Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • CPJ decries charges against CAR newspaper publisher
    13 july 2004 09:56:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has issued a statement condemning the detention of Maka Gbossokotto, publication director of the private daily Le Citoyen in the Central African Republic (CAR), on charges of defamation and slander. Full text...

  • CPJ calls for release of detained Senegalese journalist
    13 july 2004 08:10:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed deep concern about the arrest and detention of Madiambal Diagne, publication director of the Senegalese private daily Le Quotidien. Full text...

  • Private press threatens blackout Monday in Senegal
    11 july 2004 17:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The managers and editorial directors of the private press in Senegal were firm Sunday on a decision to stage a blackout on Monday to protest the arrest of Madiambal Diagne, editorial director of the daily Le Quotidien. Full text...

  • RSF demands release of CAR journalist
    10 july 2004 14:16:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Media rights group, Reporters Sans Frontrières (RSF) has demanded the unconditional release of detained Central African Republic (CAR) journalist Maka Gbossokotto. Full text...

  • Senegalese authorities detain journalist
    09 july 2004 22:57:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The managing editor of the Senegalese paper 'Le Quotidien,' Mandiambal Diagne was detained Friday for publishing "top secret reports and documents, dissemination of false news and inciting public disorder". Full text...

  • FIDH worries over plight of Senegalese journalist
    09 july 2004 18:43:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) expressed "deep concern" Friday over pressure exerted on Madiamba Diagne, managing editor of the Senegalese daily 'Le Quotidien'. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean journalists launch online newspaper from Johannesburg
    07 july 2004 15:16:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A team of Zimbabwean journalists has launched an online daily newspaper "Zim Online," the group said in a statement released in Johannesburg Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS mediation council meets in Addis Ababa
    03 july 2004 15:01:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council will convene its 12th ministerial meeting here Sunday to assess the security situation in member countries Cote d'Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea-Bissau. Full text...

  • Strike looms at Africa N°1
    01 july 2004 21:25:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The workers' union of Africa N°1 in Libreville known as 'the African Radio' has threatened to strike over its poor management and the management's lack of interest in low-ranking employees. Full text...

  • Burkina journalist gets CNN prize in Johannesburg
    01 july 2004 20:22:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A Burkina Faso radio journalist, Ouézin Louis Oulon, has won the 9th CNN African award in the Francophone world's general, radio and television news category, it was revealed in Ouagadougou Wednesday. Full text...

  • AU Commission receives PANA Board Chairman
    30 june 2004 23:17:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Communication is an essential tool in the fight for integration, and it should be used along with all available means to portray the image of Africa, the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Alpha Oumar Konare reiterated here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Cameroon Tribune marks 30th anniversary
    29 june 2004 10:48:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The State-owned Cameroon Tribune launched activities here Monday marking the 30th anniversary of the bilingual daily, under the theme "Stakes and constraints of public media in the era of competition". Full text...

  • Rwandan journalists remember colleagues in genocide
    28 june 2004 21:34:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan journalists Monday staged a march here in memory of 49 colleagues killed during the April-July 1994 genocide in the country. Full text...

  • Mauritanian, Italian news agencies sign agreement
    27 june 2004 17:39:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The Mauritanian News Agency (AMI) and its Italian counterpart (ANSA) have signed a protocol of technical cooperation and exchange of information, AMI reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Committee calls for release of DR Congo journalists
    27 june 2004 09:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has requested the DR Congo President Joseph Kabila to order the release of three journalists imprisoned for merely doing their work. Full text...

  • Benin state television gets facelift
    25 june 2004 19:17:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin state television (ORTB) has renovated its broadcast gear Thursday, moving from analogical to digital equipment. Full text...

  • Algerian journalists visit Brussels
    24 june 2004 22:23:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- A delegation of Algerian journalists and media professionals visited Brussels Thursday to sensitise officials and European officials alike on the serious situation facing the Algerian media, notably private news outlets, an official source said. Full text...

  • EU condemns closure of Zimbabwean weekly
    24 june 2004 15:48:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union has condemned the Zimbabwe Media and Information Commission for its decision to close the weekly Tribune. Full text...

  • EU condemns closure of Zimbabwe newspaper
    22 june 2004 23:19:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) Tuesday denounced the closure of the private daily newspaper, The Tribune, by the Information and Media Commission in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • Chad threatens to end mediation in Darfur conflict
    18 june 2004 23:22:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- President Idriss Deby's international affairs advisor Ahemd Alam-mi has warned that Chad may abandon its mediation in western Sudan's Darfur conflict "if the confusion created by the Janjaweed militia along the Chad-Sudan border sparks an insurrection inside Chad". Full text...

  • Ghanaian paper wants parliament check brain drain
    18 june 2004 15:41:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- With repeated reports of Ghanaian professionals leaving the country for greener pastures abroad, a local newspaper has called on parliament to "take a critical look" at the problem of brain drain and seek practical ways of curbing it. Full text...

  • Ivorian media regulatory body holds ordinary congress
    18 june 2004 10:02:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian Observatory on Press Freedom and Ethics (OLPED) begins meeting Friday in Grand Bassam (40 km south-east of Abidjan) in its first ordinary congress in ten years of existence, on the theme "Self-regulation in the face of press freedom challenges. Full text...

  • CPJ deplores suspension of Zimbabwe private Weekly
    15 june 2004 21:06:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has deplored the suspension last week of Zimbabwe's private weekly "The Tribune" by the government-controlled Media and Information Commission (MIC). Full text...

  • Director of Algerian daily gets 2 years in jail
    14 june 2004 23:22:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The Tribunal of El-Harrach in suburban Algiers Monday sentenced the editorial director of the daily Le Matin, Mohamed Benchicou, to two years in prison plus heavy fines. Full text...

  • CPJ urges DR Congo to respect press freedom
    14 june 2004 22:28:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), which concluded a two-week mission to the DR Congo Monday, called on the transitional government not to use national security as a justification to suppress the press. Full text...

  • CPJ accuses Mugabe of "killing off" Zimbabwe's private press
    11 june 2004 16:56:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Harare government's decision to suspend private newspaper "The Tribune" Thursday is part of efforts to "kill off" the independent newspapers in Zimbabwe, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has charged. Full text...

  • ECOWAS mediator hinges Liberian poll on security
    08 june 2004 18:39:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- ECOWAS Chief facilitator of the Liberian peace process, former Nigerian leader Abdulsalami Abubakar said in Monrovia Tuesday that elections would only be held in Liberia as planned in 2005 if there was security. Full text...

  • CPJ urges release of jailed DR Congo journalists
    07 june 2004 19:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called for the immediate release of three DR Congo journalists jailed for defamation. Full text...

  • Gabonese pygmy creates newspaper in Libreville
    04 june 2004 23:12:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- One of the first pygmy intellectuals in Gabon, Léonard Fabrice Odambo Adone, has created a bi-monthly newspaper known as Le citoyen (The Citizen). Full text...

  • CPJ accuses rebels of targeting media in Bukavu
    04 june 2004 21:13:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Rebel forces that took control of Bukavu, in eastern DR Congo Wednesday also attacked the town's three main community radio stations, forcing them off the air, New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • Moroccan radio and TV station changes status
    03 june 2004 20:57:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco's cabinet on Thursday adopted a bill to transform the state-owned Radio and Television station (RTM) into "the National Radio and Television Company". Full text...

  • Ghanaian paper urges govt to regulate tobacco industry
    03 june 2004 14:59:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A Ghanaian newspaper has urged the government to regulate the "powerful tobacco industry" in the country to ensure that tobacco-related deaths were reduced. Full text...

  • Experts meet on circulation of pictures in UEMOA
    02 june 2004 07:31:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Experts from member states of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) began discussions here Tuesday on the production and circulation of pictures within the bloc, ahead of a meeting of Culture and Communication ministers coming up next Saturday. Full text...

  • Vatican envoy in Abidjan visits Bouake
    01 june 2004 23:39:00
    Bouake- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Mgr Mario Zenari, the papal nuncio and special envoy of Pope Jean-Paul II in Côte d'Ivoire on Tuesday visited Bouake and held lengthy talks with the New forces led by their Secretary General, Guillaume Soro. Full text...

  • Togolese Prime Minister expected in Cote d'Ivoire
    01 june 2004 19:31:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'ivoire (PANA) -- Togolese Prime Minister Koffi Sama was expected in Abidjan late Tuesday for talks with Ivorian officials and political party leaders, informed sources said. Full text...

  • Togolese prime minister due in Abidjan
    01 june 2004 12:09:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Togolese Prime Minister Koffi Sama is expected in Abidjan Tuesday morning for a series of talks with Ivorian authorities and political party leaders, according to reliable sources here. Full text...

  • Rights groups criticise Gambia over media freedom
    28 may 2004 15:46:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Three human rights groups Friday criticised the Gambian government over what they called the "continued crackdown on independent media" in the country. Full text...

  • EU deeply concerned over missing journalist
    27 may 2004 09:39:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union's senior representative for foreign policy and common security, Javier Solana, has expressed "deep concern" about the disappearance of Franco-Canadian journalist Guy Andre Kieffer in a letter sent to Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo. Full text...

  • DR Congo media body seeks UNDP support for festival
    26 may 2004 22:57:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The president of DR Congo's High Media Authority (HAM), Modeste Mutinga has approached the UNDP resident representative Herbert M'Cleod for assistance towards the organisation of the African media festival (FESRIAM). Full text...

  • 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...

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