Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Gunmen shoot another Somali journalist
    10 july 2012 15:27:25
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom body, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has said that two unidentified gunmen shot a Somali journalist, Abdulkadir Omar Abdulle, PANA reports from here Tuesday.Full text...

  • IFJ tasks US to investigate claims missing Gambian journalist in America
    07 july 2012 19:52:31
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The global press freedom body, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), on Friday wrote to the US government to investigate claims that the missing Gambian journalist, Chief Ebrima Manneh, is in the US. Full text...

  • Media watchdog condemns attack of Togolese journalist
    07 july 2012 10:51:07
    New York, US (PANA) - Media watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has condemned an attack on a Togolese journalist who was covering a demonstration in the West Afrian state on Monday and called on authorities to immediately investigate and bring the perpetrators to justice. Full text...

  • Nigerian media report trial of subsidy thieves, new refineries, earnings from cassava export
    07 july 2012 10:49:27
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan's resolve to deal with subsidy thieves, plans to build six new refineries, and the projected huge earnings from the export of cassava chips to China dominated front pages in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Rawlings’ new party, brouhaha over by-elections reported in Ghana
    07 july 2012 08:03:47
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - For months, newspapers and political commentators highlighted moves by Ghana’s former President Jerry John Rawlings and his wife, Nana Konadu, to form and new political party, but the stories were flatly denied by their associates. Full text...

  • MFWA says journalist violently attacked in Togo
    05 july 2012 16:03:01
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The sub-regional rights body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Thursday said a Togolese journalist, Ayi Atayi, has been ''violently attacked'' and his camera taken away. Full text...

  • CPJ tasks Sudan on media coverage of demonstrations
    04 july 2012 10:47:59
    New York, US (PANA) - Global press freedom campaigner Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has urged the Sudanese authorities to allow journalists to cover anti-government demonstrations in the country. Full text...

  • Nigerian media feast on corruption, terrorism, disaster stories
    30 june 2012 14:28:48
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The continuing mind-boggling corruption case in the lower chamber of the National Assembly (parliament), the deepening war against Islamic sect Boko Haram and the rain that continued to lash Lagos and neighbouring states were the main stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • President Mills’ health, presidential debate boycott reported in Ghana
    30 june 2012 10:19:51
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The continuing debate on President John Evans Atta Mills’ health and his National Democratic Congress (NDC) party's decision against his appearance in presidential debates for December’s election were some of the stories reported in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Gambia newspaper Editor fined
    28 june 2012 20:39:50
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A Banjul Magistrate's court on Thursday sentenced the editor and publisher of a private newspaper, Today, to a fine of 100,000 delasi (US$3,400) for contempt of court. Full text...

  • Top Togolese journalist, Roger Yawo Dogan, dies in France
    28 june 2012 19:24:03
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Retired Television presenter and journalist, Roger Yawo Dogan, died Wednesday in Bordeaux, France, PANA learnt from family sources. Full text...

  • Devastating terror attacks, arrest of Boko Haram leader reported in Nigeria
    23 june 2012 10:08:32
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Sunday's devastating terrorist attacks in Kaduna and Zaria and the arrest of the suspected mastermind of the Boko Haram bombings were the major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • President Mills’ health, proposals to review Constitution reported in Ghana
    23 june 2012 09:01:38
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – For the umpteenth time, rumours on the health of President John Evans Atta Mills captured the headlines in Ghana with the rumour mills churning out another death message. Full text...

  • UN experts urge greater action to protect journalists, safeguard media freedom
    22 june 2012 14:45:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, and the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, have called for greater protection for media professionals, citing the unacceptably high number of attacks against those disseminating news, including arbitrary arrests, torture and killings, to sexual violence against female journalists. Full text...

  • IFJ condemns life imprisonment slammed on Burundi journalist
    21 june 2012 18:49:17
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The global press freedom body, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), has condemned the life imprisonment slammed on Hassan Ruvakiki, a Burundian Journalist. Full text...

  • Reporter's life jail irks Burundi journalists' union
    21 june 2012 14:10:35
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundi's journalists' union (UBJ) has expressed its dismay at the life jail slammed on a local reporter by a provincial court for allegedly participating in terrorist acts. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Youth, Sports Development Centre solicits media support
    20 june 2012 11:55:51
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The ECOWAS Youth and Sports Development Centre (YSDC) says it needs the sustained support of all stakeholders, especially the media, to deliver on its mandate of using sports and youth empowerment as tools to foster regional integration. Full text...

  • Initiatives to strengthen media's contribution to peace in West Africa launched
    18 june 2012 10:57:42
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Stakeholders working to improve media practice and contributions to Full text...

  • Nigerian media feast on mind-boggling bribery scam in the House of Reps
    16 june 2012 10:23:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The US$ 3 million bribery scam at the House of Representatives (the lower chamber of the National Assembly), given by multi-millionaire oil marketer Femi Otedola and received by the Chair of the House of Representatives Adhoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy Management, Farouk Lawan, was the main story this week in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Communal conflicts, call for peace highlighted in Ghana
    16 june 2012 07:11:31
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A clash between two communities in the Volta Region (VR), the latest in a series of worrying communal clashes over the past month in Ghana, and a strong call for peace, especially as the country prepares for presidential and parliamentary elections in December, were some of the stories highlighted in the media this week. Full text...

  • Ex-minister to head Mauritania's media regulatory body
    13 june 2012 15:50:37
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – A former Communications Minister, Hamoud Ould M'Hamed, was appointed head of the Mauritanian High Authority for Press and Broadcasting (HAPA), according a decree issued Tuesday by the Mauritanian presidency. Full text...

  • Radio journalist shot in Somalia
    12 june 2012 14:41:29
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Mohamed Nur Mohamed, a radio journalist in Somalia, was shot by two gunmen in Mogadishu, the global press freedom body, Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ) revealed Monday. Full text...

  • Nigerian media awash with stories from the DANA AIR plane crash
    09 june 2012 09:11:57
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The DANA AIR plane crash in Lagos on Sunday, 3 June, 2012, which killed all the passengers on board and more on the ground, overshadowed all other stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Plane crashes, Rawlings' coup anniversary, arms cache reported in Ghana
    09 june 2012 08:03:25
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Last weekend's plane crashes in Ghana and Nigeria, the celebration of the 33rd anniversary of the coup that brought former president Jerry John Rawlings to power and the seizure of arms were some the main stories highlighted in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • IFJ presses US, Gambia over missing journalist's fate
    06 june 2012 16:18:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The global press freedom body, International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), has urged the governments of America and the Gambia to disclose information on the whereabouts of missing Gambian journalist, Chief Ebrima Manneh, PANA reports Wednesday. Full text...

  • Jonathan's performance sheet, "honour" for Abiola reported in Nigeria
    02 june 2012 09:23:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan's self assessment in office, the renaming of the University of Lagos after the late politician, Moshood Abiola, and new electricity tariff which took effect Friday were the major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • IMF’s demand for fuel price hike, registration of prisoners to vote reported in Ghana
    02 june 2012 08:00:46
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The demand of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for Ghana to remove fuel subsidy, registration of prisoners to vote and the blame game in the sale of government lands and bungalows were some of the stories reported in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • CPJ condemns harassment of SA paper over painting
    31 may 2012 09:19:46
    New York, US (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the campaign of harassment and intimidation against a newspaper in South Africa after it published a photo of a painting of President Jacob Zuma more than two weeks ago. Full text...

  • CPJ wants ''immediate release'' of 2 detained Ethiopian journalists
    26 may 2012 16:37:15
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The US-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Friday called for the immediate release of two detained journalists, Peter Heinlein and Simegnish Yekoye, by Ehiopian authorities. Full text...

  • Crude oil theft, trial of subsidy thieves, Obasanjo's outburst reported in Nigeria
    26 may 2012 07:51:56
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism, government's moves to put oil subsidy thieves on trial and Obasanjo's classification of legislators as thieves dominate front pages in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Bungalow purchase, return of ‘prodigal son’ highlighted in Ghana media
    26 may 2012 07:06:42
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The ruling of the Supreme Court clearing Mr. Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, chairman of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), of any wrongdoing in the purchase of an official bungalow while he was minister of state was one of the major stories highlighted in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • IFJ says safety of journalists tops global agenda
    25 may 2012 18:13:04
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Thursday said media protection is back on the top agenda of world institutions and the press freedom body is a key player in the global campaign aimed at UN and its agencies." Full text...

  • Gambia's missing journalist: Manneh's family refutes police chief’s claims
    23 may 2012 17:49:31
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The family of Gambia’s missing journalist, Chief Ebrima Manneh, on Wednesday refuted claims by the country’s police boss that Manneh has been “seen in America”. Full text...

  • MFWA says pro-opposition paper suspended in Cote d'Ivoire
    21 may 2012 19:06:50
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based sub-regional rights body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), on Monday said that the media regulatory body in Cote d'Ivoire has suspended ‘Notre Voie’, a privately-owned pro-opposition daily newspaper, “for four publications”. Full text...

  • Gambian opposition leader wants “obnoxious” laws repealed
    21 may 2012 15:38:08
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Mai Ahmad Fatty, the leader of opposition Gambia Moral Congress (GMC), has called on the country’s parliament to repeal “obnoxious” laws in favour of press freedom and free speech, PANA reports Monday. Full text...

  • Rawlings dominates Ghanaian media with another controversial “boom”
    19 may 2012 08:52:36
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana’s former president Jerry John Rawlings, one of the biggest crowd pullers in the country, dominated the media this week with his outburst against his own party, the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).Full text...

  • IFJ condemns suspension of radio station in DR Congo
    16 may 2012 21:37:42
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The global press freedom body, International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), on Wednesday condemned the suspension of radio ‘’Liberté’’ and the arrest of 9 of its journalists in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • MFWA demands end to hostilities against the media in Mali
    16 may 2012 15:32:34
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Ghana-based sub-regional rights body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), on Wednesday demanded “an end to hostilities against the media in Mali,” PANA reported from here.Full text...

  • CPJ urges Togo to investigate abuse of journalists
    15 may 2012 13:59:27
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom body, Committee to Protect Jouranlists (CPJ), on Monday said ''Togolese authorities should ensure that security forces allow journalists to do their jobs'' and that officers involved in ''acts of abuse of journalists are held to account.'' Full text...

  • Media watchdog calls for immediate release of DRC journalists
    12 may 2012 18:32:31
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The media freedom body, Committee to Protect Journalists, (CPJ) has called for the immediate release of two journalists in DR Congo. Full text...

  • Ghana media highlights deepening rift in ruling party, raging debate on economic statistics
    12 may 2012 08:05:59
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The deepening rift in Ghana’s ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), which is threatening its survival, and the continuing debate on the authenticity of economic statistics released by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) were some of the major stories highlighted in the media this week. Full text...

  • Turkish, African media set up common platform to promote media cooperation
    11 may 2012 13:38:17
    Ankara, Turkey (PANA) - Participants at the Turkey-Africa Media Forum which ended Thursday in Ankara, the Turkish capital, have agreed to establish a common platform to promote better media cooperation between Africa and Turkey. Full text...

  • CPJ says Ethiopia's new printing directive equals to censorship
    10 may 2012 17:10:53
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The global press freedom body, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Wednesday issued a statement saying "Ethiopia's new printing directive equals to censorship." Full text...

  • Media urged to foster deeper relations between Africa and Turkey
    09 may 2012 11:59:39
    Ankara, Turkey (PANA) - African media have been urged to help foster stronger relations between the continent and Turkey. Full text...

  • UNESCO confab insists on need to reinforce press freedom
    06 may 2012 08:36:30
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Protecting hard-won gains in press freedom, improving safety for journalists and ending impunity for crimes against them were the the main concerns expressed by participants who attended UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day 2012 conference in Tunis, the Tunisian capital, held from 4 to 5 May. Full text...

  • Moves to exterminate malaria, oil subsidy investigation, violence reported in Nigeria
    05 may 2012 14:22:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian government's deliberate measures to exterminate malaria, reactions to the ongoing oil subsidy report and revelations, and the never-ending cases of violence across the country were the main stories in Nigerian newspapers this week. Full text...

  • Ghana media highlight dispute on economic statistics, May Day, press freedom
    05 may 2012 09:00:31
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) are battling to win the hearts of voters on which of them is a better manager of the economy. Full text...

  • IFJ condemns Togo police attack against journalist
    03 may 2012 14:16:28
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The global media rights watchdog, International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), on Wednesday condemned the attack on a freelance journalist, Noel Tadegnon, who was assaulted by Togo security forces and had his camera confiscated. Full text...

  • AU Commission Chair salutes journos on World Press Freedom Day
    03 may 2012 12:29:18
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - African Union (AU) Commission Chair Jean Ping Thursday saluted journalists for their courage, on the occasion of the ‘World Press Freedom Day’ which is observed annually 3 May. Full text...

  • Code of ethics for African media owners launched in Dar es Salaam
    03 may 2012 11:45:21
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Superficial research and improper verification of facts in the daily news menu indicate that truth has become a victim of such deficiencies in several African media, Tanzania’s Minister of Information, Youth, Sports and Culture Emmanuel Nchimbi said here Thursday. Full text...

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