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

  • 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...

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