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

  • 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...

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