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

  • Malawi's Luntha TV signs deal with DW-TV, CCTV
    25 november 2012 08:54:36
    Blantyre, Malawi, (PANA) - Luntha TV, a Catholic television station based in the Malawi southern town of Balaka, has signed an agreement with DW-TV, the official German TV broadcast of Deutsche Welle, to beam some of its programmes. Full text...

  • Jonathan's media chat, EFCC's frustration, nation's low rating highlighted in Nigeria
    24 november 2012 08:47:36
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan's media chat comments and the attendant criticisms, his 2015 political ambition, inability of the anti-graft body to convict "big thieves", and the nation's disgraceful rating by the Economist Intelligence Unit and the KPMG were the main stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Final presidential debate, burial of ex-vice president highlighted by Ghana media
    24 november 2012 08:24:48
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The final presidential debate featuring the four candidates whose parties have representation in parliament and the burial of former vice president Aliu Mahama were some of the stories highlighted by the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • MFWA says Ghana police arrest, detain radio reporter
    21 november 2012 13:56:14
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The sub-regional media freedom watchdog, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) on Tuesday said police in Ghana arrested and detained Kofi Assan, a reporter with privately-owned Accra-based radio station, Adom FM. Full text...

  • Rwanda-DRC strained ties highlighted by Rwandan media
    19 november 2012 14:19:02
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The upsurge in violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where the city of Goma, capital of the province of North Kivu, is besieged by M 23 rebels after government troops were defeated, was the main story by Rwandan newspapers Monday. Full text...

  • Paternity of late VP's son dominates Kenyan media
    17 november 2012 18:20:46
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The paternity of the late former Kenyan Vice President George Saitoti's son, Zachary Musengi, dominated newspaper headlines this week, amid claims the powerful family kidnapped the son of a peasant teacher. Full text...

  • Fuel subsidy, unemployment, private jets' proliferation reported in Nigeria
    17 november 2012 11:15:14
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan's declaration that fuel subsidy must go, rising unemployment figures and the growing number of private jets were the main stories in the Nigeria media this week. Full text...

  • Ghana media highlight goof on health, death of former VP
    17 november 2012 10:17:23
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - News of the health and death of Ghana’s former Vice President Aliu Mahama filled the country's media this week, as the West African country mourned the passing of a second leader in four months. Full text...

  • Tanzanian newspapers underline moral values for public officials
    17 november 2012 09:33:54
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Of the distant occurrences and domestic politics that drew the Tanzanian media attention this week, the resignation of US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) boss David Petraeus offered a sensible advice to public officials in this East African country, according to a leading daily. Full text...

  • RSF raises concern over fate of Gambian journalist
    15 november 2012 17:49:14
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The press freedom watchdog, Reporters Without Borders, with the french acronym (RSF), Thursday raised concern over the fate of Gambian journalist, Abubacarr Saidykhan, saying ''thugs threaten to kill journalist, what are authorities doing?" Full text...

  • MFWA commends S/Leonean police for taking suspected killer of journalist to court
    13 november 2012 15:22:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based press freedom watchdog, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Tuesday commended the Sierra Leonean police ''for the swift action taken'' towards dragging the suspected killer of journalist Ibrahim Foday before a court in Freetown, the capital. Full text...

  • Obama’s re-election dominates coverage in Tanzanian dailies
    10 november 2012 09:32:50
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – US President Barack Obama’s re-election was the major story in Tanzanian newspapers this week but accompanying editorials focused on its ramifications on other parts of the world. Full text...

  • Rare feat by teenage girls, Obama's re-election featured in Nigeria
    10 november 2012 08:51:45
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A rare feat by teenaged girls who invented generators that run on urine, highly-qualified persons seeking drivers' jobs, suggestions on how to curb corruption and the re-election of Barack Obama as president of the US were some of the stories which made waves in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Tragic shopping centre collapse, another Rawlings U-turn played up in Ghana media
    10 november 2012 08:14:34
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The tragic collapse of a five-storey building in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, housing a popular shopping centre and another dramatic U-turn by former president Jerry John Rawlings that ironically puts him and his wife in opposite political camps, were some of the stories highlighted by the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Zambian media salute Obama
    08 november 2012 14:40:06
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The local media in Zambia Thursday gave prominence in their newspapers to the re-election of American President Barack Obama, saluting the American people for re-affirming their principles stand on the issue of democracy. Full text...

  • Mauritanian newspapers highlight Speaker's comment on president Aziz’s health
    03 november 2012 16:17:11
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The media in Mauritania this week highlighted a statement by the Speaker of Parliament, Messaoud Ould Boulkheir, aimed at reassuring his compatriots of the state of health of president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, saying it raised more questions than answers.Full text...

  • EU places great importance on universal rights - Diplomat
    03 november 2012 15:23:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - One of the fundamental human rights and freedoms is freedom of expression and the European Union places great importance on supporting the achievement of these universal rights, Agnès Guillaud. Head of the EU Delegation The Gambia, said on Saturday.Full text...

  • Kenyan media spotlight sacked judges’ fate, lavish judiciary spending
    03 november 2012 14:30:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan newspapers this week focused on the go-slow by segments of the Kenya Police Force, a ruling by the High Court overturning the sacking of senior judges, including those of the Supreme Court, and the judiciary’s purchase of new "fuel guzzling" vehicles for 40 new judges of the High Court.Full text...

  • Tanzanian papers focus on game elephant poaching, corruption in ruling party
    03 november 2012 09:40:13
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The seriousness of elephant poaching in Tanzanian game sanctuaries and graft in the ruling party’s elections were prominent issues in the country’s newspapers this week while public calls intensified for the two ills to be brought to an end as quickly as possible. Full text...

  • Key oil industry changes, Boko Haram-Govt talks highlighted in Nigeria
    03 november 2012 09:22:15
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A major shake up in the management of the state-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the proposed talks between Government and the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram, and the police surveillance slammed on highly-placed Nigerians linked to the group were the major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Presidential debate, Farmers' Day highlighted in Ghanaian newspapers
    03 november 2012 08:02:52
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Last Tuesday’s debate by the presidential candidates whose parties are represented in parliament and Friday's celebration of Farmers' Day dominated newspapers in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Gambian Police urged to investigate death threats against journalists
    02 november 2012 16:27:03
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Gambia Press Union (GPU) has urged the country's police force ''to investigate and take appropriate action'' against individuals who threatened two journalists, Babucarr Ceesay and Ababucarr Saidykhan, with death, the union said in a statement received here by PANA Friday. Full text...

  • CPJ wants convicted Burkinabe journalists freed
    01 november 2012 11:33:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the criminal convictions of two journalists and the suspension of their newspaper in Burkina Faso on charges of criminal defamation in connection with their reports on corrupt practices in the state prosecutor's office. Full text...

  • ECOWAS rallies support for establishment of Mediation Facilitation Division
    31 october 2012 14:30:21
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has called for total support for its latest initiative to strengthen regional peace and security through the establishment of a Mediation Facilitation Division (MFD) within its Political Affairs Directorate. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to establish mediation facilitation division
    29 october 2012 08:38:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As part of efforts to strengthen its mediation system to ensure peace and security in West Africa, the ECOWAS Commission is to establish a Mediation Facilitation Division (MFD) within its Directorate of Political Affairs. Full text...

  • President Aziz’s state of health played up in Mauritanian media
    28 october 2012 11:57:56
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The recovery of President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz in France after he was accidentally shot a fortnight ago was the main story in Mauritania this week.Full text...

  • Kenyan papers focus on ICC probe, electoral politics
    27 october 2012 15:19:26
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Comments by International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda dominated Kenyan newspaper headlines after she confirmed that none of the suspects facing crimes against humanity trial next year would be immune to prosecution even if elected to the presidency. Full text...

  • Fuel crisis, graft, religious tension reports dominate Tanzanian newspapers
    27 october 2012 09:27:39
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Reports on a fuel crisis, graft in governing party elections and religious tension filled Tanzanian newspapers this week as national leaders frantically appealed to the public to abide by the law. Full text...

  • Missing oil money, floods and famine dominate headlines in Nigeria
    27 october 2012 08:56:35
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The 86.65 billion Naira (about US$ 578 million) oil money, earned in 10 years and part of which is said to be missing, the impact of the devastating floods on prices of foodstuff and the nation's fourth Catholic Church Cardinal dominate newspaper headlines in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Election issues again dominate Ghanaian media
    27 october 2012 08:19:20
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Election issues once again dominated the media in Ghana this week with the fallout of the disqualification of a number of presidential hopefuls being the most prominent.Full text...

  • Gambian authorities drop charges against 2 journalists
    24 october 2012 14:31:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Gambian authorities have dropped all charges against two embattled journalists, Abubacarr Saidykhan and Babucarr Ceesay, PANA confirmed Wednesday. Full text...

  • 'Almost all Cameroonian radio, TV organizations operate illegally'
    23 october 2012 18:51:55
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) - Almost all audiovisual media in Cameroon operate without licence, the country's Minister of Communication, Issa Bakary Tchiroma, disclosed on Monday, warning erring organizations that breaching of the media regulations will no longer be tolerated. Full text...

  • Paris demands investigation into France 24 journalist harassment
    22 october 2012 21:59:16
    Paris, France (PANA) – The French Foreign Affairs ministry on Monday asked Egyptian authorities to investigate the molestation of a female journalist from french TV station, France 24, on Friday in Tahrir Square in Cairo.Full text...

  • Mauritanian media regulatory body to process applications for 3 new TV channels
    22 october 2012 17:07:51
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The Mauritanian government Monday authorized the High Authority for Press and Broadcasting (HAPA), the media regulatory body in the country, to process applications from individuals or organizations interested in establishing new private television stations. Full text...

  • Nigerian papers highlighted by power reforms, devastating floods, first lady's return
    21 october 2012 11:03:56
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The commencement of the big reform in the power sector, devastating floods and the return of First lady Dame Patience Jonathan from "medical treatment" abroad highlighted reports in the Nigerian papers in the past week. Full text...

  • Disqualification of former first lady from Ghana presidential race fills newspapers
    20 october 2012 08:16:33
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – As the deadline for presidential aspirants to file their nomination papers to contest Ghana’s 7 December presidential and parliamentary elections expired on Thursday, it was the disqualification of one of the high profile candidates, former first lady Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, that grabbed the headlines.Full text...

  • Kenyan papers narrow focus to 2013 Presidential polls
    13 october 2012 15:15:45
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan papers this week narrowed their focus on the 4 March, 2013, presidential elections, amid a presidential snub of visiting former UN Chief Kofi Annan. Full text...

  • Ravaging floods, Bakassi peninsula dominate newspaper headlines in Nigeria
    13 october 2012 09:12:50
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The floods that wreaked havoc across the country, the Bakassi question and plans to refurbish oil refineries dominated newspaper headlines in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Politics dominates Ghana media
    13 october 2012 09:01:55
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – With the presidential and parliamentary elections only a few weeks away, political stories dominated the media this week as political parties and their candidates carried out various activities to win over the electorates. Full text...

  • Fake antiretrovirals, clash over tainted holy book make headlines in Tanzania
    13 october 2012 08:52:22
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Exposure of counterfeit antiretroviral drugs in public hospitals made headlines in Tanzanian newspapers midweek but by the end of the week all dailies carried worrisome reports on a clash between the police and angry Muslims in a suburb of this port city and commercial capital of the East African country.Full text...

  • Media watchdog accuses Chad of intimidating journalists
    06 october 2012 11:41:46
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The media watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has accused Chad of intimidating journalists and called on the government to halt those actions with immediate effect. Full text...

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