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  • Mauritanian newspapers highlight Speaker's comment on president Aziz’s health
    03 november 2012 16:17:11
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The media in Mauritania this week highlighted a statement by the Speaker of Parliament, Messaoud Ould Boulkheir, aimed at reassuring his compatriots of the state of health of president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, saying it raised more questions than answers.Full text...

  • EU places great importance on universal rights - Diplomat
    03 november 2012 15:23:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - One of the fundamental human rights and freedoms is freedom of expression and the European Union places great importance on supporting the achievement of these universal rights, Agnès Guillaud. Head of the EU Delegation The Gambia, said on Saturday.Full text...

  • Kenyan media spotlight sacked judges’ fate, lavish judiciary spending
    03 november 2012 14:30:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan newspapers this week focused on the go-slow by segments of the Kenya Police Force, a ruling by the High Court overturning the sacking of senior judges, including those of the Supreme Court, and the judiciary’s purchase of new "fuel guzzling" vehicles for 40 new judges of the High Court.Full text...

  • Tanzanian papers focus on game elephant poaching, corruption in ruling party
    03 november 2012 09:40:13
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The seriousness of elephant poaching in Tanzanian game sanctuaries and graft in the ruling party’s elections were prominent issues in the country’s newspapers this week while public calls intensified for the two ills to be brought to an end as quickly as possible. Full text...

  • Key oil industry changes, Boko Haram-Govt talks highlighted in Nigeria
    03 november 2012 09:22:15
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A major shake up in the management of the state-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the proposed talks between Government and the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram, and the police surveillance slammed on highly-placed Nigerians linked to the group were the major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Presidential debate, Farmers' Day highlighted in Ghanaian newspapers
    03 november 2012 08:02:52
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Last Tuesday’s debate by the presidential candidates whose parties are represented in parliament and Friday's celebration of Farmers' Day dominated newspapers in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Gambian Police urged to investigate death threats against journalists
    02 november 2012 16:27:03
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Gambia Press Union (GPU) has urged the country's police force ''to investigate and take appropriate action'' against individuals who threatened two journalists, Babucarr Ceesay and Ababucarr Saidykhan, with death, the union said in a statement received here by PANA Friday. Full text...

  • CPJ wants convicted Burkinabe journalists freed
    01 november 2012 11:33:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the criminal convictions of two journalists and the suspension of their newspaper in Burkina Faso on charges of criminal defamation in connection with their reports on corrupt practices in the state prosecutor's office. Full text...

  • ECOWAS rallies support for establishment of Mediation Facilitation Division
    31 october 2012 14:30:21
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has called for total support for its latest initiative to strengthen regional peace and security through the establishment of a Mediation Facilitation Division (MFD) within its Political Affairs Directorate. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to establish mediation facilitation division
    29 october 2012 08:38:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As part of efforts to strengthen its mediation system to ensure peace and security in West Africa, the ECOWAS Commission is to establish a Mediation Facilitation Division (MFD) within its Directorate of Political Affairs. Full text...

  • President Aziz’s state of health played up in Mauritanian media
    28 october 2012 11:57:56
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The recovery of President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz in France after he was accidentally shot a fortnight ago was the main story in Mauritania this week.Full text...

  • Kenyan papers focus on ICC probe, electoral politics
    27 october 2012 15:19:26
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Comments by International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda dominated Kenyan newspaper headlines after she confirmed that none of the suspects facing crimes against humanity trial next year would be immune to prosecution even if elected to the presidency. Full text...

  • Fuel crisis, graft, religious tension reports dominate Tanzanian newspapers
    27 october 2012 09:27:39
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Reports on a fuel crisis, graft in governing party elections and religious tension filled Tanzanian newspapers this week as national leaders frantically appealed to the public to abide by the law. Full text...

  • Missing oil money, floods and famine dominate headlines in Nigeria
    27 october 2012 08:56:35
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The 86.65 billion Naira (about US$ 578 million) oil money, earned in 10 years and part of which is said to be missing, the impact of the devastating floods on prices of foodstuff and the nation's fourth Catholic Church Cardinal dominate newspaper headlines in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Election issues again dominate Ghanaian media
    27 october 2012 08:19:20
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Election issues once again dominated the media in Ghana this week with the fallout of the disqualification of a number of presidential hopefuls being the most prominent.Full text...

  • Gambian authorities drop charges against 2 journalists
    24 october 2012 14:31:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Gambian authorities have dropped all charges against two embattled journalists, Abubacarr Saidykhan and Babucarr Ceesay, PANA confirmed Wednesday. Full text...

  • 'Almost all Cameroonian radio, TV organizations operate illegally'
    23 october 2012 18:51:55
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) - Almost all audiovisual media in Cameroon operate without licence, the country's Minister of Communication, Issa Bakary Tchiroma, disclosed on Monday, warning erring organizations that breaching of the media regulations will no longer be tolerated. Full text...

  • Paris demands investigation into France 24 journalist harassment
    22 october 2012 21:59:16
    Paris, France (PANA) – The French Foreign Affairs ministry on Monday asked Egyptian authorities to investigate the molestation of a female journalist from french TV station, France 24, on Friday in Tahrir Square in Cairo.Full text...

  • Mauritanian media regulatory body to process applications for 3 new TV channels
    22 october 2012 17:07:51
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The Mauritanian government Monday authorized the High Authority for Press and Broadcasting (HAPA), the media regulatory body in the country, to process applications from individuals or organizations interested in establishing new private television stations. Full text...

  • Nigerian papers highlighted by power reforms, devastating floods, first lady's return
    21 october 2012 11:03:56
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The commencement of the big reform in the power sector, devastating floods and the return of First lady Dame Patience Jonathan from "medical treatment" abroad highlighted reports in the Nigerian papers in the past week. Full text...

  • Disqualification of former first lady from Ghana presidential race fills newspapers
    20 october 2012 08:16:33
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – As the deadline for presidential aspirants to file their nomination papers to contest Ghana’s 7 December presidential and parliamentary elections expired on Thursday, it was the disqualification of one of the high profile candidates, former first lady Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, that grabbed the headlines.Full text...

  • Kenyan papers narrow focus to 2013 Presidential polls
    13 october 2012 15:15:45
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan papers this week narrowed their focus on the 4 March, 2013, presidential elections, amid a presidential snub of visiting former UN Chief Kofi Annan. Full text...

  • Ravaging floods, Bakassi peninsula dominate newspaper headlines in Nigeria
    13 october 2012 09:12:50
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The floods that wreaked havoc across the country, the Bakassi question and plans to refurbish oil refineries dominated newspaper headlines in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Politics dominates Ghana media
    13 october 2012 09:01:55
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – With the presidential and parliamentary elections only a few weeks away, political stories dominated the media this week as political parties and their candidates carried out various activities to win over the electorates. Full text...

  • Fake antiretrovirals, clash over tainted holy book make headlines in Tanzania
    13 october 2012 08:52:22
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Exposure of counterfeit antiretroviral drugs in public hospitals made headlines in Tanzanian newspapers midweek but by the end of the week all dailies carried worrisome reports on a clash between the police and angry Muslims in a suburb of this port city and commercial capital of the East African country.Full text...

  • Media watchdog accuses Chad of intimidating journalists
    06 october 2012 11:41:46
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The media watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has accused Chad of intimidating journalists and called on the government to halt those actions with immediate effect. Full text...

  • CPJ warns Ethiopia against 'harassment of journalists'
    06 october 2012 11:28:33
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The media watchdog Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has waned Ethiopian authorities to halt the harassment of journalists covering the country's Muslim community and their intimidation of citizens who have tried to speak to reporters about sensitive religious, ethnic, and political issues. Full text...

  • Ruling party elections make headlines in Tanzanian papers
    06 october 2012 08:23:48
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Electoral conferences of Tanzania’s ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party made headlines in local newspapers this week amidst calls for youthful and ethical leadership which were punctuated with allegations of corruption in the voting process.Full text...

  • Launch of ruling party’s manifesto, creation of 45 constituencies highlighted in Ghana media
    06 october 2012 08:05:39
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The launch on Thursday of the manifesto of Ghana’s ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), creation of 45 new constituencies and murder charge for Justine Kone Katinan, ally of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo, were some of the major stories in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Mauritania gets press advisory board
    02 october 2012 18:57:20
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian authorities Monday set up an Advisory Board for the Press (CCP), charging it with the responsibility to maintain a high quality press in the country, according to a PANA report here Tuesday. Full text...

  • MFWA says 3 newspapers suspended in Sierra Leone
    02 october 2012 18:20:39
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The sub-regional rights body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), said that Sierra Leonean authorities have slammed a month-long suspension against three privately-owned newspapers for allegedly "producing offensive publications", the body said in a statement received here by PANA Tuesday.Full text...

  • Botswana journalist John Churu wins APO's sponsorship to AfricaCom 2012
    01 october 2012 15:15:32
    Dakar, Sénégal (PANA) - ICT expert and journalist John Churu of Botswana will be sponsored by the African Press Organization (APO) to participate in the AfricaCom 2012, the premier Pan-African communications event, taking place in Cape Town, South Africa, from 13-15 November,2012. Full text...

  • 2012, worst year for Somali journalists - CPJ
    30 september 2012 11:22:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has declared 2012 as the most dangerous year for Somali Journalists, even with three months to the end of the year. Full text...

  • Ghana-Ivorian ties, battle to win Rawlings’ "heart" played up in Ghana’s media
    29 september 2012 08:40:51
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Relations between Ghana and its western neighbor, Cote d’Ivoire, especially after armed men attacked positions in Cote d’Ivoire one week ago, and the battle between two political parties to win over former President Jerry John Rawlings for the December elections are some of the stories that have dominated newspapers in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • IFJ hails UN Resolution on safety of journalists
    28 september 2012 16:15:13
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The global press freedom body, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Friday welcomed the United Nations'"Resolution on Safety of Journalists" and urged states to do more by implementing it "in good faith within their jurisdictions".Full text...

  • MFWA wants charges against 2 Gambian journalists dropped
    28 september 2012 16:10:31
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Accra-based rights body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Friday called on Gambian authorities to drop the charges against two Gambian journalists, Babucarr Ceesay and Abubacarr Saidykhan. Full text...

  • Gambian Journalists' Union bemoans closure of 2 newspapers
    27 september 2012 15:49:00
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Saying that the deteriorating state of media freedom in the country would undermine democratic gains made in The Gambia, the umbrella journalists' union, The Gambian Press Union (GPU), has slammed a recent order by the National Intelligence Agency closing down the Standard Newspaper and the Daily News. Full text...

  • Tunisian journalists to strike on 17 October
    25 september 2012 21:37:29
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian journalists union (SNJT) on Tuesday called a general strike for 17 October over several issues, including demands for freedom of speech. Full text...

  • Fourth Somali journalist killed in Mogadishu in 24-hour span
    22 september 2012 09:57:37
    Nairobi, (PANA) - Unidentified gunmen killed veteran Somali journalist Hassan Yusuf Absuge in Mogadishu on Friday, just hours after he had reported on an explosion that killed 14 people, including three of his colleagues. Full text...

  • Rawlings' apparent U-turn, Mahama’s running mate played up in Ghana's media
    22 september 2012 07:39:44
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – An apparent U-turn of former President Jerry John Rawlings on the chances of his ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 7 December polls and the introduction of Vice-President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur as the running mate of President John Mahama were some of the major stories played up in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Intern doctors’ plea for leniency makes headlines in Tanzanian papers
    22 september 2012 07:37:24
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Different developments made headlines in Tanzania’s newspapers this week, but the plea for leniency by intern doctors who were suspended from service in public hospitals after going on strike attracted the attention of all dailies. Full text...

  • Embattled Gambian journalist faces more charges
    20 september 2012 14:40:31
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Gambian police are pressing more charges against Babucarr Ceesay, one of the two embattled journalists recently detained for seeking permission to hold a peaceful demonstration over the execution of nine death-row prisoners, PANA confirmed Thursday. Full text...

  • 'Closure of media houses violates right to information in Gambia'
    19 september 2012 21:17:17
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - An opposition youth leader in Gambia has frowned on the recent arbitrary closure of media houses by the government in the tiny West African country where press freedom and free expression are ranked very low by various media watchdogs. Full text...

  • Gambian govt. condemned for closing 2 newspapers
    18 september 2012 18:38:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Civil Society Associations Gambia (CSAG) and Gambia Press Union (GPU)-USA branch, Tuesday "roundly and unequivocally" condemned the Gambian government for closing down two media houses, the 'Daily News' and 'Standard Newspaper'. Full text...

  • Ivorian National Press Council lifts suspension of pro-Gbagbo newspapers
    18 september 2012 11:29:32
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian regulatory body for print media, the National Press Council (NPC), Monday lifted the suspension it slammed on six newspapers that support former president Laurent Gbagbo. Full text...

  • Gambia censors 2 papers amid execution debate
    18 september 2012 11:24:51
    Lagos, Nigeria, (PANA) - State security agents in the Gambia have ordered two independent newspapers to cease publication immediately, without explanation, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said in a statement made available to PANA Tuesday, quoting local media reports. Full text...

  • Kenyan papers ponder security, regional trade issues
    16 september 2012 10:20:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan newspapers in the outgoing week focused on the ongoing civil servants' strikes, the state's failure to deal with the conflict in the Tana River Delta and the state visit by Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete. Full text...

  • Mauritanian papers focus on slain Muslim preachers in Mali
    15 september 2012 20:03:28
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Mauritanian newspapers were this week awash with stories on the killing of Muslim preachers, including Mauritanians, by a unit of the regular Malian army. Full text...

  • AU hosts conference on journalists' safety
    15 september 2012 17:52:08
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – A two-day Pan-African Conference on Safety of Journalists and Issue of Impunity, hosted by the African Union (AU) Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ends Saturday, the organizers announced Saturday. Full text...

  • Sanitation programme, creation of new constituencies dominate Ghana media
    15 september 2012 09:08:04
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The launch of a sanitation programme by President John Dramani Mahama and the raging debate on the creation of 45 new constituencies for the 7 December presidential and parliamentary elections dominated the media in Ghana this week.Full text...

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