Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Zimbabwe police arrest reporters over false story
    30 april 2002 20:01:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Police in Zimbabwe Tuesday arrested two reporters working for an independent daily newspaper for writing a false story last week about a politically-motivated murder. Full text...

  • Botswana minister accused of stifling press
    29 april 2002 20:11:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The Botswana press has reacted with suspicion at the unprecedented resignation of Botswana Television general manager Oshinka Tsiang this weekend, blaming the newly appointed information and broadcasting minster Daniel Kwelagobe of easing Tsiang out of his post. Full text...

  • UNESCO says attacks on journalists go unpunished world-wide
    29 april 2002 18:57:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Journalists and the media in general have paid a heavy toll to terrorism in recent years, UNESCO said Monday. Full text...

  • President Wade calls on Mwanawasa to lead facilitators
    26 april 2002 21:28:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade has written to his Zambian counterpart, Levy Mwanawasa, asking him to "chair the group of heads of state who facilitated the signing in of an agreement in Dakar by two protagonists in the Malagasy crisis. Full text...

  • World Press Freedom Day to Focus on Terrorism and Media
    25 april 2002 18:57:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The impact of terrorism on the media around the world will be the focus of a two-day international conference to be held in Manila, Philippines, as part of this year's World Press Freedom Day celebrations. Full text...

  • Swaziland to present media bill in parliament soon
    23 april 2002 13:52:00
    Lobamba- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swazi Public Service and Information Minister Mntonzima Dlamini Monday night promised parliament that the country's long-awaited media bill would soon be tabled in the house for debate. Full text...

  • Wade urges African Foreign Ministers to visit Madagascar
    22 april 2002 17:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade has called on Foreign Ministers of African countries involved in mediating the Malagasy post-election crisis, to visit the nation, an official statement said in Dakar Monday. Full text...

  • Nairobi hosts media workshop on peace in the Great Lakes
    22 april 2002 14:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Some 60 journalists and civil society actors from the Great Lakes countries began a three-day workshop in Nairobi Monday on the role of the media in fostering lasting peace in the volatile region. Full text...

  • Dakar agreement: antidote for balkanisation of Indian Ocean
    19 april 2002 00:03:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The significance of the peace and reconciliation agreement signed Thursday between Malagasy President Didier Ratsiraka and challenger Marc Ravalomanana in a power-sharing arrangement pending a re-run of elections, reaches beyond the Indian Ocean Grand Island in terms of its possible effects and scope. Full text...

  • Ravalomanana, Ratsiraka sign reconciliation agreement
    18 april 2002 14:10:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The two men at the centre of the political crisis in Madagascar, incumbent President Didier Ratsiraka and his rival Marc Ravalomanana Thursday signed a reconciliation agreement in Dakar, Senegal. Full text...

  • Wade continues mediation on Malagasy crisis
    17 april 2002 20:00:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade continued his efforts Wednesday to reconcile embattled President Didier Ratsiraka and his rival Marc Ravalomanana, who has proclaimed himself President of Madagascar. Full text...

  • Moi pinpoints missing media link in NEPAD
    17 april 2002 15:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The African summit conference convened in Dakar this week to seek private sector financing for NEPAD projects has had the indisputable merit of providing CEOs of transnationals a forum to air their views, albeit grievances against African nations whose laws stunt business growth. Full text...

  • Mauritanian journalists protest colleague's arrest
    15 april 2002 17:16:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Senior journalists of leading newspapers in Nouakchott Monday protested against the arrest of Mohamed Vall Ould Oumere, Editorial Director of Mauritania's weekly 'La Tribune. Full text...

  • Nigerian editors urge press to hold politicians accountable
    14 april 2002 13:24:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian editors rounded off a three-day forum in Lagos Saturday with a declaration that the press must hold elected officials in the country accountable, as part of efforts to ensure good governance. Full text...

  • Journalists protest seizure of Togolese dailies
    12 april 2002 17:23:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- African journalists attending a just- ended seminar on investigative journalism in Cotonou have protested against recent seizures of three Togolese dailies in Lome by that country's security forces. Full text...

  • Moroccan Senate passes controversial press code
    12 april 2002 13:19:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The Moroccan Senate Thursday adopted a controversial press code after amending the version passed by the House of Representatives. Full text...

  • Mauritius soon to have private television
    11 april 2002 15:53:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth said Wednesday night that the first-ever private television station in the country would start its operations in Mauritius as soon as frequencies are available. Full text...

  • 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...

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