African Media (UNESCO) -
  • ECOWAS to set up a radio and television station
    06 september 2002 18:11:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) plans to set up a radio and television station to help publicise subregional integration programmes, the ECOWAS Director of Communications, Adrienne Diop, said in Dakar. Full text...

  • Authorities hit at private media in Gabon
    06 september 2002 13:06:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- A media regulatory board in Gabon has suspended two independent newspapers for three months, accusing them of "breach of public order, bringing the State into disrepute and attacking the dignity of senior officials in the country," government daily L'Union reported on Friday Libreville. Full text...

  • Opposition CPP denounces Togo's new press code
    05 september 2002 22:10:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togo's opposition Pan-African Patriotic Convergence (CPP), led by former OAU Secretary General Edem Kodjo, Thursday rejected the country's new press code, which it said was against pluralistic and independent press. Full text...

  • Three Liberian journalists absolved of 'sabotage'
    05 september 2002 16:16:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Three journalists working for State-owned Liberia Broadcasting System, were acquitted Wednesday by a Monrovia Magistrate's Court of sabotage charges. Full text...

  • Paper sacks journalist over drugging incident
    05 september 2002 13:09:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A Zimbabwean newspaper Thursday sacked its deputy editor in chief for causing "considerable embarrassment" after he and a colleague were drugged by prostitutes in their hotel room at the Earth Summit in South Africa. Full text...

  • Tunisian journalist Abdallah Zouari given 8 months in prison
    04 september 2002 23:49:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisia's Zarzis Cantonal Tribunal (South) Wednesday sentenced Islamist journalist Abdallah Zouari to eight months in prison, according to Samir Ben Amor, one of his lawyers. Full text...

  • UNESCO boss begins official visit to Malawi Thursday
    04 september 2002 12:14:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura Thursday begins a three-day official visit to Malawi, where he would meet government ministers and hold discussions with President Bakili Muluzi. Full text...

  • Nearly 80 percent of world's 15-year-olds are literate
    03 september 2002 23:36:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Nearly 80 percent of the world's 15-year-olds and beyond know how to read and write, said UNESCO Tuesday after publishing new data on the subject. Full text...

  • Statistics Show Slow Progress Towards Universal Literacy
    03 september 2002 13:21:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Almost 80 percent of the world's population aged 15 years and over is now literate, including more women than ever before, according to new figures from UNESCO released to mark this year's International Literacy Day (September 8). Full text...

  • Benin's undercover journalists awarded for job well done
    30 august 2002 21:48:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Eight Beninese journalists were Friday awarded a total of 3 million CFA francs for their outstanding investigative reports on corruption in this West African country. Full text...

  • Obasanjo tries to douse 'political tension' in Ghana
    30 august 2002 17:11:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, facing impeachment threat from the parliament, has met Ghana's former President Jerry Rawlings in an attempt to resolve the dispute between Rawlings and President John Kufuor's government, a source close to Rawlings said in Accra Friday. Full text...

  • Home of Swazi journalist raided by police
    30 august 2002 15:32:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The Mbabane residence of a Swaziland's State Television journalist, Bheki Mazibuko, was raided by plain clothes policemen early Friday, the journalist said. Full text...

  • Niger police arrest private radio director
    29 august 2002 20:37:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Police in Niger have detained the director of a private radio station that the public acclaims for enabling them to follow events related to the recent army mutiny. Full text...

  • Detained journalist's girlfriend reported missing in Liberia
    29 august 2002 15:31:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The girlfriend of detained Liberia's outspoken journalist, Hassan Bility, has gone missing for some 10 days now, The News private newspaper reported Thursday quoted family sources. Full text...

  • Khartoum daily suspended for one day over 'indecent language'
    28 august 2002 15:50:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan's press watchdog, the Council for the Press and Publications, has slammed a one-day suspension on a Khartoum daily for use of "indecent language" in an article on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Full text...

  • Ghana Broadcasting Corporation boss sacked
    28 august 2002 15:25:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Seth Ago Adjetey, Director General of the State-owned Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), has been fired, the National Media Commission announced Wednesday. Full text...

  • Wade sacks Communication Adviser, State Broadcasting Chief
    28 august 2002 11:02:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade has sacked his Communication Adviser Cherif Elvalide Seye and the Managing Director of State Broadcasting Corporation (RTS), Mactar Silla, informed sources said in Dakar Wednesday. Full text...

  • UNESCO searches to promote social and human sciences in Africa
    27 august 2002 21:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Prominent academics have begun consultations in Nairobi to produce a strategy that will hone the teaching and development of the social and human sciences to meet African priorities and challenges. Full text...

  • Remembering the slave trade is a sacred duty - UNESCO official
    27 august 2002 10:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Remembering the slave trade and its abolition, which is annually celebrated on 23 August world-wide, was described as "one of the most sacred duties" citizens could ever undertake, the Director of UNESCO's Regional Office for Education in Africa (BREDA), Armoogum Parsuramen, said. Full text...

  • West African Radio denied licence in Sierra Leone
    23 august 2002 22:29:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Civil society-supported West African Democracy Radio (WADR), has been refused licence to operate in Sierra Leone by the Independent Media Commission (IMC) because of security reasons, an official of the Commission said in Freetown Friday. Full text...

  • Journalists draft pan-African charter on digital divide
    23 august 2002 21:11:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Over 200 journalists, most of them from Africa, Friday ended a three-day Highway Africa workshop with a charter to strategize the bridging of the digital divide between Africa and the developed world. Full text...

  • Tunisian journalist sentenced to 8 months in jail
    23 august 2002 20:10:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Barely three months after he was release from jail, Tunisian journalist Abdallah Zouari was on Friday sentenced to eight months in prison by a Court in Zarzis, south of the country, for failing to adhere to the conditions for his release, his lawyers said. Full text...

  • Media watchdog campaigns against Togo's new media bill
    21 august 2002 22:37:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France-based media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières or RSF), has urged Togo to refrain from presenting its new media bill to parliament, considering it to be contrary to press freedom. Full text...

  • Burkinabe journalist gets one-year prison term for swindling
    21 august 2002 20:04:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A Court in Ouagadougou Wednesday sentenced Jean Ky, Editorial Manager of the Burkinabe weekly 'Labour Tribune' to one year in jail, for defrauding Ouagadougou's Credit and Savings Union, of 94 million CFAF (about 139,000 US dollars), judicial sources said. Full text...

  • Cameroonian Journalist Claude Ondobo dies in Paris
    16 august 2002 22:03:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- UNESCO's assistant director of Communication and head of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), Claude Ondobo of Cameroon passed away Thursday in Paris following an illness, newspapers reported Friday in Yaounde. Full text...

  • RSF demands the release of Kenyan publisher
    16 august 2002 20:40:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Paris-based press freedom defence association, Reporters sans Frontieres (reporters without borders) on Friday urged Kenyan authorities to immediately release Njehu Gatabaki, publisher of "Finance" magazine. Full text...

  • Kenyan photo journalists rewarded for courage
    16 august 2002 15:00:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Two Kenyan photo journalists who captured the fierce gun battle between the Pokot cattle raiders and a combined Kenyan and Ugandan armed forces recently, were rewarded in Nairobi Friday for their courage. Full text...

  • Ugandan journalist arrested in Rwanda for illegal entry
    14 august 2002 15:41:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Police in Kigali said on Wednesday they have arrested Ugandan journalist Assoumani Bisiri, editor of the weekly Rwanda Herald in Kigali, during an attempt to illegally enter Rwanda under false identity. Full text...

  • Cape Verdean radio stations on the Internet
    13 august 2002 11:53:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verdean news agency INFOPRESS, Radio Cape Verde (RCV), private radio stations RC and Praia FM are now available on the Internet through the website www. Full text...

  • ANGOP, PANAPRESS reinforce cooperation
    12 august 2002 22:49:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The Pan-African News Agency (PANAPRESS) and the Angolan News Agency (ANGOP) on Monday finalised arrangements in Luanda for Angolan journalists to participate in the Portuguese service of the continental news agency, starting next month. Full text...

  • UNESCO seminar calls for press freedom
    12 august 2002 19:03:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Participants to the just-ended seminar organised in Malabo by UNESCO have called for professional standards and self-regulatory mechanisms to govern press freedom in Equatorial Guinea. Full text...

  • Cape Verde authorities fire television director
    12 august 2002 15:17:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde Television (TCV) director Maria Rosario da Luz has been relieved of her functions by the board of the corporation (RTC), sources disclosed in Praia. Full text...

  • Another SABC senior official resigns
    12 august 2002 15:01:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Matatha Tsedu resigned his post Monday as Acting Chief Executive (News) at the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), citing "personal reasons," adding to the growing number of top officials that have left the Corporation's News Department in the last one month. Full text...

  • Gabon urges Chad, CAR to show restraint
    09 august 2002 19:39:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- President Omar Bongo of Gabon has urged fellow sub regional peers Ange Felix Patasse of the Central African Republic and Idriss Deby of Chad to show restraint, as tension mounts between the two neighbours following a clash on their borders. Full text...

  • Police arrest Editor of Burkinabe monthly magazine
    09 august 2002 16:34:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkinabe police have arrested Newton Ahmed Barry, Editor-in-Chief of the country's monthly magazine 'L'Evenement,' the private daily 'Le Pays," reported Friday. Full text...

  • UNESCO deplores upsurge of violence in the Middle East
    09 august 2002 08:48:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNESCO Director General Koïchiro Matsuura has deplored the recent upsurge of violence in the Middle East, causing the deaths of Palestinians and civilians in Israeli. Full text...

  • Niger journalists denounce embargo on mutiny
    08 august 2002 22:35:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Journalists accredited in Niger have strongly denounced a presidential decree restricting information on recent events within the military, notably a mutiny by soldiers in garrisons east of the country. Full text...

  • Equatorial Guinea university to have information sciences faculty
    08 august 2002 21:52:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Equatorial Guinea's premier Candido Muatetema Rivas said Thursday in Malabo that a faculty of information sciences will be created at the country's university. Full text...

  • Burkinabe police arrest AFP correspondent
    08 august 2002 19:49:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A correspondent of the French News Agency (AFP) in Burkina Faso, Christophe Koffi, an Ivorian, was arrested Wednesday night by Burkinabe police, who also searched his residence, informed sources said Thursday in Ouagadougou. Full text...

  • Armed men murder Malawi journalist
    08 august 2002 15:32:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Don Kulapani, a freelance Malawi journalist, was murdered by armed thugs Thursday morning in a suspected robbery operation. Full text...

  • Rwandan journalist arrested over extortion
    08 august 2002 09:38:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan journalist Jean Gualbert Burasa has been arrested for extorting money from a civil servant, police said in Kigali. Full text...

  • Television workers to go on strike in Guinea Bissau
    07 august 2002 21:23:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea Bissau's National Television workers will launch a two-week partial strike from Thursday, Union President Salif Seydi, announced Wednesday. Full text...

  • 180 million CFA francs for media training in Benin
    07 august 2002 20:15:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's Audio-visual and Communication Authority (HAAC), has earmarked some 180 million CFA francs (about 261,287 US dollars) for the training of media workers in the country. Full text...

  • AI attacks new media bill in the Gambia
    07 august 2002 19:00:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Amnesty International (AI) has attacked the National Media Commission Bill recently passed by Parliament in Gambia, saying it contained several provisions that were incompatible with international conventions binding on the West African country. Full text...

  • Nation Media Group posts huge mid-year profits
    07 august 2002 16:01:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Nation Media Group, Kenya's biggest media conglomerate, announced on Wednesday that its mid-year profit rose to 77. Full text...

  • Journalists from sub-Saharan Africa attend development seminar
    06 august 2002 12:19:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is a holding a three-day seminar in Dakar to sensitise some 30 journalists from sub-Saharan countries on the concepts, principles and strategic objectives of sustainable development. Full text...

  • Algerian, Sudanese news organs sign cooperation agreement
    05 august 2002 21:44:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian News Agency (APS) managing director Nacer Mehal and his counterpart of the Sudanese News Agency (SUNA) Rabie Abdelati signed a cooperation agreement in Algiers at the weekend, on the exchange of information and experiences. Full text...

  • EU pushes for release of detained Liberian journalist
    05 august 2002 17:29:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union Monday demanded the Liberian government to "immediately" release journalist Hassan Bility and two other people who were arrested 24 June in Monrovia on charges of being contact persons for dissidents. Full text...

  • RSF calls for return of Pius Njawe's passport
    18 june 2002 21:29:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Reporters without borders, a Paris- based press freedom defence organisation, has expressed serious concern after the Cameroon police at the Douala airport impounded the passport of Pius Njawe, the managing director of 'Le Messager', a tri-weekly newspaper. Full text...

  • Journalist on trial in Zimbabwe over controversial story
    13 june 2002 19:50:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The trial opened in the Zimbabwe capital Harare Wednesday of a journalist working for a British newspaper, accused of writing a false story. Full text...

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