Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • CPJ frowns at Somali journalist's jailing over radio report
    03 march 2004 13:21:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the overnight detention of Abshir Ali Gabre, news editor at the independent Radio Jawhar, on the orders of Somali faction leader Mohamed Omar Habeeb. Full text...

  • Jailed Tunisian journalist on hunger strike
    29 february 2004 20:17:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Press freedom watchdog Reporters without borders under the French acronym RSF, has expressed concern over the health of jailed Tunisian journalist Abdallah Zouari of the banned 'Al-Fadjr' weekly, who began a hunger strike 27 January to protest the conditions of his detention. Full text...

  • Rwanda's pioneer private radio begins transmission
    28 february 2004 18:30:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda's first private commercial radio station since the 1994 genocide, Radio 10, inaugurated its transmissions Saturday with a promise to give an audience to all Rwandans. Full text...

  • African television channel 9.9.99 TV begins tests
    27 february 2004 23:34:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- A new Pan-African television channel "9. Full text...

  • CPJ wants detained CAR journalist freed
    27 february 2004 18:50:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed deep concern over the imprisonment of Judes Zossé, director of the private daily "L'Hirondelle" (The Swallow) in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Zuma wants Zimbabwe learn from press freedom in S. Africa
    26 february 2004 15:45:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government would like to see Zimbabwe enjoy the same level of press freedom that exists in South Africa, Deputy President Jacob Zuma told the Cape Town Press Club Thursday. Full text...

  • Union official urges Gambian govt to relax harsh media laws
    23 february 2004 17:12:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Madi Ceesay, the Vice-President of the Gambia Press Union (GPU) Monday called on President Yahya Jammeh's government to relax what he called "harsh media laws" in the country. Full text...

  • RSF demands sanctions against Chadian newsman's attackers
    23 february 2004 15:12:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A media rights group, Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF), has called for an independent probe to expose and punish those who masterminded and perpetrated the severe beating of journalist Tchanguis Vatankhah, director of Chad's privately owned Radio Brakos. Full text...

  • Libyan daily upbeat about Africa's future
    22 february 2004 13:43:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Libyan Al-Jamahiriya newspaper has likened the meeting of African Defence Ministers convening 22-23 February in Sirte (450 km east of Tripoli) to a "trip to the future" began by the continent in a bid to leave behind a past marked by internal conflicts and animosity. Full text...

  • Francophonie Agency helps six press organs
    19 february 2004 12:16:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Six press organs in Francophone Africa have been selected for assistance by the Francophonie Agency under its "fund of support for the Francophone press of the South," official sources revealed here Thursday. Full text...

  • CPJ protests assault on Chad radio journalist
    18 february 2004 20:08:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the assault on Tchanguis Vatankhah, director of the privately owned "Radio Brakos," based in Chad's southern town of Moissala. Full text...

  • UIJA names Wade sponsor of Pan-African media prize
    16 february 2004 18:58:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade has been named sponsor of the 15,000-Euro (10-million CFA franc) Pan-African press prize to be awarded for the first time in Dakar in the latter half of 2004, the International Union of African Journalists (UIJA) indicated Monday. Full text...

  • Zambian journalists end gender workshop
    16 february 2004 14:28:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian journalists have benefited a workshop on gender and newspaper reporting, with emphasis on gender violence and sexual harassment as related to poverty and rural development. Full text...

  • HRW urges Ethiopian govt to stop harassing journalists
    13 february 2004 15:38:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the Ethiopian government to stop harassing an association of private journalists, which criticises it for the press repression. Full text...

  • CPJ urges Bush to confront Tunisian leader on press freedom
    13 february 2004 13:43:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Friday urged US President George W. Full text...

  • Benin media watchdog nods at 15 new private stations
    13 february 2004 13:07:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's state-run media watchdog, Supreme Audiovisual and Communication Authority (HAAC) and proprietors of 15 new private radio stations Thursday signed a six-year contract for use of frequencies rented by the government. Full text...

  • Japanese TV reporters tour Equatorial Guinea
    12 february 2004 21:42:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- A group of journalists from Japan's official television network (NHK) has arrived here for contacts with authorities in Equatorial Guinea aimed at starting cooperation in radio and television, "These contacts would enable the Japanese journalists to better understand Equatorial Guinea in terms of culture, tourism, communications and its oil boom," national radio reported here Thursday. Full text...

  • Uganda Supreme Court nullifies draconian media law
    12 february 2004 16:41:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The Supreme Court here has declared Section 50 of the Ugandan Penal Code null and void, saying that it deals more with "speculation rather than reality". Full text...

  • BBC, Africa, Conflict and Censorship
    12 february 2004 13:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The influence of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Africa is so phenomenal that millions of listeners, government officials and ordinary citizens alike, rely on it as a veritable source of news and information on the continent. Full text...

  • CPJ writes Kabika over paralysed Kenyan journalist
    11 february 2004 18:39:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed concern over the plight of photojournalist Wallace Gichere, it said has been paralysed from the waist down because of a 1991 incident in which Kenyan police officers threw him from a fourth floor residence. Full text...

  • SA Bar condemns Zimbabwean ruling on media licence
    09 february 2004 12:58:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The General Council of the Bar of South Africa Monday condemned a Supreme Court ruling in Zimbabwe that banned reporters from working without media accreditation, saying it was "a blow" to free expression and independence of the judiciary. Full text...

  • Togolese press under public scrutiny
    07 february 2004 13:07:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togo's Media Observatory (OTM), has organised a meeting between media experts and civil society representatives to gauge public opinion on the performance of the media in the country. Full text...

  • RSF objects EU's blanket aid to Tunisian media
    06 february 2004 14:14:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The media rights group, Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF), has attacked the European Commission over 2. Full text...

  • CPJ condemns Supreme Court ruling on media in Zimbabwe
    06 february 2004 13:48:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists has strongly condemned the ruling by the Supreme Court in Zimbabwe, upholding a legislation that allows the government to decide who can be a journalist. Full text...

  • CPJ decries legal action against Liberian journalists
    05 february 2004 19:08:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed concerned over the criminal charges brought against journalists working for Liberia's private weekly "Telegraph" newspaper. Full text...

  • Ugandan journalist to sue govt over LRA allegations
    31 january 2004 14:40:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Andrew Mwenda, one of the journalists interrogated by the state security over alleged links with the rebel Lords Resistance Army (LRA), has announced plans to sue the government for defamation. Full text...

  • George Weah opens TV/radio stations in Monrovia
    30 january 2004 21:06:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A new television station and FM radio owned by Liberia's international football star, George Weah, on Friday began formal broadcast in Monrovia. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau TV workers to go on strike
    30 january 2004 19:57:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea Bissau National Television (TGB) have threatened to go on strike from 3-13 February to press the government to improve their working conditions. Full text...

  • Ugandan govt probes journalists over rebel links
    29 january 2004 20:59:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan security officers are probing an editor and a senior reporter with The Monitor independent newspaper suspected of collaborating with a northern-based rebel group, the Lords Resistance Army (LRA). Full text...

  • France poised to launch 24-hour television channel
    29 january 2004 13:57:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France is poised to launch a 24-hour television news channel pending the approval by State authorities of a project submitted by TF1 and France Televisions, an official source said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Court suspends Libyan daily for offensive articles
    29 january 2004 11:05:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- A Libyan court has slammed one-week ban on the "Al-Zahf Al-Akhdar," daily published by the Libyan Revolutionary Committees, over articles considered a breach of "the principle of people power" in Libya, the national television reported. Full text...

  • Abubakar, ECOWAS mediator due in Liberia mid-February
    28 january 2004 18:44:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Former Nigerian leader Abdulsalami Abubakar, the ECOWAS mediator for Liberia, is due to return to Monrovia in February to help resolve outstanding differences between the government and the two main rebel movements on the implementation of the Accra agreement, ECOWAS officials said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libyan paper alleges Egyptian schemes against Tripoli
    22 january 2004 19:54:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- A Libyan daily, Al-Chams took issue with Egyptian intelligence Wednesday, alleging they were masterminding a media campaign against Libya and Colonel Kadhafi. Full text...

  • AU chairperson pledges support for pan-African media
    22 january 2004 17:41:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- African Union (AU) Commission chairperson Alpha Oumar Konaré pledged here Thursday his total support for pan-African media organs, saying that Africa must not absent itself from the battle for news. Full text...

  • Prosecutor wants Helene's assassin serve 15-year term
    22 january 2004 13:13:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The prosecutor at the military court here has recommended a 15-year prison sentence for Warrant Sergeant Théodore Dago Sery, who allegedly shot dead French journalist Jean Helene on 21 October. Full text...

  • Ivorian gendarmes jostle pressmen at Dago Sery trial
    21 january 2004 18:44:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian gendarmes roughed up AFP photojournalist Georges Gobet as the trial began Tuesday of Staff Sergeant Théodore Dago Sery, who is facing a murder charge in connection with the fatal shooting of Radio France International (RFI) reporter Jean Hélène. Full text...

  • Journalists urge Bashir to end ban on Sudanese daily
    21 january 2004 16:29:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Some 69 journalists and other workers of Sudanese private Arabic daily "Al-Ayam," suspended September last year, have submitted a memo to President Omar El-Bashir calling for an end to the suspension. Full text...

  • Ex-Zambian broadcasting director, Mupeso, has a case
    20 january 2004 14:00:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Former Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation director general Eddy Mupeso must defend himself over charges of corruption and abuse of office, the Lusaka magistrate Mwamba Chanda ruled Tuesday. Full text...

  • Media bodies deplore crackdown on Kenyan publications
    18 january 2004 14:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya Union of Journalist (KUJ) and the Foreign Correspondents Association of East Africa (FCEA) have reacted angrily to a government crackdown on the press, in which police arrested more than 50 newspaper vendors and confiscated publications confiscated in the last one week. Full text...

  • British columnist re-emerges from Zambian hideout
    14 january 2004 15:01:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- British-born Zambian columnist Roy Clarke, who was recently ordered by the Lusaka government to be deported for insulting the President, came out of hiding Wednesday. Full text...

  • Regional watch body condemns repression of media in Zimbabwe
    14 january 2004 08:57:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The Foreign Correspondents Association (FCA) of Southern Africa has strongly condemned the recent arrest of the editor and two journalists of the Zimbabwe Independent newspaper. Full text...

  • PANA photographer gets African Press Photo Award 2003
    12 january 2004 20:38:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Djibril Sy, photographer at the Pan- African News Agency (PANAPRESS), has received Fuji Foundation's African Press Photo Award 2003, in news photo category. Full text...

  • Court auctions property of Sierra Leonean newspaper
    12 january 2004 17:22:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The properties of a Sierra Leonean newspaper "For Di People," including a Mercedes car, computers, air conditioners and furniture, were Monday auctioned by bailiffs on the orders of a Freetown High Court. Full text...

  • Journalist testifies at Kenyan fraud probe
    12 january 2004 16:30:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The panel investigating the financial scam involving gold company Goldenberg in Kenya Monday started questioning veteran journalist Gitau Warigi on the report he compiled for Germany-based anti-corruption watchdog, Transparency International (TI). Full text...

  • Official blames media for sharp rises in Mozambican food items
    09 january 2004 20:06:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Joao Loureiro, Director of Mozambique's National Statistics Institute (INE) Friday blamed the media for the sharp rises in the prices of foodstuffs in Maputo over the Christmas and New Year holidays. Full text...

  • Ugandan Council Shuts 5 Radio, TV Stations
    09 january 2004 15:31:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The Ugandan Broadcasting Council has shut down four privately owned FM radio stations and a television broadcaster over unpaid license fees spanning three years. Full text...

  • RSF hails release of Moroccan journalists
    08 january 2004 19:37:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Media watch group Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) Thursday welcomed the release by King Mohamed VI of several Moroccan journalists from jail, two of whom had already been convicted and five others awaiting trial. Full text...

  • Zambian court stays deportation of British journalist
    08 january 2004 17:49:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A Lusaka High Court Thursday suspended the deportation of "Post" newspaper columnist Roy Clarke accused of insulting Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa. Full text...

  • 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...

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