Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Media seminar on UEMOA programmes underway in Niger
    06 january 2004 20:59:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Journalists from the eight West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) member countries are attending a seminar in Niamey on the economic group's integration programmes. Full text...

  • Niger journalist granted conditional freedom
    06 january 2004 20:07:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The editorial director of Niger's news weekly, 'Le Républicain' Mamane Abou, detained 5 November 2003 for "complicity in a robbery and concealment of administrative documents" was Tuesday granted conditional freedom by a court, judicial sources said in Niamey. Full text...

  • Zambian high court restrains Briton's deportation
    06 january 2004 13:16:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- British-born Zambian newspaper columnist, Roy Clarke, has won a court order restraining the Zambian government from deporting him to Britain over a satirical column he wrote about government officials in the Post newspaper on New Year's day. Full text...

  • British columnist ordered out for anti-Mwanawasa remarks
    06 january 2004 10:14:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian government has ordered British-born columnist, Roy Clarke, to leave the country after he wrote a satirical column that likened President Levy Mwanawasa to 'a lumbering elephant'. Full text...

  • RSF denounces media closures in Cameroon
    31 december 2003 14:21:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The media rights group, Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF) has denounced a Cameroonian government order closing a dozen privately-owned radio and TV stations in the western and north-western parts of the country by midnight 31 December. Full text...

  • RSF demands nonsuit in Tunisian journalist's trial
    31 december 2003 13:14:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF) Secretary General Robert Menard has demanded a nonsuit for Om Zied, editor- in-chief of the 'Kalima' online newsmagazine, whose appeal trial begins Wednesday in Tunisia, RSF said in a statement. Full text...

  • Gabon to close Radio/TV station amid workers' protest
    30 december 2003 21:58:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- State-run Gabonese Radio/Television channel, RTG1, is to be closed from 6, January 2004, for rehabilitation work, government spokesman René Ndemezo'o Obiang said in a release. Full text...

  • JA Group plans selling its monthly Ecofinance
    30 december 2003 20:56:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The media group, Jeune Afrique (JA), led by Tunisian Béchir Ben Yahmed, plans to shortly sell its economic news monthly, Ecofinance, whose average circulation is 15,000 copies, reliable sources said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gabonese govt denies involvement in journalist's death
    30 december 2003 11:21:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The Gabonese government issued a statement Tuesday categorically denying any involvement in the "suspicious" death of Marco Boukoukou Boussaga, who was editor- in-chief of the local L'Autre Journal newspaper. Full text...

  • Burundian journalists commended for exposing impunity
    29 december 2003 10:54:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Twelve Burundian journalists that distinguished themselves in 2003 in the fight against impunity through their reports have received prizes and awards of merit from the Paris-based PANOS Institute. Full text...

  • RSF express concern about media situation in Gabon
    29 december 2003 10:39:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Media watch group Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF) secretary general Robert Menard has expressed concern about the banning and seizure of private dailies in Gabon. Full text...

  • Togo private media threatened by newsprint shortage
    27 december 2003 14:25:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- An acute shortage of newsprint has forced the suspension of several private publications in Togo, newspaper managers said in Lome. Full text...

  • China aids Equatorial Guinea newspaper
    26 december 2003 19:06:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- China this week offered the 'Ebano' monthly news magazine in Equatorial Guinea computer hardware to beef up its publishing gear. Full text...

  • Archbishop denies any conflict with Cameroonian govt
    26 december 2003 16:20:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- No disagreements exist between the Catholic Church hand the Cameroon government, according to the archbishop of Yaounde, Cardinal Christian Tumi. Full text...

  • Swazi Prime Minister allays fears of media censorship
    24 december 2003 19:00:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swazi Prime Minister Themba Dlamini has assured media organisations that the government has no plans to censor their publications or broadcasts. Full text...

  • Cameroon govt signs accord with Catholic radio station
    23 december 2003 17:47:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's information minister Jacques Fame Ndongo and Cardinal Christian Tumi on Monday signed terms of reference under which the Catholic Church-owned Radio Veritas will resume broadcasting after being banned last month. Full text...

  • Gabonese journalists agitate over unpaid allowances
    22 december 2003 20:43:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Journalists at the Gabonese Radio and Television (RTG1) blocked a street running past the broadcasting house Monday to press for unpaid allowances estimated at more than 200 million francs CFA (378,000 dollars). Full text...

  • Zimbabwe court okays publication of banned newspaper
    19 december 2003 17:41:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A court in Zimbabwe Friday allowed a banned newspaper group to resume publishing pending the outcome of an appeal at the Supreme Court. Full text...

  • French journalist's murderer goes on trial Monday
    18 december 2003 13:06:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Police sergeant Sery Dago, the presumed assassin of French journalist Jean Helene, would be arraigned before a military court here 22 December, military prosecutor Ange Kouame Kessy, has disclosed. Full text...

  • Guinea bans Jeune Afrique L'Intelligent magazine
    17 december 2003 18:38:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Guinea has banned the 17-23 December issue of Jeune Afrique L'Intelligent magazine from its newsstands following a series of articles on the recent massive arrests of army officers, says a news release issued here Wednesday by Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF). Full text...

  • Libyan paper comments on Saddam Hussein's capture
    17 december 2003 17:23:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan daily Al-Jamahiriya has urged the United States to take advantage of the capture of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein to pull its troops out of Iraq and avoid a second Vietnam. Full text...

  • Cameroonian govt lifts suspension on Catholic radio station
    17 december 2003 08:10:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- The Cameroonian government has lifted a suspension order slapped a month ago Radio Veritas, a Roman Catholic broadcast station run by the Douala archdiocese, a communiqué issued by the ministry of Communication indicated Tuesday. Full text...

  • Benin regulates call-in radio programmes
    16 december 2003 21:01:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's High Audio-visual and Communication Authority (HAAC) Tuesday warned callers and hosts of radio call-in programmes to strictly observe general ethics respectful of public order or face severe penalty, the media regulatory organ announced here. Full text...

  • Gabonese airport police officers impound newspapers
    15 december 2003 23:54:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Police officers at Libreville airport last Friday impounded all the 5,000 copies of an independent Cameroon-published bi-monthly newspaper, "L'autre journal," the paper's management revealed Monday. Full text...

  • Sudanese journalists protest ban on opposition papers
    14 december 2003 09:31:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudanese journalists Sunday called on newspapers in the country to cease publication in protest to government's continued ban on two opposition newspapers. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso observes Zongo's assassination anniversary
    13 december 2003 18:11:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Civil society in Burkina Faso Saturday commemorated the fifth anniversary of the brutal killing of Burkinabe journalist Norbert Zongo and three of his companions by people who have yet to answer for the crime in a court of law. Full text...

  • Libyan paper foresee defeat of "new conservatives" in America
    11 december 2003 23:24:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- A Libyan private daily, Al-Chams intimated Thursday that the Gulf War was already playing into America's election agenda, concluding that the Iraqis "will decide the future President of the United States. Full text...

  • Mauritanian news agency signs accords with Arab counterparts
    08 december 2003 18:22:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The Mauritanian news agency, AMI has signed three co-operation agreements with its Jordanian, Sudanese and Yemeni counterparts, informed sources said Monday. Full text...

  • 150 new Community Multimedia Centres for Africa
    08 december 2003 15:46:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNESCO and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) will 10 December launch a multi-million dollar project to provide marginalised communities in Mali, Mozambique and Senegal with access to information and communication technologies, including the internet. Full text...

  • WHO trains Praia journalists in health reportage
    08 december 2003 13:12:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- A two-day World Health Organisation (WHO) workshop on "Media and Health" opened here Monday with participants from several media institutions in the country. Full text...

  • Morocco passes bill to liberalise broadcast media
    04 december 2003 23:45:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The Moroccan government has passed a bill on the liberalisation of the broadcasting sector, Communication minister Nabil Benabdellah announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • RSF urges Chirac to push for press freedom in Tunisia
    02 december 2003 23:48:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The media rights group, Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) has urged French President Jacques Chirac to "use all his influence" on his Tunisian counterpart, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, to ensure the emergence of a free and independent press in Tunisia. Full text...

  • Equatorial Guinean veteran journalist Ndong Mba dies at 90
    01 december 2003 19:50:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea(PANA) -- Equatorial Guinean veteran journalist Marcelo Asistencia Ndong Mba, also known as "Papa Nandongo," 90, died of prostrate cancer in Bata Saturday, official sources said in Malabo Monday. Full text...

  • Burundi president enacts new press law
    28 november 2003 23:22:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- President Domitien Ndayizeye of Burundi has enacted a new press law, the innovation of which includes a tax exemption on media equipment and annual government subsidies to the press. Full text...

  • Mbeki to deliver Nigerian newspaper's anniversary lecture
    28 november 2003 12:19:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki is expected to deliver the 20th anniversary lecture of "The Guardian", a leading Nigerian newspaper, on 4 December in Lagos, the newspaper said Friday. Full text...

  • RSF secretary general visits Abidjan
    27 november 2003 23:50:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Reporters Without Borders (RSF) secretary general Robert Menard wrapped up a 48 hour visit to Cote d'Ivoire Thursday. Full text...

  • CPJ tells govt to stop harassing Sierra Leone paper
    25 november 2003 11:52:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists has expressed outrage that "excessive fines are being used to close For Di People newspaper", and called on Sierra Leonean authorities to "allow the paper to resume operations immediately". Full text...

  • Gabonese government gets tough with private press
    24 november 2003 20:52:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The Gabonese government, alleging defamation and misinformation, has demanded that the National Communication Council sanction a number of private newspapers. Full text...

  • Five Rwanda journalists released after questioning
    22 november 2003 20:00:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Five journalists working for Rwanda's weekly Umuseso newspaper arrested on Wednesday and on Thursday for "writing misleading articles" have been released. Full text...

  • Benin to have media house soon
    22 november 2003 19:49:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin will set up a media centre in February, leaders of various journalist bodies disclosed here Saturday. Full text...

  • CPJ alarms harassment of journalists in Rwanda
    21 november 2003 22:03:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Friday expressed serious concern about the two- day detention of six journalists from the private Rwandan weekly Umuseso and the confiscation of the latest edition of that newspaper. Full text...

  • US embassy denounces Khartoum's action against private daily
    21 november 2003 11:52:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The American embassy in Khartoum has condemned the suspension of Sudan's opposition newspaper two months after President Omar El-Bashir issued a decree lifting bans on press and information institutions. Full text...

  • RSF hails release of Tunisian cyber-rebel
    19 november 2003 21:22:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The media watchdog group, Reporters sans Frontieres (RSF) has expressed delight over the unconditional release on Tuesday of Tunisian "cyber-dissident" Zouhaïr Yahyaoui, who was detained 4 June 2002. Full text...

  • Cameroon accused of closing radio on political grounds
    18 november 2003 23:49:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Reporters sans frontières (RSF), the international press freedom watchdog based here on Tuesday accused Cameroonian authorities of being politically-motivated in b anning Radio Veritas owned by Cardinal Christian Tumi. Full text...

  • Detained Malian journalists get provisional freedom
    18 november 2003 21:56:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Three private radio journalists charged with inciting violence in Segou, central Mali were provisionally released Tuesday, their colleagues said. Full text...

  • Pressure mounts in Niger for journalist's release
    18 november 2003 10:43:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Pressure from social and political circles continues to mount on Niger authorities for the release of Mamane Abou, editing manager of 'Le Republicain' weekly, who was recently handed a six-year sentence for libel. Full text...

  • Catholic radio goes off the air in Cameroon
    17 november 2003 16:46:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- Radio Veritas, the Catholic radio of the Douala archdiocese, has been off the air since last Friday, and Roman Catholic officials remained tight-lipped on the issue Monday. Full text...

  • Niger journalists end gender workshop
    17 november 2003 16:08:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Some 100 journalists from Niger media organisations ended an 11-day gender workshop in Niamey at the weekend. Full text...

  • Kenya calls for environmental studies for media workers
    17 november 2003 08:38:00
    Nakuru- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan information ministry has called for incorporation of environmental studies in the country's media training curriculum to enable practitioners sensitise the populace from an informed position. Full text...

  • Ivorian official chides media for fuelling hatred
    13 november 2003 23:36:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian Economic and Social Council chairman Laurent Dona Fologo has blamed the local media for the climate of hatred and contempt in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

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