Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • US says press freedom strengthens democracy
    02 may 2013 09:58:06
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Over sixty years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaimed the right of every person “to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers,” that right remains in peril in far too many countries, according to US Ambassador to Tanzania Alfonso E. Lenhardt. Full text...

  • Bloodbath, damning US corruption indictment reported in Nigeria
    27 april 2013 12:10:48
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The killing of 185 people in a border community in north eastern Borno State, the damning report by top US official that massive corruption exists, and government's compensation for victims of the 2011 post-election violence were the major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Doctors’ crippling strike dominates Ghanaian newspapers
    27 april 2013 07:36:39
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The ongoing strike by medical doctors in public health facilities in Ghana, which is causing huge pain and deaths, was the main story that dominated the newspapers in the West African country this week. Full text...

  • Human Rights Watch to Burundi President: Don't sign New Media Law
    26 april 2013 11:40:53
    New York, US (PANA) - Human Rights Watch (HRW) has written to Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza urging him not to sign the country's New Media Law, which was adopted by the Senate 19 April 2013. Full text...

  • SA passes bill that will curtail press freedom
    26 april 2013 10:46:08
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's National Assembly has passed the controversial Protection of State Information Bill with an overwhelming majority, after years of debate. Full text...

  • Burundian journalists kick against controversial press law
    24 april 2013 16:43:57
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The association of media professionals in Burundi Wednesday petitioned the government, urging President Pierre Nkurunziza not to sign the recently-adopted press bill into law. Full text...

  • Boko Haram's amnesty, MEND's threat to attack mosques reported in Nigeria
    20 april 2013 09:10:50
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan's desire to grant amnesty to the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram, the threat by the Niger Delta militants to carry out reprisal attacks on mosques and Jonathan's political ambition in 2015 were the major stories in Nigeria this week.Full text...

  • Mahama’s 100 days in office, election petition, strikes highlighted in Ghana
    20 april 2013 09:04:03
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – An assessment of President John Dramani Mahama's 100 days in office, the two-day visit to Ghana of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the election petition before the Supreme Court and the ongoing strikes by a number of public sector workers were some of the stories covered by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Jailed Ethiopian journalist wins UNESCO prize
    16 april 2013 21:20:21
    Paris, France (PANA) – Ethiopian journalist, Reeyot Alemu, who is serving a five-year sentence, is the winner of the 2013 World Press Freedom prize - UNESCO/Guillermo Cano - in recognition of her “exceptional courage, resistance and commitment to freedom of expression”, the jury said on Tuesday.Full text...

  • MFWA wants Sierra Leone's media regulator's independence ensured
    16 april 2013 17:22:15
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based sub-regional rights body, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Tuesday urged Sierra Leonean President, Ernest Bai Koroma, to respect the independence of his country's Independent Media Commission (IMC) in carrying out its regulatory mandate. Full text...

  • African Commission urged to help stop attacks on Nigerian journos
    16 april 2013 13:51:55
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian NGO Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has petitioned Ms Pansy Tlakula, the Commissioner and Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa, over the “increasing level of attacks against journalists and media houses in the country.” Full text...

  • New law will muzzle journos, HRW warns Burundi
    14 april 2013 09:52:29
    New York, US (PANA) - Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said the adoption of a new media law by Burundi’s National Assembly on 3 April ''is an attempt to curtail free speech and independent journalism''. Full text...

  • Fresh Abacha loot, baby thieves, looming power and fuel scarcity reported in Nigeria
    13 april 2013 08:27:05
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Fresh Abacha loot, discovered by the government, two baby thieves arrested by the police, demand for compensation by Boko Haram victims, looming power and fuel scarcity, and corruption in the civil service were some of the stories reported in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Unending labour agitations, improvement in electricity supply reported in Ghana
    13 april 2013 08:10:31
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Unending labour agitations and President John Mahama’s announcement of an improvement in electricity supply were some of the stories highlighted by the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • ICC reacts to Kenyan media on witness cooperation
    08 april 2013 14:21:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday condemned reports in the Kenyan media over the level of witness cooperation in cases relating to some public figures in the country. Full text...

  • Amnesty for Boko Haram, labour's looming strike, oil deals highlighted in Nigeria
    06 april 2013 08:31:46
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Plans to grant amnesty to members of the violent Islamic sect Boko Haram group, labour's threat to protest pensions fraud and the need for the government to renegotiate oil deals were the main stories in Nigerian newspapers this week. Full text...

  • MPs ex-gratia cheque, Mahama’s tax returns, election petition highlighted by Ghana media
    06 april 2013 08:09:28
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - “Huge” ex-gratia payment to members of parliament in the midst of labour agitations and the filing of tax returns by President John Mahama were some of the stories highlighted by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • MFWA welcomes release of Malian journalist
    05 april 2013 18:00:25
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra- based sub-regional rights body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has welcome the release of detained Malian journalist, Boukary Daou who was granted bail by a magistrate court, PANA report from here Friday. Full text...

  • Media bill triggers protest in Burundi
    04 april 2013 19:34:58
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - A bill mandating anyone wishing to practice journalism in Burundi to have a university diploma in information and communication sciences elicited protests on Thursday. Full text...

  • Top Nigerian journalist elected President of Federation of African Journalists
    03 april 2013 09:06:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The President of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr. Muhammed Garba, has been elected President of Federation of African Journalists (FAJ), at the third FAJ Congress in Casablanca, Morocco, according to the local VANGUARD newspaper. Full text...

  • Henry Okah's jail term, oil theft, subsidy highlighted in Nigeria
    30 march 2013 15:37:28
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The sentencing of Henry Okah to 24 years in jail, oil theft, government's latest stand on oil subsidy and Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka's warning that the nation could be headed for another civil war were the main stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Labour unrest, reshuffle in security services reported in Ghana
    30 march 2013 08:49:45
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Labour unrest, change of guard in the Ghana Armed Forces and reshuffle of top officers of the Ghana Police Service were some of the stories reported in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Ghana media report teachers’ strike, opposition leader’s car crash
    23 march 2013 06:57:59
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A crippling strike by teachers and wild allegations on the cause of an accident involving the vehicle of the running mate of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the December 2012 election, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, were some of the stories played up in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Chinua Achebe's death, blood bath in Kano, Obasanjo's warning reported in Nigeria
    23 march 2013 06:57:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The death of literary icon Chinua Achebe, Monday's lorry park suicide bombing in Kano, former president Olusegun Obasanjo's warning that mounting unemployment situation may explode into crisis and Labour's warning to President Jonathan not to increase fuel prices were the major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • CPJ welcomes court ruling on Togo's press law amendments
    22 march 2013 17:52:12
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Friday welcomed Togo's Constitutional Court's rejection of ''repressive amendments'' to a media law that granted the state-run media regulator sweeping powers of censorship. Full text...

  • CPJ condemns Togo police for 'brutal' handling of journalists' protest
    19 march 2013 21:16:46
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has condemned Togo's police for firing rubber bullets and teargas to disperse protesting journalists in the West African country. Full text...

  • New Pope, State pardon for some convicted VIPs highlighted in Nigeria
    16 march 2013 09:40:41
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The election of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as the new head of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, State pardon for Diepreye Alamieyesiegha, President Goodluck Jonathan's former boss in South South Bayelsa State, and labour's threat of a nationwide protest on the plight of pensioners were the main stories this week in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Burkinabe journalists demand release of detained Malian journalist Daou
    13 march 2013 21:46:41
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Association of journalists in Burkina Faso (AJB) on Wednesday condemned the arrest of Malian journalist Boukary Daou and demanded his release. Full text...

  • MFWA supports Togolese journalists' news blackout
    13 march 2013 18:01:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The sub-regional rights body, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), has supported Togo's media groups for staging a news blackout in protest against a new law recently passed by the country’s parliament, PANA reports Wednesday. Full text...

  • Malian media organise blackout to protest arrest of journalist
    12 march 2013 21:43:17
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian media on Tuesday organised a blackout to press demands for the release of the editorial director of privately-owned newspaper in the country.Full text...

  • Togo media observe blackout to protest tough media law
    12 march 2013 21:02:03
    Lomé,Togo (PANA) - The overwhelming majority of the Togolese media on Tuesday observed a blackout to protest against the law strengthening the administrative and disciplinary powers of the Supreme Audiovisual and Communication Authority (HAAC), the media regulatory body.Full text...

  • Mauritania gets 3 new TV stations
    12 march 2013 20:28:46
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian communication minister, Mr. Hamdi Ould Mahjoub, on Tuesday approved applications for the creation of three privately-owned television stations.Full text...

  • MFWA condemns attack on 2 Ghanaian journalists
    11 march 2013 17:07:35
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based sub-regional rights body, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), has condemned the physical attack against two Ghanaian photo-journalists, Nii Martey Botwe and Vincent Dzatse, by the country's military personnel.Full text...

  • IFJ calls for release of detained Gambian journalist
    09 march 2013 16:51:48
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The global press freedom body, International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), has called on Gambian authorities to ''immediately release'' detained journalist, Baboucarr Ceesay, PANA reports from here Saturday. Full text...

  • Shell's threat to close shop, cash-for-job scam highlighted in Nigeria
    09 march 2013 09:56:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The threat by Oil giants Shell to shut down operations and the cash-for-job scam in federal ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) were the main stories this week in Nigeria.Full text...

  • Independence anniversary, budget covered by Ghanaian media
    09 march 2013 08:36:57
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana’s 56th independence anniversary which fell on 6 March and the 2013 budget were some of the major stories covered by the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • MFWA wants attackers of Ghanaian journalist brought to book
    08 march 2013 16:29:45
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based sub-regional rights body, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Thursday urged Ghanaian authorities to intensify their efforts and bring to book the attackers of journalist Isaac Kofi Normanyo. Full text...

  • CPJ wants detained journo freed in Mali
    07 march 2013 10:17:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called for the release of a journalist who was detained by the Malian authorities on Wednesday. Full text...

  • RFI’s correspondent in Burundi released
    06 march 2013 17:33:27
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The Radio France International (RFI) correspondent in Burundi, Hassan Ruvakuki, was released Wednesday after one year in detention over charges of “involvement in terror activities”, judiciary sources told PANA here.Full text...

  • MFWA condemns attack on 4 journalists in Niger
    06 march 2013 16:54:47
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based sub-regional rights body, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Tuesday condemned the attack on four journalists by officers drawn from the Nigerien Police Service. Full text...

  • CPJ opposes shutdown of radio station in Nigeria
    05 march 2013 13:59:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the shutdown of a radio station in Nigeria because it was linked to the recent killing of nine polio vaccinators in the northern city of Kano. Full text...

  • Union wants detained Gambian editor released
    04 march 2013 16:26:38
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Gambia Press Union (GPU), an umbrella body for journalists in the Gambia, Sunday called for the release of detained journalist, Alagie Jobe, while expressing serious concern over his fate. Full text...

  • Clinton's advice, Jonathan's 2015 ambition, Pope's last moments highlighted in Nigeria
    02 march 2013 09:39:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Former US President Bill Clinton's advice on mounting challenges, President Jonathan's 2015 political ambition, nation-wide vaccination against yellow fever, and Pope Benedict XVI's last moments were the main stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Football, Siamese twins, opposition’s ‘state of the nation’ dominate Ghana media
    02 march 2013 08:01:24
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Jolts in Ghana’s football following the “temporary” resignation of the Ayew brothers from the national football team, the Black Stars, the hospitalisation of the team’s defender John Paintsil after his arrest for assaulting his wife were some of the stories highlighted in the Ghanaian media this week.Full text...

  • MFWA wants improved media rights environment in Togo
    01 march 2013 16:34:14
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The sub-regional rights body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Thursday urged the Togolese government to drop a newly-passed law with ''discretionary powers to impose sanctions on the media without recourse to judicial processes''.Full text...

  • MFWA worried over suspension of Ivorian magazine
    26 february 2013 15:10:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based sub-regional rights body, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), has raised concern over the ''recent spate of suspensions'' meted out to the Ivorian media by the country's statutory press regulatory body, the National Press Council (CNP). Full text...

  • Priest’s murder, national examination results hit headlines in Tanzanian dailies
    23 february 2013 08:12:45
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Fears grew of a return to sectarian violence in parts of Tanzania this week as newspapers reported public shock and disgust over the murder of a Catholic priest in the predominantly Muslim Island of Zanzibar. Full text...

  • Africa's first mega city, payoff for electricity workers reported in Nigeria
    23 february 2013 07:58:05
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The new 5-million-square-metre Eko Atlantic City, dedicated in Lagos on Thursday, government's move to settle "disengaged" electricity workers and the death penalty for terrorists dominated front pages in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • President Mahama's State of the Nation address, criticisms of fuel price hike reported in Ghana
    23 february 2013 07:38:44
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – President John Dramani Mahama’s maiden State of the Nation address and the minority’s boycott of Parliament during the address dominated the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • MFWA slams Sierra Leonean Police over assault on journalist
    21 february 2013 17:00:47
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The sub-regional rights body, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), on Wednesday condemned the assault on journalist Elkass Sannoh, by some Sierra Leonean police officers. Full text...

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