Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • MFWA welcomes presidential pardon for 2 Benin journalists
    07 february 2013 17:53:29
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The sub regional press freedom watchdog, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Thursday welcomed the presidential pardon granted to Berthe Cakpossa, the director of a privately-owned television station, and Lionel Agbo, a former government official. Full text...

  • Tripoli seeks release of Libyan sports journalist arrested in Lebanon
    05 february 2013 14:12:25
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan Prime Minister, Ali Zeidan, has appealed to the Lebanese government to free Libyan journalist, Walid Mabhoub, who was arrested in Beirut three days ago. Full text...

  • Mauritanian media again highlight war in northern Mali
    02 february 2013 13:39:58
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The retaking of northern Mali from Islamist groups affiliated to Al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQMI) by French-led troops is one of the main stories highlighted by the media this week in Mauritania.Full text...

  • Mystery gold cargo, gays and lesbians fill Ghanaian media
    02 february 2013 08:05:23
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) –Ghanaian newspapers were this week dominated by a mystery gold cargo that was seized in Turkey and the highly contentious issue of homosexuality when a human rights lawyer and activist, Nana Oye Lithur, appeared before Parliament’s Appointments Committee to be vetted as Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection. Full text...

  • State-backed newspaper under siege in South Africa
    31 january 2013 09:38:07
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A major row has broken out between the government-backed New Age newspaper, and the official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) which has called for a judicial commission of inquiry to look into the paper's funding.Full text...

  • Opposition MPs’ boycott of ministerial nominees' vetting dominates Ghana media
    26 january 2013 10:31:40
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The boycott by Members of Parliament of Ghana's opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) of the vetting of nominees for ministerial positions dominated the country's media this week. Full text...

  • Justice for terrorist, Super Eagles' shoddy performance at AFCON reported in Nigeria
    26 january 2013 09:45:59
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The life jail slammed on Edmund Ebiware, found guilty of complicity in the 1 Oct., 2010 independence day twin-bombings in the capital city of Abuja, and the below-par performance of the Super Eagles at the ongoing 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in South Africa dominated front pages in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Mauritanian body accuses local media of being conduits for terrorists
    21 january 2013 16:32:48
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritania's regulatory Supreme Media and Audiovisual Authority (HAPA) has accused two media organisations in the country of serving as propaganda tools to terrorists, after they carried messages from the terrorists who took hostages at a gas plant in Algeria. Full text...

  • Mali operation, bloody Algeria hostage drama grab Mauritanian headlines
    19 january 2013 13:49:43
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The French-initiated operation to flush out jihadists from northern Mali and the taking of hostages by suspected Al-Qaeda members in the In Amenas gas plant in Algeria were given wide coverage by Mauritanian newspapers this week. Full text...

  • Mali war, bribe-for-job scandal, 2013 AFCON dominate front pages in Nigeria
    19 january 2013 08:13:41
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The war in Mali, to which other West African Full text...

  • Election petition, 2013 AFCON, death of paramount chief of Accra reported in Ghana
    19 january 2013 08:12:18
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The continuing court case on a petition filed by the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) against the results of the 7 December 2012 election and the death of the paramount chief of Accra were some of the major stories covered by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • MFWA condemns attacks on 4 journalists in Togo
    14 january 2013 18:32:14
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The sub-regional rights body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Monday condemned the attack against four journalists in Togo by personnel of the country's police force.Full text...

  • French air raids in Mali dominate Rwandan media
    14 january 2013 14:25:07
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan newspapers Monday widely reported the launch of the "French military operation" in Mali, called Serval, which is designed to assist the Malian armed forces in dislodging armed Islamists occupying the northern part of the West African country since March 2012. Full text...

  • Tanzanian dailies focus on constraints in education sector
    12 january 2013 08:58:39
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – As schools in Tanzania started the new academic year this week, education was at the centre of attention in local newspapers which pinpointed shortfalls in the sector, including the government’s long-term failure to pay salaries and allowances of teachers. Full text...

  • Ghana’s media report swearing in of President Mahama, petition against election results
    12 january 2013 08:09:35
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The inauguration of President John Dramani Mahama, commencement of hearing of a petition against the results of the 7 December election filed by the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) and announcement of names of the first cabinet ministers occupied the attention of the media this week. Full text...

  • Detained Gambian journalist released on bail
    11 january 2013 15:48:28
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The detained Gambian journalist, Abdoulie John, has been released on bail, family sources confirmed to PANA on Friday.Full text...

  • Gambian authorities urged to release detained journalist
    10 january 2013 20:38:16
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The management of Jollofnews online newspaper on Thursday condemned the arrest and detention of its reporter, Abdoulie John, by Gambian authorities. Full text...

  • Embattled Gambian journalist re-arrested
    09 january 2013 22:21:47
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Abdoulie John, one of Gambia's embattled journalists, has been rearrested and placed in custody by personnel of National Intelligence Agency (NIA) in Banjul, family members confirmed to PANA on Wednesday. Full text...

  • IFJ condemns harassment of Gambian journalist
    05 january 2013 15:35:32
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The global press freedom body, International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), has condemned the continued harassment of a Gambian journalist, Abdoulie John, an IFJ statement received by PANA on Saturday has indicated. Full text...

  • Tanzanian dailies focus on country’s prospects in 2013
    05 january 2013 09:03:05
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Every New Year brings hope and expectation to people and so does 2013, according to Tanzanian newspapers, some of which, this week, reflected on the past year as a bad period but at least one painted an optimistic outlook of the country’s economy. Full text...

  • Ghanaian media highlight President Mahama’s State of Nation address, New Year message
    05 january 2013 08:03:53
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The State of the Nation address and New Year message of President John Dramani Mahama and speculations about political appointments were some of the major stories covered by the newspapers in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Election result challenge, Bishops’ concern about Christmas reported in Ghana
    29 december 2012 12:35:11
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The 7 December election result challenge in court by the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) and concerns of Catholic Bishops over the commercialisation of Christmas were some of the stories played up by the Ghana media this week. Full text...

  • Tanzanian dailies focus on peace, religious tolerance
    29 december 2012 12:19:43
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Calls to the Tanzanian public to stay committed to the values of peace and religious tolerance highlighted the country’s media this week, as citizens engage in end-of-year family reunions and festivities. Full text...

  • Media watchdog says Guinean radio talk shows censored
    22 december 2012 11:00:16
    New York, (PANA) - The New York-based media watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has condemned a series of censorship measures imposed this month by media regulators in Guinea against three popular current affairs talk shows stemming from news commentary critical of officials.Full text...

  • National budget, mass failure in WAEC, kidnapping dominate headlines in Nigeria
    22 december 2012 10:09:27
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The national budget, passed on Thursday by the National Assembly, and the mass failure in the secondary schools examinations, conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), were the major stories reported in Nigeria this week.Full text...

  • Opposition demonstration, pressure of Christmas played up in Ghana media
    22 december 2012 08:13:18
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A demonstration of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) in its stronghold, Kumasi, in central Ghana, the hassles of Christmas and shooting of the Upper West Regional minister by armed robbers were some of the stories highlighted by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • MFWA says newspaper suspended in Burkina Faso
    20 december 2012 14:30:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The sub-regional rights body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Wednesday released a statement, saying authorities in Burkina Faso have slammed one-week suspension against Le Qoutidien newspaper over publication of a picture. Full text...

  • CPJ demands ''full investigation'' into slain Gambian editor's case
    18 december 2012 16:13:13
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom body, Committe to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has released a statement calling for ''full investigation'' into the December 2004 murder of leading Gambian editor, Deyda Hydara.Full text...

  • Money laundering, Bakassi, high-profile kidnapping reported in Nigeria
    15 december 2012 08:39:09
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The mind-boggling sums of money being laundered by corrupt persons, the recurring problem in the Bakassi peninsula and the high-profile kidnappings were some of the stories highlighted in the Nigerian media this week. Full text...

  • Mahama’s election victory fills Ghanaian media
    15 december 2012 08:15:55
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The decisive first round victory of President John Dramani Mahama and his ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Ghana’s election, rejection of the results by the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) and acts of violence were the major stories in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Gambian journalist questioned, granted bail
    14 december 2012 17:31:01
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Barely four days after his detention and release, the embattled Gambian journalist, Abdoulie John, was on Thursday again called by personnel of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), PANA confirmed Friday. Full text...

  • China launches weekly newspaper to showcase ties with Africa
    14 december 2012 12:34:51
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Africa edition of the China Daily newspaper was launched here Friday, in an effort by the Asian giant to showcase its growing trade and industrial ties with the continent. Full text...

  • Ghana journalists protest attacks by opposition party supporters
    13 december 2012 12:35:34
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has strongly condemned the attacks on its members by unruly supporters of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), who were protesting the results of last Friday's presidential election that saw President John Dramani Mahama winning in the first round. Full text...

  • Detained Gambian journalist released
    11 december 2012 19:32:22
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Detained Gambian journalist, Abdoulie John, has been released from custody, PANA confirmed from here Tuesday.Full text...

  • IFJ calls for release of detained Gambian journalist
    10 december 2012 16:29:16
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The global press freedom body, International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). on Monday condemned ''the arbitrary arrest and detention'' of journalist Abdoulie John, by the Gambian authorities. Full text...

  • Benin TV station censored amid presidential pressure
    09 december 2012 11:16:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The media watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has condemned censorship of Beninese private television station, Canal 3, and defamation charges against its director for coverage of a corruption scandal involving aides of President Boni Yayi, who appears to have pressured the media regulator into taking action against the station. Full text...

  • Mauritanian press dominated by crisis in Mali
    08 december 2012 15:14:17
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian newspapers this week turned attention to the situation in northern Mali, occupied for several months now by terrorist groups linked to the Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). Full text...

  • Corruption ranking, Abacha loot, highlighted in Nigeria
    08 december 2012 09:14:42
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's ranking by the global corruption watchdog, Transparency International (TI), the return of Abacha loot (US$ 700 million) by the Swiss government, deregistration of 28 political parties, and the rising population were the highlights of stories published in the country this week. Full text...

  • Ghana’s chaotic election highlighted by the media
    08 december 2012 08:06:48
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Ghanaian media had highlighted hopes of a peaceful, smooth, free and fair general election, with the introduction of a biometric voters’ register and biometric verification machines that were introduced to extend the frontiers of democracy in the West African state.Full text...

  • Benin media focus on alleged mastermind of attempted poisoning of Yayi
    08 december 2012 07:43:41
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - The media in Benin this week focus attention of the brief arrest, in Paris, France, of businessman Patrice Talon who is accused of being the mastermind of the attempted poisoning of President Boni Yayi. Full text...

  • Benin media focus on arrest of alleged mastermind of the attempt to poison Yayi
    07 december 2012 20:28:14
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - The media in Benin this week focus attention on the brief arrest, in Paris, France, of businessman Patrice Talon who is accused of being the mastermind of the attempted poisoning of President Boni Yayi of Benin. Full text...

  • MFWA wants media ethics observed during Ghana polls
    06 december 2012 17:04:34
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The sub-regional rights body, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), on Wednesday released a statement urging journalists and other media workers to ''abide by the ethics of the profession'' and contribute ''to free, fair and peaceful elections'' in Ghana. Full text...

  • UN-based media organisation launches UNEARTH News
    06 december 2012 11:39:25
    New York, US (PANA) - Award-winning MediaGlobal News, an independent news organisation based at the UN headquarters in New York, Thursday announced the online launch of UNEARTH News, a new and distinct voice reporting on the human dimensions of climate change, and its impact on developing countries. Full text...

  • MFWA condemns attack on two journalists in Togo
    04 december 2012 17:57:34
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Ghana-based sub-regional rights body, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) on Monday issued a statement condemning attacks on two journalists in Togo, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • DRC suspends UN-backed broadcaster Radio Okapi
    04 december 2012 11:35:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to lift the suspension it imposed Saturday on the UN-sponsored broadcaster Radio Okapi in the capital, Kinshasa. Full text...

  • Obasanjo's revolution, security, fuel and health concerns reported in Nigeria
    01 december 2012 09:17:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Former President Olusegun Obasanjo's call for a revolution, knocks for CBN Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, government's resolve to fight Boko Haram to finish and polio and HIV concerns were the main stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Peace pact by all 8 presidential candidates dominates Ghana media
    01 december 2012 08:25:57
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A peace pact signed by the eight candidates contesting the 7 December election in Ghana to uphold peace before, during and after the polls, admonition from former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan of Ghana, as well as the advice of Catholic Bishops filled the newspapers in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Mauritanian editors denounce death threats against journalist
    27 november 2012 22:06:09
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Mauritanian editors on Tuesday strongly denounced the "intimidation and attack" against Ahmed Ould Wedia, the chief editor the "Sirage" newspaper. Full text...

  • RSF intensifies campaign against censorship
    27 november 2012 19:39:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Paris-based rights body, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Tuesday intensified its campaign against censorship by launching a website called ''WeFightCensorship (WeFC)'', RSF said in a statement received here by PANA. Full text...

  • Correspondent of BBC and AP in Togo passes away
    26 november 2012 22:12:27
    Lomé,Togo (PANA) – The correspondent of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and of Associated Press(AP) in Togo, Ebow Godwin, is dead.Full text...

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