Press Freedom (Reporters without Borders/RSF/CPJ) -
  • ICT access for African media crucial for democratisation
    02 june 2001 19:30:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Washington-based Global Coalition for Africa (GCA) contends that the need to foster the development of an open, free, critical and effective media in Africa has never been more urgent for a continent staking its claim on the 21st Century. Full text...

  • PANAPRESS, ANGOP sign Portuguese Service agreement
    01 june 2001 21:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Dakar-based Pan-African News Agency (PANAPRESS) and the Angolan News Agency (ANGOP) signed an agreement Friday for the production of Portuguese news casts. Full text...

  • Kenyan media to be streamlined
    01 june 2001 14:50:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Stakeholders in Kenya's media industry will meet in Nairobi soon to work out a policy that would do away with discrepancies in the allocation of radio and television airwaves. Full text...

  • Namibian official criticises Zimbabwean Journalist
    29 may 2001 23:20:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A Namibian government official has launched a scathing attack against a Zimbabwean journalist who reportedly described President Sam Nujoma as Zimbabwean President Robert "Mugabe's new Permanent Secretary for Regional Affairs. Full text...

  • Liberia issues guidelines for foreign journalists
    25 may 2001 22:42:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Liberian ministry of culture and tourism has issued new guidelines aimed at preventing the surprise arrival of foreign journalists accused of denting the country's image. Full text...

  • South African newspaper harangued for photographic evidence
    25 may 2001 10:08:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has spoken out against a search warrant on Die Burger newspaper in Cape Town, as the authorities press for photographs in a high profile murder case being heard in the Cape High Court. Full text...

  • SADC information experts to review proposed news pool
    24 may 2001 14:30:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Ministers of information, sport and culture of the Southern African Development Community have scheduled a meeting in Mauritius next week to review the proposed creation of a regional news agency to be based in Maputo, Mozambique. Full text...

  • Swazi authorities ban local newsmagazine
    23 may 2001 13:00:00
    Swaziland- Mbabane (PANA) -- Swazi Information minister Mntonzima Dlamini has issued an order banning The Nation, a monthly news magazine, only days after it won an appeal against an earlier injunction. Full text...

  • Party to Burundi conflict accuses Bomani of partiality
    22 may 2001 23:47:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The Unity for National Progress (UPRONA) has turned down an invitation to attend consultations on Wednesday with the other Burundi parties in Arusha, Tanzania. Full text...

  • State broadcaster in coalition with board
    20 may 2001 17:20:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A sharp row has arisen between Namibia's state owned Broadcasting Corporation and its board of directors following a directive last Monday asking the national television to broadcast President Sam Nujoma's autobiography. Full text...

  • Ethics For Free Press In East And Central Africa
    18 may 2001 13:24:00
    Mombasa- Kenya (PANA) -- Journalists of private media (otherwise known as freed press) rose from a five-day workshop in Mombasa Friday with the preparation and adoption of a code of ethical standards to improve performance and promote the emerging democracy in the region. Full text...

  • Swazi MPs want controversial press bill re-tabled
    17 may 2001 21:32:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Vexed by what they said were the excesses of the local media, Swazi legislators are urging Public Service and Information minister Mntonzima Dlamini to bring back a controversial Media Council Bill turned back a year ago. Full text...

  • Mali court jails Mayor, TV director for slander
    16 may 2001 20:52:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A defamation suit filed by the Mali Union of Judges has landed Bamako Mayor Ibrahima N'Diaye and Mali's State Television director Sidiki Konate a jail term of one month along with a fine (damages) of 1. Full text...

  • Private "La Libre Afrique" newspaper banned
    15 may 2001 22:24:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- DR Congo Communications and Press Minister, Kikaya Bin Karubi, Tuesday banned the private newspaper "La Libre Afrique" and its supplements "Lucognito" and "Le Derby. Full text...

  • Leading South African TV channel gets new sales manager
    15 may 2001 21:05:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- E. Full text...

  • Press body denounces sentencing of two Ivorian journalists
    14 may 2001 21:44:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- An international body defending press freedom, Reporters without Frontiers (RSF), Monday denounced the sentencing of two Ivorian journalists to three months of imprisonment for libel. Full text...

  • CPJ urges lift of suspension on Swazi publications
    11 may 2001 16:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed grave concern over the "unwarranted suspensions" of Swaziland's private weekly Guardian and the monthly Nation. Full text...

  • Plans to upgrade Maputo journalism school
    10 may 2001 19:35:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Plans have been floated to transform the Maputo Journalism School into a Higher Media and Marketing Institute. Full text...

  • Mansour Sow becomes Radio Senegal's new director
    10 may 2001 10:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The inspector responsible for mediation at Senegal's national radio station (RTS), Mansour Sow, has been appointed as director of the radio, the Senegalese Press Agency (APS) has reported. Full text...

  • Press freedom body pleads for Guinean journalist
    09 may 2001 20:21:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The African bureau of Reporters Without Borders on Wednesday demanded the release of a Guinean journalist who was arrested in Conakry Tuesday. Full text...

  • ARTICLE 19 sees new chapter for African Broadcasting
    09 may 2001 14:21:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The London-based press freedom watch dog, ARTICLE 19, has hailed this Year's World Press Freedom Day (3 May) as a unique celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration on media freedom in Africa. Full text...

  • Swazi government clamps down on private press
    09 may 2001 11:02:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swaziland's emerging independent media is under siege as government clamps down on publications seen to be critical of the establishment. Full text...

  • Police arrest newspaper founder in Conakry
    08 may 2001 23:22:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Police in Conakry on Tuesday arrested Tibou Kamara the journalist and founder of the Guinean weekly "L'Observateur" or Observer, Tibou Kamara. Full text...

  • Symposium on press freedom under way in Niamey
    08 may 2001 22:55:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- A three-day international symposium on the exercise of press freedom in Africa started Tuesday in Niamey. Full text...

  • Swazi government bans two private publications
    08 may 2001 11:13:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swaziland's emerging private media have come under siege following official clampdown on two publications considered critical of the government and the monarchy. Full text...

  • Editors respond to criticism of Mbeki
    08 may 2001 09:19:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has called for a meeting with a group of leading black businessmen, which has accused the media of promoting a right-wing campaign against President Thabo Mbeki. Full text...

  • Senegalese TV signs accord with Africable Network
    07 may 2001 23:37:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The director general of Senegalese Radio and Television (RTS) Mactar Silla on Monday signed an exchange programme agreement with the managing director of Africable Network, Ismaila Sidibe. Full text...

  • International Colloquium on Economic Journalism in August
    07 may 2001 20:50:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- An international seminar on the challenges and stakes of economic journalism in West Africa will be held 5-12 August in Cotonou, its organisers announced Monday. Full text...

  • Media experts slam Swaziland for seizing publication
    07 may 2001 10:07:00
    Windhoek- Namibia, (PANA) -- More than 200 African and media experts from other non-African countries attending the 10th anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration in Namibia, have slammed the Swaziland government for confiscating copies of the 4 May edition of the local Guardian newspaper. Full text...

  • Burkinabe media celebrate press day in broken ranks
    04 may 2001 20:37:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Media practitioners in Burkina Faso observed World Press Freedom Day against the backdrop of simmering divisions that emerged at a recent congress of the National Union of Information and Culture Workers (SYNATIC). Full text...

  • Mozambican Premier pledges to improve press freedom
    04 may 2001 12:04:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi said the government remains committed to "the consolidation of press freedom in Mozambique". Full text...

  • Mozambican journalists want access to state information
    04 may 2001 09:04:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican branch of the regional press freedom body MISA (Media Institute of Southern Africa) is drawing up draft legislation on free access to state information. Full text...

  • Voice of America comes to Cape Verde
    03 may 2001 23:36:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde's private "Radio Commerciale" (RC), began periodic transmission Thursday of "Voice of America" (VOA) programmes. Full text...

  • Private media seek increased funding
    03 may 2001 23:04:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The Private media in Niger Thursday called on the government to raise its assistance Fund to the media from 30 million CFA francs to 300 CFA francs. Full text...

  • Endangered Liberian media mark Press Freedom Day
    03 may 2001 22:01:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- More than 100 Liberian journalists Thursday marched through principal streets in the capital, Monrovia, with a zest that epitomises their ardent desire to stay alive as independent practitioners. Full text...

  • SADC records more than 180 media violations last year
    03 may 2001 21:21:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Figures released Thursday by the Media Institute for Southern Africa (MISA) show that there were more than 180 separate incidents of violations affecting the media across southern Africa last year. Full text...

  • Namibia tackles African media
    03 may 2001 21:11:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Journalists hoping for a field day at the 3-5 May conference on the promotion of press freedom in Africa were forced to think again soon after they arrived in Windhoek, the Namibian capital, venue of the event. Full text...

  • Premier promises to improve press freedom in Cape Verde
    03 may 2001 19:28:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Prime Minister Jose Maria Neves has reaffirmed the government's commitment to creating conditions that would improve press freedom in Cape Verde. Full text...

  • A bird's eye-view of the media in Sierra Leone
    03 may 2001 17:23:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Ten years after the Windhoek Declaration was issued, the media scene in Sierra Leone is characterised by the absence of professionalism and lack of access to new information and communication technologies. Full text...

  • Libyan paper says no free press exists in the world
    03 may 2001 16:05:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- "Press freedom has made no progress in the world since World Press Day was proclaimed on 3 May 1991, the Libyan daily "Al-Fajr al'Jadid" observes in its Thursday issue. Full text...

  • Media regulatory decree causes controversy
    02 may 2001 13:40:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- A decree on media regulation is causing controversy in Gambia. Full text...

  • Journalists fear censorship of war reportage
    30 april 2001 18:44:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Several independent journalists in Liberia Monday expressed fears that new measures announced by government regarding reportage of the war in the north would lead to "outright censorship. Full text...

  • The ups and down of the Senegalese press
    28 april 2001 16:12:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal boasts of 17 radios, eight daily newspapers and several weeklies giving readers a wide variety from which to choose. Full text...

  • Media flourish in ten years of Benin's democracy
    27 april 2001 20:24:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Ten years following the National Conference that put Benin on the democratic trail, journalists can boast of nearly hundred press organs, the ministry of interior says. Full text...

  • State TV Anchor-man Quits Protesting Government Meddling
    27 april 2001 19:38:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- A senior officer at the state-owned Botswana TV (BTV) resigned Friday in protest at what he claimed was government's gross interference in the running of the station. Full text...

  • Liberia says world media conspiring against it
    27 april 2001 17:23:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The Liberian government has alleged that a number of Western media institutions were planning a "massive negative media propaganda" to justify imposition of UN sanctions on Liberia, press reports said in Monrovia Friday. Full text...

  • RSF denounces repression of the press in Kenya
    27 april 2001 08:57:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- "Reporters Sans Frontieres" (RSF), an international organisation advocating press freedom, has denounced a string of repressive measures against the private press in Kenya. Full text...

  • New publication promotes Burkinabe culture
    22 april 2001 19:27:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A colour tabloid was launched Sunday in Burkina Faso with a specific mission to promote Burkinabe culture through arts, music and youth activities. Full text...

  • DR Congo threatens to sue Tanzanian journalists
    21 april 2001 16:55:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- DR Congo government has threatened to sue some Tanzanian journalists for supporting Rwanda, which Kinshasa has accused of plundering Congolese wealth. Full text...

  • Ivorian govt. daily ""Fraternite Matin"" to be restructured
    19 april 2001 17:52:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian government plans to restructure the state-owned "Fraternite Matin" newspaper group to make it more dynamic, it was revealed in Abidjan Thursday. Full text...

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