Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • 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...

  • West African Radio denied licence in Sierra Leone
    23 august 2002 22:29:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Civil society-supported West African Democracy Radio (WADR), has been refused licence to operate in Sierra Leone by the Independent Media Commission (IMC) because of security reasons, an official of the Commission said in Freetown Friday. Full text...

  • Journalists draft pan-African charter on digital divide
    23 august 2002 21:11:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Over 200 journalists, most of them from Africa, Friday ended a three-day Highway Africa workshop with a charter to strategize the bridging of the digital divide between Africa and the developed world. Full text...

  • Media watchdog campaigns against Togo's new media bill
    21 august 2002 22:37:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France-based media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières or RSF), has urged Togo to refrain from presenting its new media bill to parliament, considering it to be contrary to press freedom. Full text...

  • Cameroonian Journalist Claude Ondobo dies in Paris
    16 august 2002 22:03:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- UNESCO's assistant director of Communication and head of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), Claude Ondobo of Cameroon passed away Thursday in Paris following an illness, newspapers reported Friday in Yaounde. Full text...

  • RSF demands the release of Kenyan publisher
    16 august 2002 20:40:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Paris-based press freedom defence association, Reporters sans Frontieres (reporters without borders) on Friday urged Kenyan authorities to immediately release Njehu Gatabaki, publisher of "Finance" magazine. Full text...

  • Cape Verdean radio stations on the Internet
    13 august 2002 11:53:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verdean news agency INFOPRESS, Radio Cape Verde (RCV), private radio stations RC and Praia FM are now available on the Internet through the website www. Full text...

  • ANGOP, PANAPRESS reinforce cooperation
    12 august 2002 22:49:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The Pan-African News Agency (PANAPRESS) and the Angolan News Agency (ANGOP) on Monday finalised arrangements in Luanda for Angolan journalists to participate in the Portuguese service of the continental news agency, starting next month. Full text...

  • UNESCO seminar calls for press freedom
    12 august 2002 19:03:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Participants to the just-ended seminar organised in Malabo by UNESCO have called for professional standards and self-regulatory mechanisms to govern press freedom in Equatorial Guinea. Full text...

  • Cape Verde authorities fire television director
    12 august 2002 15:17:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde Television (TCV) director Maria Rosario da Luz has been relieved of her functions by the board of the corporation (RTC), sources disclosed in Praia. Full text...

  • Another SABC senior official resigns
    12 august 2002 15:01:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Matatha Tsedu resigned his post Monday as Acting Chief Executive (News) at the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), citing "personal reasons," adding to the growing number of top officials that have left the Corporation's News Department in the last one month. Full text...

  • Gabon urges Chad, CAR to show restraint
    09 august 2002 19:39:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- President Omar Bongo of Gabon has urged fellow sub regional peers Ange Felix Patasse of the Central African Republic and Idriss Deby of Chad to show restraint, as tension mounts between the two neighbours following a clash on their borders. Full text...

  • Police arrest Editor of Burkinabe monthly magazine
    09 august 2002 16:34:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkinabe police have arrested Newton Ahmed Barry, Editor-in-Chief of the country's monthly magazine 'L'Evenement,' the private daily 'Le Pays," reported Friday. Full text...

  • Niger journalists denounce embargo on mutiny
    08 august 2002 22:35:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Journalists accredited in Niger have strongly denounced a presidential decree restricting information on recent events within the military, notably a mutiny by soldiers in garrisons east of the country. Full text...

  • Equatorial Guinea university to have information sciences faculty
    08 august 2002 21:52:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Equatorial Guinea's premier Candido Muatetema Rivas said Thursday in Malabo that a faculty of information sciences will be created at the country's university. Full text...

  • Burkinabe police arrest AFP correspondent
    08 august 2002 19:49:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A correspondent of the French News Agency (AFP) in Burkina Faso, Christophe Koffi, an Ivorian, was arrested Wednesday night by Burkinabe police, who also searched his residence, informed sources said Thursday in Ouagadougou. Full text...

  • Television workers to go on strike in Guinea Bissau
    07 august 2002 21:23:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea Bissau's National Television workers will launch a two-week partial strike from Thursday, Union President Salif Seydi, announced Wednesday. Full text...

  • 180 million CFA francs for media training in Benin
    07 august 2002 20:15:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's Audio-visual and Communication Authority (HAAC), has earmarked some 180 million CFA francs (about 261,287 US dollars) for the training of media workers in the country. Full text...

  • AI attacks new media bill in the Gambia
    07 august 2002 19:00:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Amnesty International (AI) has attacked the National Media Commission Bill recently passed by Parliament in Gambia, saying it contained several provisions that were incompatible with international conventions binding on the West African country. Full text...

  • Nation Media Group posts huge mid-year profits
    07 august 2002 16:01:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Nation Media Group, Kenya's biggest media conglomerate, announced on Wednesday that its mid-year profit rose to 77. Full text...

  • Journalists from sub-Saharan Africa attend development seminar
    06 august 2002 12:19:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is a holding a three-day seminar in Dakar to sensitise some 30 journalists from sub-Saharan countries on the concepts, principles and strategic objectives of sustainable development. Full text...

  • Algerian, Sudanese news organs sign cooperation agreement
    05 august 2002 21:44:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian News Agency (APS) managing director Nacer Mehal and his counterpart of the Sudanese News Agency (SUNA) Rabie Abdelati signed a cooperation agreement in Algiers at the weekend, on the exchange of information and experiences. Full text...

  • RSF calls for return of Pius Njawe's passport
    18 june 2002 21:29:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Reporters without borders, a Paris- based press freedom defence organisation, has expressed serious concern after the Cameroon police at the Douala airport impounded the passport of Pius Njawe, the managing director of 'Le Messager', a tri-weekly newspaper. Full text...

  • Journalist on trial in Zimbabwe over controversial story
    13 june 2002 19:50:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The trial opened in the Zimbabwe capital Harare Wednesday of a journalist working for a British newspaper, accused of writing a false story. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire to host French-speaking press confab
    12 june 2002 20:33:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire will 5-10 July host the next meeting of the International French-speaking Press Union (UIJPF), officials indicated Tuesday. Full text...

  • Women's radio station makes big impact in Cameroon
    12 june 2002 20:12:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Mbalmayo-based "Radio Femmes FM," a broadcast station created for, and run by women, has made a big hit on the population, with other regions in Cameroon itching to try the new community radio initiative. Full text...

  • Cell phone company offers lucrative media prize
    08 june 2002 18:34:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Cell phone giant, Vodacom, is offering South Africa's most lucrative media prize in a new competition to honour excellence in journalism. Full text...

  • Media council condemns pressure on Burundi journalists
    07 june 2002 21:22:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi's National Communication Council Friday condemned authorities for exerting pressure on editors of the privately owned Radio Publique Africaine for conducting investigations into a murder case. Full text...

  • French FM to visit Senegal, Gabon over Malagasy crisis
    04 june 2002 17:06:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin was due to visit Gabon Tuesday and later Senegal, for talks with Presidents Omar Bongo and Abdoulaye Wade on the crisis in Madagascar, a French official said in Paris. Full text...

  • Kenyan journalists launch media council
    04 june 2002 11:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In a move calculated to ward off government control of the media, Kenyan journalists Monday launched a self-regulatory, though not statutory Media Council to arbitrate public complaints against news organs. Full text...

  • Mauritanian authorities release journalist
    04 june 2002 08:02:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Neama ould Omar, a Mauritanian journalist and member of the Committee for the Respect of Norms and Ethics (CRED), was released at the weekend after three days in detention. Full text...

  • Police in Equatorial Guinea assault PANA correspondent
    03 june 2002 10:43:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Equato-Guinean journalist and PANA correspondent Rodrigo Angue Nguema was at the weekend verbally assaulted by Malabo police and denied access to a court trying 144 defendants accused of plotting to overthrow President Theodoro Obiang Nguema. Full text...

  • Liberian Women Journalists Lack Motivation
    31 may 2002 15:31:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A Dakar-based media research institution has described the future of female journalists in Liberia as "grim". Full text...

  • Zimbabwean journalist wins 2002 Gold Pen Award
    29 may 2002 13:40:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Zimbabwean journalist Geoffrey Nyarota, editor in chief of the Harare-based 'Daily News,' is recipient of the 2002 Gold Pen award for press freedom. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean police arrest journalists for alleged false story
    28 may 2002 21:18:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Police in Zimbabwe Tuesday arrested two journalists from the privately-owned weekly Standard newspaper over alleged false story carried in its latest edition. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire to amend press law
    28 may 2002 16:38:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian cabinet has adopted a bill to amend an existing press law, an official statement has said in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Egyptian court lifts ban on paper that caused riots
    28 may 2002 11:21:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- An Egyptian higher administrative court has lifted a ban on a paper which provoked riots by Coptic Christians in 2001 after publishing articles and photos of a man presented as a monk frolicking with a naked woman. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe govt appoints new media executives
    27 may 2002 14:51:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The government in Harare Sunday appointed new chief executives for the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) and the national news agency, the Zimbabwe Inter-Africa News Agency. Full text...

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