gambian authorities question newspaper editor
    17 march 2005 19:26:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The director of the Point newspaper in Gambia was Thursday called in for questioning by operatives at the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) in Banjul. Full text...

  • CPJ denounces 'secret' anti-press laws in Gambia
    17 march 2005 15:56:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has written to Gambian President Yahya Jammeh expressing deep concern over "the apparently secret enactment of two new laws that threaten press freedom" in the country. Full text...

  • Two Malawian journalists released on bail
    17 march 2005 15:44:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Malawian journalists Raphael Tenthani of the BBC and Mabvuto Banda of the independent daily The Nation have been released on bail after being held by police in the capital, Lilongwe, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Thursday. Full text...

  • GPU to set up memorial foundation for slain member
    16 march 2005 19:34:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Gambia Press Union (GPU) has announced plans to set up what it dubbed the Deyda Hydara Foundation for Press Freedom in memory of Deyda Hydara, a journalist who was shot dead last December by unidentified gunmen. Full text...

  • INSI drills African journalists in conflict reportage
    16 march 2005 17:21:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The International News Safety Institute (INSI) has trained more than 80 conflict reporters and other media staff during three training seminars in West and Central Africa between January and March 2005. Full text...

  • Kadhafi mediates in Indonesia, Malaysia border row
    15 march 2005 15:50:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi has held talks with Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, as part of efforts to mediate in the maritime border dispute between Indonesia and Malaysia, official sources said here Tuesday. Full text...

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