Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Senegal-based photographer wins Fujifilm award
    17 november 2004 09:53:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The 2003 Fujifilm Photo Press Awards Photographer of the Year Award has been presented to Nic Bothma of The European Pressphoto Agency (EPA). Full text...

  • Francophone media denounce laws against press freedom
    16 november 2004 23:13:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The president of the International Union of the Francophone Press (UPF), Hervé Bourges, Tuesday denounced laws against press freedom and freedom of expression in Francophone nations, and demanded their repeal. Full text...

  • Woman heads Liberia press union
    15 november 2004 20:28:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Elizabeth Hoff, a radio journalist has become the first female to head the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) since its founding 40 years ago. Full text...

  • New TV channel to mark Morocco's independence anniversary
    15 november 2004 16:58:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco will Thursday launch a new satellite television channel called "Al Maghribiya", as the country marks its 48th independence anniversary, the Communication Ministry has announced. Full text...

  • CPJ demands release of detained Burkinabe Editor
    09 november 2004 16:00:00
    Dakr- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists has expressed deep concern over the detention of Mathieu N'do, Managing Editor of pro-opposition weekly "San Finna" in Burkina Faso and called for his immediate release. Full text...

  • Egyptian Embassy gives books to TJI in Nigeria
    08 november 2004 17:42:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Egyptian Embassy in Nigeria has donated more than 40 books and 20 news magazines to the Times Journalism Institute (TJI), the training arm of Nigeria's oldest surviving newspaper, Daily Times. Full text...

  • Foreign radio stations sabotaged in Abidjan
    04 november 2004 19:08:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Three foreign radio stations based in Abidjan - Africa Number 1, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and Radio France Internationale (RFI) - complained Thursday that their broadcasting equipment had been sabotaged by yet-to-be identified individuals. Full text...

  • Groups condemn media ban at Nigerian naval officers' trial
    03 november 2004 14:40:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Media groups in Nigeria have condemned the ban slammed on journalists from covering the ongoing trial of three top Nigerian naval officers for 'conspiracy' in the disappearance of an oil vessel arrested last year for allegedly stealing crude oil. Full text...

  • Benin press managers drilled in media teaching skills
    03 november 2004 12:54:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Some 12 senior journalists in Benin are undergoing training in journalism teaching skills as part of a project to support the media in the country initiated by the French Cooperation Department. Full text...

  • PM urges govt to de-criminalise press offences in Niger
    31 october 2004 15:55:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Prime minister Hama Amadou of Niger has opted for the de-criminalising of press-related offences in a move to create healthy relations between the government and journalists, official sources revealed. Full text...

  • RSF press freedom survey lists Mozambique 64th globally
    29 october 2004 17:42:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The latest press freedom index drawn up by the Paris-based media NGO, Reporters sans Frontieres (RSF), ranks Mozambique 64th out of 167 countries it surveyed on varying aspects of the media, the national news agency (MAP) reported here Friday. Full text...

  • Body decries press excesses in Cote d'Ivoire
    28 october 2004 22:11:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The National Press Commission (CNP) Thursday strongly condemned media content likely to trigger an upsurge in social tension in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Liberian media seek repeal of draconian laws
    23 october 2004 20:37:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Participants agreed a the end of a three-day conference on Liberian media law and policy to ensure a comprehensive set of legislation is enacted by the interim legislature before the scheduled October 2005 presidential and general elections are held. Full text...

  • Gambian govt to repeal controversial media act
    21 october 2004 21:36:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Gambian government has drafted a bill to repeal the infamous National Media Commission Act and will submit it to the next session of parliament, Information and Communication Secretary (Minister) Dr Amadou Janneh revealed here Thursday. Full text...

  • Forum on reform of media laws, policy opens in Liberia
    21 october 2004 19:54:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A national conference on media law and policy reform in Liberia opened here on Thursday, with the transitional government declaring its unflinching support to protection of press freedom and free expression. Full text...

  • Senegal plans new journalism institute
    20 october 2004 19:38:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal plans to set up a new institute of journalism to turn out more media professionals, Prime Minister Macky Sall announced here Wednesday in a policy statement at the National Assembly. Full text...

  • Malian TV wins the ECA prize on NICTs
    18 october 2004 23:49:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A programme on Malian television entitled Cyber NICT won the competitive AISI GTZ Media prize offered by the Economic commission for Africa (ECA) based in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), reliable sources affirmed here Monday. Full text...

  • Moves afoot for Mauritania, Burkina Faso rapprochement
    11 october 2004 22:32:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- An ad hoc committee of French speaking States has been set up to facilitate Mauritania's at the 10th Francophonie summit slated for 26 and 27 November in Ouagadougou, Burkinabe ambassador in Paris, Philippe Sawadogo indicated here Monday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone journalists condemn jailing of colleague
    10 october 2004 16:16:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) has denounced the four-year jail sentence handed on one of its members Paul Kamara last week for libel. Full text...

  • African press plans show for December in Benin
    08 october 2004 21:25:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The first African Press Integration Show (SIPA 2004) under the theme, "Journalism and new technologies: Unavoidable changes", is scheduled 7-11 December in Cotonou, organisers announced here Friday. Full text...

  • Costly equipment hinders satellite TV broadcast in Africa
    07 october 2004 20:49:00
    Kenya- Nairobi (PANA) -- The high cost of equipment is inhibiting the widespread use of satellite technology in television broadcasting in Africa, industry players meeting here Thursday have revealed. Full text...

  • Mozambican Minister tasks URTNA on sustainable development
    07 october 2004 19:27:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Union of National Radio and Television Organisations of Africa (URTNA) should see the transformation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) into the African Union (AU) as a source of inspiration, in pursuing sustainable development in the media sector, Mozambican Foreign Minister Leonardo Simao urged Thursday. Full text...

  • CPJ seeks immediate release of Sierra Leonean journalist
    06 october 2004 23:31:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Wednesday condemned the imprisonment of Paul Kamara, editor and publisher of For Di People newspaper in Freetown, and asked for his "immediate and unconditional release". Full text...

  • State House launches broadcast on Bongo's activities
    05 october 2004 09:06:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The press service at the Gabonese State House has launched a weekly television broadcast on the activities of President Omar Bongo Ondimba. Full text...

  • CPJ reports Ivorian journalist missing in rebel zone
    04 october 2004 23:14:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Monday expressed 'deep concern' over reports that a correspondent for the private daily Lâ Inter has gone missing from the rebel-held town of Bouake, Cote d'Ivoire after receiving threats from the rebels. Full text...

  • Moroccan journalist sentenced to one-year in jail for libel
    30 september 2004 19:19:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- An Appeal court in Rabat has sentenced Anas Tadili, director of the Arabic weekly "Akhbar Al Ousboua," to one year in prison for defaming a minister, legal sources said Thursday. Full text...

  • Radio Gabon resumes broadcasts at the weekend
    30 september 2004 15:02:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The state-owned Radio Gabon resumes broadcasts this weekend after nine months of interruption, informed sources said in Libreville. Full text...

  • Agency reporter attacked by armed men in Mozambique
    29 september 2004 20:03:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A group of four armed men Wednesday morning attacked the home of Damiao Trape, a reporter with the Mozambican news agency, AIM. Full text...

  • Training workshop for the sports press
    27 september 2004 20:44:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The Association of Mauritanian sports journalists (AJSM) and the Francophone Africa Sports Press Union (UPSAF) in collaboration with Canal France International (CFI) are organising a training workshop 27-30 September here for sports journalists in the country. Full text...

  • Howard University donates office to African journalists in US
    26 september 2004 18:51:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- A leading American black institution, the Howard University, Washington, has donated an office space to the National Association of African Journalists (NAAJ) in the US, for the association's proposed national secretariat. Full text...

  • PANA journalist awarded for AIDS article in Abidjan
    24 september 2004 20:32:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The American Cultural Center in Abidjan has awarded journalist Germaine Boni of the Ivorian Office of the Panafrican News Agency (PANA) after his article on on HIV/AIDS was rated best in a competition here. Full text...

  • Swazi royalty seeks media ban on royal issues
    24 september 2004 20:20:00
    Ludzidzini- Swaziland (PANA) -- Senior Prince Masitsela has asked the Swazi Parliament to promulgte a lwa banning the media from writing anything that has to do with the Swazi royalty. Full text...

  • Mozambican journalist jailed for assaulting colleague
    24 september 2004 18:08:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A Maputo court Friday sentenced Fernando Lima, board chair of Mozambique's media company Mediacoop, to a jail term of two months and 15 days for physically assaulting a fellow journalist Salomao Moyana two years ago. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe charges 3 media personnel under repressive law
    23 september 2004 23:09:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Police in Harare Thursday detained two journalists and the general manager of the weekly Zimbabwe Independent for six hours and charged them under the country's repressive media law, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) says. Full text...

  • ANGOP enters the SADC News Agencies Executive Group
    23 september 2004 19:06:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The Angolan news agency (ANGOP) on Wednesday joined the executive committee of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries' news agencies in Maputo, official sources confirmed here Thursday. Full text...

  • Algeria to launch Berber TV channel
    23 september 2004 15:28:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The Algerian National Television Company (ENTV) will shortly launch a television channel to broadcast in Tamazight (Berber), ENTV director general Hamraoui Habib Chawki has revealed. Full text...

  • SADC gets News Agencies' Pool
    22 september 2004 17:41:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Representatives of National News Agencies within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, ended a three-day meeting in Maputo Wednesday by setting up a media Pool to improve dissemination of news across the region. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean court acquits 4 journalists over publication
    21 september 2004 22:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A magistrate's court in Harare has acquitted four directors of the private, banned newspaper the Daily News, who had been charged with publishing the paper illegally, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigerian agents arrest journalist for chiding Obasanjo
    20 september 2004 21:48:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Tokunbo Awoshakin, a US-based journalist and pioneer Washington D. Full text...

  • CPJ, other NGOs demand release of jailed journalists in Eritrea
    17 september 2004 17:51:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and nine other NGOs Friday wrote to Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki expressing alarm at his government's "growing repression of press freedom" and called for the release of 17 jailed journalists in the country. Full text...

  • Chief editor of Paris-based Ecofinance magazine, resigns
    16 september 2004 20:26:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Zyad Limane, Chief editor of Ecofinance, a monthly news magazine published in Paris by the Jeune Afrique (JA) group, has resigned his post, reliable sources said in the French capital Thursday. Full text...

  • CPJ decries anti-media measures in Nigeria
    16 september 2004 15:44:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed concern over the continued detention of Isaac Umunna, an editorial consultant to the private, Lagos-based weekly "Global Star" and the general editor of "Africa Today," a monthly news magazine based in London. Full text...

  • MISA Mozambican chapter pushing for freedom of information Act
    14 september 2004 20:15:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Tuesday presented a draft document to a seminar in Maputo, as part of its campaign for a freedom of information Act in the country. Full text...

  • Gabonese police question two reporters
    13 september 2004 23:38:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Two Gabonese journalists, including the editorial manager of the weekly Le Temps were questioned Monday by Judicial Police (PJ) in Libreville, according to sources in the newspaper. Full text...

  • Cameroon triweekly 'Le Messager' goes daily
    13 september 2004 16:24:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The independent 'Le Messager' Monday made its debut on the Cameroonian newsstands as a daily, bringing the three the number of dailies in the Central African nation. Full text...

  • Mauritius gets new daily
    09 september 2004 09:56:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Le Matinal, a new 20-page daily made its debut on news stands here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mozambican journalists discuss media regulation
    09 september 2004 08:16:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Social communication professionals in Mozambique meet here Thursday to discuss the regulation of journalism in the country. Full text...

  • Govt extends deadline for registration of journalists in Gambia
    08 september 2004 20:00:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Gambian government Tuesday extended to 30 November, its deadline for private media and journalists to register with the controversial National Media Commission. Full text...

  • Kenyan media to face ethical probe
    07 september 2004 14:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan Union of Journalists (KUJ) Tuesday formed a panel to probe alleged "insensitivity and sarcastic expose" reporting complaints lodged the local media by several citizens including former President Daniel arap Moi. Full text...

  • Rwanda private media to get state funding
    05 september 2004 18:10:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The Rwandan government will shortly set up a fund to support the private media, the Communication Ministry announced here Sunday. Full text...

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