Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Armed robbers raid South African Press Association offices
    20 october 2002 09:41:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Armed robbers stormed into the Greenside offices of the South Africa Press Association (SAPA) and tied up two journalists before they made off with several computers, police said Sunday. Full text...

  • RSF urges for suspension of Tunisia, Equatorial Guinea
    18 october 2002 23:52:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France-based Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF), a world media watchdog, has appealed to members of the Francophonie to suspend Equatorial Guinea and Tunisia from the organisation for violating press freedom. Full text...

  • Ugandan paper apologises for controversial article
    18 october 2002 15:19:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The private Monitor newspaper, which Ugandan authorities shut down last week for publishing a story alleging the crash of an army helicopter during fighting with rebels, was Friday back on newsstands with an apology to the government. Full text...

  • Ugandan journalist charged, released on bail
    17 october 2002 16:09:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The Ugandan journalist behind a controversial story that led to the closure of The Monitor newspaper was Thursday charged with publishing false information prejudicial to state security. Full text...

  • Malawi journalists set up legal fund
    15 october 2002 19:56:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The National Media Institute of Southern Africa's (NAMISA) Malawi Chapter has launched a legal defence fund (LDF) to help media houses and journalists hire lawyers whenever they are sued or they intend to take legal action themselves. Full text...

  • US Govt opens media centre in Madagascar
    14 october 2002 21:46:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- A press centre for Malagasy journalists opened at the weekend at the premises of the US Cultural Centre in Antananarivo. Full text...

  • Ugandan govt refutes allegations of media crackdown
    13 october 2002 20:09:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The authorities in Kampala has dismissed claims that a search on the offices of a local newspaper, The Monitor, constituted a violation of press freedom in Uganda. Full text...

  • Niger private media workers form trade union
    12 october 2002 16:23:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Professional staff of the private media in Niger have for the first time set up a trade union, determined to defend their rights and interests. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's harsh press laws take their toll
    12 october 2002 15:51:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's new draconian media laws have begun to impact negatively on regional media growth. Full text...

  • UNESCO Chief Expresses Concern at Murder of Brazilian Journalist
    08 october 2002 22:18:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNESCO Director General Koïchiro Matsuura Tuesday expressed grave concern about the murder of yet another journalist in Brazil. Full text...

  • Algerian public printing companies announce strike
    07 october 2002 17:26:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Workers at public printing plants in Algeria have announced a strike for 15 October to protest against working conditions and precarious finances. Full text...

  • Senegalese journalists Union expresses sympathy over disaster
    02 october 2002 22:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal's Union of Journalists (SYNPICS), has described the 26 September boat tragedy as "unprecedented" in the country's history and expressed its condolences to the families of the estimated 1,000 people that died in the disaster. Full text...

  • Malian Court withdraws case against two newspapers
    01 october 2002 23:04:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Constitutional Court in Mali has withdrawn its complaint against two newspapers and Alliance for Democracy in Mali (ADEMA) chairman, Diouncounda Traore, following mediation by the Mali Association of Griots. Full text...

  • RSF demands guarantee of press freedom in Cote d'Ivoire
    26 september 2002 18:35:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The media rights defender group, Reporters without Borders (RSF), on Thursday expressed grave concern about the bleak situation of press freedom in Cote d'Ivoire since some 750 soldiers mutinied 19 September to resist dismissal. Full text...

  • Zambian paper criticises Bush's stance on Middle East
    25 september 2002 11:17:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- State-run Zambian Daily Mail Wednesday accused the US of "pampering" Israel in its actions against the Palestinians. Full text...

  • South Africa continues mediation in Burundi peace talks
    24 september 2002 15:29:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Deputy President Jacob Zuma has extended his stay in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to continue mediating cease-fire negotiations between the transitional government in Burundi and armed political movements. Full text...

  • President Eyadema meets Togo's private press
    23 september 2002 10:08:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema and journalists from the private media held a weekend meeting at the president's private residence, official sources have said. Full text...

  • SLENA under investigation for alleged corruption
    21 september 2002 18:27:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone News Agency (SLENA) is currently under investigation by the national Anti-corruption Commission, the Director of Information Adewally Bell, confirmed Saturday in Freetown. Full text...

  • Cameroon to book media interfering in citizens' private lives
    20 september 2002 20:04:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's Communications minister Jacques Fame Ndongo has ordered the country's press to stop interfering in the private lives of citizens, an act which could result in disturbing public order and peace. Full text...

  • DR Congo rebel group detains UN Radio journalist
    19 september 2002 20:11:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The rebel Movement for the Liberation of (DR) Congo (MLC) led by Jean Pierre Bemba, has detained Franklin Moliba Sese, a Correspondent of UN 'Okapi' radio in Gbadolite, UN Secretary General's special envoy Amos Namanga Ngongi, said in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • French media rights group storms Eritrean embassy in Paris
    18 september 2002 20:36:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Twenty members of the media rights group, Reporters Without Frontiers (RSF), stormed the Eritrean embassy Wednesday afternoon to protest against "violations of press freedom" in the Horn of Africa state. Full text...

  • South Africa pursues mediation of Burundi peace talks
    18 september 2002 18:52:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Vice-President Jacob Zuma left Wednesday for Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, for the resumption of negotiations aimed at achieving a cease-fire agreement between the transitional government in Burundi and armed opposition movements. Full text...

  • Nigerian Editors Counsel Media Owners
    18 september 2002 12:50:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has urged media owners and managers to desist from exposing journalists working in their organisations to situations that could make them compromise professional ethics. Full text...

  • Burundi government wary of private media
    15 september 2002 13:39:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The Burundi government is mounting pressure on the private media through the National Communication Commission Council (NCC) and the Telecommunication Regulation and Control Agency (ARCT), in moves critics see as designed to check reports hostile to the transitional establishment. Full text...

  • IFJ launches tolerance award in Senegal
    13 september 2002 13:31:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has launched in Dakar a Journalism for Tolerance award "to promote tolerance and fight against discrimination and racism in the media. Full text...

  • RSF decries press repression in Sierra Leone
    12 september 2002 21:15:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The Paris-based Reporters Without Borders, with French acronym RSF, Thursday expressed concern over "a worsening situation of press freedom in Sierra Leone," following government's closure of a private newspaper and denial of broadcasting licence to a private radio station. Full text...

  • HRW urges Sudan to end press crackdown
    12 september 2002 19:30:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the Sudanese government to end its crackdown on the press. Full text...

  • Ivorian government regrets police raid on two newspapers
    12 september 2002 16:48:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- An Ivorian government delegation led by Communications Minister Zacharie Sery Bally, has expressed regrets and sympathy to journalists of the country's two private newspapers -- 'Le Patriote' and 'Tassouman' -- over police raid of their offices, official sources said in Abidjan Thursday. Full text...

  • Electoral body to sue Kenya's Broadcasting Corporation
    11 september 2002 12:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK), has threatened to sue the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) for alleged bias in its coverage of electoral and political activities. Full text...

  • Benin approves 88 new private radio and television stations
    11 september 2002 07:38:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's High Audiovisual and Communication Authority (HAAC) has published a list of 88 new private radio and television stations authorised to operate in the country. Full text...

  • IFEX opens its 10th conference in Dakar
    10 september 2002 21:17:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) opened its 10th congress in Dakar Tuesday to "review how it can efficiently fight against impediments to freedom of speech. Full text...

  • South African newsmen salute successful run of Earth Summit
    10 september 2002 13:22:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) Tuesday congratulated the government, NGOs and civil society organisations for what it judged was the successful hosting of the recent World Summit on Sustainable Development. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe bars resident foreign journalists
    10 september 2002 11:17:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe, under incessant international media attack for its controversial land policies, said Tuesday it would no longer permit foreign journalists to be resident in the country, but allow them short working visits of a maximum of 30 days. Full text...

  • Press Club condemns suspension of independent dailies in Gabon
    09 september 2002 21:17:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The Gabonese Press Club has criticised the National Communication Council (CNC) for suspending two local independent dailies and warning two others. Full text...

  • Police raid newspaper offices for false reporting in Abidjan
    09 september 2002 20:00:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Police in Abidjan on Monday raided the editorial offices of two local dailies, one of which was accused of false reporting. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe gets another private newspaper
    09 september 2002 15:49:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A private newspaper, the "Daily Mirror," was launched in Zimbabwe Monday, which its publishers said would pursue an editorial policy independent of business or political interests. Full text...

  • Nigerian Editors fight unethical practices
    07 september 2002 16:39:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), the umbrella group for the country's editors, will hold a one-day meeting of media stakeholders in Lagos Tuesday, NGE President Remi Oyo said. Full text...

  • Promotion of 'media for peace' discussed in Burundi
    07 september 2002 10:49:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Forty Burundian newspaper owners as well as some civil society members staged a round table in Bujumbura during which they undertook to serve the cause of peace, in a society where ethnic hatred is still rampant. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to set up a radio and television station
    06 september 2002 18:11:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) plans to set up a radio and television station to help publicise subregional integration programmes, the ECOWAS Director of Communications, Adrienne Diop, said in Dakar. Full text...

  • Authorities hit at private media in Gabon
    06 september 2002 13:06:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- A media regulatory board in Gabon has suspended two independent newspapers for three months, accusing them of "breach of public order, bringing the State into disrepute and attacking the dignity of senior officials in the country," government daily L'Union reported on Friday Libreville. Full text...

  • Opposition CPP denounces Togo's new press code
    05 september 2002 22:10:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togo's opposition Pan-African Patriotic Convergence (CPP), led by former OAU Secretary General Edem Kodjo, Thursday rejected the country's new press code, which it said was against pluralistic and independent press. Full text...

  • Three Liberian journalists absolved of 'sabotage'
    05 september 2002 16:16:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Three journalists working for State-owned Liberia Broadcasting System, were acquitted Wednesday by a Monrovia Magistrate's Court of sabotage charges. Full text...

  • Tunisian journalist Abdallah Zouari given 8 months in prison
    04 september 2002 23:49:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisia's Zarzis Cantonal Tribunal (South) Wednesday sentenced Islamist journalist Abdallah Zouari to eight months in prison, according to Samir Ben Amor, one of his lawyers. Full text...

  • Benin's undercover journalists awarded for job well done
    30 august 2002 21:48:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Eight Beninese journalists were Friday awarded a total of 3 million CFA francs for their outstanding investigative reports on corruption in this West African country. Full text...

  • Obasanjo tries to douse 'political tension' in Ghana
    30 august 2002 17:11:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, facing impeachment threat from the parliament, has met Ghana's former President Jerry Rawlings in an attempt to resolve the dispute between Rawlings and President John Kufuor's government, a source close to Rawlings said in Accra Friday. Full text...

  • Home of Swazi journalist raided by police
    30 august 2002 15:32:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The Mbabane residence of a Swaziland's State Television journalist, Bheki Mazibuko, was raided by plain clothes policemen early Friday, the journalist said. Full text...

  • Niger police arrest private radio director
    29 august 2002 20:37:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Police in Niger have detained the director of a private radio station that the public acclaims for enabling them to follow events related to the recent army mutiny. Full text...

  • Khartoum daily suspended for one day over 'indecent language'
    28 august 2002 15:50:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan's press watchdog, the Council for the Press and Publications, has slammed a one-day suspension on a Khartoum daily for use of "indecent language" in an article on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Full text...

  • Ghana Broadcasting Corporation boss sacked
    28 august 2002 15:25:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Seth Ago Adjetey, Director General of the State-owned Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), has been fired, the National Media Commission announced Wednesday. Full text...

  • Wade sacks Communication Adviser, State Broadcasting Chief
    28 august 2002 11:02:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade has sacked his Communication Adviser Cherif Elvalide Seye and the Managing Director of State Broadcasting Corporation (RTS), Mactar Silla, informed sources said in Dakar Wednesday. Full text...

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