African Media (UNESCO) -
  • 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...

  • CPJ deplores sentence on Moroccan journalists
    20 february 2002 12:16:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has deplored suspended prison sentences and fines imposed last week on two Moroccan journalists convicted of defaming Foreign Minister Muhammed Ben Aissa. 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...

  • UNESCO says 3,000 languages in danger
    19 february 2002 17:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- About half of the 6,000 or so languages spoken in the world are under threat of disappearing, UNESCO has cautioned. Full text...

  • Kenyan journalists threaten strike
    18 february 2002 14:59:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Officials of Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ) warned Monday that they would call a nationwide strike to protest against the contravention of labour laws in some of the local media houses. 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...

  • Controversial Zimbabwean Journalist Flees to South Africa
    15 february 2002 22:07:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Disgraced Zimbabwean journalist Basildon Peta, exposed this week of faking detention by police, Friday resigned from a local weekly he worked for and fled to South Africa, claiming his life was in danger. 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...

  • Zimbabwe Journalist Exposed Over Fake Detention Story
    13 february 2002 22:14:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean journalist Basilton Peta sparked a national outcry Wednesday after it was discovered he had faked a story about his detention by police to a British newspaper last week. 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...

  • Nigerian govt and public take issue with coverage of Lagos crisis
    09 february 2002 14:05:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- CNN's Bureau Chief in Nigeria, Kenyan- born Jeff Koinange, is under intense heat over his coverage of the communal violence that broke out in the country's commercial city of Lagos last weekend, leaving scores of people dead and several houses burnt. 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 police detain protesting journalists
    30 january 2002 18:58:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Police in Zimbabwe Wednesday briefly detained three journalists among a group who were protesting against a draft media law, which was due to be debated in parliament. Full text...

  • UNESCO, ECA to boost partnership for development in Africa
    30 january 2002 13:17:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- UNESCO and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) have resolved to coordinate strategies to boost Africa's development. 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...

  • 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...

  • RSF condemns arrest of journalists in Kinshasa
    02 january 2002 22:56:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The media watchdog group, Reporter sans Frontières (Reporters without borders) is demanding the government in DR Congo to immediately release three journalists of two Kinshasa-based newspapers. 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...

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