Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Union urges Gambian journalists to defy intimidation
    16 april 2004 08:36:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- As proprietors remain agape over the arson attack on the Banjul-based Independent Newspaper, the Gambia Press Union has urged local journalists "never to be intimidated by such cowardly deeds". Full text...

  • CPJ renews demand to Bozize to release journalist
    15 april 2004 11:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The US-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has renewed its demand to President François Bozize of the Central African Republic (CAR) to release imprisoned journalist Jude Zosse immediately and unconditionally. Full text...

  • Angolan information minister expected in Cape Verde
    14 april 2004 22:33:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Angolan social communication minister Pedro Hendrick Vaal Neto will pay an official visit to Cape Verde from 15-18 April aimed at boosting bilateral co-operation in the field of radio, television and the print media. Full text...

  • Panel probes Kenya FM stations
    14 april 2004 20:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Weeks after Water Resources minister Martha Karua complained that a local station, 'Kiss 100' had aired unsavoury remarks about her, an advisory panel began probing the operation of FM stations in Kenya Wednesday. Full text...

  • CPJ condemns arson attack on Gambian newspaper
    14 april 2004 15:24:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned Tuesday's early-morning arson attack on the printing press of the private, Banjul-based biweekly The Independent. Full text...

  • AU opens up to African journalists
    14 april 2004 12:31:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Building a tradition of interaction with the African media is the new course of action of the African Union Commission, Peace and Security Commissioner Said Djinnit stated here Wednesday. Full text...

  • PANOS issues media handbook for West Africa
    13 april 2004 16:20:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Senegal-based PANOS Institute for West Africa has published a media handbook for the sub-region. Full text...

  • RSF denounces imprisonment of Moroccan journalist
    09 april 2004 12:53:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has denounced the conviction and imprisonment of Moroccan journalist Anas Guennoun on a libel charge. Full text...

  • Swazi PM courts media to protect image of monarchy
    01 april 2004 10:47:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- As the blunders of the government in Swaziland continue to tarnish the image of the monarchy unabatedly, Swazi Prime Minister Themba Dlamini said his office would henceforth be the only conduit for government information intended for public consumption. Full text...

  • International stations back on Abidjan airwaves
    31 march 2004 23:49:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Radio France International, BBC Africa and the Libreville-based Africa Number 1 radio stations have resumed FM broadcasts here after being interrupted since 25 March following a banned opposition demonstration. Full text...

  • CPJ denounces attacks on Ivorian journalists
    31 march 2004 14:03:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has denounced a series of attacks against journalists by security forces during recent mass opposition demonstrations in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • CPJ welcomes release of Congolese journalist
    30 march 2004 20:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has welcomed the release of DR Congo Jean-Denis Lompoto and editor of the satirical biweekly Pili-Pili, who was detained last 19 on a libel charge. Full text...

  • RSF chides Tunisia's repression of free press activists
    30 march 2004 17:38:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) has condemned Tunisian police for exercising brutality during last Saturday's demonstration in support of a free and independent press in the country. Full text...

  • South African deputy president ends Bujumbura visit
    25 march 2004 21:35:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- South African deputy President Jacob Zuma left Bujumbura Thursday after listening to divergent views over whether it is feasible to hold general elections in Burundi before the end of this year. Full text...

  • CPJ condemns imprisonment of Benin journalist
    24 march 2004 10:43:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the imprisonment of Jean-Baptiste Hounkonnou, publication director of Le Nouvel Essor, a Benin private daily based in eastern central town of Parakou. Full text...

  • Nigerian state legislature bans local newspaper for indecency
    23 march 2004 12:04:00
    Kano- Nigeria (PANA) -- Parliament in Nigeria's northern Kano state passed a resolution Monday evening urging the government to ban the sale in the state of one of the country's leading newspapers, Thisday, for publishing the photographs of bikini- clad contestants at a local beauty pageant last week. Full text...

  • Gbagbo, Bedie to hold talks in Abidjan
    22 march 2004 16:57:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo and opposition Democratic Party of Côte d'Ivoire (PDCI-RDA) leader, Henri Konan Bedie, are scheduled to hold talks here late Monday on the peace process, UN special envoy Albert Tevoedjre has announced. Full text...

  • Mauritius reaffirms commitment to press freedom
    22 march 2004 10:23:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Foreign Minister Jayen Cuttaree reaffirmed the government's "strong desire" Monday to safeguard press freedom in Mauritius, ruling out any attempts at media censorship. Full text...

  • Cameroonian journalists meet in Yaounde
    19 march 2004 20:45:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The bid for a self-regulatory body is at the centre of an extraordinary general assembly of the Cameroon Journalists Union (UJC), which opened here Friday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe complains to Botswana over hostile US radio station
    19 march 2004 16:54:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Friday complained to neighbouring Botswana about a US radio station broadcasting hostile propaganda to the country from its soil. Full text...

  • Two Mauritanian newspapers face libel charges
    17 march 2004 23:10:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Former Mauritanian Finance minister Bodjel Ould Homeid filed libel suits Wednesday against two private newspapers, L'Eveil and Le Journal. Full text...

  • CPJ indicts Gambia over press freedom
    15 march 2004 21:35:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has strongly criticised the Gambian government, citing "total disrespect and disregard for press freedom" in the West African country. Full text...

  • Gabonese PM calls independent press to order
    12 march 2004 21:31:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese Prime Minister Jean François Ntoutoume Emane Friday warned editors of independent papers to respect the ethics and code of conduct in the processing of information "to avoid breaching authorities' right of privacy and undermining national unity". Full text...

  • CPJ demands release of jailed CAR journalist
    12 march 2004 21:03:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Bangui's criminal court Friday sentenced the editorial director of the daily "l'Hirondelle", Jude Zossé, to six months in jail plus a 200,000- FCFA fine for describing CAR strongman, Gen. Full text...

  • Mauritanian news agency signs pacts with APS, TAP
    10 march 2004 22:06:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The official Mauritanian news agency on Tuesday signed separate cooperation agreements with the Algerian news agency (APS) and Tunisian Africa Press agency (TAP) the Mauritanian agency announced in here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Maghreb countries create news agency
    09 march 2004 21:32:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The general assembly meeting of the pool of Maghreb news agencies, which opened Sunday in Algiers, announced in a statement the creation of a Maghreb news agency, the official Mauritanian news agency reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gabonese airport police release seized newspapers
    09 march 2004 20:10:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Police officers at Libreville's Leon Mba international airport on Tuesday afternoon handed over to editors copies of the 'Gabaon', 'Le Temps'and 'Nku'u le Messager' weeklies seized Monday shortly after they had been flown in from Cameroon where they are published. Full text...

  • Five firms bid for Nigeria's oldest surviving newspaper
    09 march 2004 10:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's privatisation agency, the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), has announced the pre- qualification of five local and foreign firms for the purchase of the Daily Times, the country's oldest surviving newspaper, the local media reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gabonese police seize three weeklies at airport
    08 march 2004 22:50:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Police officers at Libreville's Leon Mba international airport on Monday impounded three Gabonese weeklies, Nku'u Le Messager, Le Temps and Gabaon shortly after they had arrived from Douala, Cameroon where they are published. Full text...

  • Togo Union of Journalists gets new chief
    06 march 2004 10:38:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Peter Sassou Dogbe, Director of the privately-owned Nana FM Radio was elected new Secretary General of the Togo Union of Journalists, UJIT, at the union's general assembly Friday. Full text...

  • DR Congo journalists ponder media reforms
    03 march 2004 15:50:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- About 200 DR Congo journalists and media experts Wednesday entered the third session of a national press congress, deliberating on "reforms for a free, democratic and responsible press". Full text...

  • CPJ frowns at Somali journalist's jailing over radio report
    03 march 2004 13:21:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the overnight detention of Abshir Ali Gabre, news editor at the independent Radio Jawhar, on the orders of Somali faction leader Mohamed Omar Habeeb. Full text...

  • Jailed Tunisian journalist on hunger strike
    29 february 2004 20:17:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Press freedom watchdog Reporters without borders under the French acronym RSF, has expressed concern over the health of jailed Tunisian journalist Abdallah Zouari of the banned 'Al-Fadjr' weekly, who began a hunger strike 27 January to protest the conditions of his detention. Full text...

  • Rwanda's pioneer private radio begins transmission
    28 february 2004 18:30:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda's first private commercial radio station since the 1994 genocide, Radio 10, inaugurated its transmissions Saturday with a promise to give an audience to all Rwandans. Full text...

  • African television channel 9.9.99 TV begins tests
    27 february 2004 23:34:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- A new Pan-African television channel "9. Full text...

  • CPJ wants detained CAR journalist freed
    27 february 2004 18:50:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed deep concern over the imprisonment of Judes Zossé, director of the private daily "L'Hirondelle" (The Swallow) in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Zuma wants Zimbabwe learn from press freedom in S. Africa
    26 february 2004 15:45:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government would like to see Zimbabwe enjoy the same level of press freedom that exists in South Africa, Deputy President Jacob Zuma told the Cape Town Press Club Thursday. Full text...

  • Union official urges Gambian govt to relax harsh media laws
    23 february 2004 17:12:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Madi Ceesay, the Vice-President of the Gambia Press Union (GPU) Monday called on President Yahya Jammeh's government to relax what he called "harsh media laws" in the country. Full text...

  • RSF demands sanctions against Chadian newsman's attackers
    23 february 2004 15:12:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A media rights group, Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF), has called for an independent probe to expose and punish those who masterminded and perpetrated the severe beating of journalist Tchanguis Vatankhah, director of Chad's privately owned Radio Brakos. Full text...

  • Libyan daily upbeat about Africa's future
    22 february 2004 13:43:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Libyan Al-Jamahiriya newspaper has likened the meeting of African Defence Ministers convening 22-23 February in Sirte (450 km east of Tripoli) to a "trip to the future" began by the continent in a bid to leave behind a past marked by internal conflicts and animosity. Full text...

  • Francophonie Agency helps six press organs
    19 february 2004 12:16:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Six press organs in Francophone Africa have been selected for assistance by the Francophonie Agency under its "fund of support for the Francophone press of the South," official sources revealed here Thursday. Full text...

  • CPJ protests assault on Chad radio journalist
    18 february 2004 20:08:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the assault on Tchanguis Vatankhah, director of the privately owned "Radio Brakos," based in Chad's southern town of Moissala. Full text...

  • UIJA names Wade sponsor of Pan-African media prize
    16 february 2004 18:58:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade has been named sponsor of the 15,000-Euro (10-million CFA franc) Pan-African press prize to be awarded for the first time in Dakar in the latter half of 2004, the International Union of African Journalists (UIJA) indicated Monday. Full text...

  • Zambian journalists end gender workshop
    16 february 2004 14:28:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian journalists have benefited a workshop on gender and newspaper reporting, with emphasis on gender violence and sexual harassment as related to poverty and rural development. Full text...

  • HRW urges Ethiopian govt to stop harassing journalists
    13 february 2004 15:38:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the Ethiopian government to stop harassing an association of private journalists, which criticises it for the press repression. Full text...

  • CPJ urges Bush to confront Tunisian leader on press freedom
    13 february 2004 13:43:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Friday urged US President George W. Full text...

  • Benin media watchdog nods at 15 new private stations
    13 february 2004 13:07:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's state-run media watchdog, Supreme Audiovisual and Communication Authority (HAAC) and proprietors of 15 new private radio stations Thursday signed a six-year contract for use of frequencies rented by the government. Full text...

  • Japanese TV reporters tour Equatorial Guinea
    12 february 2004 21:42:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- A group of journalists from Japan's official television network (NHK) has arrived here for contacts with authorities in Equatorial Guinea aimed at starting cooperation in radio and television, "These contacts would enable the Japanese journalists to better understand Equatorial Guinea in terms of culture, tourism, communications and its oil boom," national radio reported here Thursday. Full text...

  • Uganda Supreme Court nullifies draconian media law
    12 february 2004 16:41:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The Supreme Court here has declared Section 50 of the Ugandan Penal Code null and void, saying that it deals more with "speculation rather than reality". Full text...

  • BBC, Africa, Conflict and Censorship
    12 february 2004 13:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The influence of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Africa is so phenomenal that millions of listeners, government officials and ordinary citizens alike, rely on it as a veritable source of news and information on the continent. Full text...

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