Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • RADDHO demands release of Chadian journalists
    22 july 2005 14:27:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Dakar-based African Rally for the Defence of Human Rights (RADDHO) has condemned the imprisonment of two Chadian journalists, and called for their immedite and unconditional release. Full text...

  • Burundi journalists protest closure of private radio
    22 july 2005 13:26:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The umbrella journalists associations in Burundi have protested the arbitrary decision to close the privately owned African Public Radio (RPA) by the National Communication Council (CNC). Full text...

  • Burundi's RPA radio returns to air Thursday
    19 july 2005 23:22:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Burundi's independent Publique Africaine (RPA) radio returns to the air on Thursday after a two-day ban by the government, local sources said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • CPJ demands release of jailed Chadian journalists
    19 july 2005 13:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Tuesday deplored the jailing of two journalists in Chad for commentaries in the private weekly L'Observateur that criticised President Idriss Déby, and called on the authorities to release them "immediately". Full text...

  • Chad jails two journalists for criticising Deby
    18 july 2005 23:46:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- One journalist was sentenced to three years in prison and another to three months on Monday for publishing commentaries in the private weekly L'Observateur that criticised Chadian President Idriss Deby, according to local sources in Ndjamena, the Chadian capital. Full text...

  • Rwandan regime harrassing journalist over report
    15 july 2005 11:43:00
    Rwanda- Kigali (PANA) -- The director of a bimonthly newspaper called Umoco, Bonaventure Bizumuremyi, is reportedly being harrassed by Rwanda's Criminal Investigations Department (CID) for allegedly revealing that former Chief Police Commissioner Frank Mugambage overpaid himself in an article last month. Full text...

  • Tunisia's Radio Mosaique expands operations
    15 july 2005 09:08:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Radio Mosaique, Tunisia's first private radio station, Thursday expanded its coverage, offering a live audio stream on the Internet, according to Noureddine Boutar, the general director of the station. Full text...

  • CPJ demands stop to harassment of media in Somalia
    13 july 2005 23:23:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists on Wednesday welcomed the release of two radio journalists who were jailed for nearly two weeks in Bossasso, a city in the self-declared autonomous region of Puntland. Full text...

  • CPJ urges Cameroon govt to free detained journalist
    12 july 2005 16:10:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has called on authorities in Cameroon to release Joseph Bessala Ahanda, Editor-in-chief of local private weekly "Le Front," imprisoned since 6 July over the paper's report on corruption. Full text...

  • OJRM denounces attempts to 'gag' Malian media
    11 july 2005 13:59:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Young Reporters Organisation of Mali (OJRM) has said recent attacks against Malian journalists were designed to 'gag the media', noting that many journalists were 'currently subjected to threats and intimidation'. Full text...

  • ECOWAS mediator arrives Liberia on assessment mission
    10 july 2005 20:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS mediator for the Liberian peace process, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, arrived in the Liberian capital Monrovia on Sunday on an assessment mission expected to be dominated by discussions on preparations for national elections scheduled for October 2005. Full text...

  • Harassment of DR Congo media must stop, says MONUC
    08 july 2005 20:17:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- UN Mission in Congo (MONUC) spokesman, Kemal Saiki, on Friday said there was an "alarming tendency" directed against the media in the Democratic Republic of Congo aimed at disrupting the development of democracy in the country. Full text...

  • CPJ urges Chad to end criminal proceedings against 3 journalists
    08 july 2005 19:51:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has written a letter to Chadian President Idriss Deby, calling on his government to stop the criminal proceedings against three journalists in the country. Full text...

  • African Editors Forum demands release of Judith Miller
    07 july 2005 13:07:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The African Editors Forum (TAEF), comprising editors in over 30 African countries, on Thursday described the incarceration of New York Times journalist Judith Miller "as a travesty of justice and calls for her immediate release". Full text...

  • Unknown assaillants abuse Mali journalist
    06 july 2005 23:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Unidentified assailants on Tuesday kidnapped and brutally beat a commentator working for an independent broadcaster, Radio Kledu, in the Malian capital of Bamako, reported the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists Wednesday. Full text...

  • CPJ protests jailing of journalists, shutting of radio station in Somalia
    05 july 2005 22:28:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Tuesday expressed deep concern over the detention of two radio journalists and closure of their station in Bossasso, a city in Somalia's self-declared autonomous region of Puntland. Full text...

  • Liberian newspapers raise advert rates by 67%
    03 july 2005 21:15:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Newspaper publishers in Liberia increased advertisement tariffs by 67 percent at the weekend, citing high cost of newsprint and fees charged by the few printing houses in the country. Full text...

  • AU radio begins broadcasts in Hausa, Kiswahili
    02 july 2005 15:43:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Tripoli-based "Voice of Africa' radio station on Friday started trial broadcasts in Kiswahili and Hausa, two African languages ahead of the 4-5 July African Union (AU) summit in the central Libyan town of Sirte. Full text...

  • Egypt to propose creation of continental TV
    01 july 2005 14:20:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Egypt intends to propose to the African Union (AU) summit the setting up of a continental satellite TV channel, Egyptian officials said Cairo on Friday. Full text...

  • Expanding media organs water down quality in Africa
    30 june 2005 23:25:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The rapid increase in media organs in West Africa has precipitated their downfall, according to a Senegalese journalist Cherif Elvalide Seye. Full text...

  • Radio enhances freedom of speech, says Senegalese newsman
    30 june 2005 22:46:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Radio has contributed in democratising freedom of speech in Africa, Senegalese journalist Cherif Elvalide Seye told the Forum of Political Parties, the Media and the Civil Society for the Consolidation of Peace in West Africa. Full text...

  • About 800 journalists expected to cover AU Summit
    30 june 2005 19:02:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Between 500 and 800 media professionals are expected in Sirte to cover the 5th AU summit of Heads of State and Government set for 4-5 July in the Libyan resort town of Sirte, an official sources said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Protests after Tanzania kicks reporters out
    30 june 2005 15:48:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya government has sent a protest note to Tanzania over the expulsion of six Kenyan journalists working in the neighbouring state. Full text...

  • CPJ protests wave of attacks on the media in DR Congo, Ethiopia
    29 june 2005 08:39:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has in separate statements condemned attacks on and harassment of journalists in DR Congo and Ethiopia. Full text...

  • CPJ joins call for release of Somali journalist
    28 june 2005 20:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Tuesday joined five local and international press freedom and human rights groups demanding the immediate release of Abdi Farah Nur, editor of Puntland's leading independent newspaper, Shacab (Voice of the People). Full text...

  • CPJ criticises harassment of radio host in Zambia
    27 june 2005 21:56:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Monday expressed stern concern after police in Zambia threatened to charge radio host and commentator Anthony Mukwita with sedition after he read an anonymous fax criticising the government. Full text...

  • African media group urges Deby to release detained Chadian journalist
    27 june 2005 12:43:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Sid' El Mokhtar Cheigher, Chair of the Network of African Environmental Journalists RAJE, has called on Chadian President Idriss Déby to release journalist Michael Didama, the editorial director of Chad's weekly Le Temps, detained since last Wednesday over alleged libel. Full text...

  • RFI to set up African bureau
    25 june 2005 18:46:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Radio France Internationale (RFI) will soon set up an all-Africa bureau to look after its African interests, RFI assistant director general in charge of bureaux and information, Bernard Brigouleix, said here on Saturday. Full text...

  • New York-based committee slams police in Nigeria's Kogi State
    25 june 2005 10:59:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists has condemned the police in Nigeria's central Kogi State, where officers have occupied the local chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, harassed local journalists, and detained the local union chairman last Monday. Full text...

  • South Africa awaits paper covering entire industry
    24 june 2005 19:45:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The Event Newspaper, South Africa's first free national trade publication covering the entire business events industry, has announced that it will begin publication in July in Cape Town. Full text...

  • RSF pressurises Chad to free 3 journalists
    24 june 2005 15:44:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Paris-based Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF) has called on donors helping Chad to demand the government to immediately release three local journalists detained by police in N'djamena since Wednesday. Full text...

  • Burundi journalist free on bail
    23 june 2005 22:19:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Detained radio and online journalist Etienne Ndikuriyo was on Thursday released on bail after spending more than a week in jail for writing a story about the health status of President Domitien Ndayizeye of Burundi, a New York-based media rights group has reported. Full text...

  • CPJ: 3 Chadian journalists jailed on criminal charges
    23 june 2005 07:52:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Chadian authorities have detained three journalists on criminal charges stemming from critical reporting, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Thursday, quoting sources in the capital N'djamena. Full text...

  • Puntland editor jailed after resuming publication
    21 june 2005 08:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned authorities in the autonomous Puntland region of northeast Somalia for arresting Abdi Farah Nur, editor of the weekly Shacab (Voice of the People) on Sunday "Puntland authorities are acting in an arbitrary and autocratic way toward this independent newspaper and its journalists," said Ann Cooper, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists. Full text...

  • ICJ writes Burundi over reporter's detention
    20 june 2005 23:37:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists on Monday wrote a letter to the Burundi leadership to express its deep concern by the continued imprisonment of a Burundi journalist over a news report. Full text...

  • Daily wants Uganda draw lesson from Zuma's sacking
    18 june 2005 19:40:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The Ugandan government-run daily New Vision has said South African president Thabo Mbeki's dropping of his deputy Jacob Zuma sent "shockwaves" through the country's political establishment, noting that the decision was a "brave" one considering Zuma's political influence. Full text...

  • Congolese news agency, PANAPRESS to step up cooperation
    17 june 2005 23:42:00
    Kinshasa- RD Congo (PANA) -- Ways and means to strengthen and give new impetus to the cooperation between the Congolese News Agency (ACP) and the Pan-African News Agency (PANAPRESS) dominated talks between ACP delegate administrator, Masini Ntambu, and PANA Director General Babacar Fall at ACP offices here Friday. Full text...

  • Fall upbeat about PANA's coverage of Africa
    17 june 2005 20:21:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The Pan-African News Agency (PANAPRESS), which has 120 African correspondents posted in 51 of the 54 countries in Africa, has become the leading source of information on Africa, PANAPRESS Director General Babacar Fall declared on Congolese state television in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • RSF shoots spot to denounce Hydara's killing
    17 june 2005 20:04:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Paris-based NGO, Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) has offered a 30-second spot to all the radios broadcasting in Africa to mobilise the public against the assassination of Gambian journalist Deyda Hydara on 16 December 2004. Full text...

  • CPJ rejects Gambian government's report on slain journalist
    16 june 2005 21:21:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has rejected the report of Gambian government's investigation into the assassination of journalist Deyda Hydara by gunmen last December. Full text...

  • PANAPRESS Director General Fall arrives in Kinshasa
    16 june 2005 20:36:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Director General Babacar Fall of the Pan-African News Agency (PANAPRESS) arrived Thursday in Kinshasa for a three-day working mission aimed at strengthening cooperation between the continental news agency and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Full text...

  • CPJ demands release of detained Burundi journalist
    14 june 2005 23:09:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Burundi authorities to release Radio and online journalist Etienne Ndikuriyo, who was arrested Tuesday by the national intelligence agency over a story that questioned the health of President Domitien Ndayizeye. Full text...

  • DR Congo hails release of French, Iraqi hostages
    14 june 2005 18:06:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- DR Congo information minister Henri Mova Sakany has hailed the release of French journalist Florence Aubenas and her Iraqi guide Hussein Hanoun following 158 days of captivity in Iraq. Full text...

  • CPJ condemns detention of prominent newspaper distributor in Ethiopia
    13 june 2005 19:37:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the imprisonment by Ethiopian authorities of a prominent newspaper distributor in Addis Ababa, Fikre Gudu. Full text...

  • Ivorian security release Burkinabe journalist
    12 june 2005 20:21:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkinabe journalist, Idrissa Nogo, previously detained at Territorial Surveillance Division (DST) in Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire) has been released, according to family sources. Full text...

  • Benin's public media to stage strike Tuesday
    11 june 2005 18:45:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's public audio-visual media workers have decided to go on a three-day strike starting on Tuesday to protest the signing of an agreement between the offices of Benin's radio- television (ORTB) and the Second Channel (LC2), the country's first private TV channel. Full text...

  • Burkinabe journalists demand release of colleague held in Cote d'Ivoire
    11 june 2005 14:56:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The Burkina Faso Journalists Association (AJB) has requested the immediate release of Burkinabe journalist Idrissa Nogo arrested 6 June in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • CPJ criticises censorship of journalist in Zanzibar
    10 june 2005 21:03:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has urged authorities in semi-autonomous Tanzanian island of Zanzibar to unban political columnist Jabir Idrissa. Full text...

  • Burkinabe journalist detained in Côte d'Ivoire
    10 june 2005 19:28:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkinabe journalist, Idrissa Nogo, arrested in Ivorian western region of Aboisso is being held at the Territorial Surveillance office in Abidjan, Burkinabe daily, Sidwaya reported Friday. Full text...

  • RSF rejects Gambian govt report on slain journalist
    09 june 2005 19:06:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Paris-based media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders under the French acronym, RSF, Thursday dismissed the Gambian government's report on slain journalist Deyda Hydara, as "a government-orchestrated campaign to smear" the murdered journalist. Full text...

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