Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Congolese editor feared abducted
    01 november 2005 18:38:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) says it is "deeply troubled" by a report that Congolese editor Jean-Marie Kanku has been abducted and held for three days by the national intelligence agency (ANR) in Kinshasa, the DR Congo capital. Full text...

  • S. Leone state-owned radio, TV heads private
    31 october 2005 17:41:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The National Commission for Privatisation (NCP) has set up a new administrative and professional team to transform the state-owned Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service (SLBS) to a corporate entity within 15 months, an official of the commission said here Monday. Full text...

  • Mauritanians discuss revision of press law
    30 october 2005 17:41:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanians participating in national consultation on the transition in their country have suggested a revision of the draconian press Act, according to a document given to PANA here. Full text...

  • World Bank opens dialogue with Malian media
    27 october 2005 23:31:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Mali office of the World Bank Thursday in Bamako organised a two-day seminar for 20 media practitioners to brief them of the institution's activities in the country. Full text...

  • Gambian editor may have been harassed over his work
    27 october 2005 22:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Gambia's editor of The Independent newspaper was reportedly detained Thursday and interrogated for several hours by the country's secret police before asking him to return for more questioning on Friday, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Full text...

  • Criticisms still pouring over Nigeria radio, TV ban
    27 october 2005 14:18:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Criticisms continue to trail Sunday's ban of Nigeria's foremost independent radio and television stations over their coverage of the recent air crash, even though the ban has since been lifted. Full text...

  • Dialogue between government, media in Mauritania possible
    26 october 2005 20:43:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF)'s Secretary General, Robert Ménard, has spoke in Nouakchott of a possible a dialogue between the government and the media. Full text...

  • French radio, RFI to resume transmission in Mauritania
    26 october 2005 19:18:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Radio France Internationale (RFI) is to resume FM broadcasting in Mauritania soon, according to an official of the Paris-based media watchdog Reporters Without Borders, RSF. Full text...

  • CPJ condemns closure of Nigerian private TV, radio over crash report
    24 october 2005 23:50:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has denounced the closure by Nigerian authorities of private television and its sister radio station for reporting the air crash that killed 117 people near Lagos at the weekend. Full text...

  • Gambian authorities close private radio station
    24 october 2005 14:10:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambian authorities over the weekend ordered the closure of "Sud FM Banjul Radio", a subsidiary of Senegalese media giant, Sud Communications Company Ltd, a staff member confirmed here Monday. Full text...

  • Banned Nigerian tv, radio station defend plane crash coverage
    24 october 2005 14:03:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Chairman of Daar communications, Raymond Dopeksi, Monday denied any wrongdoing in the coverage of Saturday's plane crash in Nigeria by its broadcast organisations, African Independent Television (AIT) and Raypower 100. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau mediation summit ends without statement
    21 october 2005 22:06:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, the current African Union chairman, Abdoulaye Wade (Senegal), Guinea Bissau's newly installed leader, Joao Bernardo "Nino" Vieira and his challenger in the 24 July presidential election, Malam Becai Sanha, concluded a daylong summit here Friday without issuing a final declaration. Full text...

  • Mozambique's press freedom rating improves
    21 october 2005 18:37:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's ranking has substantially improved in the press freedom index drawn up by the Paris-based NGO "Reporters sans Frontieres" (Reporters without Borders), the state-owned news agency, AIM, reported Friday. Full text...

  • Media group to sue Senegalese govt over private radio closure
    19 october 2005 17:23:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese private media group Sud Communications, whose radio stations Sud FM, were shut down Monday said it would sue the government for "assault". Full text...

  • US offers to assist African media
    18 october 2005 22:36:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- The US was prepared to help African media organisations purchase new equipment, according to James Panos, charge d'affairs at the US embassy in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • EU raises concern over press freedom in DR Congo
    18 october 2005 18:34:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- European Union (EU) has expressed concern over the declining state of press freedom in DR Congo, noting the imprisonment of 37 journalists between January and August 2005, compared to 23 in 2004. Full text...

  • RSF denounces Senegal private radio closure
    18 october 2005 16:36:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Reporters sans frontières (RSF) has protested the closure Monday of Sud FM radio station and arrest of its staff by Senegalese security authorities. Full text...

  • Journalists denounce arrest of fellow practitioner
    18 october 2005 09:43:00
    Ziguinchor- Senegal (PANA) -- The Association of Information and Communication Professionals in Ziguinchor (APIC/Z), made up of media correspondents in southern Senegal, have strongly condemned Monday's arrest of journalist Ibrahima Gassama, head of the private Sud FM radio station in Ziguinchor. Full text...

  • Vieira offers to mediate in Senegal-Gambia dispute
    17 october 2005 23:21:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea Bissau's president Joao Bernardo "Nino" Vieira has offered to mediate in the border dispute between Senegal and Gambia to restore the movement of persons and goods between the three countries. Full text...

  • Union condemns closure of private radio in Senegal
    17 october 2005 16:47:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal's National Union of Information and Communication Professionals, SYNPICS, Monday denounced government's closure of private radio station, Sud FM. Full text...

  • Radio shut down, staff arrested in Senegal
    17 october 2005 13:17:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Senegalese government Monday shut down Sud FM radio station and arrested its staff members for airing an interview with Salif Sadio, a rebel leader from the military wing of the Movement of Casamance Democratic Forces (MFDC), local press reported on Monday in Dakar. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone determined to safeguard press freedom, says Minister
    15 october 2005 13:01:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's Justice Minister and Attorney-General, Frederick Carew Saturday pledged government's determination to guarantee press freedom in the country. Full text...

  • Media watchdog accuses Ethiopia of harassing journalists
    13 october 2005 22:24:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Thursday condemned police harassment of the Ethiopian Free Press Journalists' Association (EFJA), which criticised a government crackdown on the press after the opposition disputed the outcome of the country's last May elections. Full text...

  • CPJ calls for release of detained Nigerian publisher
    13 october 2005 20:51:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Thursday called for the release of Nigerian newspaper publisher Owei Kobina Sikpi, arrested Tuesday by State Security Service (SSS). Full text...

  • Newspaper cover price up 100% in Sierra Leone
    12 october 2005 18:57:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Newspaper vendors in Sierra Leone have now agreed the 100 percent increase in the cover price of dailies, announced by publishers last week. Full text...

  • Unknown assailants attack Togolese journalist
    11 october 2005 21:59:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The savage beating of publication director Dimas Dzikodo, whose weekly Le Forum de la Semaine is strongly critical of Togolese authorities, has alarmed the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists. Full text...

  • President Wade to speak on TV5 Sunday
    06 october 2005 20:53:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade will Sunday speak on the Francophone television channel TV5, according to a release issued Thursday to PANA. Full text...

  • Moroccan TV channel gets French funding
    05 october 2005 13:44:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The French Development Agency (AFD) has approved a 3 million euros loan to Morocco for the launch of MED 1 SAT, a satellite television station with a 24-hour news broadcast, the agency said in a statement here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Pressure mounts on Sierra Leone to release editor
    04 october 2005 23:08:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- One year after the government od Sierra Leone jailed journalist Paul Kamara, the Committee to Protect Journalists has expressed outrage that Freetown continues to refuse to release on bail. Full text...

  • IFEX disqualifies Tunisia to host global information summit
    04 october 2005 19:52:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A Canadian watchdog organisation protecting the freedom of expression on Tuesday disqualified Tunisia as being "unable" to host the World Information Society Summit (WISS) scheduled in Algiers next month due to the deterioration freedom of expression in that country. Full text...

  • CPJ protests closure of 3 radio stations by Senegalese Muslim cleric
    04 october 2005 09:38:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed concern over the forced closure last Friday of three radio stations in the Muslim holy city of Touba, centre of the Senegalese Muslim community known as the mourides. Full text...

  • Mediterranean Basin media meets in Tripoli
    02 october 2005 19:05:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Nine countries of the Permanent Conference of Audio-visual Media of the Mediterranean Basin are attending a meeting here to examine media co-operation among countries of the region. Full text...

  • SA paper suspends reporter for state witness role
    30 september 2005 16:47:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's leading independent newspaper The Star has suspended reporter Alameen Templeton with immediate effect following his decision to testify on behalf of the state in the so-called 'lion murder trial'. Full text...

  • Gabon protests against attacks from Ivorian media
    30 september 2005 14:18:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabon is protesting what it terms a "new wave of insults" orchestrated against President Omar Bongo by several media organs in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • CPJ condemns heavy sentence for Niger journalist
    30 september 2005 13:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the jail sentence given to a magazine journalist who reported on alleged corruption in the distribution of food aid during this year's famine in Niger. Full text...

  • Exiled Gambian journalist wins award
    29 september 2005 22:36:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- A fearless Gambian newspaper editor currently on a self-imposed exile in the US has been named as one of the winners of this year's Canadian International Press Freedom Award, the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Chissano accuses Mozambican media of sensationalism, materialism
    29 september 2005 21:24:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's immediate past President Joaquim Alberto Chissano said Thursday the country faced "an excessive proliferation of mass media," and accused some of them of pursuing materialism and sensationalism. Full text...

  • Niger jails reporter for exposing corruption
    29 september 2005 21:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists Thursday condemned the jail sentence given to a magazine journalist who reported on alleged corruption in the distribution of food aid during this year's famine in Niger. Full text...

  • Radio should be vanguard of development - PM
    29 september 2005 19:07:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Radio Mozambique "should be in the vanguard" of the country's fight to overcome poverty, Prime Minister Luisa Diogo said on Thursday here. Full text...

  • West African seminar backs national news agencies
    29 september 2005 17:47:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A three-day seminar on the future of public news agencies in Africa ended in Ouagadougou Thursday with the creation of an advocacy committee to wage a sensitisation campaign for their survivor. Full text...

  • 2 Kenyan journalists face incitement charges
    29 september 2005 16:07:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan authorities Thursday arraigned two senior journalists of the Kenya Times newspaper on charges of publishing what police labelled "an alarmist" report and incitement. Full text...

  • CPJ demands release of detained Somali radio journalist
    27 september 2005 22:40:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Tuesday called on authorities in the Somali autonomous north-eastern region of Puntland to free radio journalist Awale Jama Salad being held over his report on prison conditions. Full text...

  • RSF welcomes release of four Chadian reporters
    27 september 2005 21:19:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The French press watchdog, Reporters sans Frontieres (RSF), has welcomed the Monday release of four Chadian journalists, and thanked President Idriss Deby for his support in the settlement of the issue. Full text...

  • Rwandan minister restates commitment to free expression
    27 september 2005 18:04:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan information minister Laurent Nkusi has reiterated government's pledge to uphold freedom of expression and of the media as part of its commitment to democratisation of the country. Full text...

  • Govt urges Mauritania media to eschew partisanship
    27 september 2005 17:07:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian communication minister and government spokesman Cheikh Ould Ebbe has urged the national media to promote the culture of democracy and peace, and eschew sectarian reportage of developments in the country. Full text...

  • Kenyan paper confirms arrest of journalist
    27 september 2005 14:25:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- State security agents Tuesday picked up journalist David Ochami of The Kenya Times newspaper apparently in connection with an article critical of President Mwai Kibaki and key government officials, and which drew parallels on reasons for coups in Africa. Full text...

  • CPJ welcomes release of jailed Chadian journalists
    26 september 2005 23:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has welcomed Monday's release of three jailed journalists in Chad. Full text...

  • Panos publishes teacher's guide for high schools
    21 september 2005 09:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Panos Institute for West Africa has introduced a manual entitled "Media in School," a 164-page document highlighting the use of the print press in teaching 10th and 11th graders in West African Schools. Full text...

  • Rwandan newspaper seized, editor quizzed by police
    20 september 2005 22:08:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CP) Tuesday condemned the Rwandan authorities for seizing copies of the newspaper "Umuco" and harassing its editor who has criticized the government. Full text...

  • New three-year term for UNJCI chairman
    20 september 2005 08:55:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The National Union of Ivorian Journalists (UNJCI)'s sixth ordinary congress ended on Monday with the re-election of Amos Beonaho as the chair of the UNJCI's executive council. Full text...

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