Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Moroccan press demands release of French journalists
    31 august 2004 12:12:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The national union of Moroccan press (SNPM) has firmly condemned the kidnapping of French journalists Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot by insurgents in Iraq, and demanded their immediate release. Full text...

  • WAN urges Jammeh to probe attack on newspaper
    27 august 2004 19:32:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The World Association of Newspapers (WAN) has written Gambian President Yahya Jammeh requesting "a thorough and expedient investigation" into the 13 April attack on the Banjul-based Independent Newspaper. Full text...

  • Ghanaian women decry negative media reportage
    25 august 2004 21:54:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A female Ghanaian journalist said here Wednesday that the country's women were disgusted by negative reportage in the local media and its neglect of issues concerning gender equality. Full text...

  • CPJ urges independent probe into attacks on Gambian media
    23 august 2004 22:38:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The New York-based media watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has urged Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to institute an independent probe into recurring attacks on media outlets and journalists in the West African nation. Full text...

  • Burundi minister calls for media embargo on rebel FNL
    23 august 2004 21:38:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Communication minister Onesime Nduwimana has called for a local media embargo on the National Liberation Front (FNL), which has been declared a "terrorist group" by regional African leaders. Full text...

  • Gambian journalists petition Jammeh
    20 august 2004 21:25:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Journalists in the Gambia petitioned President Yahya Jammeh Friday calling for an immediate end to what they said was "well-coordinated attacks" on the media and press men. Full text...

  • Gambian journalist receives death threat
    17 august 2004 20:31:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambia Press Union (GPU) chairman Demba Jawo reported receiving a letter Tuesday from unknown individuals threatening him with death. Full text...

  • Niger authorities release RFI correspondent
    17 august 2004 19:43:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger Radio France International (RFI) correspondent Moussa Kaka, who is also and director of the private radio station Sarounia was released here Monday evening after four days of detention at the national gendarmerie. Full text...

  • South African wins SADC journalism award
    17 august 2004 16:47:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African journalist Tshepo Ikaneng has received an award for excellent journalism at the annual summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), which ended in Grand-Bay, northern Mauritius Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ivorian journalists drilled in coffee-cocoa sector
    17 august 2004 14:56:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian journalists are being trained in the "stakes of the coffee-cocoa sector" at a seminar that started Monday in Grand Bassam, 40 km south-east of Abidjan, the country's economic capital. Full text...

  • Rural radio broadcasters train in Dakar
    16 august 2004 20:12:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- About 30 radio hosts from ten African countries began a training session Monday at the Dakar School of Mass Communication (CESTI), sponsored by the Swiss Cooperation agency. Full text...

  • UN Mission in Cote d'Ivoire launches FM radio
    16 august 2004 20:07:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN Peacekeeping Mission in Côte d'Ivoire, ONUCI, Monday launched an FM station to broadcast information that would assist the re-unification of the divided West African country. Full text...

  • Arsonists torch BBC correspondent's house in Gambia
    16 august 2004 17:08:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- A correspondent of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in Banjul, Ebrima Sillah, narrowly escaped death when suspected arsonists torched his house as he slept on Sunday night. Full text...

  • RFI installs transmitter in DR Congo's Kisangani
    13 august 2004 20:35:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Radio France Internationale (RFI) has installed a transmitter in Kisangani, eastern DR Congo, sources revealed here Friday. Full text...

  • Editor of Benin L'Aurore daily sentenced to 6 years in jail
    13 august 2004 15:38:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The editorial director of Benin L'Aurore private newspaper, Patrick Adjamonsi, was arrested Friday after the Cotonou High Court sentenced him to six months in jail over an article published by the daily last November. Full text...

  • Court rejects appeal by jailed Algerian editor
    12 august 2004 19:53:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- An Algerian court has rejected the appeal by "Le Matin" director Mohamed Benchicou, and upheld his two-year jail sentence for illegal transfer of money to France. Full text...

  • Gabon's state TV, radio to have new home
    12 august 2004 16:04:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese vice-president Didjob Divungi Di Ndinge has laid a foundation stone for the country's 14 billion CFA francs broadcasting house in Libreville, the Gabonese capital. Full text...

  • Gambian press worried over media body stalemate
    10 august 2004 16:15:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Demba Jawo, the president of the Gambia Press Union, Tuesday expressed anxiety over the continued stalemate regarding the registration of members of his union by the government imposed National Media Commission of the Gambia. Full text...

  • Bangui journalist gets 1-year suspended sentence
    10 august 2004 09:51:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- The Magistrate's Court in Bangui caused a stir among lawyers and journalists Monday when handed down a one-year suspended sentence to a journalist, Maka Gbossokotto. Full text...

  • RSF condemns court verdict against Algerian journalist
    09 august 2004 20:19:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Paris-based media rights group, Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF) Monday condemned the sentence and fine imposed Sunday by an Algerian Court of Appeal on journalist Hafnaoui Ghoul for libel. Full text...

  • Ugandan daily says IMF not alone in Africa's economic woes
    09 august 2004 19:29:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A Ugandan independent daily, The Monitor, Monday chided African leaders for attempting to shift the blame of Africa's economic problems on the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Full text...

  • Cameroonian envoy tasks US-based African journalists on image
    09 august 2004 17:26:00
    Washington- US (PANA) -- Cameroonian Ambassador to the US, Jerome Mendouga says African journalists have a lead role to play in ongoing efforts to give the continent a new image and political direction. Full text...

  • Committee condemns closure of DR Congo radio
    06 august 2004 16:56:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- "Closing down media outlets and arresting journalists is no way to respond to criticism," the executive director of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Ann Cooper told authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • 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...

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