Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Cote d'Ivoire to amend press law
    28 may 2002 16:38:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian cabinet has adopted a bill to amend an existing press law, an official statement has said in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Egyptian court lifts ban on paper that caused riots
    28 may 2002 11:21:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- An Egyptian higher administrative court has lifted a ban on a paper which provoked riots by Coptic Christians in 2001 after publishing articles and photos of a man presented as a monk frolicking with a naked woman. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe govt appoints new media executives
    27 may 2002 14:51:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The government in Harare Sunday appointed new chief executives for the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) and the national news agency, the Zimbabwe Inter-Africa News Agency. Full text...

  • Article 19 Accuses Gambia of Limiting Press Freedom
    27 may 2002 13:27:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Article 19, an international organisation that fights for press freedom, has expressed concern over the "excessive control" of the public media in the Gambia by President Yahya Jammeh's government. Full text...

  • Ravalomanana government seeks UN, OAU support
    24 may 2002 13:24:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Jacques Sylla, Prime Minister in the contested government of President Marc Ravalomanana, has appealed for support from the UN, the OAU and donor countries in the post-election imbroglio with supporters of former president Didier Ratsiraka. Full text...

  • New Sunday paper launched in Zimbabwe
    24 may 2002 12:53:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A Zimbabwean businessman Friday launched a Sunday newspaper to compete with three others already on the market. Full text...

  • President Wade makes new proposals to end Malagasy crisis
    24 may 2002 09:02:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Ahead of a second mediation meeting dubbed Dakar II, Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade has proposed an "Inter-Malagasy National Forum" to reconcile the protagonists in Madagascar's post-election crisis, diplomatic sources in the Senegalese capital indicated earlier Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya's controversial media law under further indictment
    24 may 2002 07:41:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A highly disputed media law passed earlier this month by Parliament in Kenya and pending enactment by President Daniel arap Moi has continued to receive widespread outcry from the public, with more groups calling for its suspension. Full text...

  • Authorities in Bujumbura tighten press censorship
    20 may 2002 17:06:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The government in Burundi has banned the public and private press in the country from interviewing any rebel leader as private radio stations have done in the past weeks. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean police release three detained journalists but...
    02 may 2002 20:26:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean police Thursday released three journalists detained for publishing a an apparent false story about the murder of an opposition supporter by members of the ruling party. Full text...

  • Director of "Reporter des Temps Nouveaux" arrested in Togo
    30 april 2002 23:38:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The editorial director of the Togolese newspaper 'Le Reporter des Temps Nouveaux,' Augustin Amega, was arrested in Lome Monday, according to sources close to the concerned who explained that he was on his way to a clinic where his wife had just delivered when he was arrested by elements of the gendarmerie. Full text...

  • 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...

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