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

  • Election network highlights import of the press
    20 july 2001 11:34:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The Southern African Development Community Election Support Network (SADCESN) has been launched in Namibia, with officials stressing the role of the media in the electoral process. Full text...

  • Lagos newspaper workers suspend strike
    19 july 2001 12:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Printing workers of Nigeria's privately-owned Guardian newspaper have suspended their 10-day strike, which they called to press for better pay and improved conditions of service. Full text...

  • Finance hampers Namibian Broadcasting
    18 july 2001 17:48:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Radio and television signals of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), are currently not reaching all corners of country because of financial constraints, the Corporation said. Full text...

  • Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation in deficit spending
    17 july 2001 20:07:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- High running costs have driven the Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) into excess of expenditure of 243 million rupees over the last four years, Prime minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth told Parliament Tuesday. Full text...

  • Newspaper management, workers to discuss strike
    13 july 2001 19:49:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Striking workers of Nigeria's privately newspaper, The Guardian, were due to meet with the paper's management Friday to finds ways of ending a five-day work stoppage. Full text...

  • NDI decries partisan tilt in Ivorian media
    09 july 2001 20:48:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Officials from the US-based National Democratic Institute (NDI) have expressed concern at what they said was the overly partisan character of the media in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Mandela confirms "breakthrough" in Burundi stalemate
    09 july 2001 14:55:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Retired South African President Nelson Mandela has been hailed for his efforts in resolving the Burundi conflict after rival political groups agreed to split the presidency during a three-year transition period. Full text...

  • Kenyan journalists criticise foreign correspondents
    09 july 2001 13:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The secretary general of the Kenyan Union of Journalists, Ezekiel Mutua announced that local journalists shall henceforth, play a more assertive role in local news coverage. Full text...

  • Tunisian journalists' body suspends ties with RSF
    07 july 2001 11:00:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The Association of Tunisian Journalists (AJT) has suspended relations with the Paris-based international press freedom watchdog, Reporters without Borders, or RSF. Full text...

  • RSF protests against threat to kill journalist
    05 july 2001 20:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Paris-based press freedom watchdog, Reporters sans Frontieres, on Thursday said it was worried by threats to kill the French Press Agency (AFP) Correspondent in northern Nigeria, Aminu Abubakar. Full text...

  • RSF protests attack against photojournalist in Kenya
    05 july 2001 18:00:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- International media watchdog "Reporters Without Borders" (RSF) Thursday denounced the ruling party in Kenya for the attack by some of its members on Jackson Orina, a photojournalist of the "Nation" newspaper. Full text...

  • Kadhafi tries to reconcile Ivorian, Burkinabe leaders
    04 july 2001 14:23:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • Niger journalists to set up Press Centre
    03 july 2001 10:07:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Managing Editors and Editors-in-Chief of media houses in Niger, have decided to set up a Press Centre in Niamey, the private daily "Tenere Express" reported. Full text...

  • Soweto publication circulation raises to 240,000
    02 july 2001 23:51:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Two hundred and forty thousand copies of a unique, national life skills publication are now being delivered to township dwellers in Gauteng, Western Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal. Full text...

  • Government and media talk over relations at two-day meeting
    29 june 2001 16:05:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Leading South African editors on Friday began meeting government officials, including President Thabo Mbeki and Deputy President Jacob Zuma, at a two- day workshop in the North-West Province aimed at improving relations between them. Full text...

  • Mbeki to attend Sun City media workshop
    29 june 2001 09:57:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki is scheduled to attend a two-day workshop with local media leaders in the Sun City resort north of Pretoria on his return from an overseas tour Friday. Full text...

  • Tunisia's news agency lashes out against RSF
    29 june 2001 09:45:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian News Agency has vehemently protested against the Paris-based media watchdog 'Reporters Sans Frontieres' (RSF) for orchestrating the occupation of the premises of the Tunisian Tourist Board in Paris in an attempt to secure the release a detained human rights activist, Sihem Ben Sedrine. Full text...

  • MONUC to set up radio in Kinshasa
    26 june 2001 21:32:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The UN Observer Mission in DR Congo (MONUC) plans to set up an FM radio station in Kinshasa to explain its activities in the country, a MONUC source has said. Full text...

  • RSF demands action against shooting at journalist's home
    25 june 2001 21:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- France-based press freedom watchdog, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), wants the Ivorian authorities to bring to book those behind the 20 June deadly shooting at the residence of journalist Laurent Tape Koulou, the Editorial Manager of private newspaper "Le National. Full text...

  • URTNA due for reorganization
    23 june 2001 18:21:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A three-day general assembly of the Union of African Radio and TV (URTNA) opened Saturday in Khartoum with restructuring of the union at the top of its agenda. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation poaches SABC man
    22 june 2001 18:29:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- In a rare skills transfer, Zimbabwe's Broadcasting Corporation has secured the services of a top South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Manager as its chief executive. Full text...

  • West African Newspaper Proprietors for Cotonou Seminar
    22 june 2001 16:42:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Some 40 West African Newspaper Proprietors are to attend a seminar on "the commercial strategies of the press enterprise," in Cotonou, Benin 25-30 June, the organisers have announced. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Broadcasting Cooperation poaches SABC man
    22 june 2001 10:58:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- In a rare move of skills transfer, Zimbabwe's Broadcasting Cooperation has secured the services of a top South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) manager as its chief executive. Full text...

  • Leading South African daily gets first black editor
    19 june 2001 19:56:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A leading South African newspaper, The Star, has announced the appointment of its first black editor Moegsien Williams, currently editor of the Cape Argus. Full text...

  • Community radios aspire for broader coverage
    19 june 2001 17:30:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian community radio executives under the umbrella, Union of Community Radios in Cote d'Ivoire (URPCI), have appealed to the government to allow them to extend their broadcast wavelengths to 100 kilometres. Full text...

  • Modular training for Benin Journalists
    19 june 2001 08:54:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The French School of Journalism in Lille and the West African Media Development Centre (WANAD) in Cotonou, Monday launched the first phase of training for some 50 Benin journalists working in the print and electronic media. Full text...

  • Rwanda liberalises airwaves
    18 june 2001 18:18:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda is liberalising broadcasting, the Kigali-based semi-official "The New Times" newspaper reported Monday. Full text...

  • RSF condemns restrictions on foreign media
    15 june 2001 21:08:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- France-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF), an international Organisation for the defence of media freedom, Friday protested against new restrictions on the international media in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • RSF wants restrictions on foreign journalists cancelled
    15 june 2001 16:28:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Paris-based Media Freedom Watch group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has urged authorities in Zimbabwe to cancel the newly introduced restrictions targeting foreign journalists. Full text...

  • Moi calls for objectivity in news reporting
    15 june 2001 08:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi on Thursday asked the international press to be accurate and objective while reporting events about his country. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe introduces tight foreign media accreditation
    14 june 2001 13:27:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe, which frequently accuses foreign journalists of bias, Thursday announced that international journalists intending to visit the country must apply for accreditation from their countries a month ahead of the proposed visit. Full text...

  • RSF protests against editor's arrest
    13 june 2001 16:08:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The international media watchdog, Reporters without Borders (RSF) is protesting against the arrest of Freddy Loseke Lisumbu, journalist in the DR Congo, editor of the daily La Libre Afrique in DR Congo. Full text...

  • Kadhafi receives message from Deby
    12 june 2001 23:15:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The leader of the Libyan Revolution, Col. Full text...

  • Govt to sell shares in oldest surviving daily
    11 june 2001 15:41:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- As part of the ongoing privatisation of inefficient public companies, the Nigerian government is set to dispose of its controlling shares in the country's oldest surviving daily newspaper, the Daily Times. Full text...

  • Court grants journalist bail in genocide case
    08 june 2001 14:37:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Mairegu Bezabih, former Editor-in-Chief of "Addis Zemen," Ethiopia's official Amharic-language daily, was released on bail late Thursday after spending several months in detention over genocide charges. Full text...

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