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  • Libyan dailies slam May Day celebrations
    02 may 2003 22:08:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan newspapers commented at length Thursday on the international Labour Day, dismissing it as "a day of fraud and imposture". Full text...

  • Benin dailies zoom in on election of parliament's bureau
    02 may 2003 21:48:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin papers widely commented on the deadlocked election of the bureau of the National Assembly, with Le Matinal noting that the process has since stalled after the election of the House Speaker last Friday. Full text...

  • Body links famine in Africa to lack of press freedom
    02 may 2003 21:07:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- CREDO for Freedom of Expression and Associated Rights today warned of a growing link between famine in Africa and the suppression of press freedom and freedom of expression. Full text...

  • Tanzanian newspapers focus on workers' rights
    02 may 2003 16:27:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- As Tanzania joined the comity of nations in observing Labour Day, independent newspapers during the week chided the government over the plight of workers, blaming its twin policies of retrenchment and privatisation. Full text...

  • Consolidate peace in Burundi, say South African papers
    30 april 2003 09:29:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- As Burundians await for the historic inauguration of Hutu President Domitien Ndayizeye Wednesday in Bujumbura, South African newspapers have called for the consolidation of Burundi's fragile peace. Full text...

  • Swazi paper attacks govt organs for disrespecting law
    29 april 2003 20:45:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swaziland's independent daily newspaper, The Times of Swaziland, has lashed at organs of the Swaziland government for defying court orders. Full text...

  • Abidjan papers highlight Security Council meeting, Nigerian polls
    25 april 2003 09:24:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A meeting of the National Security Council (CNS) in Cote d'Ivoire and the presidential polls in Nigeria called the shots across Ivorian newspapers this week. Full text...

  • South African papers urge Obasanjo to order re-run in some areas
    24 april 2003 11:15:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The private Star newspaper in South Africa has urged President-elect Olusegun Obasanjo to plough some of his victory back into the stability of Nigeria by ordering re-runs in areas where rigging in last Saturday's polls was highly suspected. Full text...

  • Audit of State Oil Company dominates Brazzaville press
    19 april 2003 20:32:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The postponed audit of Congo-Brazzaville's National Petroleum Corporation (SNPC) books, which threatens the accord between the government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), dominated local newspapers this week. Full text...

  • Rwandan papers focus on crisis in Great Lakes region
    19 april 2003 15:05:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- A Cape Town summit earlier 9 April on the crisis in DR Congo was the main focus of the press in Kigali this week. Full text...

  • Political lobbying makes headlines in Dakar
    19 april 2003 10:59:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Upheavals within the political class made headlines in Dakar this week, alongside preparations for the 10th Magal (Pilgrimage) to Touba in central Senegal coming up next Monday. Full text...

  • Iraq, Nigeria, Cote d'Ivoire make headlines in Burkina Faso
    18 april 2003 22:47:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Post-war Iraq, the elections in Nigeria and the Ivorian crisis were the main focus of Burkinabe editorials this week, with the private daily Le Pays observing that the US, after all, failed to prove the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Full text...

  • Guinean papers focus comments on SARS
    18 april 2003 20:42:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Guinean papers this week focus their comments on the misadventure of 27 Chinese nationals who arrived in Conakry from neighbouring Mali and who are "suspected" of carrying the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) into the country. Full text...

  • Malian papers zoom in on war in Iraq
    18 april 2003 20:29:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian editorials published this week widely comment on the situation prevailing in Iraq following the fall of President Saddam Hussein's regime. Full text...

  • Ivorian press highlights rebel entry into unity govt
    18 april 2003 19:30:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian newspapers were this week awash with comments on the effective entry of ministers appointed into the new government of national unity from rebel front. Full text...

  • Tanzanian newspapers for an end of Iraq 'occupation'
    18 april 2003 15:37:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian newspapers this week demanded an end to the 'occupation' of Iraq by US-led forces and called for swift international action to manage the catastrophic situation arising from that aggression. Full text...

  • Ethiopia screens Far East travellers for SARS
    18 april 2003 10:55:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Following the end of bombardment in Iraq, Ethiopian newspapers this week honed in on domestic issues, including measures being taken by health authorities to ward off the threat of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Full text...

  • Kenyan media hail moves to create ombudsman
    17 april 2003 10:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The print and electronic media in Kenya Thursday lauded a government decision to create a public complaints office that would receive all complaints against the government and public officials and refer them to the president. Full text...

  • Newspaper yearns for Zimbabwe's return to colonial rule
    16 april 2003 21:00:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A Zimbabwean newspaper, claiming to be speaking on behalf of the majority of the people in the country, on Wednesday said a return to British colonial rule would be welcomed by Zimbabweans. Full text...

  • Renewed fighting dominates Liberian media
    12 april 2003 15:03:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Escalation of fighting in most parts of Liberia and attacks on internally displaced centres, which prompted overwhelming calls for a cease-fire, dominated media reports this week in Monrovia. Full text...

  • US rights report, Conde consume Guinean papers
    11 april 2003 19:57:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Guinean papers were consumed this week by the recent US state department 2002 global report on human rights, and the return home of opposition leader Alpha Conde. Full text...

  • Mozambican weekly condemns murder of journalists
    11 april 2003 17:03:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The deaths of three journalists at the hands of the US invasion forces in Baghdad on Tuesday was no accident of war, writes prominent Mozambican journalist Joao Machado da Graca in the weekly paper "Savana. Full text...

  • Election fever grips Nigerian papers
    11 april 2003 15:57:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's mostly boisterous dailies have been seized by election fever as politicians round off campaigns for Saturday's start of the country's general elections. Full text...

  • Brazzaville newspapers highlight Gulf War II
    11 april 2003 12:30:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The ongoing war in Iraq made headlines in Brazzaville this week, with the pro-opposition 'L'Observateur' noting that Iraq's "suicidal and heroic resistance" lasted no more than three weeks. Full text...

  • Genocide commemoration makes headlines in Kigali
    11 april 2003 11:31:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Kigali newspapers this week focused their comments on the ninth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide in which more than a million people lost their lives. Full text...

  • Media keep Sudanese keen on unfolding events in Iraq
    10 april 2003 20:48:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The Sudanese press tells it all, with some newspapers removing all colour and printing only in black, and others being published in red and summing up the situation in Iraq in two words. Full text...

  • Egyptian papers highlight collapse of Iraqi regime
    10 april 2003 14:34:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Egyptian papers on Thursday highlighted with pictures the dramatic and prompt collapse of the Iraqi regime and the toppling of Saddam Hussein's statue in the heart of Baghdad. Full text...

  • Iraq, El Hadj Diouf dominate press in Senegal
    06 april 2003 13:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Anglo-American war against Iraq and the election of El Hadj Diouf as best African footballer in 2002 for the second consecutive year were featured in Senegalese papers in the past week. Full text...

  • Egyptian papers praise Iraqi resistance against allied forces
    05 april 2003 09:53:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Egyptian papers were awash with praises Friday for what they variously affirmed was Iraq's "audacious resistance to the Anglo-American invasion," warning that any US occupation of Iraq "would herald a bloody future". Full text...

  • Mauritania's dailies comment on Gulf War II
    03 april 2003 23:13:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The Gulf War and the problems faced by Mauritania's opposition parties are the main issues highlighted this week in some of the country's newspapers. Full text...

  • South African papers question media reports on war in Iraq
    02 april 2003 11:40:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Judging media reports on the Iraq war by more than 600 journalists "embedded" with coalition forces after formally agreeing not to disclose information deemed "too sensitive" by military commanders, the privately owned Sowetan newspaper in South Africa suggests "time for soul- searching". Full text...

  • South African media outdo April Fool's prank
    02 april 2003 09:04:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Whether the South African public believed some of the stories carried by various local newspapers Tuesday, 1 April, remains to be known since newspapers here outdid themselves in trying to come up with the best April Fool's prank on their front pages. Full text...

  • Ugandan daily wants Museveni to retire in 2006
    31 march 2003 15:54:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni should retire at the end of his current second constitutional term in 2006 if he is a true patriot as he claims, The Monitor, a Kampala-published daily wrote Monday. Full text...

  • Gulf War II makes front-page news in Algeria
    30 march 2003 15:11:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The war against Iraq has been the focus of Algerian papers, with El Khabar correspondents cabling in reports about how American forces, while promising a "clean and quick bombing campaign" could no longer distinguish between military and civilian targets. Full text...

  • Togolese dailies pinpoint disunity in opposition camp
    28 march 2003 18:09:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese newspapers this week focused commentaries on the looming disunity among opposition parties just few months ahead of the presidential election in the country. Full text...

  • Nigerian papers seized by Iraq war
    28 march 2003 15:49:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian newspapers, which are mostly opposed to the current US-led military attacks on Iraq, have continued to give the eight-day-old conflict front-page attention. Full text...

  • Khat chewing puts Ethiopian youths at risk
    28 march 2003 13:05:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Habitual chewing of khat by youths could be a contributing factor to the rising wave of HIV infection in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian Herald suggests in its Friday editorial. Full text...

  • Burkinabe papers highlight Gulf War II, Cote d'Ivoire
    28 march 2003 13:05:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The war in Iraq, the Ivorian crisis and the National Day of Pardon (JNP) were the main topics highlighted this week by the press in Burkina Faso. Full text...

  • Gulf War II makes headlines in Mauritania
    28 march 2003 08:03:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The current allied attack on Iraq caught the attention of Mauritanian newspapers this week, with 'Le Calme' describing the US-led assault on the beleaguered Gulf State as a "Crusade" against Iraq. Full text...

  • Cairo papers equate war on Iraq with Israeli war on Palestinians
    27 march 2003 16:07:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Egyptian newspapers on Thursday equated the ongoing Anglo-American war on Iraq with the war Israel is waging on the Palestinian people in the occupied Gaza and the West Bank. Full text...

  • Egyptian papers equate Iraqi war to Israeli/Palestinian
    27 march 2003 13:26:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Egyptian papers drew a semblance Thursday between the ongoing Anglo-American attack on Iraq the war Israel was waging on Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. Full text...

  • Ivorian newspapers focus on Accra peace meeting
    09 march 2003 16:23:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Peace negotiations in Accra, Ghana, involving the rebels and representatives of Ivorian political parties dominated Ivorian newspapers Friday. Full text...

  • Senegalese papers zoom in on deportation of nationals, Iraq
    07 march 2003 22:40:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The forced repatriation last Saturday of 24 Senegalese emigrants from France and a demonstration staged later Wednesday against war in Iraq were the main issues Senegalese papers highlighted this week. Full text...

  • Nigerian politician's killing dominates newspapers
    07 march 2003 14:13:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Wednesday's killing of leading Nigerian opposition politician Marshall Harry in the federal capital city of Abuja dominated local newspapers for the second day running Friday. Full text...

  • Malawian envoy differs with Tanzanian daily over third term
    07 march 2003 14:02:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Malawi High Commissioner to Tanzania Joseph Petro Kubwalo this week traded insults with a local newspaper after it carried an article condemning current plans to amend the country's constitution to allow President Bakili Muluzi to run for a third term. Full text...

  • Egyptian papers highlight Islamic summit's no war stance
    06 march 2003 11:58:00
    Rejection Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Egyptian papers Thursday focused the "total rejection of any strike on Iraq and any threat to the security of any Islamic state" expressed Wednesday in a final communiqué of the Islamic summit in Doha, Qatar. Full text...

  • Khartoum papers highlight Arab summit, Bashir's absence
    02 march 2003 14:12:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Khartoum papers were Sunday awash with news of this weekend's Arab League summit in the Egyptian town of Sharm el Sheikh, playing up resolutions the forum adopted in favour of a peaceful settlement of the controversy surrounding Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction. Full text...

  • Senegalese press focus on maiden congress of opposition party
    01 march 2003 17:03:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Analyses of the first ordinary congress of the opposition Alliance of Forces for Progress (AFP) this weekend were the focus of local dailies this week. Full text...

  • Atrocities, delay to form new cabinet make news in Abidjan
    28 february 2003 21:05:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Editorials in Ivorian newspapers this week concentrated on the delay in forming Cote d'Ivoire's government of national reconciliation and a report by Amnesty International indicating atrocities committed in rebel-controlled areas. Full text...

  • France-Africa Summit, Iraq echo across Senegalese press
    21 february 2003 23:21:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese dailies were this week awash with comments on the France-Africa Summit that wrapped up Friday in Paris, and US war threats on Iraq. Full text...

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