Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Prosecution seeks maximum penalty for Mozambican journalist's murder
    20 december 2005 21:07:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- State prosecution in the trial of Anibal dos Santos Junior ("Anibalzinho"), accused of recruiting the death squad that murdered Mozambique's investigative journalist, Carlos Cardoso, in November 2000, Tuesday asked for maximum sentence of 30 years for each of the accused persons. Full text...

  • US-based Liberian journalist flays Weah over media attacks
    20 december 2005 15:09:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A former managing editor of a Liberian newspaper, The Inquirer, has urged the losing presidential candidate in his country's recent election, George Weah, to stop attacks and threats against journalists and media institutions. Full text...

  • Nigeria's Bayelsa state radio returns to the air
    16 december 2005 12:05:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Shut down in the wake of a political row involving former Bayelsa state governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, Radio Glory has resumed normal broadcasting in the state. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe cops raid private media, arrest staff
    15 december 2005 23:03:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Zimbabwean police and intelligence agents Thursday raided the independent news production company Voice of the People (VOP) in the capital, Harare, confiscating equipment and documents and taking in three staff members for questioning. Full text...

  • Gambian journalists remember slain editor
    15 december 2005 22:55:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Journalists under the banner of Gambia Press Union (GPU) and civil society groups in the tiny west African country Thursday began a two-day international conference on "Press freedom, democracy and development" to observe the first anniversary of the killing of a leading Gambian journalist, Deyda Hydara. Full text...

  • British NGO urges African press to promote ICTs
    15 december 2005 22:12:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Coordinator of the Senegalese section of the British NGO, Catalysing ICT Policies in Africa (CATIA), Coura Fall, is urging the African media to give more publicity to information and new communication technologies (ICTs). Full text...

  • Rwandan tribunal official cautions Kigali media
    15 december 2005 20:49:00
    Arusha- Tanzania (PANA) -- An official of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), Alessandro Calderone, has admonished the Rwandan media to 'avoid sensationalism' in reporting on trials and procedures at the tribunal. Full text...

  • CPJ expresses concern over detained journalists in Ethiopia
    15 december 2005 08:13:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Ethiopian authorities' continued detention of several journalists in that country prompted the New York-based Committee to Protect journalists on Wednesday to write Prime Minister Meles Zenawi a letter expressing its concern over the matter. Full text...

  • Mozambique committed to citizens' right to information
    14 december 2005 19:08:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican Prime Minister Luisa Diogo said here Wednesday the establishment of State-owned television station, TVM, was part of government's efforts at ensuring the citizens' right to information enshrined in the national constitution. Full text...

  • Sympathisers commemorate Zongo in Burkina Faso
    13 december 2005 23:58:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The association Collective of mass democratic organisations and political parties (CODMPP) on Tuesday commemorated the seventh anniversary of the assassination of Burkinabe journalist Norbert Zongo with firm commitment against impunity. Full text...

  • DR Congo media freedom group gets threat message
    13 december 2005 23:37:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has denounced threatening messages sent to the local press freedom group Journaliste en Danger (JED) a day after it released a hard-hitting report on abuses against journalists in DR Congo. Full text...

  • Eritrea, Ethiopia among leading jailers of journalists
    13 december 2005 23:16:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Eritrea and Ethiopia ranked with China and Cuba as the world's leading jailers of journalists in 2005, according to a new analysis by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Full text...

  • CPJ decries jailing of 2 more journalists on old charges
    12 december 2005 23:12:00
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  • African radio festival opens in Bamako
    12 december 2005 21:15:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The 5th edition of "Ondes de Liberté" (Freedom Waves) festival opened here Monday with about 200 broadcasters from a number of Francophone African States participating in the three-day event. Full text...

  • Ghana MP sues newspaper for libel
    12 december 2005 20:15:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A Ghanaian Member of Parliament is suing a private newspaper for libel over a cartoon which he has described as offensive. Full text...

  • Rwandan journalists to visit genocide tribunal
    11 december 2005 18:15:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- About 20 journalists from the public and private media in Rwanda will Monday begin a weeklong visit to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha, Tanzania to better understand the functioning of the court. Full text...

  • RFI resumes broadcasting in Nouakchott
    09 december 2005 19:56:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Radio France International (RFI) has resumed broadcasting on its frequency modulation waveband (FM 88. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean govt seizes publisher's passport
    09 december 2005 17:19:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean authorities Friday confiscated the passport of a publisher of two newspapers critical of the government, under new regulations that allow the State to withdraw travelling documents from individuals accused of campaigning against national interests abroad. Full text...

  • Media freedom group condemns jailing of Ethiopian journalist
    07 december 2005 23:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Wednesday condemned the eight-month jail sentence for criminal libel handed down by a Federal High Court on a journalist already in prison as part of Ethiopia's ongoing crackdown on the private media. Full text...

  • CPJ condemns jailing of journalists in Niger and Eritrea
    05 december 2005 23:20:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Monday condemned the imprisonment of of a Niger journalist for "defaming" a State official, and the returning to jail of an Eritrean journalist two days after he was set free. Full text...

  • Nigerian media group wants State radio station re-opened
    03 december 2005 22:04:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Media Rights Agenda (MRA), a Nigerian media advocacy group, has condemned the closure of Bayelsa State-owned radio station, Glory FM, and the arrest of its General Manager, Brighten Sorgwe. Full text...

  • African mediators expected in Abidjan Sunday
    03 december 2005 17:10:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A group of African leaders mediating in the Ivorian crisis is expected here Sunday to re-open negotiations on the appointment of a new Prime Minister to jump-start the stalled peace process in the West African nation. Full text...

  • Media rights groups welcome freedom for Sierra Leone journalist
    01 december 2005 11:29:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Media rights group, Reporters Without Borders and the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), have welcomed an Appeal Court's decision quashing the jailing of a journalist for "seditious libel" by a High Court in the country. Full text...

  • CPJ condemns imprisonment of Rwandan journalist
    29 november 2005 23:37:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Tuesday condemned the one-year prison sentence imposed on Rwandan journalist Jean-Léonard Rugambagewho reported alleged corruption among judges in the semi-traditional "gacaca" courts. Full text...

  • AU to launch continental radio, TV next year
    29 november 2005 20:49:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) plans to launch a television channel and radio station in 2006, credible sources said here. Full text...

  • African media must be development-minded - Academic
    29 november 2005 17:25:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Vice-Chancellor of Mozambique's Higher Institute of International Relations, Jamisse Taimo, Tuesday urged African media professionals to play their role as promoters of development. Full text...

  • No healthy democracy without healthy media
    29 november 2005 17:14:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The chairperson of the National Governing Council of the Mozambican chapter of MISA (Media Institute of Southern Africa), Salomao Moyana, declared in Maputo on Tuesday that it was unthinkable for any country to promote a healthy democracy without a healthy mass media. Full text...

  • CPJ demands end to press repression in Ethiopia
    29 november 2005 13:42:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called for an end to crackdown on the private press in Ethiopia and the release of all detained journalists in the country. Full text...

  • PANAPRESS, Africable sign partnership accord
    25 november 2005 09:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Pan-African News Agency (PANAPRESS) with headquarters in Dakar and Africable -- the African TV channel broadcasting from Bamako -- have signed a partnership agreement to pool their production and broadcasting capabilities. Full text...

  • Freedom of expression under siege in Zimbabwe, says MISA official
    24 november 2005 21:31:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- An official of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), a leading regional media rights organisation, charged here Thursday that "freedom of expression remains under siege" in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • Mozambique's freedom of information bill ready for house
    23 november 2005 20:02:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican chapter of the regional press freedom body MISA (Media Institute of Southern Africa) has a draft bill on freedom of information ready to be considered by the country's parliament, MISA sources said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Siemens SA begins invitation for 2005 Profile Awards
    23 november 2005 08:49:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Now in its fourth year of recognising and acknowledging excellence in science and technology reporting, Siemens Southern Africa has begun inviting entries from journalists and producers from African countries to participate in the 2005 Profile Awards. Full text...

  • Maghreb newswire services leaders meet in Rabat
    22 november 2005 23:34:00
    Rabat- Morocco(PANA) -- Directors of five Maghreb newswires services opened their periodic meeting Tuesday in Rabat, to share information and seek cooperation among their news agencies in the Arab Maghreb Union. Full text...

  • CPJ: Eritrea remains Africa's worst jailer of journalists
    22 november 2005 09:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has welcomed the release of Eritrean journalist Dawit Isaac, who had been jailed without charge since a government crackdown closed the entire independent press in September 2001 in Eritrea. Full text...

  • Detention of Niger journalist outrages CPJ
    22 november 2005 08:23:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed outrage that journalist Salifou Soumaila Abdoulkarim, accused of defaming a government official in Niger and placed in "preventive detention", is expected to appear in court in Niamey Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mauritanian parties condemn arrest of journalist
    21 november 2005 11:45:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- About 20 Mauritanian political parties have condemned the arrest of journalist Adel Sejad, a reporter for the Points Chauds periodical, and demanded his release and dropping of charges against the paper's director Moulay Najim Ould Moulay Zein. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau TV dismisses 14 workers
    20 november 2005 15:17:00
    Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea Bissau's radio and television (RTG) has dismissed 14 workers, including journalists, according to Eusebio Nunos, the new television director and close confidante of President Nino Vieira. Full text...

  • UN mission in Burundi unhappy with local press
    19 november 2005 19:05:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The UN Operation in Burundi (UNOB) is strongly "concerned about the serious breaches" observed in recent days in some local media, UNOB officials told PANA. Full text...

  • ADB spurs development of statistics in Africa
    19 november 2005 16:53:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The African Development Bank (ADB) has commenced a publication aimed at relieving Africa from its persistent constrains in decision-making at many levels due to lack of reliable statistical data. Full text...

  • DR Congo jails 37 journalists in eight months
    18 november 2005 23:09:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) imprisoned 37 journalists between January and August 2005 compared with 23 throughout 2004, according to Journalistes en Danger (JED), a local organisation for the defence of journalists' rights. Full text...

  • Media, freedom of expression groups report abuses to UN
    18 november 2005 19:41:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Media and freedom of expression groups that attended the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis, have asked the UN to fully investigate attacks on human rights and freedom of expression that occurred in Tunisia during the summit. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone media body slaps fines on journalists
    17 november 2005 08:48:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's Independent Media Commission has slapped 500 US dollar fines each on three editors from three independent tabloids as a penalty for publishing false stories. Full text...

  • Senegal urges Ivorians to collaborate with Obasanjo
    16 november 2005 22:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal's foreign minister Cheikh Tidiane Gadio on Wednesday appealed to Ivorian politicians to "sincerely collaborate" with President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria to pull their country out of the prevailing crisis. Full text...

  • Tunisian political police attack Belgian TV crew
    15 november 2005 19:51:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- A Belgian television team was attacked Monday in Tunis as it was covering the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS), the Belgian press complained here Tuesday. Full text...

  • AU, experts to discuss Africa TV/Radio network's modalities
    15 november 2005 10:09:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African media experts as well as representatives of the civil society, regional economic communities and international organisations are due to gather from 21 to 23 November in Cairo, Egypt, under the aegis of the African Union (AU) Commission to map out modalities for setting up a continental radio and television network. Full text...

  • Cameroon releases Australian journalist from custody
    15 november 2005 08:36:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Australian freelance journalist Andrew Mueller has been released police custody in southwestern Cameroon, reports the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Tuesday. Full text...

  • CPJ demands release of Australian journalist held in Cameroon
    11 november 2005 23:03:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has called on Cameroon to free an Australian freelance journalist Andrew Mueller, detained by the police in south-western Cameroon Friday, for researching secessionist movements in the region. Full text...

  • Togolese politicians conclude meeting in Rome
    11 november 2005 08:22:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Representatives of President Faure Gnassingbé of Togo and those of the country's main opposition leader, Gilchrist Olympio, who heads the Union of Forces of Change (UFC) met in Rome on 7-9 November to discuss issues related to the security of civilians, reforms in the army and the country's institutions, it was revealed here. Full text...

  • CPJ decries Ethiopia's plan to charge journalists with treason
    10 november 2005 23:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned plans by the Ethiopian government to charge journalists detained during a wave of anti-government protests with treason. Full text...

  • Senior journalist calls for security of media, workers
    10 november 2005 22:00:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambia Press Union (GPU) president Madi Ceesay Thursday called on the government to provide maximum security for the country's media and its workers after years of apparent animosity between the two camps. Full text...

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