Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Muslim group threatens Nigerian journalists over article
    03 december 2002 15:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A previously unknown Nigerian Muslim group has threatened to kill 16 Christian journalists working for the private ThisDay newspaper, over its recent article that triggered bloody sectarian riots in the north of the country. Full text...

  • Nigerian journalist Akin Fatoyinbo dies in Tanzania
    02 december 2002 22:55:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Nigerian veteran journalist and communications adviser with the World Bank, Akin Fatoyinbo, died of heart attack here Sunday while preparing the Eighth Conference of African Ministers of Education (MINEDAF VIII). Full text...

  • African Tennis Magazine debuts in Nigeria
    28 november 2002 16:34:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Tennis Africa, a sports magazine that seeks to expose and empower African and black players in the Diaspora, has hit the newsstands in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Comoros state radio director resigns
    26 november 2002 20:24:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Comoros Radio and Television Corporation (ORTC) director Fatuma Mohamed Toilal Elyas has resigned from her post with effect from Monday night. Full text...

  • Nigerian editor arrested over beauty pageant article
    23 november 2002 10:07:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian state security officials have arrested an Editor of the private ThisDay newspaper, Simon Kolawole, over a controversial article that sparked off bloody Muslim riots in Nigeria's cities of Kaduna and Abuja, the local media reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Malian journalists in UEMOA training workshop
    22 november 2002 13:02:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Some 30 Malian journalists started Friday in Bamako a workshop aimed at familiarising them with the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA). Full text...

  • RSF asks Nigeria to do more to protect journalists
    21 november 2002 20:21:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A Paris-based media pressure group, Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) Thursday urged Nigerian authorities to take clear steps toward the protection of journalists and guarantee press freedom. Full text...

  • African journalists discuss food security
    21 november 2002 11:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- More than 100 journalists from 22 English-speaking African countries began a meeting in Nairobi Thursday on food security and sustainable development on the continent. Full text...

  • Eighth private radio station on Burundi's airwaves
    18 november 2002 21:29:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi had its eighth private radio station on airwaves Monday sponsored by an American non- governmental organisation known as 'Search for common ground'. Full text...

  • Eritrean journalist wins Press Freedom Award
    13 november 2002 20:22:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Eritrean journalist Fesshaye Yohannes, is among four writers to be honoured by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), at the 12th Annual International Press Freedom Awards ceremony 26 November. Full text...

  • Madagascar has new economic magazine
    12 november 2002 19:44:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Readers in Madagscar have a new weekly magazine called Mada Journal, specialising in economics. Full text...

  • Nigerian state governor threatens journalists
    10 november 2002 15:05:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Governor Joshua Dariye of Nigeria's central Plateau State has threatened to declare as "personae non-grata" journalists in the state who write "negative reports" on the lingering sectarian and ethnic violence in the state, press reports said Sunday. Full text...

  • Benin's 21st daily on newsstands
    06 november 2002 23:17:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's 21st daily, L'événement du jour, appeared on newsstands Wednesday stating its mission as providing impartial information regardless of the embarrassment it may cause to some readers. Full text...

  • Zambian Parliament blocks private media bills
    05 november 2002 19:26:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian National Assembly Speaker Amusaa Mwanamwambwa Tuesday blocked a private motion on three bills intended to promote press freedom in the country. Full text...

  • North African journalists get Handbook on media ethics
    30 october 2002 15:33:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Moroccan researcher, Jamal Eddine Naji has published a handbook on ethics for the media and journalists in the Magrheb. Full text...

  • Malawi ruling party MP assaults journalist
    24 october 2002 18:10:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A Malawi member of parliament, Fidson Chisesere, Wednesday afternoon allegedly beat up a journalist in the corridors of the country's National Assembly building in the capital Lilongwe. Full text...

  • Swazi journalist stabbed to death by unknown assailants
    24 october 2002 16:58:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- A journalist working for the state owned newspaper, The Swazi Observer, was stabbed to death by unknown assailants while he was on his way home from work Wednesday night in Mbabane, Swaziland's capital. Full text...

  • SABC expresses satisfaction with new Broadcasting Bill
    23 october 2002 16:21:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African State Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has expressed satisfaction with the Broadcasting Amendment Bill, passed by parliament Wednesday after weeks of a controversy. Full text...

  • UNESCO boss denounces breach of press freedom
    23 october 2002 12:28:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNESCO Director General Koichiro Matsuura underlined the importance of freedom of expression Wednesday, insisting that journalists must be allowed to perform their professional duties freely. Full text...

  • Police free two Cameroonian journalists after questioning
    23 october 2002 11:33:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Two journalists of Cameroon's private 'Mutations' daily arrested by police Tuesday were released after three hours of questioning, the paper reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Police arrest two journalists in Cameroon
    22 october 2002 18:14:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Haman Mana, editor-in-chief of the private Mutations newspaper and a colleague, Leger Ntiga were arrested Tuesday by police in Yaounde following publication of an article critical of the police force in Cameroon. Full text...

  • First English Islamic satellite channel due launching
    22 october 2002 16:44:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The World's first English language Islamic Satellite TV channel, Al Majd 2, would begin transmissions this Ramadan from studios in Dubai Media City, Riyadh and Cairo. Full text...

  • 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...

Special File - Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ)

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