Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Niger brainstorms on media reform
    10 february 2006 16:02:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Representatives of Niger media, government and other stakeholders Friday started discussions here expected to lead to the adoption of a media code of conduct and the creation of an observatory to facilitate implementation of and adherence to the code. Full text...

  • Rights group says Zimbabwe media crackdown intensifies
    09 february 2006 14:27:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Zimbabwean government has launched a new assault on the country's remaining independent press through a wave of criminal prosecutions and arrests, the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Thursday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone's AG fails to pursue manslaughter charges against MP
    08 february 2006 07:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's attorney general has confirmed that he will not pursue charges of manslaughter against a member of parliament and two others accused of assaulting journalist Harry Yansaneh in May 2005, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sao Tome to license private radio and TV stations
    07 february 2006 20:26:00
    Sao Tome- Sao Tome and Principe (PANA) -- The government in Sao Tome and Principe is finalising a project aimed at authorising the launch of private radio and television stations between now and March 2006, according to Célia Pereira, deputy minister of public service and social affairs. Full text...

  • Tension after South African paper prints Muhammad's cartoon
    06 february 2006 09:10:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A major storm has broken out in South Africa over a decision to publish a controversial cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad in Friday's edition of the Mail Full text...

  • Morocco bans "France Soir" for insulting Prophet Mohammed
    02 february 2006 20:09:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The Moroccan government has banned the Wednesday edition of the Paris-based best selling "France Soir" newspaper following the paper's publication of Prophet Mohammed's cartoons under the "false pretexts" of defence of press freedom, a communication ministry source said Thursday here. Full text...

  • Nigerian state drops charges against journalists
    02 february 2006 12:14:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Governor Peter Odili of Nigeria's southern Rivers State has ordered the withdrawal of criminal charges against two journalists of a private radio station for broadcasting a false story. Full text...

  • Benin govt warns media against defamation
    01 february 2006 20:45:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Benin government has told the country's media to refrain from writing articles and making programmes aimed at discrediting citizens and public institutions. Full text...

  • CPJ demands release of Internet reporter detained in Ethiopia
    30 january 2006 23:57:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Ethiopian authorities to release immediately a correspondent for the US-based Website Ethiopian Review, detained since Friday. Full text...

  • Panos Institute plans media, telecom regulation workshop
    30 january 2006 14:28:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The West Africa-based Panos Institute plans a workshop scheduled 2-4 February on "Convergence between media regulation and telecommunications" gathering forty professionals from the public and private sectors involved in communication. Full text...

  • UNFPA partners Nigerian media on population, gender equality
    28 january 2006 16:18:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Participants at a gender and advocacy sensitisation forum in Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos have challenged the media to help raise public awareness on reproductive health issues, gender equality and development, as well as undertake a sustained campaign against harmful cultural practices. Full text...

  • CPJ petitions Museveni on threatened press freedom in Uganda
    25 january 2006 07:52:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed concern over what it calls efforts by the Ugandan government "influence journalists' coverage" of the country. Full text...

  • IFJ denounces killing of 150 journalists, plans worldwide protest
    24 january 2006 13:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Revealing that 150 journalists and media staff were killed in 2005, the highest ever, the Belgium-based International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has condemned a "culture of neglect and indifference," fuelling the killings. Full text...

  • Press union want clarification on late Sierra Leone journalist's inquest
    23 january 2006 11:55:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) has petitioned the country's Chief Justice Ade Renner Thomas demanding clarification on an inquest into the death of journalist Harry Yansanneh, which the Attorney General Justice Minister Frederick Carew has declared null and void. Full text...

  • Minister nullifies inquest into Sierra Leone journalist's death
    23 january 2006 08:49:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's Attorney General and Justice Minister Frederick Carew has declared null and void, the conclusion of an inquest into the death of journalist Harry Yansanneh, on grounds that the investigation panel did not follow the law. Full text...

  • Kabbah, Sierra Leone tabloid in another brush
    22 january 2006 16:37:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah has threatened legal action against a local tabloid if it fails to retract a story alleging that he is constructing a multi-million dollars mansion in neighbouring Guinea, media reports said here Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigerian broadcasting agency chief to visit Benin
    21 january 2006 12:17:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Chairman of Nigeria's National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Silas Babajiya Yisa, is expected in Cotonou Tuesday, sources close to the Benin Audiovisual and Communication Authority, HAAC, said here Saturday. Full text...

  • CPJ welcomes second conviction of Mozambican journalist's killer
    20 january 2006 23:40:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has welcomed Friday's conviction by a Maputo court in the murder of Mozambican journalist Carlos Cardoso, but called on authorities to pursue those behind the killing. Full text...

  • Network to help in campaign to educate girls in Benin
    20 january 2006 20:56:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's Network of Journalists and Communicators Specialised in Education (RJCE) is organising a nationwide media campaign to promote girls' education in the country. Full text...

  • CPJ chides continued gagging of Zimbabwe media group
    19 january 2006 08:22:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed concern that Voice of the People (VOP), an independent Zimbabwean news production company, remains inactive after police confiscated its equipment and files in a December 2005 raid. Full text...

  • Nigeria's regulatory body bans 10 private broadcast stations
    18 january 2006 20:37:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has suspended the operations of 10 private broadcast stations with effect from 20 January, for failing to renew their licences, NBC chairman Silas Yisa, announced here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Press Union wants Bissau govt to compensate injured journalists
    10 january 2006 21:11:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- The Guinea-Bissau National Union of Journalists, has called on the government to compensate 11 journalists injured in a road accident, while on their way to cover the World AIDS Day event organised last December 1, by the National AIDS Control Secretariat in Gabu, south-east of the country. Full text...

  • Cape Verde media workers down tools to demand allowances
    10 january 2006 09:37:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Media workers, including journalists and cameramen, from the Cape Verde's Radio and Television Corporation (RTC) have decided to boycott the current campaign for the legislative elections due on 22 January press demands for allowances. Full text...

  • Obasanjo's son attacks Atiku
    09 january 2006 13:02:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- One of Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo's sons has attacked Vice President Atiku Abubakar in a wide-ranging press interview that will likely worsen the poor relationship between the country's two top leaders. Full text...

  • Kadhafi Foundation to build new publishing house
    09 january 2006 10:55:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- A Libyan media production company 1/9 and a German publisher, Hidelberg, Sunday signed an accord in Tripoli aimed at establishing a new printing house here. Full text...

  • Mauritania set up consultative body to oversee media
    07 january 2006 17:26:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania has set up a consultative National Commission for the Reform of the Electronic and Print Press made up of 60 members from public authorities, the private press, political parties and the civil society. Full text...

  • Senegalese court dismisses charges against journalists
    06 january 2006 21:52:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A Senegalese court sitting in Dakar on Friday dismissed charges of breaching national security levelled against several journalists whose private media company broadcast last October an interview with a rebel leader from the southern Casamance region of the country. Full text...

  • Journalists detest harassment in Niger in 2005
    31 december 2005 13:49:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The Secretary General of the Union of Journalists of the Independent Press in Niger (UJPIN), Oumarou Lalo Keita, has reflected on difficulties of the local media in 2005 when several journalists were assaulted or imprisoned. Full text...

  • Moroccan court sentences 2 journalists in defamation case
    29 december 2005 22:29:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The Appeal court in Casablanca on Thursday gave two journalists of the Moroccan Weekly 'Tel Quel' a suspended sentence of two months of imprisonment and fined them 72,000 euros after being found guilty of defamation, judicial sources affirmed Rabat. Full text...

  • Court sentences 3 Senegalese journalists
    27 december 2005 21:52:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Tribunal of Dakar on Tuesday sentenced the editorial director of the daily, L'Observateur, Alioune Ndiaye, a journalist of the same organ, Jean-Pierre Mané, and the editorial director of Le Courrier du jour, Pape Amadou Gaye, to three months of imprisonment with a suspended sentence. Full text...

  • Mauritania to strengthen co-operation with PANAPRESS
    23 december 2005 21:52:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian leader Colonel Ely Ould Mohamed Vall, Friday affirmed his country's willingness to strengthen co-operation with the Pan-African News Agency (PANAPRESS), official sources said here. Full text...

  • CPJ wants release of Nigerian journalists held over "false information"
    23 december 2005 21:20:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Friday called for the immediate release of two Nigerian radio journalists indicted for airing an erroneous report of a bridge collapse, which their station retracted. Full text...

  • Moroccan news agency's workers plead for their benefits
    22 december 2005 20:59:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Reporters from the official Moroccan News Agency (MAP) Thursday staged a sit-in before the finance ministry headquarters in Rabat to press for the implementation of their allowances the MAP board of director granted them in November 2004. Full text...

  • Senegal gets new media regulatory body
    22 december 2005 15:50:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Senegalese National Assembly (parliament) has adopted a bill setting up the National Broadcasting Regulation Council (CNRA) to replace the Supreme Council on Broadcasting (HCA) set up in 1998, information minister Bacar Dia has revealed. Full text...

  • PANA director general visits Nouakchott
    22 december 2005 12:37:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The Pan African News Agency (PANAPRESS SA) Director General, Babacar Fall, is currently paying a three-day visit to Nouakchott, where he arrived on Wednesday, official sources said here Thursday. Full text...

  • CPJ slams Ethiopia for charging 22 journalists with treason
    21 december 2005 23:23:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has described as "shocking and outrageous," Wednesday's treason charges against 22 Ethiopian journalists including Kifle Mulat, President of the Ethiopian Free Press Journalists' Association (EFJA). Full text...

  • New English-language monthly hits Nouakchott newsstands
    21 december 2005 17:25:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- A new English-language monthly publication called 'Peace' appeared on the newsstands here Wednesday, the second in four years. Full text...

  • 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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