Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Malian journalists protest murder of Gambian colleague
    22 december 2004 18:18:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- About 200 Malian journalists Wednesday held a peaceful demonstration here in keeping with a call by the West African Journalists Association (WAJA) to denounce the recent murder of Gambian journalist Deyda Hydara. Full text...

  • CPJ urges Jammeh to ensure media freedom in Gambia
    22 december 2004 18:17:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is asking Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to ensure that the killers of Gambian journalist Deyda Hydara are brought to justice. Full text...

  • Gambian journalists protest against colleague's murder
    22 december 2004 15:53:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Some 300 Gambian journalists and human rights activists Wednesday staged a peaceful march on the streets of Banjul protesting the murder last Thursday of journalist Deyda Hydara by unidentified gunmen. Full text...

  • Mauritanian authorities censure local daily
    21 december 2004 23:17:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The latest issue of the private Mauritanian daily 'Nouakchott-Info' (Number 799) was censored by the Interior ministry, staff told PANA Tuesday. Full text...

  • FIDH demands enquiry into murder of Gambian journalist
    21 december 2004 22:13:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (FIDH) has called for "an unbiased and independent enquiry" into the killing of Gambian journalist Deyda Hydara, who was shot dead last Thursday in Banjul. Full text...

  • Gambian journalists in news blackout
    20 december 2004 20:35:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Private pressmen and media establishments in Gambia started a week-long "news blackout" Monday in protest over the killing of journalist Deyda Hydara, who was shot dead last Thursday in the commercial hub of Serre Kunda. Full text...

  • Gambian Press Union unveils protest actions over slain journalist
    19 december 2004 20:09:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Gambia Press Union (GPU) Sunday announced a series of actions including a news black out and protest march over last Thursday's murder of journalist Deyda Hydara, Managing Editor of the country's private "Point" newspaper. Full text...

  • RSF demands investigation into Gambian journalist's murder
    18 december 2004 14:27:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Paris-based Reporters without Borders on Saturday called for serious investigations into who was behind the assassination of a senior Gambian journalist, Deyda Hydara, its correspondent in Banjul, who was shot three times in the head on 2004. Full text...

  • Moslem cleric condemns killing of Gambian journalist
    17 december 2004 23:36:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Muntaga Fye, the Imam of Banjul Friday condemned the killing of Gambian journalist Deyda Hydara, and called for the arrest and trial of his killers. Full text...

  • Benin to host sub-regional media workshop
    16 december 2004 10:43:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A sub-regional workshop on the regulation and valorisation of audio-visual production will open here next Monday under the aegis of the Francophonie Intergovernmental Agency (AIF) and the Higher Authority for Audio-visual Media and Communication (HAAC) in Benin, a source told PANA. Full text...

  • Transparency International rewards Benin journalists
    16 december 2004 10:12:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Benin chapter of Transparency International will on Friday present the 2004 Best Investigative Journalist Awards to three Benin journalists, officials at the NGO indicated here Thursday. Full text...

  • Cameroon to revive national Catholic Press Union
    15 december 2004 16:06:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- The Cameroon branch of the International Catholic Press Union, UCIP, is to be revived after years of inactivity, local union officials said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Gambian parliament votes tougher libel law
    14 december 2004 23:04:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Gambian parliament voted Tuesday to amend the country's libel law, imposing long prison terms and abolishing any option of fine for convicted offenders. Full text...

  • Gambia sets new hurdles for journalists
    13 december 2004 23:36:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The National Assembly (Parliament) in Gambia Monday set new hurdles for media operation in the country after it passed the "Newspaper Amendment Act" which nullified the existing registration of all media establishments in Gambia. Full text...

  • Gambian repeals draconian media law
    13 december 2004 22:59:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Gambian Parliament repealed the controversial Media Commission Act of 2002 Monday after information and communication secretary, Dr. Full text...

  • Togo's media body threatens to shut down newspapers
    11 december 2004 19:05:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The country's Audio-Visual and Communication Regulatory Authority (HAAC) Saturday threatened to close down starting 20 December publications failing to fully comply with the country's press code, HAAC said in a communiqué in Lome. Full text...

  • Ivorian newspaper underrate outcome of Mbeki mediation
    10 december 2004 16:45:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Most Ivorian newspapers this week described as inadequate the results obtained by President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa during his visit to Cote d'Ivoire from 2-6 December as the African Union's mediator. Full text...

  • Tunisian media delegation to visit Kuwait
    09 december 2004 10:48:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- A high level Tunisian media delegation leaves for Kuwait Friday on a visit of several days at the invitation of the information ministry's foreign media sector, the Kuwaiti Embassy in Tunis said. Full text...

  • Cameroonian wins "Young Journalist" Award in France
    06 december 2004 23:54:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Cameroonian writer Luc Olinga has won this year's "Hachette Young Journalist," prize of 10,000 Euro, the panel of judges in charge of the award announced in Paris Monday. Full text...

  • RSF says repressive regimes gaining foothold ahead of WSIS
    01 december 2004 14:05:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Several countries that have cracked down on the use of the Internet are members of the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG), charged a world media watchdog Wednesday. Full text...

  • Obasajo's ex-spokesman, Oseni dies at 61
    30 november 2004 19:02:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Tunji Oseni, a renowned Nigerian journalist and former Special Assistant (Media) to President Olusegun Obanajo, has died, media and family sources said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigerian state bans BBC correspondent
    25 november 2004 11:31:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Authorities in the government of Nigeria's northern state of Borno have banned the Hausa service British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) correspondent in their area, Alhaji Mato, for alleged inaccurate reporting, the local press reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Rwandan editor acquitted of divisionism, convicted of defamation
    24 november 2004 12:31:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A court in Kigali on Tuesday acquitted the editor of "Umuseso", Rwanda's only independent newspaper, on a criminal charge of ethnic divisionism, but convicted him of defamation for a story that raised questions about the country's deputy speaker of parliament. Full text...

  • Ivorian press bodies denounce French reprisals
    23 november 2004 23:34:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Press regulatory bodies in Cote d'Ivoire issued a joint communiqué Tuesday denouncing "the brutality of the French army," which they said led to the death of Antoine Massé, correspondent of the Ivorian daily Le Courrier d'Abidjan. Full text...

  • Mozambican journalists remember slain Cardoso
    23 november 2004 22:11:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican journalist Carlos Cardoso who was murdered four years ago, has been described as a model for reporters in the country. Full text...

  • OIF scribe sues to decriminalise press offences
    22 november 2004 14:46:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The Secretary General of the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF), Abdou Diouf said he would ask OIF member countries to decriminalise press- related offences and those of conscience. Full text...

  • Malian media to popularise human rights
    21 november 2004 10:10:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- About 40 journalists of the Malian public and private press pledged Saturday in a joint release to popularise national and international texts relating to human rights. Full text...

  • Angola journalists Union gets first woman head
    17 november 2004 20:41:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Luisa Rogerio, a journalist with the State-run daily "Jornal de Angola" has been elected the first woman Secretary General of the Union of Angolan Journalists, SJA, formed 12 years ago. Full text...

  • 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...

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