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

  • Zambian Broadcasting Corporation says it is neutral
    31 december 2001 15:02:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) has denied opposition parties' accusation that it is biased in the announcement of results of last Thursday's general elections in the country. Full text...

  • Police frees Burundian journalist
    31 december 2001 14:48:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Jean-Claude Kavumbagu, Director of Burundi's private Net Press Agency, has been freed from eight-day detention for alleged breach of national security. Full text...

  • Benin's public radio and television employees end strike
    31 december 2001 12:44:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Employees of the Benin Radio and Television Office (ORTB) have abandoned a two-day strike meant to protest against telephone, electricity and water cuts that they have been subjected to in their workplace in the past two weeks. Full text...

  • Benin State radio workers threaten strike Monday
    29 december 2001 16:58:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Workers of Benin State radio plan a 48-hour strike beginning Monday to protest the absence of telephone services, as well as lack of electricity and water supply at the station for the past two weeks. Full text...

  • Ivorian Commission accredits 375 journalists
    27 december 2001 23:25:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian Press Commission has accredited 375 journalist for the 2002 period, sources close to the Commission said in Abidjan Thursday. Full text...

  • Govt grants private press 300 million FCFA in Congo
    22 december 2001 09:34:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The Congolese government has granted the private press in the country 300 million FCFA (over 400,000 US dollars) in a move to salvage the local media from chronic financial difficulties. Full text...

  • Burundi to open journalism school, says minister
    17 december 2001 12:14:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundian communication minister Albert Mbanerane announced at the weekend that a journalism and communication school would soon be opened in Burundi to end the "current amateurism in Burundian media. Full text...

  • Burundi government promises support to private press
    12 december 2001 16:21:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Authorities in the Burundi transitional government have promised to give "fiscal facilities" to the private press which has hitherto been deprived of State support. Full text...

  • Mozambique set for 20 new TV and radio stations for rural areas
    11 december 2001 20:41:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican government's Mass Communications Institute (ICS) is planning to install about 20 new community TV and radio stations in rural areas by the second half of February 2002. Full text...

  • Benin to host forum on rural broadcasting
    09 december 2001 17:48:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The 5th edition of the Lema rural and environmental broadcasting days (JAREL) will hold 10-20 December in Dassa, 200 km from Cotonou, the organisers announced Saturday. Full text...

  • Niamey's satirical paper editor released from prison
    08 december 2001 14:16:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Authorities in Niamey on Friday released the editor of the satirical weekly, Canard dechaine, Abdoulaye Tiemogo, who was jailed in October after being found guilty of libel. Full text...

  • New sports magazine on Cameroon's news-stands
    07 december 2001 22:51:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Great football nations do not become famous because of the performance of their national teams alone, according to 'Cameroon Football' magazine which got on news- stands for the first time Friday. Full text...

  • Botswana President defends controversial media bill
    07 december 2001 19:26:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- President Festus Mogae Friday chastised journalists in Botswana for negatively reacting to government's proposed controversial media bill, saying it posed no threat to fundamental freedoms. Full text...

  • Benin media protest govt action against journalist
    06 december 2001 21:46:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Three media associations in Benin have protested against Monday's decision by the country's Communication and Broadcasting Authority (HAAC) to withdraw the press accreditation of a journalist over alleged false publication. Full text...

  • Beleaguered Botswana media plan self-regulatory body
    06 december 2001 20:25:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Journalists in Botswana are working on a self-regulatory body to pre-empt the passage of an anti-press Bill proposed by the government. Full text...

  • Botswana official criticises Govt media Bill
    05 december 2001 17:16:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The Director of Botswana's Information and Broadcasting, Andrew Sesinyi has rejected the government's proposed mass media Bill, saying it undermines press freedom. Full text...

  • Botswana official criticises Govt media Bill
    05 december 2001 15:27:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The Director of Botswana's Information and Broadcasting, Andrew Sesinyi has rejected the government's proposed mass media Bill, saying it undermines press freedom. Full text...

  • Mogae urged to scrap controversial media law
    03 december 2001 22:33:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The International Federation of Journalists wrote Botswana President Festus Mogae on Monday, urging him to withdraw the government's new controversial media bill. Full text...

  • Two Liberian dailies return to news-stands after closure
    03 december 2001 18:54:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Two Liberian dailies returned to the news-stands Monday after a week-long closure by government over "tax arrears". Full text...

  • Cape Verdian radio and television gets new board chairman
    30 november 2001 10:33:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The Cape Verdian government has appointed Ameerico Nascimento, former Director General of sports, as chairman of the board of directors of the country's Radio- Television Corporation (RTC). Full text...

  • Cameroon govt reviews State media access for political parties
    29 november 2001 20:49:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Ahead of parliamentary and council elections due early next year, Cameroon's Communication minister Jacques Fame Ndongo has revised the format and time allocated Cameroonian political parties in weekly propaganda broadcasts on State radio and television. Full text...

  • Organisers take conference on media law to Zimbabwe
    27 november 2001 19:49:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African-based Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) will beginning 29 November hold a three-day conference in Zimbabwe on media law, with focus on access to information held by the state and multinational and trans-national corporations. Full text...

  • Congolese press union denounces attack from churches
    26 november 2001 21:27:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The Congolese Press Union (UPC) at the weekend denounced what it said were attacks on the pressmen from some clerics. Full text...

  • Kenya Times fined 130,000 US dollars for defamation
    26 november 2001 20:44:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya Times Media Trust, publishers of Kenya Times newspaper, owned by the ruling KANU Party, was Monday fined 10 million shillings (about 130,000) by a Nairobi High Court, for defaming a local law firm. Full text...

  • Liberian journalists protest newspaper closure
    22 november 2001 18:48:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) Thursday said the closure of The News newspaper and arrest of its board chairman could "negatively impact on government-media relations. Full text...

  • Nigeria to privatise semi-official Daily Times newspaper 2002
    21 november 2001 15:15:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The privatisation of Nigeria's oldest surviving newspaper, Daily Times, will be concluded by April 2002, according to the country's privatisation agency. Full text...

  • Strike disrupts circulation of Lagos newspaper
    20 november 2001 17:31:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- One of Nigeria's foremost private newspapers, The Punch, was virtually of the streets in the commercial city of Lagos for the second day running Monday, following a disagreement between its management and distribution agents. Full text...

  • UNESCO head expresses outrage at murder of Colombian journalist
    19 november 2001 21:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura has expressed outrage at the murder of Colombian journalist Heriberto Cardenas Escudero by unidentified gunmen. Full text...

  • Mali hosts West African broadcast media fiesta
    07 november 2001 14:04:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The third edition of the West African broadcast media fiesta dubbed 'Waves of Freedom Festival' opens in Bamako on Wednesday under the patronage of Malian Prime Minister Mande Sidibe, official sources confirmed Tuesday. Full text...

  • Senegal to get first private TV in 2002
    07 november 2001 13:42:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal's Wal Fadjri media group president Sidy Lamine Niasse has announced the imminent launch of Senegal's first private television station by 2002, the daily Wal Fadjri newspaper reported. Full text...

  • Journalists launch annual Prize for dead colleague
    03 november 2001 19:00:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- A group of journalists working for the private media in Mauritania, has instituted an annual prize in the memory of their colleague Habib Ould Mahfoudh, former Director of 'Le Calame,' newspaper who died Thursday in Paris. Full text...

  • EAC boss mediates Kenya, Uganda dispute
    03 november 2001 10:09:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The Secretary General of the East African Community (EAC) Amanya Mushega has said ongoing fishing disputes in Lake Victoria should be resolved amicably, according to the spirit of the organisation. Full text...

  • BBC, ZNBC sign broadcasting agreement
    02 november 2001 20:54:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), have signed a five-year FM broadcasting agreement. Full text...

  • Mauritania's weekly publisher dies
    01 november 2001 18:14:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The founder and editorial director of Mauritania's weekly magazine 'Le Calame', Habib Ould Mahfoudh died Thursday in a clinic in Paris, reliable sources in Nouakchott disclosed. Full text...

  • State Radio and Television boss resigns
    24 october 2001 13:37:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The government of Cape Verde has accepted the resignation of the board chairman of the State Radio and Television (RTC), Romeu Modesto, official sources said Tuesday, adding that a new RTC board would be installed soon. Full text...

  • National Communication Council suspends radio station
    23 october 2001 08:45:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian National Broadcasting Communication Council (CNCA) has suspended private "Radio Fraternite Yopougon" for eight days for "violating a decree," the Council said in Abidjan Monday. Full text...

  • South African soldiers hurriedly leave Bujumbura
    22 october 2001 09:12:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- About 30 South African soldiers who arrived in Bujumbura last Thursday for a working tour scheduled to last several days, reportedly cut short their stay at the weekend for reasons yet to be explained. Full text...

  • Peace Radio to be launched in Kinshasa
    20 october 2001 13:04:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The new head of the information department at the UN Observer Mission in Congo (MONUC), David Smith, has announced that a "Peace Radio" would be launched within two months in Kinshasa, within a partnership between MONUC and the Hirondelle Foundation. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean editor joins world journalism body
    19 october 2001 23:14:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The editor of Zimbabwe's sole private daily newspaper, the Daily News, was Friday appointed to the board of directors of the World Press Freedom Committee (WPFC). Full text...

  • Namibian Govt. staves off broadcasters threatened strike
    17 october 2001 23:07:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The Namibian government has injected close to one million US dollars into the State-run Broadcasting Corporation to forestall a threatened wage strike by broadcasters. Full text...

  • Media in environmental awareness campaign
    17 october 2001 10:49:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- An environmental awareness campaign on the theme "civil society and environment", dubbed Environment Fortnight, started Tuesday on Benin radio and television. Full text...

  • PANAPRESS, ANGOP in co-operation bid
    16 october 2001 23:24:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- A delegation of the Dakar-based Pan-African News Agency (PANAPRESS) is due in Luanda Wednesday for co-operation talks with officials of the Angolan News Agency (ANGOP). Full text...

  • RSF protests detention of Togolese journalist
    16 october 2001 22:37:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Abidjan-based press rights group, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Tuesday protested against the detention of Alphonse Nevamé Klu, managing editor of Togo's weekly "Nouvel Echo". Full text...

  • Independent press in Gambian lament plight
    16 october 2001 13:16:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Even though the entire Gambian press received no assistance from the government to fully cover Thursday's presidential elections, journalists said they were performing without qualms. Full text...

  • President Mkapa faults Tanzanian media for sensationalism
    10 october 2001 19:01:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa is outraged by his country's media for giving prominence to news on the fight against terrorism at the expense of national events. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean papers criticise US attacks on Afghanistan
    09 october 2001 17:16:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's two national dailies Tuesday took issue with the US missile attacks on Afghanistan in reprisal for last month's terrorist bombings in New York and Washington without, as the papers put it, first furnishing the world with evidence implicating the suspects. Full text...

  • Harassment of independent press in Cameroon worries RSF
    05 october 2001 17:18:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The international media defence body, Reporters sans Fronteres (RSF) has reiterated concerns over the harassment of journalists in Cameroon after police summoned the editor of a private newspaper to disclose a news source. Full text...

  • Mozambican journalist gets posthumous award
    27 september 2001 17:15:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has posthumously awarded its Press Freedom Prize to Carlos Cardoso, editor of the independent news sheet "Metical" and former director of the Mozambican News Agency, who was murdered in Maputo last November. Full text...

  • Chad, US sign two agreements on national mediation
    27 september 2001 14:08:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Chad and the US have signed two conventions for the financing of the national mediation body and the information Committee, grouping 30 NGOs, in the African country. Full text...

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