African Media (UNESCO) -
  • Nigeria's threat to try foreign journalists worries RSF
    25 april 2002 16:26:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Thursday expressed concerns about plans by the Nigerian government to prosecute foreign journalists who write "malicious falsehoods. Full text...

  • Swaziland to present media bill in parliament soon
    23 april 2002 13:52:00
    Lobamba- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swazi Public Service and Information Minister Mntonzima Dlamini Monday night promised parliament that the country's long-awaited media bill would soon be tabled in the house for debate. Full text...

  • Wade urges African Foreign Ministers to visit Madagascar
    22 april 2002 17:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade has called on Foreign Ministers of African countries involved in mediating the Malagasy post-election crisis, to visit the nation, an official statement said in Dakar Monday. Full text...

  • Nairobi hosts media workshop on peace in the Great Lakes
    22 april 2002 14:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Some 60 journalists and civil society actors from the Great Lakes countries began a three-day workshop in Nairobi Monday on the role of the media in fostering lasting peace in the volatile region. Full text...

  • Dakar agreement: antidote for balkanisation of Indian Ocean
    19 april 2002 00:03:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The significance of the peace and reconciliation agreement signed Thursday between Malagasy President Didier Ratsiraka and challenger Marc Ravalomanana in a power-sharing arrangement pending a re-run of elections, reaches beyond the Indian Ocean Grand Island in terms of its possible effects and scope. Full text...

  • Ravalomanana, Ratsiraka sign reconciliation agreement
    18 april 2002 14:10:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The two men at the centre of the political crisis in Madagascar, incumbent President Didier Ratsiraka and his rival Marc Ravalomanana Thursday signed a reconciliation agreement in Dakar, Senegal. Full text...

  • Wade continues mediation on Malagasy crisis
    17 april 2002 20:00:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade continued his efforts Wednesday to reconcile embattled President Didier Ratsiraka and his rival Marc Ravalomanana, who has proclaimed himself President of Madagascar. Full text...

  • Moi pinpoints missing media link in NEPAD
    17 april 2002 15:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The African summit conference convened in Dakar this week to seek private sector financing for NEPAD projects has had the indisputable merit of providing CEOs of transnationals a forum to air their views, albeit grievances against African nations whose laws stunt business growth. Full text...

  • Mauritanian journalists protest colleague's arrest
    15 april 2002 17:16:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Senior journalists of leading newspapers in Nouakchott Monday protested against the arrest of Mohamed Vall Ould Oumere, Editorial Director of Mauritania's weekly 'La Tribune. Full text...

  • Nigerian editors urge press to hold politicians accountable
    14 april 2002 13:24:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian editors rounded off a three-day forum in Lagos Saturday with a declaration that the press must hold elected officials in the country accountable, as part of efforts to ensure good governance. Full text...

  • IPDC urged to involve media experts, private sector
    12 april 2002 21:15:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- It is vital for the IPDC's Intergovernmental Council to associate media professionals and the private sector in its deliberations because they are major stakeholders in the development of communications worldwide, PANAPRESS Director General Babacar Fall said Friday in Paris. Full text...

  • Journalists protest seizure of Togolese dailies
    12 april 2002 17:23:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- African journalists attending a just- ended seminar on investigative journalism in Cotonou have protested against recent seizures of three Togolese dailies in Lome by that country's security forces. Full text...

  • Moroccan Senate passes controversial press code
    12 april 2002 13:19:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The Moroccan Senate Thursday adopted a controversial press code after amending the version passed by the House of Representatives. Full text...

  • Millions of African children still lack access to education
    12 april 2002 08:31:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Four in ten children of primary school age in sub Saharan Africa do not attend school, according to a new report released by UNESCO's Institute for Statistics. Full text...

  • Mauritius soon to have private television
    11 april 2002 15:53:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth said Wednesday night that the first-ever private television station in the country would start its operations in Mauritius as soon as frequencies are available. Full text...

  • Bissau press denounces sanctions on rights group
    11 april 2002 10:50:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- An order of the Public Prosecutor banning the publication of any release from Guinea- Bissau's Human Rights League has come under attack from the local press and judicial circles alike. Full text...

  • UNESCO reports on challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa education
    10 april 2002 15:16:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The education challenges facing sub-Saharan African countries were the focus of a new UNESCO report which cited poverty, HIV/AIDS, civil conflicts and wars as being among the major hurdles facing governments in the region. Full text...

  • State of press freedom in Palestine worries UNESCO
    08 april 2002 20:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura Monday stressed grave concern over restrictions imposed (by Israeli forces) on journalists in the exercise of their profession in several Palestinian towns. Full text...

  • Opposition supports assault on Zimbabwean journalists
    07 april 2002 20:00:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Several journalists from the state radio and television in Zimbabwe were Sunday assaulted and injured at an opposition rally after being accused of bias in favour of the government. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe soldiers beat up journalist
    06 april 2002 19:16:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Soldiers in Zimbabwe severely assaulted a journalist from the state broadcasting corporation covering an anti-government demonstration, and arrested two others Saturday. Full text...

  • Zambian press association set to stop 'pocket-journalism'
    05 april 2002 20:40:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Press Association of Zambia has vowed to uproot Pocket-journalism charging that the practice, also known in Zambia as 'Cadre Journalism,' has dragged the profession into mud. Full text...

  • UNESCO focuses on reconciliation and development
    03 april 2002 15:37:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- UNESCO announced Wednesday that the themes of reconciliation and development are the main focus of its activities in 2002, the year it has dedicated to cultural heritage. Full text...

  • Ivorian sports broadcaster dies on the mike
    02 april 2002 21:44:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A popular sports broadcaster with the State Radio in Cote d'Ivoire died on Sunday in the middle of a programme he was hosting, sources affirm. Full text...

  • Liberian press union unveils legal defence fund
    02 april 2002 16:00:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The Press Union of Liberia (PUL), has launched a legal defence Fund in the wake of frequent arrest and detention of journalists in the country, a Union official said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ivorian papers comment on Hayatou's bid for FIFA presidency
    18 march 2002 18:01:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian press Monday weighed the chances of African Football Confederation (CAF) President, Issa Hayatou, in the race for the presidency of the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA). Full text...

  • UNESCO to present Cities for Peace Prizes in Marrakesh
    15 march 2002 20:10:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Lubumbashi city in the Democratic Republic of Congo is among 10 cities chosen by UNESCO from 76 entries to receive the Cities for Peace prizes for 2000-2001. Full text...

  • UNESCO to host symposium on slave trade in France
    14 march 2002 15:43:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Representatives of scientists and civil society will attend a symposium on the slave trade in June at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. Full text...

  • Moroccan legislators pass new press code
    13 march 2002 23:29:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco's chamber of deputies has passed a new but controversial press code which is to submitted to the Senate for a second reading. Full text...

  • RSF asks DRC rebels to release detained journalists
    13 march 2002 22:48:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The press freedom watchdog, Reporters Sans Frontières, has appealed to rebel leaders in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to set free two journalists being detained by their movements. Full text...

  • Malawi Television resumes broadcast
    13 march 2002 08:34:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi Television, which was gutted by fire Saturday, resumed operation Tuesday, ahead of the 10-day deadline set by President Bakili Muluzi, who visited the station Monday. Full text...

  • Norway supports girl-child education in Africa
    12 march 2002 18:28:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Norwegian government was actively engaged in supporting programmes for girl-child education in Africa through on-going programmes it funded for UNICEF to implement. Full text...

  • Kagame sues African journalist for defamation
    11 march 2002 20:36:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Rwandan President Paul Kagame has sued a Paris-based African journalist-author, Charles Onana, in a French High Court for defamation following the publication of a book critical of him. Full text...

  • Muluzi directs govt to fund TV Malawi's repairs amidst famine
    11 march 2002 14:02:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi president Bakili Muluzi has ordered the finance ministry to release 10 million kwacha (137,000 US dollars) by Tuesday to allow Malawi's only television station to return to the air. Full text...

  • Malawi Television boss promises early resumption of broadcast
    11 march 2002 08:51:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi Television's Director-General Benson Tembo, has promised that the station gutted by fire Saturday would resume operation as soon as possible. Full text...

  • Fire knocks Malawi Television off air
    09 march 2002 18:27:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A huge fire Saturday destroyed the main studios of Malawi's sole Television in Blantyre, knocking the station off air. Full text...

  • Egyptian authorities arrest Al-Jazeera journalists
    06 march 2002 19:12:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Wednesday petitioned the Egyptian government against the arrest of two journalists from the Qatari TV channel, Al-Jazeera. Full text...

  • France hails Morocco for mediating in Mano River Union crisis
    04 march 2002 22:29:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France Monday hailed the efforts undertaken by Morocco's King Mohammed IV to mediate in the crisis facing the states of the Mano River Union. Full text...

  • Mauritius offers mediation in India-Pakistan dispute
    01 march 2002 23:54:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius has offered to mediate between India and Pakistan who are currently in open conflict over the issue of Jammu and Kashmir states. Full text...

  • News blackouts give residents of an Ivorian city nightmares
    01 march 2002 19:57:00
    San Pedro- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- For the residents of San Pedro, Côte d'Ivoire's second largest city, it is not one of those days when blackouts deprive them of information and entertainment. Full text...

  • ICRC official wants more protection for journalists
    01 march 2002 08:26:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- An official of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has lamented that journalists operating in conflict areas do not enjoy sufficient protection. Full text...

  • RSF worried about press freedom in Madagascar
    28 february 2002 07:59:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- France-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF), has expressed concern over President Didier Ratsiraka's declaration of a state of emergency and its consequences on press freedom in Madagascar. Full text...

  • 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...

  • Kadhafi Foundation backs up education in Africa
    26 february 2002 20:01:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Some 22 African countries will receive a grant of 250,000 US dollars from the Kadhafi International Charity Foundation in support of education, UNESCO sources said in Paris Tuesday. 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...

  • Zimbabwe allows South African media to cover polls
    21 february 2002 10:55:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Zimbabwe on Wednesday night allowed a number of South African publications to cover the 9-10 presidential elections, just two days after denying them permission. Full text...

  • Nigeria, others among countries with endangered languages
    20 february 2002 22:21:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNESCO has warned that about half of some 6,000 languages spoken in the world are under threat, among them local languages in Nigeria and some East African countries. Full text...

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