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

  • Burundi police disperse journalists protesting colleague's incaceration
    19 february 2013 19:20:49
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundi anti-riot police Tuesday "violently" dispersed journalists demanding the release of their jailed colleague, Hassan Ruvakuki, the local correspondent of Radio France International (RFI, Swahili section).Full text...

  • Togo security forces disperse protesting Journalists
    19 february 2013 16:28:29
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – Togo security forces Tuesday stopped journalists from a planned peaceful demonstration in front of the National parliament building where they were to protest against a vote on the bill amending laws of the High authority of audio-visual and communication (HAAC), Full text...

  • Togolese media demonstrate against amendment to press law
    18 february 2013 16:22:42
    Lome, Togo (PANA) – The Togolese Journalists Unions have called out their members to a peaceful demonstration Tuesday in front of the the National Parliament building here as parliamentarians prepare to vote on the bill amending laws of the High authority of audio-visual and communication (HAAC), reliable sources told PANA here Monday. Full text...

  • Super Eagles, ghost workers, rising population dominate Nigerian media
    16 february 2013 08:22:58
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The elaborate reception for the new African football champions, the Super Eagles, discovery of ghost workers and rising population were the main stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Brouhaha over fuel subsidy, Pope’s resignation reported in Ghana
    16 february 2013 08:03:29
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The never-ending arguments over fuel subsidy, the sudden resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, post-mortem of Ghana’s disastrous Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) campaign and a brief strike by doctors demanding higher salaries were some of the stories reported in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • CPJ releases latest report on global press freedom
    14 february 2013 17:59:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based international press freedom watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Thursday released its latest report on the state of press freedom, saying ''attacks and censorship erode press freedom worldwide''. Full text...

  • Bloody anti-polio campaign, AFCON, political party re-alignment reported in Nigeria
    09 february 2013 06:02:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The murder of nine female health workers deployed to an anti-polio campaign, Super Eagles' qualification for the final of the 2013 AFCON in South Africa, Opposition merger and the new import duty regime on rice and other commodities were the major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Relocation of seat of government, AFCON blues reported in Ghana media
    09 february 2013 05:55:25
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The relocation of the seat of government from the Castle, Osu, to Flagstaff House on Thursday and the semi-final loss of the Black Stars to the Stallions of Burkina Faso in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) competition in South Africa were some of the stories highlighted in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • 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...

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