Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Central African minister bans sit-in for journalist
    04 august 2004 18:46:00
    Bangui- Central Africa (PANA) -- Central African Republic's security minister Jules Bernard Ouande banned a sit-in protest planned for Wednesday by the Private Independent Press Publishers Association (GEPPIC) to press for the release of the managing editor of "Le Citoyen" Maka Gbossokotto. Full text...

  • CAR journalists demand release of colleague
    03 august 2004 22:26:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- The Private Press Publishers Association, GEPPIC, in the Central African Republic (CAR), said it would stage a public demonstration Wednesday to demand the release of Maka Gbossokotto, the director of "Le Citoyen" daily, who is being tried for libel. Full text...

  • Johannesburg to host gender equality in media summit
    01 august 2004 18:58:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa(PANA) -- An African conference on the promotion of gender equality in the media, is to take place 12-15 September in Johannesburg, a communiqué by NGO Gender Links, said Sunday. Full text...

  • Tunisian Broadcasting Office to get digital microwave soon
    31 july 2004 17:44:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Alcatel on Saturday announced that it has been awarded a contract of 12 million Euro to provide the Tunisian broadcasting offices (ONT) with a national digital microwave network. Full text...

  • AIF aids Ivorian daily Fraternté Matin
    30 july 2004 22:26:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Intergovernmental Francophone Agency (AIF) has granted 54,000 Euros in aid to Ivorian government- controlled daily Fraternté Matin and Lebanese paper Le Jour, AIF officials said here Friday. Full text...

  • Local NGO says Congolese press violates ethics
    29 july 2004 23:08:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The Congolese Media Observatory (OCM), an NGO in charge of monitoring adherence to the code of ethics by the local press, Thursday accused several newspapers in Brazzaville of violating professional journalistic ethics. Full text...

  • RFI shuts down in Cote d'Ivoire
    28 july 2004 23:18:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Management of Radio France International (RFI) has decided to shut down its office in Cote d'Ivoire to henceforth process Ivorian news from dispatches of news agencies, the official daily Fraternité Matin reported here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Court releases Senegalese journalist pending trial
    26 july 2004 19:26:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The editorial director of the Senegalese daily Le Quotidien, Madiambal Diagne, who was arrested and detained since 9 July 2004, was released here Monday pending trial. Full text...

  • Togolese cabinet adopts new press code
    25 july 2004 13:34:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togo's cabinet has adopted a new draft bill related to a new press and communication code, says a news release issued in Lome Friday. Full text...

  • CPJ petitions Ethiopia over new draft press law
    24 july 2004 17:20:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and five other press freedom groups have written to Ethiopian Information Minister Bereket Simon expressing concern about the government's latest draft of a proposed new press law. Full text...

  • Wade unopposed to pre-trial release of Senegalese journalist
    24 july 2004 11:40:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade has said that he would not oppose the release of journalist Madiambal Diagne pending trial if the court so decides. Full text...

  • Cameroonian journalist gets first IFJ Tolerance Award
    24 july 2004 10:39:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Cameroonian journalist Gabriel Buglo has become the first to win the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) 'Tolerance Award' and a cash prize of 500 euros for reportage on the plight of often excluded HIV/AIDS patients. Full text...

  • Senegalese journalists push for release of colleague
    23 july 2004 19:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese journalists staged a protest march here Friday afternoon to press for the release of Madiambal Diagne, managing editor of the private daily Le Quotidien. Full text...

  • Court upholds closure of Zimbabwean private newspaper
    22 july 2004 18:50:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The High Court in Zimbabwe Thursday upheld the decision by State-run Media and Information Commission (MIC) to shut down private weekly newspaper, "Tribune" last month. Full text...

  • Workers at Africa Number One agree to end strike
    22 july 2004 09:15:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Workers at Africa Number One radio station, who have been on strike for a week, could resume duties Thursday following an agreement with their management to end the strike, workers' union leader Jean-Claude Miyindou affirmed here. Full text...

  • Togolese media demand release of Senegalese journalist
    22 july 2004 09:03:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The Organisation of Independent Press Editors (OREPI) grouping ten Togolese publications has joined editors throughout Africa to demand "the immediate and unconditional release" of Senegalese journalist Madiambal Diagne, detained since 9 July in Dakar. Full text...

  • Dakar hosts NEPAD Francophone media workshop
    20 july 2004 12:24:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The first sub-regional workshop on Francophone media held under the auspices of the Communication Department of NEPAD (the New Partnership for Africa's Development) secretariat was expected to wind up here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Senegalese left for release of detained newsmen
    19 july 2004 15:27:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Members of the Movement of Senegalese left-leaning parties (MAG) at the weekend demanded the "immediate" release of journalist Madiambal Diagne, editor of "Le Quotidien" newspaper published in Dakar, describing his detention as a breach of press freedom. Full text...

  • Senegalese opposition party demands release of jailed journalist
    18 july 2004 16:49:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A Paris branch of Senegal's opposition Socialist Party (PS) has demanded the release of Madiambal Diagne, Director of the Senegalese private 'Le Quotidien' daily, detained by authorities in Dakar since 9 July. Full text...

  • Senegalese press for release of journalist Diagne
    17 july 2004 19:22:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Journalists, civil society organisations, political parties and peace lovers on Saturday demonstrated in Dakar to demand the release of Madiambal Diagne, editorial director of the local daily, 'Le Quotidien'. Full text...

  • NEPAD secretariat to hold media workshop in Dakar
    16 july 2004 11:06:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The communication department of the secretariat of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) will from 19 to 21 July organise in Dakar, Senegal, its first regional workshop on West African Francophone media. Full text...

  • Benin authorises three TV stations
    15 july 2004 23:16:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's High Audio-visual and Communication Authority (HAAC) and promoters of three new private television stations signed Thursday in Cotonou an agreement allowing the private firms to used rented frequencies for 10 years. Full text...

  • Private Central African papers to resume appearing soon
    15 july 2004 20:39:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Independent newspapers will soon resume publication after a three-day suspension to protest the arrest of Maka Gbossokto, the editor of Le Citoyen daily, the Group of Central African Private Press Editors (GEPPIC) said in Bangui Thursday. Full text...

  • BBC journalists to go on hunger strike in Cameroon
    15 july 2004 19:42:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- Two British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) journalists arrested in Cameroon's oil-rich Bakasi peninsula four days ago have threatened to go on hunger strike if authorities refuse to release them by Thursday, reliable sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Radio Africa Number One workers launch strike
    15 july 2004 17:51:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Workers at the international radio network, Africa Number One, Thursday began an "unlimited general strike" to demand changes in the way the management was running the station, the radio's trade union sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • Benin envisages new law on print media
    15 july 2004 08:36:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin is in the process of passing specific legislation for the print media, sources at the country's media governing body, the Higher Broadcast and Communication Authority (HAAC) hinted here Wednesday. Full text...

  • CPJ demands release of BBC newsmen arrested in Cameroon
    15 july 2004 07:47:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called for the "immediate release" of two BBC journalists arrested last weekend while reporting in the Bakassi peninsular, a disputed territory between Cameroon and Nigeria. Full text...

  • Mauritania media condemn arrest of Senegalese journalist
    14 july 2004 23:42:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The Mauritanian press has unanimously condemned the arrest and indictment of Mandiambal Diagne, editorial director of the private daily 'Le Quotidien' for "incitement to disturbance of the peace", "spreading of false news and secret administrative documents". Full text...

  • Senegalese media run second joint protest editorial
    14 july 2004 22:16:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A large segment of the private press in Senegal on Wednesday published another joint editorial following that published last Saturday to exhibit their anger over the detention of Mandiambal Diagne, editorial director of the private daily Le Quotidien. Full text...

  • Release detained African journalists - AJA
    14 july 2004 16:08:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- African Lawyers' Association (AJA) have called for the "immediate release" of African journalists recently arrested in Algeria, Central African Republic and Senegal in a message sent to PANA Wednesday. Full text...

  • NEPAD plans sub-regional media workshop in Dakar
    14 july 2004 15:22:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Communications Department of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Secretariat, plans a sub-regional media workshop 19-21 July in Dakar, Senegal. Full text...

  • Speaker demands apology from Ghanaian newspaper
    14 july 2004 15:11:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Speaker of Ghanaian Parliament Peter Ala Adjetey has demanded an unqualified apology from an Accra-based private newspaper "The Independent" for alleged misrepresentation of him and the House in the paper's Monday edition. Full text...

  • RADDHO seeks release of Senegalese journalist
    13 july 2004 22:52:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The case of Senegalese journalist Madiambal Diagne, director of the daily Le Quotidien, who was arrested last Friday, is moving toward settlement with the mediation of the African Rally for Human Rights (RADDHO). Full text...

  • BBC journalists arrested in Bakassi
    13 july 2004 16:32:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Two journalists working for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) are said to have been detained in the Cameroon's southwestern peninsula of Bakassi, a BBC worker said Tuesday. Full text...

  • CPJ decries charges against CAR newspaper publisher
    13 july 2004 09:56:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has issued a statement condemning the detention of Maka Gbossokotto, publication director of the private daily Le Citoyen in the Central African Republic (CAR), on charges of defamation and slander. Full text...

  • CPJ calls for release of detained Senegalese journalist
    13 july 2004 08:10:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed deep concern about the arrest and detention of Madiambal Diagne, publication director of the Senegalese private daily Le Quotidien. Full text...

  • Private press threatens blackout Monday in Senegal
    11 july 2004 17:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The managers and editorial directors of the private press in Senegal were firm Sunday on a decision to stage a blackout on Monday to protest the arrest of Madiambal Diagne, editorial director of the daily Le Quotidien. Full text...

  • RSF demands release of CAR journalist
    10 july 2004 14:16:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Media rights group, Reporters Sans Frontrières (RSF) has demanded the unconditional release of detained Central African Republic (CAR) journalist Maka Gbossokotto. Full text...

  • Senegalese authorities detain journalist
    09 july 2004 22:57:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The managing editor of the Senegalese paper 'Le Quotidien,' Mandiambal Diagne was detained Friday for publishing "top secret reports and documents, dissemination of false news and inciting public disorder". Full text...

  • FIDH worries over plight of Senegalese journalist
    09 july 2004 18:43:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) expressed "deep concern" Friday over pressure exerted on Madiamba Diagne, managing editor of the Senegalese daily 'Le Quotidien'. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean journalists launch online newspaper from Johannesburg
    07 july 2004 15:16:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A team of Zimbabwean journalists has launched an online daily newspaper "Zim Online," the group said in a statement released in Johannesburg Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS mediation council meets in Addis Ababa
    03 july 2004 15:01:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council will convene its 12th ministerial meeting here Sunday to assess the security situation in member countries Cote d'Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea-Bissau. Full text...

  • Strike looms at Africa N°1
    01 july 2004 21:25:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The workers' union of Africa N°1 in Libreville known as 'the African Radio' has threatened to strike over its poor management and the management's lack of interest in low-ranking employees. Full text...

  • Burkina journalist gets CNN prize in Johannesburg
    01 july 2004 20:22:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A Burkina Faso radio journalist, Ouézin Louis Oulon, has won the 9th CNN African award in the Francophone world's general, radio and television news category, it was revealed in Ouagadougou Wednesday. Full text...

  • AU Commission receives PANA Board Chairman
    30 june 2004 23:17:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Communication is an essential tool in the fight for integration, and it should be used along with all available means to portray the image of Africa, the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Alpha Oumar Konare reiterated here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Cameroon Tribune marks 30th anniversary
    29 june 2004 10:48:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The State-owned Cameroon Tribune launched activities here Monday marking the 30th anniversary of the bilingual daily, under the theme "Stakes and constraints of public media in the era of competition". Full text...

  • Rwandan journalists remember colleagues in genocide
    28 june 2004 21:34:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan journalists Monday staged a march here in memory of 49 colleagues killed during the April-July 1994 genocide in the country. Full text...

  • Mauritanian, Italian news agencies sign agreement
    27 june 2004 17:39:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The Mauritanian News Agency (AMI) and its Italian counterpart (ANSA) have signed a protocol of technical cooperation and exchange of information, AMI reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Committee calls for release of DR Congo journalists
    27 june 2004 09:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has requested the DR Congo President Joseph Kabila to order the release of three journalists imprisoned for merely doing their work. Full text...

  • Benin state television gets facelift
    25 june 2004 19:17:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin state television (ORTB) has renovated its broadcast gear Thursday, moving from analogical to digital equipment. Full text...

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