Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • 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...

  • Nigerian security agents raid magazine office
    05 september 2004 14:54:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Agents of Nigerian State Security Service (SSS) Saturday raided the offices of the private local magazine, Insider Weekly, in the commercial city of Lagos, carting away documents and arresting at least one official of the publication. Full text...

  • Mozambique, Brazil agree to cooperate in media sector
    02 september 2004 18:32:00
    Brasilia- Brazil (PANA) -- Mozambique and Brazil have agreed to cooperate in the media sector, through the exchange of media professionals, exchange of news and other media products and the the training of Mozambican journalists in Brazilian institutions. Full text...

  • Downpour damages Benin's television facilities
    02 september 2004 10:10:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Television broadcast might resume Thursday in Benin as technicians struggle to restart equipment damaged by heavy rains, according to Michel Biaou, technical director at the country's national television station (ORTB). Full text...

  • Kidnapping of French journalists angers Gabonese leader
    01 september 2004 12:25:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese President Omar Bongo has expressed outrage over the kidnapping of two French journalists in Iraq, and called for a "speedy and happy ending" to the crisis. Full text...

  • LIJAF demands release of French journalists
    31 august 2004 19:08:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The International League of Journalists for Africa (LIJAF) Tuesday demanded the immediate and unconditional release of French journalists Christian Cesnot and Georges Malbrunot, who were abducted in Iraq last 20 August. Full text...

  • Moroccan press demands release of French journalists
    31 august 2004 12:12:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The national union of Moroccan press (SNPM) has firmly condemned the kidnapping of French journalists Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot by insurgents in Iraq, and demanded their immediate release. Full text...

  • WAN urges Jammeh to probe attack on newspaper
    27 august 2004 19:32:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The World Association of Newspapers (WAN) has written Gambian President Yahya Jammeh requesting "a thorough and expedient investigation" into the 13 April attack on the Banjul-based Independent Newspaper. Full text...

  • Ghanaian women decry negative media reportage
    25 august 2004 21:54:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A female Ghanaian journalist said here Wednesday that the country's women were disgusted by negative reportage in the local media and its neglect of issues concerning gender equality. Full text...

  • CPJ urges independent probe into attacks on Gambian media
    23 august 2004 22:38:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The New York-based media watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has urged Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to institute an independent probe into recurring attacks on media outlets and journalists in the West African nation. Full text...

  • Burundi minister calls for media embargo on rebel FNL
    23 august 2004 21:38:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Communication minister Onesime Nduwimana has called for a local media embargo on the National Liberation Front (FNL), which has been declared a "terrorist group" by regional African leaders. Full text...

  • Gambian journalists petition Jammeh
    20 august 2004 21:25:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Journalists in the Gambia petitioned President Yahya Jammeh Friday calling for an immediate end to what they said was "well-coordinated attacks" on the media and press men. Full text...

  • Gambian journalist receives death threat
    17 august 2004 20:31:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambia Press Union (GPU) chairman Demba Jawo reported receiving a letter Tuesday from unknown individuals threatening him with death. Full text...

  • Niger authorities release RFI correspondent
    17 august 2004 19:43:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger Radio France International (RFI) correspondent Moussa Kaka, who is also and director of the private radio station Sarounia was released here Monday evening after four days of detention at the national gendarmerie. Full text...

  • South African wins SADC journalism award
    17 august 2004 16:47:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African journalist Tshepo Ikaneng has received an award for excellent journalism at the annual summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), which ended in Grand-Bay, northern Mauritius Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ivorian journalists drilled in coffee-cocoa sector
    17 august 2004 14:56:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian journalists are being trained in the "stakes of the coffee-cocoa sector" at a seminar that started Monday in Grand Bassam, 40 km south-east of Abidjan, the country's economic capital. Full text...

  • Rural radio broadcasters train in Dakar
    16 august 2004 20:12:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- About 30 radio hosts from ten African countries began a training session Monday at the Dakar School of Mass Communication (CESTI), sponsored by the Swiss Cooperation agency. Full text...

  • UN Mission in Cote d'Ivoire launches FM radio
    16 august 2004 20:07:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN Peacekeeping Mission in Côte d'Ivoire, ONUCI, Monday launched an FM station to broadcast information that would assist the re-unification of the divided West African country. Full text...

  • Arsonists torch BBC correspondent's house in Gambia
    16 august 2004 17:08:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- A correspondent of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in Banjul, Ebrima Sillah, narrowly escaped death when suspected arsonists torched his house as he slept on Sunday night. Full text...

  • RFI installs transmitter in DR Congo's Kisangani
    13 august 2004 20:35:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Radio France Internationale (RFI) has installed a transmitter in Kisangani, eastern DR Congo, sources revealed here Friday. Full text...

  • Editor of Benin L'Aurore daily sentenced to 6 years in jail
    13 august 2004 15:38:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The editorial director of Benin L'Aurore private newspaper, Patrick Adjamonsi, was arrested Friday after the Cotonou High Court sentenced him to six months in jail over an article published by the daily last November. Full text...

  • Court rejects appeal by jailed Algerian editor
    12 august 2004 19:53:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- An Algerian court has rejected the appeal by "Le Matin" director Mohamed Benchicou, and upheld his two-year jail sentence for illegal transfer of money to France. Full text...

  • Gabon's state TV, radio to have new home
    12 august 2004 16:04:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese vice-president Didjob Divungi Di Ndinge has laid a foundation stone for the country's 14 billion CFA francs broadcasting house in Libreville, the Gabonese capital. Full text...

  • Gambian press worried over media body stalemate
    10 august 2004 16:15:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Demba Jawo, the president of the Gambia Press Union, Tuesday expressed anxiety over the continued stalemate regarding the registration of members of his union by the government imposed National Media Commission of the Gambia. Full text...

  • Bangui journalist gets 1-year suspended sentence
    10 august 2004 09:51:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- The Magistrate's Court in Bangui caused a stir among lawyers and journalists Monday when handed down a one-year suspended sentence to a journalist, Maka Gbossokotto. Full text...

  • RSF condemns court verdict against Algerian journalist
    09 august 2004 20:19:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Paris-based media rights group, Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF) Monday condemned the sentence and fine imposed Sunday by an Algerian Court of Appeal on journalist Hafnaoui Ghoul for libel. Full text...

  • Ugandan daily says IMF not alone in Africa's economic woes
    09 august 2004 19:29:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A Ugandan independent daily, The Monitor, Monday chided African leaders for attempting to shift the blame of Africa's economic problems on the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Full text...

  • Cameroonian envoy tasks US-based African journalists on image
    09 august 2004 17:26:00
    Washington- US (PANA) -- Cameroonian Ambassador to the US, Jerome Mendouga says African journalists have a lead role to play in ongoing efforts to give the continent a new image and political direction. Full text...

  • Committee condemns closure of DR Congo radio
    06 august 2004 16:56:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- "Closing down media outlets and arresting journalists is no way to respond to criticism," the executive director of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Ann Cooper told authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Central African minister bans sit-in for journalist
    04 august 2004 18:46:00
    Bangui- Central Africa (PANA) -- Central African Republic's security minister Jules Bernard Ouande banned a sit-in protest planned for Wednesday by the Private Independent Press Publishers Association (GEPPIC) to press for the release of the managing editor of "Le Citoyen" Maka Gbossokotto. Full text...

  • CAR journalists demand release of colleague
    03 august 2004 22:26:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- The Private Press Publishers Association, GEPPIC, in the Central African Republic (CAR), said it would stage a public demonstration Wednesday to demand the release of Maka Gbossokotto, the director of "Le Citoyen" daily, who is being tried for libel. Full text...

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