Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Bissau press denounces sanctions on rights group
    11 april 2002 10:50:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- An order of the Public Prosecutor banning the publication of any release from Guinea- Bissau's Human Rights League has come under attack from the local press and judicial circles alike. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe soldiers beat up journalist
    06 april 2002 19:16:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Soldiers in Zimbabwe severely assaulted a journalist from the state broadcasting corporation covering an anti-government demonstration, and arrested two others Saturday. Full text...

  • Zambian press association set to stop 'pocket-journalism'
    05 april 2002 20:40:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Press Association of Zambia has vowed to uproot Pocket-journalism charging that the practice, also known in Zambia as 'Cadre Journalism,' has dragged the profession into mud. Full text...

  • Ivorian sports broadcaster dies on the mike
    02 april 2002 21:44:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A popular sports broadcaster with the State Radio in Cote d'Ivoire died on Sunday in the middle of a programme he was hosting, sources affirm. Full text...

  • Ivorian papers comment on Hayatou's bid for FIFA presidency
    18 march 2002 18:01:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian press Monday weighed the chances of African Football Confederation (CAF) President, Issa Hayatou, in the race for the presidency of the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA). Full text...

  • Moroccan legislators pass new press code
    13 march 2002 23:29:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco's chamber of deputies has passed a new but controversial press code which is to submitted to the Senate for a second reading. Full text...

  • Malawi Television resumes broadcast
    13 march 2002 08:34:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi Television, which was gutted by fire Saturday, resumed operation Tuesday, ahead of the 10-day deadline set by President Bakili Muluzi, who visited the station Monday. Full text...

  • Muluzi directs govt to fund TV Malawi's repairs amidst famine
    11 march 2002 14:02:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi president Bakili Muluzi has ordered the finance ministry to release 10 million kwacha (137,000 US dollars) by Tuesday to allow Malawi's only television station to return to the air. Full text...

  • Malawi Television boss promises early resumption of broadcast
    11 march 2002 08:51:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi Television's Director-General Benson Tembo, has promised that the station gutted by fire Saturday would resume operation as soon as possible. Full text...

  • Fire knocks Malawi Television off air
    09 march 2002 18:27:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A huge fire Saturday destroyed the main studios of Malawi's sole Television in Blantyre, knocking the station off air. Full text...

  • Egyptian authorities arrest Al-Jazeera journalists
    06 march 2002 19:12:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Wednesday petitioned the Egyptian government against the arrest of two journalists from the Qatari TV channel, Al-Jazeera. Full text...

  • France hails Morocco for mediating in Mano River Union crisis
    04 march 2002 22:29:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France Monday hailed the efforts undertaken by Morocco's King Mohammed IV to mediate in the crisis facing the states of the Mano River Union. Full text...

  • Mauritius offers mediation in India-Pakistan dispute
    01 march 2002 23:54:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius has offered to mediate between India and Pakistan who are currently in open conflict over the issue of Jammu and Kashmir states. Full text...

  • News blackouts give residents of an Ivorian city nightmares
    01 march 2002 19:57:00
    San Pedro- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- For the residents of San Pedro, Côte d'Ivoire's second largest city, it is not one of those days when blackouts deprive them of information and entertainment. Full text...

  • ICRC official wants more protection for journalists
    01 march 2002 08:26:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- An official of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has lamented that journalists operating in conflict areas do not enjoy sufficient protection. Full text...

  • RSF worried about press freedom in Madagascar
    28 february 2002 07:59:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- France-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF), has expressed concern over President Didier Ratsiraka's declaration of a state of emergency and its consequences on press freedom in Madagascar. Full text...

  • New daily arrives on Ivorian news-stands
    26 february 2002 22:48:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A new and privately owned daily has hit newsstands in Abidjan and other towns around Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Liberian president in Morocco for Mano River talks
    26 february 2002 21:10:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor left Monrovia Tuesday for Morocco to attend a reconciliation meeting with other leaders of the Mano River Union (MRU). Full text...

  • Journalists fear threats on liberties in Madagascar
    25 february 2002 20:53:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Freedom of expression in Madagascar is in jeopardy following the declaration of the state of emergency, according to the Madagascar Association of Journalists (OJM). Full text...

  • Congolese demand fairness from public media
    24 february 2002 10:38:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Residents of Brazzaville have criticised state-run media in Congo for biases in covering the current electoral campaigns in spite of huge government subsidies given them to cover the electoral process culminating in a presidential poll 10 March. Full text...

  • CPJ concerned about Press repression in Liberia
    22 february 2002 12:04:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has written to Liberian President Charles Taylor complaining about harassment of journalists in the country. Full text...

  • Kabbah to attend Mano River Union meeting in Rabat
    22 february 2002 07:54:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah will participate in a mediation meeting among Mano River Union leaders scheduled to convene next Wednesday in Rabat, a government spokesman confirmed Friday in Freetown. Full text...

  • The Financial Times starts production in South Africa
    19 february 2002 21:27:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The Financial Times on Monday started production at its first print site in South Africa, which has been set up by global digital printing giant Océ to give the world-renowned newspaper a major sales boost initiative. Full text...

  • Ivorian media group deep in debt
    17 february 2002 14:15:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The state-owned Ivorian media group Fraternité Matin is currently 7,000 million francs CFA (510 million US dollars) in the red, including a 1,000-million FCFA bank liability incurred for the payment of the staff salaries. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe journalist flees to South Africa
    15 february 2002 08:17:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Zimbabwe journalist Basildon Peta, under fire for reporting on his arrest in Harare last week, fled to South Africa Thursday night saying he feared for his life. Full text...

  • Malagasy citizens hail OAU mediation
    14 february 2002 21:42:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- OAU secretary general Amara Essy left Madagascar Thursday after four days of tough mediation aimed at solving an electoral dispute between opposition presidential candidate Marc Ravalomanana and the incumbent Didier Ratsiraka. Full text...

  • FIDH protests ban on private radio in Chad
    13 february 2002 10:52:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (FIDH) has criticised the Chadian authorities for banning the country's private Radio "FM Liberte. Full text...

  • Madagascar political opponents remain adamant
    12 february 2002 21:06:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- OAU Secretary General Amara Essy Tuesday concluded a four-day mediation visit to Madagascar without resolving the stand-off between the island's two leading presidential candidates. Full text...

  • New Zulu newspaper to be launched in South Africa
    12 february 2002 19:47:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Independent Newspapers group chairman Tony O'Reilly on Monday announced that his group will launch a new daily Zulu tabloid in KwaZulu-Natal in April. Full text...

  • S/African journalists condemn attack on Zimbabwe newspaper
    12 february 2002 11:12:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Journalists' Association (SAJA) has condemned Monday's petrol bombing of the offices of Zimbabwe's independent newspaper, the Daily News. Full text...

  • Francophonie mediators return from Madagascar
    11 february 2002 20:43:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF) mediators Monday briefed the body's secretary general, Boutros Boutros Ghali, on their mission, whose objective was to find an end to Madagascar's political stalemate since the 16 December 2001 presidential election results were proclaimed. Full text...

  • Kenyan President urges Egypt to join search for peace in Sudan
    11 february 2002 10:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi, who has been spearheading mediation efforts on the civil war in Sudan, has conceded that the initiative was deadlocked, but suggested the entrance of more parties to help end the dispute. Full text...

  • Liberian diplomat protests name-calling in Cameroonian press
    09 february 2002 20:04:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- Liberia's Ambassador to Cameroon, Carlton Karpeh, has petitioned the host country over allegations by some local newspaper against him, informed sources said. Full text...

  • Togolese authorities close private radio station
    07 february 2002 19:31:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togo's media regulating body, the High Broadcasting and Communication Authority (HAAC), has ordered the closure of Radio Victoire, a Lome-based private radio station. Full text...

  • CEN-SAD offers mediation in Chad, CAR crisis
    05 february 2002 23:49:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The secretary general of the Community of Sahel Saharan States (CEN-SAD), Dr Madani Al-Azharia, Tuesday said the organisation was making diplomatic moves to resolve the crisis between the Central African Republic and Chad. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe parliament adopts controversial media law
    31 january 2002 23:16:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's parliament Thursday night passed a controversial new media law, which local journalists and government critics said was intended to muzzle the press. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean MPs debate controversial media law
    31 january 2002 21:14:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's parliament was Thursday due to pass into law a controversial media bill which local journalists and civil society groups fear would curtail press freedom in the country. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe denies entry visas for 'Reporters Sans Frontières'
    29 january 2002 23:52:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's embassy in Paris Tuesday rejected visa applications from an official of 'Reporters Sans Frontières' (RSF) who wanted to travel to Harare to assess the prevailing press freedom situation. Full text...

  • N'djamena to get first commercial radio station
    21 january 2002 23:47:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The first commercial radio station in Chad will soon go operational, the editorial director of L'Observateur newspaper, Koumbo Singa Gali Sy confided to PANA Monday. Full text...

  • Rights group asks Biyoya to re-open Net Press Agency
    17 january 2002 22:27:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) Thursday demanded the cancellation of a ministerial ruling which indefinitely suspends the Net Press independent information agency in Burundi since 14 January. Full text...

  • Journalists protest against new Zimbabwe media law
    15 january 2002 13:55:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A group of journalists from the private media in Zimbabwe held an all-night vigil outside Parliament, Monday, to protest against a proposed media law they say would curtail press freedom in the country. Full text...

  • UK insists foreign radio broadcasts to Zimbabwe are legal
    15 january 2002 13:43:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The British High Commission in Zimbabwe insisted Tuesday there was nothing illegal about broadcasts being beamed to the southern African country from radio stations based in London. Full text...

  • Veteran Zambian journalists move to safeguard interests
    14 january 2002 15:43:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Veteran Zambian journalists, most of whom have retired from active service in both the public and private media, have formed a society to give them a voice and safeguard their interests. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe demands end to illegal British Radio
    14 january 2002 13:23:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe said Monday it would only address the European Union's concerns about media freedom in the country if the EU pressured Britain and the Netherlands to end their sponsorship of what it said were pirate radio broadcasts into the country. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean journalist laments perilous media landscape
    14 january 2002 13:10:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Award-winning Zimbabwean journalist Ray Choto has affirmed that reporting in the country is much like "dicing with death or walking on a minefield. Full text...

  • Mauritius Media Trust to introduce awards
    14 january 2002 12:03:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Media Trust of Mauritius has announced the creation of a "media Oscar" to be awarded to journalists in the print and electronic press in the country. Full text...

  • Libyan paper says fighting "terror by terror" is futile
    05 january 2002 11:23:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Fighting "terror by terror" was no solution to terrorism, the Libyan daily Al-Zahf Al-Akdhar has observed. Full text...

  • Cameroon journalists publish own journal
    03 january 2002 13:35:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The first issue of a monthly dubbed "Journalists' Journal" has appeared on news stands in Cameroon. Full text...

  • Zambian NGO slams opposition supporters
    31 december 2001 17:02:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A Non-Governmental Organisation has condemned Sunday's storming of the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) offices in Lusaka by supporters of the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND). Full text...

  • Burundi journalist released after paying fine
    31 december 2001 15:03:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The director of private Net Press Agency in Burundi, Jean-Claude Kavumbagu, was Monday released after eight days in detention for breach of national unity. Full text...

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