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  • 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...

  • 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...

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