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

  • Journalist flees Sudan over persecution, says HRW
    12 november 2003 21:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Nhial Bol, a prominent Sudanese private journalist has been forced to flee his country in the face of persecution by the government, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Wednesday. Full text...

  • RSF protests jailing of Niger journalist
    10 november 2003 20:02:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Paris-based NGO Reporters Without Borders, RSF has condemned the jailing Mamane Abou, Editorial Manager of Niger weekly "Le Républicain" for libel. Full text...

  • WAJA worried by grave situation of West African media
    10 november 2003 18:47:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The West African Journalist Union (WAJA) Monday expressed concern over the "assassinations, arrests, imprisonment and deportation of journalists over the past months" in the West African sub-region. Full text...

  • UPF wants Africa outlaw 'preventive' jailing of journalists
    08 november 2003 18:09:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The chairman of the International Union Francophone Press (UPF), Hervé Bourges, has urged African leaders to outlaw provisions for the 'preventive' detention of journalists accused of violating laws governing the media. Full text...

  • British paper deplores plight of African war veterans
    08 november 2003 16:42:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- As the British government gears up for ceremonies commemorating the Second World War on Sunday, an article in a leading British newspaper, The Independent, has exposed the plight of ex-servicemen facing abject poverty. Full text...

  • Tunisia opens airwaves to private broadcasters
    08 november 2003 16:06:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali Friday opened the country's airwaves to private radio and television broadcasters, deviating from the tradition where state-owned media ruled the airwaves. Full text...

  • UPF joins calls for release of AFP reporter in Malabo
    07 november 2003 18:08:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The International Union of the French- speaking Press (UPF) Friday called for the immediate release of Rodrigo Angue Nguema, correspondent of the French News Agency (AFP), detained by authorities in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. Full text...

  • Banned Zimbabwe newspaper seeks international support
    07 november 2003 13:03:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Officials of Zimbabwe's largest private newspaper group, which was banned over a registration dispute have gone to Britain to seek international support in their bid to re-open. Full text...

  • RSF protests arrest of Niger journalist
    06 november 2003 14:52:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The media rights group Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF) has protested against the arrest of Mamane Abou, managing editor of the weekly news magazine Le Republicain in Niger. Full text...

  • 700 foreign journalists expected at Abuja Commonwealth Summit
    06 november 2003 11:06:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- At least 700 journalists have been accredited for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Abuja 5-8 December 2003, according to media co-ordinator for the event, Segun Runsewe. Full text...

  • CPJ demands release of detained journalist in Equatorial Guinea
    05 november 2003 21:40:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Wednesday called for the immediate release of Equatorial Guinean journalist Rodrigo Angue Nguema, who was arrested by police at his Malabo home Sunday. Full text...

  • Ruling FRELIMO supporters attack Mozambican journalist
    05 november 2003 21:07:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A group of ruling Mozambican FRELIMO party supporters Tuesday attacked a correspondent of the country's private news-sheet "Mediafax," national news agency, AIM reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Beninese press protests murder of French journalist
    31 october 2003 13:00:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Beninese media professionals have protested the murder last week in Abidjan of Radio France Internationale (RFI) correspondent based in Côte d'Ivoire, Jean Hélène, by a state operative. Full text...

  • SAA distributes new African newspaper
    31 october 2003 11:45:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways will distribute a new weekly newspaper, Business Day Africa, destined for the African continent, which was published Friday. Full text...

  • Gambian editor rebuts govt attacks on media
    31 october 2003 11:20:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambia's outspoken Independent private newspaper's editor-in-chief, Abdoulie Sey, has criticised Foreign Minister Babucar Blaise Jagne for claiming he was not aware of his arrest or the attempt to torch the Banjul offices of his publication. Full text...

  • UNESCO worried by situation at Zimbabwe's 'Daily News'
    30 october 2003 21:59:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNESCO Director General Koïchiro Matsuura Thursday expressed concern over the situation of Zimbabwe's private "Daily News," and deplored the arrest of its directors, freed on bail Wednesday by a court. Full text...

  • Kenyan MPs want South African TV show banned
    30 october 2003 19:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan MPs, alleging pornographic content demanded Thursday that a musical show produced in South Africa be banned from a local television channel. Full text...

  • Helene memorial Committee set up in Bouake
    30 october 2003 15:44:00
    Bouake- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A Committee in memory of Jean Helene, the Radio France Internationale (RFI) correspondent killed by an Ivorian policeman in Abidjan 21 October, has been set up in Bouake, stronghold of the Ivorian rebels. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's private newspaper directors freed on bail
    29 october 2003 17:13:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Four directors of the embattled Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ), publishers of the "Daily News on Sunday, appeared in court Wednesday, charged with flouting press laws. Full text...

  • New Gambian minister worries private journalists
    29 october 2003 15:51:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The new Gambian Information minister is being viewed with trepidation by private media practitioners in the country. Full text...

  • Newspaper directors arrested in Zimbabwe
    27 october 2003 17:26:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Police in Zimbabwe Monday arrested four directors of a private newspaper group which the authorities have shut down for operating without a licence. Full text...

  • Forum formed to defend Helene murder suspect
    27 october 2003 15:55:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A Forum has been formed in Abidjan to defend Sery Dago, the Ivorian policeman accused of shooting death Radio France International (RFI) correspondent Jean Helene, in Abidjan 21 October, "Notre Voie" daily, close to the Ivorian ruling Popular Front (FPI) reported Monday. Full text...

  • Mbeki urged to act over Zimbabwean daily
    27 october 2003 12:46:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's main opposition the Democratic Alliance (DA) has urged President Thabo Mbeki to condemn the persecution of the Zimbabwean paper Daily News by President Robert Mugabe's government. Full text...

  • Publishers denounce assault on premises of Burkinabe paper
    26 october 2003 19:35:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The Burkina Faso Association of private publishers (SEP) has spoken out against an incident on the night of 24 October, in which an unidentified man broke into, and for several hours laid siege on the premises of l'Indépendant newspaper. Full text...

  • Amnesty International decries impunity in Cote d'Ivoire
    26 october 2003 15:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Amnesty International (AI) has condemned the killing of Radio France International (RFI) correspondent in Abidjan, Jean Helene, saying the fatal shooting by an Ivorian policeman bespeaks "an atmosphere of impunity prevailing in Cote d'Ivoire". Full text...

  • French journalist's murder snatches Bangui media pages
    25 october 2003 18:52:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Bangui daily papers unanimously observed Thursday in memory of French journalist Jean Helene shot Tuesday evening in Cote d'Ivoire, featuring his photograph on their front pages. Full text...

  • Kenyan wins Lorenzo Natali journalism prize
    25 october 2003 13:52:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Kenyan journalist Ken Opala on Friday received the Lorenzo Natali journalism prize for Africa at the Brussels International press centre in recognition of his articles on the death penalty published by the Nairobi-based Daily Nation. Full text...

  • Paris regrets expulsion of RFI journalist from Senegal
    24 october 2003 22:27:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France regrets the deportation of Radio France Internationale (RFI) permanent correspondent from Senegal, Sophie Malibeaux, a French foreign ministry spokesman said here Friday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean private newspaper wins court reprieve
    24 october 2003 17:33:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A banned private newspaper group in Zimbabwe won a court reprieve Friday to resume publishing, six weeks after it was shut down for operating illegally. Full text...

  • RSF urges Dakar to withdraw order expulsing French journalist
    24 october 2003 16:36:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Media watch group Reporters Sans Frontières -- Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Friday called on the Senegalese government to reverse an expulsion order on Radio France Internationale (RFI) correspondent Sophie Malibeaux. Full text...

  • WHO, PANAPRESS chiefs harp on Africa's development
    24 october 2003 15:43:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- WHO Regional Director for Africa Ebrahim Samba and the Director General of the Pan-African News Agency (PANAPRESS) Babacar Fall called Friday for greater institutional cooperation to jump-start the continent's development. Full text...

  • Mali's Toure says journalist Helene's murder 'pointless'
    24 october 2003 15:34:00
    Tombouctou- Mali (PANA) -- Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure Friday described the murder of Radio France International correspondent in Cote d'Ivoire, Jean Helene, as "pointless". Full text...

  • Ivorian authorities fire police boss
    24 october 2003 13:04:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The head of the Ivorian national police, General Adolphe Baby was fired Thursday, 48 hours after a policeman shot and killed French newsman Jean Helene in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Ivorian opposition party condemns Helene's assassination
    24 october 2003 09:12:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Ivorian opposition Party for Progress and Socialism (PPS) has condemned Tuesday's assassination of Jean Helene, Radio France International (RFI) correspondent in Abidjan by an Ivorian policeman. Full text...

  • Students examine role of media in poverty alleviation
    24 october 2003 08:58:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Peninsula Technikon College's Journalism Department held its annual Media Students Conference for Southern Africa on Thursday in Cape Town to discuss the role of the media in poverty alleviation. Full text...

  • Media groups deplore expulsion of RFI reporter from Senegal
    24 october 2003 08:26:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Four media organisations including the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), African office, the West African Journalists Union (WAJA), and the Association of Foreign Press in Senegal (APES), have denounced the Senegalese government's decision to expel Radio France Internationale (RFI) correspondent Sophie Malibeaux. Full text...

  • Togolese papers condemn Jean Helene's murder
    23 october 2003 20:39:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Two Togolese private weeklies, Crocodile and Carrefour on Thursday condemned Tuesday's assassination in Abidjan of Jean Helene, Radio France Internationale (RFI) correspondent in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

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