Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • New daily arrives on Ivorian news-stands
    26 february 2002 22:48:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A new and privately owned daily has hit newsstands in Abidjan and other towns around Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Liberian president in Morocco for Mano River talks
    26 february 2002 21:10:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor left Monrovia Tuesday for Morocco to attend a reconciliation meeting with other leaders of the Mano River Union (MRU). Full text...

  • Journalists fear threats on liberties in Madagascar
    25 february 2002 20:53:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Freedom of expression in Madagascar is in jeopardy following the declaration of the state of emergency, according to the Madagascar Association of Journalists (OJM). Full text...

  • Congolese demand fairness from public media
    24 february 2002 10:38:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Residents of Brazzaville have criticised state-run media in Congo for biases in covering the current electoral campaigns in spite of huge government subsidies given them to cover the electoral process culminating in a presidential poll 10 March. Full text...

  • CPJ concerned about Press repression in Liberia
    22 february 2002 12:04:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has written to Liberian President Charles Taylor complaining about harassment of journalists in the country. Full text...

  • Kabbah to attend Mano River Union meeting in Rabat
    22 february 2002 07:54:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah will participate in a mediation meeting among Mano River Union leaders scheduled to convene next Wednesday in Rabat, a government spokesman confirmed Friday in Freetown. Full text...

  • The Financial Times starts production in South Africa
    19 february 2002 21:27:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The Financial Times on Monday started production at its first print site in South Africa, which has been set up by global digital printing giant Océ to give the world-renowned newspaper a major sales boost initiative. Full text...

  • Ivorian media group deep in debt
    17 february 2002 14:15:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The state-owned Ivorian media group Fraternité Matin is currently 7,000 million francs CFA (510 million US dollars) in the red, including a 1,000-million FCFA bank liability incurred for the payment of the staff salaries. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe journalist flees to South Africa
    15 february 2002 08:17:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Zimbabwe journalist Basildon Peta, under fire for reporting on his arrest in Harare last week, fled to South Africa Thursday night saying he feared for his life. Full text...

  • Malagasy citizens hail OAU mediation
    14 february 2002 21:42:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- OAU secretary general Amara Essy left Madagascar Thursday after four days of tough mediation aimed at solving an electoral dispute between opposition presidential candidate Marc Ravalomanana and the incumbent Didier Ratsiraka. Full text...

  • FIDH protests ban on private radio in Chad
    13 february 2002 10:52:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (FIDH) has criticised the Chadian authorities for banning the country's private Radio "FM Liberte. Full text...

  • Madagascar political opponents remain adamant
    12 february 2002 21:06:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- OAU Secretary General Amara Essy Tuesday concluded a four-day mediation visit to Madagascar without resolving the stand-off between the island's two leading presidential candidates. Full text...

  • New Zulu newspaper to be launched in South Africa
    12 february 2002 19:47:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Independent Newspapers group chairman Tony O'Reilly on Monday announced that his group will launch a new daily Zulu tabloid in KwaZulu-Natal in April. Full text...

  • S/African journalists condemn attack on Zimbabwe newspaper
    12 february 2002 11:12:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Journalists' Association (SAJA) has condemned Monday's petrol bombing of the offices of Zimbabwe's independent newspaper, the Daily News. Full text...

  • Francophonie mediators return from Madagascar
    11 february 2002 20:43:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF) mediators Monday briefed the body's secretary general, Boutros Boutros Ghali, on their mission, whose objective was to find an end to Madagascar's political stalemate since the 16 December 2001 presidential election results were proclaimed. Full text...

  • Kenyan President urges Egypt to join search for peace in Sudan
    11 february 2002 10:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi, who has been spearheading mediation efforts on the civil war in Sudan, has conceded that the initiative was deadlocked, but suggested the entrance of more parties to help end the dispute. Full text...

  • Liberian diplomat protests name-calling in Cameroonian press
    09 february 2002 20:04:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- Liberia's Ambassador to Cameroon, Carlton Karpeh, has petitioned the host country over allegations by some local newspaper against him, informed sources said. Full text...

  • Togolese authorities close private radio station
    07 february 2002 19:31:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togo's media regulating body, the High Broadcasting and Communication Authority (HAAC), has ordered the closure of Radio Victoire, a Lome-based private radio station. Full text...

  • CEN-SAD offers mediation in Chad, CAR crisis
    05 february 2002 23:49:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The secretary general of the Community of Sahel Saharan States (CEN-SAD), Dr Madani Al-Azharia, Tuesday said the organisation was making diplomatic moves to resolve the crisis between the Central African Republic and Chad. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe parliament adopts controversial media law
    31 january 2002 23:16:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's parliament Thursday night passed a controversial new media law, which local journalists and government critics said was intended to muzzle the press. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean MPs debate controversial media law
    31 january 2002 21:14:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's parliament was Thursday due to pass into law a controversial media bill which local journalists and civil society groups fear would curtail press freedom in the country. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe denies entry visas for 'Reporters Sans Frontières'
    29 january 2002 23:52:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's embassy in Paris Tuesday rejected visa applications from an official of 'Reporters Sans Frontières' (RSF) who wanted to travel to Harare to assess the prevailing press freedom situation. Full text...

  • N'djamena to get first commercial radio station
    21 january 2002 23:47:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The first commercial radio station in Chad will soon go operational, the editorial director of L'Observateur newspaper, Koumbo Singa Gali Sy confided to PANA Monday. Full text...

  • Rights group asks Biyoya to re-open Net Press Agency
    17 january 2002 22:27:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) Thursday demanded the cancellation of a ministerial ruling which indefinitely suspends the Net Press independent information agency in Burundi since 14 January. Full text...

  • Journalists protest against new Zimbabwe media law
    15 january 2002 13:55:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A group of journalists from the private media in Zimbabwe held an all-night vigil outside Parliament, Monday, to protest against a proposed media law they say would curtail press freedom in the country. Full text...

  • UK insists foreign radio broadcasts to Zimbabwe are legal
    15 january 2002 13:43:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The British High Commission in Zimbabwe insisted Tuesday there was nothing illegal about broadcasts being beamed to the southern African country from radio stations based in London. Full text...

  • Veteran Zambian journalists move to safeguard interests
    14 january 2002 15:43:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Veteran Zambian journalists, most of whom have retired from active service in both the public and private media, have formed a society to give them a voice and safeguard their interests. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe demands end to illegal British Radio
    14 january 2002 13:23:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe said Monday it would only address the European Union's concerns about media freedom in the country if the EU pressured Britain and the Netherlands to end their sponsorship of what it said were pirate radio broadcasts into the country. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean journalist laments perilous media landscape
    14 january 2002 13:10:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Award-winning Zimbabwean journalist Ray Choto has affirmed that reporting in the country is much like "dicing with death or walking on a minefield. Full text...

  • Mauritius Media Trust to introduce awards
    14 january 2002 12:03:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Media Trust of Mauritius has announced the creation of a "media Oscar" to be awarded to journalists in the print and electronic press in the country. Full text...

  • Libyan paper says fighting "terror by terror" is futile
    05 january 2002 11:23:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Fighting "terror by terror" was no solution to terrorism, the Libyan daily Al-Zahf Al-Akdhar has observed. Full text...

  • Cameroon journalists publish own journal
    03 january 2002 13:35:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The first issue of a monthly dubbed "Journalists' Journal" has appeared on news stands in Cameroon. Full text...

  • Zambian NGO slams opposition supporters
    31 december 2001 17:02:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A Non-Governmental Organisation has condemned Sunday's storming of the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) offices in Lusaka by supporters of the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND). Full text...

  • Burundi journalist released after paying fine
    31 december 2001 15:03:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The director of private Net Press Agency in Burundi, Jean-Claude Kavumbagu, was Monday released after eight days in detention for breach of national unity. Full text...

  • Zambian Broadcasting Corporation says it is neutral
    31 december 2001 15:02:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) has denied opposition parties' accusation that it is biased in the announcement of results of last Thursday's general elections in the country. Full text...

  • Police frees Burundian journalist
    31 december 2001 14:48:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Jean-Claude Kavumbagu, Director of Burundi's private Net Press Agency, has been freed from eight-day detention for alleged breach of national security. Full text...

  • Benin's public radio and television employees end strike
    31 december 2001 12:44:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Employees of the Benin Radio and Television Office (ORTB) have abandoned a two-day strike meant to protest against telephone, electricity and water cuts that they have been subjected to in their workplace in the past two weeks. Full text...

  • Benin State radio workers threaten strike Monday
    29 december 2001 16:58:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Workers of Benin State radio plan a 48-hour strike beginning Monday to protest the absence of telephone services, as well as lack of electricity and water supply at the station for the past two weeks. Full text...

  • Ivorian Commission accredits 375 journalists
    27 december 2001 23:25:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian Press Commission has accredited 375 journalist for the 2002 period, sources close to the Commission said in Abidjan Thursday. Full text...

  • Govt grants private press 300 million FCFA in Congo
    22 december 2001 09:34:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The Congolese government has granted the private press in the country 300 million FCFA (over 400,000 US dollars) in a move to salvage the local media from chronic financial difficulties. Full text...

  • Burundi to open journalism school, says minister
    17 december 2001 12:14:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundian communication minister Albert Mbanerane announced at the weekend that a journalism and communication school would soon be opened in Burundi to end the "current amateurism in Burundian media. Full text...

  • Burundi government promises support to private press
    12 december 2001 16:21:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Authorities in the Burundi transitional government have promised to give "fiscal facilities" to the private press which has hitherto been deprived of State support. Full text...

  • Mozambique set for 20 new TV and radio stations for rural areas
    11 december 2001 20:41:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican government's Mass Communications Institute (ICS) is planning to install about 20 new community TV and radio stations in rural areas by the second half of February 2002. Full text...

  • Benin to host forum on rural broadcasting
    09 december 2001 17:48:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The 5th edition of the Lema rural and environmental broadcasting days (JAREL) will hold 10-20 December in Dassa, 200 km from Cotonou, the organisers announced Saturday. Full text...

  • Niamey's satirical paper editor released from prison
    08 december 2001 14:16:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Authorities in Niamey on Friday released the editor of the satirical weekly, Canard dechaine, Abdoulaye Tiemogo, who was jailed in October after being found guilty of libel. Full text...

  • New sports magazine on Cameroon's news-stands
    07 december 2001 22:51:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Great football nations do not become famous because of the performance of their national teams alone, according to 'Cameroon Football' magazine which got on news- stands for the first time Friday. Full text...

  • Botswana President defends controversial media bill
    07 december 2001 19:26:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- President Festus Mogae Friday chastised journalists in Botswana for negatively reacting to government's proposed controversial media bill, saying it posed no threat to fundamental freedoms. Full text...

  • Benin media protest govt action against journalist
    06 december 2001 21:46:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Three media associations in Benin have protested against Monday's decision by the country's Communication and Broadcasting Authority (HAAC) to withdraw the press accreditation of a journalist over alleged false publication. Full text...

  • Beleaguered Botswana media plan self-regulatory body
    06 december 2001 20:25:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Journalists in Botswana are working on a self-regulatory body to pre-empt the passage of an anti-press Bill proposed by the government. Full text...

  • Botswana official criticises Govt media Bill
    05 december 2001 17:16:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The Director of Botswana's Information and Broadcasting, Andrew Sesinyi has rejected the government's proposed mass media Bill, saying it undermines press freedom. Full text...

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