Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • CPJ accuses Malawi police of detaining journalists, closing radio
    25 may 2004 22:46:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has accused the Malawi police of closing a community radio station MIJ 90. Full text...

  • Cocaine joke lands South African broadcasters in hot water
    25 may 2004 13:11:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki's office has officially lodged a complaint against a popular radio station for insulting comments made by two presenters against Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo late last month. Full text...

  • Gambian journalists get govt ultimatum on registration
    24 may 2004 20:15:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- President Yahya Jammeh has issued Gambian private media organisations and journalists with a three-month ultimatum to register with the country's controversial Media Commission or stop publishing. Full text...

  • West African newspaper launched in South Africa
    24 may 2004 16:54:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Financial Standard African Standard, a newspaper for the ever-expanding expatriate communities of West Africa living in South Africa, estimated to number around 100,000, has been launched in the country by a leading Nigerian publisher, Millennium Harvest. Full text...

  • Gabonese news agency resumes operation
    22 may 2004 15:15:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The official Gabonese News Agency (AGP) has resumed operations after a two-year hiatus due to lack of equipment and premises. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe releases two arrested journalists
    21 may 2004 10:02:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Two arrested journalists from Zimbabwe's independent weekly, The Standard, have been released after police detained them for several hours in Harare, the country's capital, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, a press rights group. Full text...

  • Gambian press fights for freedom
    20 may 2004 19:57:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Secretary General of the Gambia Press Union (GPU) Nderry Mbaye, said Thursday the union would continue to fight for press freedom in the country. Full text...

  • CPJ worries over jailed Somali journalist
    20 may 2004 13:17:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) confirmed Wednesday that Abdishakur Yusuf Ali, editor of the independent weekly War-Ogaal has been in jail without charge for almost a month in the self-declared autonomous region of Puntland in Somalia. Full text...

  • IPI pushes for relocation of Tunis WSIS summit
    20 may 2004 09:53:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The International Press Institute (IPI) has suggested Tunis be dropped as venue for the next World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), should the Tunisian government fail to demonstrate respect for freedom of expression and other human rights. Full text...

  • Journalists urged to project African values, identity
    18 may 2004 19:58:00
    Takoradi- Ghana (PANA) -- A university teacher and traditional chief in Ghana has urged African journalists to project African values and identity in their publications to safeguard the independence of their countries. Full text...

  • CPJ welcomes release of CAR journalist
    18 may 2004 13:20:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Journalist Judes Zossé, publication director of the private daily newspaper L'Hirondelle (The Swallow) in the Central African Republic has been released from prison under a presidential pardon, the Committee to Protect Journalists has said. Full text...

  • Moroccan Press Union re-elects head
    17 may 2004 19:10:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The fifth congress of the Moroccan National Press Union (SNPM) ended at the weekend with the re-election of Younes Moujahid as Secretary General of the Union for a second four-year term. Full text...

  • Sudanese embassy accuses US media of "hostile campaign"
    15 may 2004 10:11:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The Sudanese Embassy in Washington DC has slammed criticisms of the Khartoum government by American media and international human rights organisations as a hostile campaign against Sudan. Full text...

  • Brazzaville Court fines journalist for libel
    13 may 2004 20:59:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The editorial Director of Congo Brazzaville's private weekly "L'Observateur," Gislin Simplice Ongouya, was Thursday fined 1. Full text...

  • Benin media proprietors defend interests
    13 may 2004 18:54:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Media promoters in Benin have set up a national Print and Broadcast Media Council (CNPA-Benin). Full text...

  • RSF expresses shock at escape of Cardoso's killer
    12 may 2004 23:11:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Media watchdog Reporters without Borders (RSF) expressed shock Wednesday at the escape 10 May from a Maputo high security prison of Anibal Antonio dos Santos, also known as Anibalzinho, convicted for the murder of Mozambican reporter Carlos Cardoso. Full text...

  • Kenyan regulator steps in to settle airwaves battle
    11 may 2004 15:25:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK) has switched off two privately owned vernacular stations after a stand off with a rival broadcaster that raised the government's commitment to private investment. Full text...

  • Controversy looks over Kenya broadcast regulations
    09 may 2004 14:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya Union of Journalists accused the government and the Communication Commission (CCK) Sunday of complicity, following the jamming of the signals of a leading FM radio station by a rival broadcaster. Full text...

  • Mozambique, Zimbabwe state media sign MOU
    09 may 2004 11:11:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The state-owned media in Mozambique and Zimbabwe signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) here Saturday, undertaking to cooperate in all areas. Full text...

  • Mozambican journalists boycott Zimbabwean Minister meeting
    07 may 2004 21:03:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A group of journalists from some private Mozambican newspapers Friday demonstrated at the headquarters of the Mozambican journalists Trade Union, SNJ in Maputo against the visit by Zimbabwean Information Minister Jonathan Moyo. Full text...

  • Tribute to a fallen colleague, Jose
    07 may 2004 13:50:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- To his colleagues and many who came in contact with him Jose Teko Agbo, a PANAPRESS editor who died 1 May and was buried Friday was conspicuous and eloquent even in his quiet and discrete life. Full text...

  • CPJ accuses Conakry of censoring French weekly
    06 may 2004 18:43:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Authorities in Guinea Conakry have blocked distribution of this week's edition of the France-based news weekly "Jeune Afrique L'Intelligent," which carries an interview with François Lonsény Fall, who resigned as Guinea's Prime Minister last week, New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said. Full text...

  • Critics flay Kenya govt over media gag
    06 may 2004 10:41:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An order from the Office of the President warning Kenyan civil servants against leaking information has come under attack, with critics charging it was designed to shield corruption allegations from public scrutiny. Full text...

  • Gambian journalists at odds with Nigeria expatriate
    06 may 2004 09:39:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Gambia Press Union (GPU) petitioned the Nigerian High Commissioner here Wednesday, alleging undue interference by Lawyer Olulana, a Nigerian expatriate working at the Gambian Justice department. Full text...

  • Regional forum confronts African govts on press freedom
    05 may 2004 07:33:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The African Forum on Press Freedom concluded a 3-day meeting here late Tuesday with a Declaration of urging African countries to project journalists and to refrain from any form of media repression. Full text...

  • Gambian govt accused of failing to protect newspaper
    04 may 2004 22:21:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Editors of Banjul-based Independent bi-weekly newspaper on Tuesday blamed President Yahya Jammeh's government for failing to provide adequate security despite their repeated alarm of an eminent attack against the paper's printing press. Full text...

  • Journalists cite lapse in press freedom in Morocco
    04 may 2004 21:41:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Press freedom declined substantially last year in Morocco, where some journalists were arrested and jailed only to be granted royal pardon, the National Moroccan Press Union (SNPM) said in an annual report that coincided with World Press Freedom Day. Full text...

  • Ivorian journalists decry continued muzzling of media
    04 may 2004 13:02:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian journalists have denounced continued "serious violations of press freedom" in Cote d'Ivoire, regretting that the situation remained unchanged 14 years after political pluralism was instituted in the country. Full text...

  • Press observatory chides Ivorian journalists
    04 may 2004 10:06:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian press is to blame for several blunders that have made it unpopular in society, Press Freedom and Ethics Observatory (OLPED) vice chairman Zio Moussa charged here Monday, on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day. Full text...

  • CPJ expresses concern for Benin newsman
    04 may 2004 07:51:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed concern about prospects for Benin journalist Jean-Baptiste Hounkonnou, who was granted provisional release last Thursday after spending six weeks in jail on criminal defamation charges. Full text...

  • Cameroonian press decry restrictions on information
    03 may 2004 23:01:00
    Bamenda- Cameroon (PANA) -- Restrictions on access to information sources in Cameroon pose a major hindrance to independent journalists in the country, the Cameroon Journalists Union (UJC) said Monday in a declaration marking World Press Freedom Day. Full text...

  • Libyan news agency deplores lack of free press
    03 may 2004 21:39:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya's national news agency Monday deplored the dismal progress in press freedom world-wide since World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed on 3 May 1991. Full text...

  • Missing journalist's wife expected in Abidjan Wednesday
    03 may 2004 21:21:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Osange Silou-Kiefer, the wife of Guy-Andre Kiefer, a French-Canadian journalist missing in Cote d'Ivoire since 16 April, arrives in Abidjan Wednesday to investigate circumstances of his disappearance, in conjunction with the Paris-based Reporters without Borders (RSF). Full text...

  • Press union condemns attacks on Gambian media
    03 may 2004 19:28:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Gambia Press Union (GPU) Monday condemned what it called "unprecedented violent attacks" on the private media in the country. Full text...

  • RENAMO accuses ruling FRELIMO of undermining journalism
    03 may 2004 18:37:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's opposition party, RENAMO has accused the ruling FRELIMO of undermining serious journalism in the country by "planting" stories to hurt critics. Full text...

  • Liberian journalists mark World Press Freedom Day
    03 may 2004 18:21:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Scores of banner-carrying Liberian journalists Monday staged a colourful parade on major streets of Monrovia to mark the World Press Freedom Day. Full text...

  • Muluzi warns politicians against "abuse" of journalists
    03 may 2004 16:04:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi President Bakili Muluzi Monday warned politicians against using journalists to cause tension ahead of the country's 18 May general elections. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire observes WPF Day amid gloom
    03 may 2004 14:57:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire Monday observed World Press Freedom Day amid a climate marked by killings and disappearances of journalists since the outbreak of the civil war in September 2002. Full text...

  • World Bank links poverty, restriction on free press
    03 may 2004 10:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- World Bank President James Wolfensohn has linked the widening poverty ratios in developing countries to restrictive legal regulations, which bar journalists from accessing information, a crucial component in a transparent society. Full text...

  • Bouteflika defends freedom of expression
    03 may 2004 08:33:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- President Abdelaziz Bouteflika Sunday reiterated his "determination to ensure freedom of expression for all," urging the Algerian press to prop the democratisation process in the country. Full text...

  • Three African journalists on Harry Brittain Fellowship
    30 april 2004 11:44:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Three African journalists are among ten senior Commonwealth journalists selected to participate in the Harry Brittain Fellowship programmed this year. Full text...

  • IFJ condemns media clampdown, cover-up in Sudan
    28 april 2004 20:40:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Brussels-based International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Wednesday called on the Sudanese government to immediately lift "repressive measures" against foreign press coverage of the unfolding disaster in the west of the country where thousands of civilians have reportedly been massacred. Full text...

  • IFJ wants media to devote prime time to health, safety issues
    28 april 2004 20:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Brussels-based International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Wednesday called on media owners, particularly press employers, to put health and safety on the newsroom agenda, warning that companies face expensive court actions unless they take steps to reduce the risks in modern newsgathering. Full text...

  • Ivorian politician condemns journalist's disappearance
    28 april 2004 17:01:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The vice-president of the opposition Democratic Party of Cote d'Ivoire (PDCI), Boa Thiemele Amoakou Edjampan expressed Wednesday in Paris his party's indignation over the disappearance of French-Canadian journalist, Guy-Andre Kieffer since 16 April. Full text...

  • Nigeria's labour to fight ban on foreign news relays
    28 april 2004 10:17:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the country's umbrella workers' union, has threatened to organise a mass rally as part of the measures organised to protest the government's recent ban on live broadcasts of foreign news programmes by the country's electronic press. Full text...

  • Xinhua, Maghreb Arab Press solidify cooperation
    27 april 2004 09:47:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Visiting officials of the New China News agency (Xinhua) and the Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) have discussed strategies that would enable both agencies to strengthen cooperation in their relations. Full text...

  • Kenyan journalists want "Draconian" media laws repealed
    25 april 2004 14:38:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan journalists announced plans Sunday to approach the diplomatic fraternity here for pressure on the government to repeal current media laws, which newsmen in the country find "oppressive and draconian". Full text...

  • Nigeria's labour union to fight ban on foreign news broadcast
    24 april 2004 16:03:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The umbrella workers' union Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has threatened to organise a mass rally as part of measures to fight the government's recent ban on the live broadcast of foreign programmes by the country's electronic media. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt to return newspaper to original owners
    23 april 2004 11:34:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government has opted to return the New Nigerian Newspapers (NNN) to the original owners, the 19 states in northern Nigeria instead of privatising it as earlier planned, according to governor Ahmed Makarfi of northern Kaduna state. Full text...

  • Tunisia, China sign media cooperation agreement
    23 april 2004 11:20:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisia and China signed an agreement here Thursday to strengthen cooperation between the Agence Tunis- Afrique Presse and the Chinese state news agency Xinhua. Full text...

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