Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • Chad, US sign two agreements on national mediation
    27 september 2001 14:08:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Chad and the US have signed two conventions for the financing of the national mediation body and the information Committee, grouping 30 NGOs, in the African country. Full text...

  • Fifty stations in Burkina Faso airwaves
    25 september 2001 23:00:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Six FM private radio stations were licensed Tuesday by the communication commission which regulates broadcasting in Burkina Faso. Full text...

  • Satire on African politics hits Burkinabe newsstands
    25 september 2001 16:37:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The first issue of a monthly satire, "Le Marabout," published in Ouagadougou, went on sale Tuesday in the Burkinabe capital. Full text...

  • 'L'Autre Afrique' weekly magazine resumes publication
    22 september 2001 16:30:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The international French weekly magazine 'L'Autre Afrique,' which reappeared on the news-stands in July after two years of absence, Thursday reappeared again in Paris. Full text...

  • Congolese rebels in Zimbabwe for talks
    22 september 2001 16:30:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A five-member delegation of the Rwandan-backed rebel Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD) arrived in Zimbabwe at the weekend for talks with President Robert Mugabe on the peace process in DR Congo. Full text...

  • RSF disapproves suspension of independent papers
    20 september 2001 21:30:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The world press watch dog, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Thursday protested against the suspension of eight independent newspapers in Eritrea. Full text...

  • RSF denounces suspension of private newspapers
    20 september 2001 20:56:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The international organisation for the defence of press freedom, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Thursday protested against the suspension of eight private newspapers in Eritrea. Full text...

  • Rights group co-opts Burundi media
    19 september 2001 23:41:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The Burundi Human Rights League has launched a scheme dubbed "Media for peace," to involve media workers in human rights crusade. Full text...

  • RSF decries arrest of journalist
    19 september 2001 23:30:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Reporters sans Frontières (RSF), an international body advocating press freedom, Wednesday protested against the arrest of a journalist of a private radio station in Liberia. Full text...

  • Guinean civil groups crave for private radio, free press
    19 september 2001 17:27:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- A consultative meeting of Guinean civil society and media organisations has resolved to strive for the creation of private radio and television stations as well as a free press. Full text...

  • Guinean media women strive against gender barrier
    19 september 2001 12:58:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Guinean females working in the mass media are determined to dismantle male dominance of the profession, an official with a female journalists' organisation said in Conakry Wednesday. Full text...

  • RSF decries aggression on Zimbabwean journalists
    18 september 2001 23:04:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The media watch group, Reporters without Frontiers (RSF) Tuesday denounced an attack on three Zimbabwean journalists working for "The Daily News," blamed on some members of the country's war veterans. Full text...

  • BBC launches FM broadcast in Yaounde
    17 september 2001 23:17:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) would on Tuesday officially launch a relay antenna enabling FM broadcasting in Yaounde, following an agreement signed in October 2000 with Cameroon Radio Television (CRTV). Full text...

  • Benin news stands get health bi-weekly
    17 september 2001 22:04:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A bi-weekly, "Le Conseiller," has appeared on news stands in Cotonou, focusing on health and family life. Full text...

  • Minister opens new Yatsani Radio station
    17 september 2001 21:48:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian government said Monday it embarked on a deliberate policy of liberalising the country's airwaves because it recognised the important role played by community radio stations in the development of the nation. Full text...

  • Reporting of US attacks edges news on local violence
    16 september 2001 11:33:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Sectarian and ethnic violence may be threatening Nigeria's fragile unity, but these days the country's 120 million people are more likely to read, hear or watch the news about the apparent terrorist attacks on the US than that of the tension enveloping the nation following days of street battles in central city of Jos, and the bandwagon effects of the fighting across the country. Full text...

  • Journalists Associations Launch Press Award
    14 september 2001 22:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Three west African media organisations Friday announced the launch of an award in memory of Lorenzo Natali, a former vice president of the European Commission who was in charge of development cooperation. Full text...

  • Kenyan newspapers pre-occupied with terrorist attacks on US
    13 september 2001 16:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan newspapers have been awash with reports, commentaries and analyses with back-up illustrations, on Tuesday's terrorist attacks on United States. Full text...

  • Ghanaian press condemns terrorist attacks on US
    13 september 2001 13:30:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian newspapers have condemned Tuesday's terrorist attacks in New York and Washington D. Full text...

  • Southern Africa gets media trainers Network
    10 september 2001 15:52:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A Southern African Media Trainers Network (SAMTRAN), has been launched "to help build free, fair, and vibrant media (and) a strong regional identity". Full text...

  • De Klerk offers to mediate in the Ivorian crisis
    06 september 2001 23:45:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Former South-African president Frederick de Klerk has offered to mediate in the political crisis simmering in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Government wants court to dismiss Catholic radio lawsuit
    04 september 2001 20:00:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia's state attorneys have filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the government by the Catholic Church to restore its radio broadcast rights, press reports said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Involving the media in Guinea's anti-corruption crusade
    02 september 2001 17:41:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Newspaper chief executives in Guinea have suggested greater involvement of the media in the country's fight against corruption. Full text...

  • Nigeria contemplates training Sierra Leonean broadcasters
    28 august 2001 19:50:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A seven-man Nigerian broadcasting delegation Tuesday arrived in Freetown to assess broadcasting and television services in Sierra Leone and recommend corrective measures. Full text...

  • Six SADC leaders to meet on Zimbabwe land crisis
    28 august 2001 15:21:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Six presidents belonging to the 14-member Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) will meet in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, next month to discuss the land crisis in that country. Full text...

  • RSF protests arrest of newspaper director
    23 august 2001 19:41:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- International press watch body Reporters without Frontiers (RSF) has registered a strong protest against the arrest of the managing director of the Monrovia Guardian, sources close to the institution said Thursday. Full text...

  • Leading Israeli journalist visits South Africa
    22 august 2001 19:52:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Hirsh Goodman, a leading Israeli journalist, editor and author, is currently visiting South Africa to discuss the situation in the Middle East. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe court quashes journalists' arrest
    17 august 2001 16:15:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The High Court in Zimbabwe has freed four journalists from police detention after ruling that the law under which they were being charged for allegedly running a false story was illegal. Full text...

  • South African unions condemn treatment of Zimbabwean journalists
    16 august 2001 08:36:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has added its voice to the outcry against the way several journalists have been treated by the Zimbabwean government. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe police arrest newspaper editor
    15 august 2001 13:16:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Police in Zimbabwe Wednesday arrested the editor of the country's lone private daily newspaper on unspecified charges, an official at the Daily News said. Full text...

  • National radio and TV dismisses 21 employees, demotes 40
    12 august 2001 10:55:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation has sacked 21 of its 550 employees, including two journalists, and demoted some 40 others. Full text...

  • UNESCO Symposium on African News Agencies opens in Yaounde
    07 august 2001 23:19:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- A symposium opened Tuesday in Yaounde, Cameroon on the future of news agencies in Africa, in the context of the New Information and Communication Technologies (NICTs). Full text...

  • Benin radio promotes women activities
    05 august 2001 19:00:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin State Radio is organising a two-week programme beginning Monday to promote women issues through specific broadcasts focusing on the role of women, the Director, Diogo Palu, said. Full text...

  • Nigeria to get another newspaper in October
    04 august 2001 17:53:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria is to get another national newspaper when the 'Daily Independent' makes its debut 1 October, according to the new paper's co-ordinator, Ted Iwere. Full text...

  • Former minister appointed national mediator
    03 august 2001 20:59:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- President Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo on Thursday appointed former transport minister Hilaire Mounthault to be the national mediator. Full text...

  • Editor behind bars for publishing "secret" documents
    03 august 2001 09:29:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The publisher and editor-in-chief of the bi-weekly "Mutations" newspaper in Cameroon, Haman Mana, was by Friday still in detention at the Secretariat of State for Defence (SED), despite public outcry against his arrest, sources in Yaounde said. Full text...

  • Ivorian govt. to end State ownership of the press
    02 august 2001 08:01:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian Communications and Technology Minister Lia-bi Douayoua, says the government plans to relinquish State ownership of the press in the country. Full text...

  • SABC apologises to Nujoma over interview
    01 august 2001 22:57:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- South African Broadcasting Corporation has apologised for quoting Namibian President Sam Nujoma "out of context" in a documentary programme aired last month, The Namibian, an independent newspaper, reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • RSF condemns govt crackdown on Catholic Radio
    01 august 2001 22:20:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The worldwide media watchdog group - Reporters sans frontieres or RSF - Wednesday condemned a Liberian government crackdown denying the Catholic Church-run Radio Veritas in Monrovia to broadcast on shortwave frequency. Full text...

  • Chad proposes radio stations for remote areas
    31 july 2001 19:11:00
    N'Djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Eight far-flung locations in northern and southern Chad may have their own rural radio stations from next year, official sources have disclosed after concluding a feasibility study on the project. Full text...

  • RSF protests death threats against Malawian journalist
    31 july 2001 17:07:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Press Freedom watchdog Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF) Tuesday protested against a recent attack and further threats made against Malawian journalist Kenneth Ndanga of the weekly Sun newspaper. Full text...

  • Ivorian editor gets six-month imprisonment
    30 july 2001 22:59:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A court in Abidjan on Monday sentenced the former editor of the privately owned Ivorian daily, Le Jour, Jerome Diegou Bailly, to six months imprisonment for "forgery" and "fraud". Full text...

  • RSF condemns ban of eight Tanzanian newspapers
    27 july 2001 21:16:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The press watchdog, Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF), Friday expressed deep concern about the banning of eight magazines and the suspension of three newspapers by Tanzanian authorities on charges of publishing pornography. Full text...

  • Pretoria to play a more active role in Sudan
    27 july 2001 12:21:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African foreign minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has said her government intends playing an active role in efforts to end the war in Sudan. Full text...

  • Sub-regional weekly launched in Cotonou
    25 july 2001 11:51:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A 12-page regional weekly, 'Entente-Info', has been launched this week in Cotonou, Benin. Full text...

  • Pressmen said penalised by State Television Management
    24 july 2001 21:41:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Journalist Fonseca Miranda Sambu, and a cameraman Alexandre Dias, both with the Guinea Bissau State Television, have been ordered to forfeit their pay for various periods for allegedly refusing to accompany the President on a recent local visit, media sources said. Full text...

  • Tunisian president comes under French press attack
    24 july 2001 19:53:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has come under strong criticism from the French press for suspending a judge, Mokhtar Yahyaoui, after latter addressed an open letter to the Tunisian Head of State on the independence of the country's judiciary. Full text...

  • Joint FIJ-WAJA mission visits Praia
    24 july 2001 09:33:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- A joint delegation of the International Federation of Journalists and the West African Journalists Association is currently in Praia, the Cape Verdian capital. Full text...

  • RSF protests death threats on journalist
    23 july 2001 21:29:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- France-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF), has protested the death threats on journalist Maka Gbossokotto, working for "Le Citoyen" daily in the Central African Republic. Full text...

  • Lagos Guardian newspaper back on the streets Monday
    20 july 2001 12:42:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Publishers of Nigeria's leading privately-owned newspaper, The Guardian, announced Friday that the Lagos-based paper returns to the streets Monday, after its workers called off their 10-day strike Thursday. Full text...

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