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4 International Media & Newspapers - Africa- Newspaper Rankings
Ranks African newspapers based on web use (Google Page Rank, Alexa Traffic Rank, Majestic Seo Referring Domains.) Newspapers from countries with larger populations and citizens with better web access will tend to rank higher. Based in . [KF]

4 International Media & Newspapers - Newspapers in Africa
Directory of online African newspapers by country.

Africa Confidential
Free short excerpts only from the latest issue and past issues of the well-known London political newsletter established in 1960. Some universities pay for full text access. (Stanford users have access to the full text.)

Africa Focus
"...a free independent electronic publication providing reposted commentary and analysis on African issues, with a particular focus on U.S. and international policies." AfricaFocus Bulletin is edited by William Minter.

Africa Intelligence
Subscription only. Up-to-date political and economic news in English and French. Provides articles from the past 5 years from The Indian Ocean Newsletter, Africa Energy Intelligence, Africa Mining Intelligence, La Lettre du Continent, Maghreb Confidentiel and biographies of African leaders published by Indigo Publications, Paris. A one year subscription (47 issues) to the Indian Ocean Newsletter, by email, is $750.00. Purchase individual articles or subscribe to individual newsletters. An email service notifies subscribers of updated articles based on your interest profile.

Africa News
Online magazine. Includes photographs. Focus is on Business, Microfinance, Society, Culture, Travel, Nature, Music and Sport. Published by Africa Interactive Publishers: Bas Vlugt, Peter Vlam. Based in the Netherlands.
Current news."The Africa News.Net is part of an international network of news sites, dedicated to the major regions, countries and cities of the world." RSS Feed: Based in Manama, Bahrain. [KF]

Africa Research Bulletin (Wikipedia description)
Subscription only. Has two sections - Economic, financial, and technical series and Political, social, and cultural series. Find the dates of events, a year’s facts about a country, search by country. Has annual  indexes.(Stanford users, please use Searchworks for full text online access).

African Arguments
Commentary on politics, economics, gender, the environment, culture, social affairs, etc. by journalists, researchers. Strong on the Horn of Africa. Has a subscription only newsletter. Sponsored by the Royal Africa Society (London).

African Diplomacy
News about African international relations.

African Press Organization - APO Source
In English and French. Database of press releases related to Africa. Includes the situation of journalists, the media, press freedom; relations with the US;relations with France;relations with China; the European Union; etc. Has a mailing list and a RSS feed. Organizes press videoconferences. Has a mailing list on companies in Africa. Based in Lausanne, Switzerland.

African Science News Service, ASNS
News on Biotechnology, Agriculture, Health, Environment, and Technology from Africa. By Africa based reporters with an African eye. Based in Nairobi, Kenya.

African Studies Repository
Site has closed. Open access and wiki. Articles on current issues. To contribute articles requires free registration. "The aim of the ASR is to create a space where everyone who works on Africa, both inside and outside the continent, can store their work, access useful resources, make contacts, and join discussions." Maintained by Anna Winterbottom and James North. See also April 2, 2007 article from First Monday. URLis now an ad.

African Update
Site has closed. Interviews with people such as, book reviews by Greg Houle, African Update Editor & Founder. URL is now an ad.
In French. Current news esp. on Francophone Africa. Events, conferences, forum, music. Audio interviews with notable people. Site created by "journalistes et createurs d'Afrique noire et du Maghreb." Based in Paris.

Afrol (Oslo, Norway)
Fairly current news on Africa.

Agence de Presse Africaine, APA
Based in Dakar, Senegal.

Agence de presse panafricaine
In French. Covers news continent wide. Based in Douala, Cameroun, office in Paris.

Agence MISNA, Missionary Service News Agency
Current news in English, Italian, French. Based in Rome, Italy.

Agenzia Fides - Fides News Agency (Fides)
In English and Italian.  Curernt news relating to African countries.  On the web site of the Congregazione per l'Evangelizzazione dei Popoli [Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith], Vatican, Italy.

Al Jazeera - Africa News
Current news from African news sources including PANA, the Dakar based agency providing an African perspective on the news. Formed from a merger with the publishers of the well-known, Africa News from Durham, NC founded by Reed Kramer. Includes an extensive section on the U.S. and Africa, covers special topics - business, science, sports, culture, etc. [KF] RSS Feed: [KF]

Alltop - Africa
Feeds from news sources and blogs about Africa. Co-owned by Guy Kawasaki.

Amnesty International
Has excerpts from their African country reports and full-text press releases.

ANB-BIA Africa News Bulletin
African News Bulletin - Bulletin d'Information Africaine is a free weekly electronic news service providing articles in English and French from various sources including Le Monde, Human Rights Watch, Marches Tropicaux, La Lettre Ocean Indien, Internatl. Com. Red Cross, Reuters, Agence France Presse, Guardian (London), Voice of America, Belgian publications. There is a print edition published with 22 issues a year for US $64. To subscribe to the free e-bulletin, write: ANB-BIA, Avenue Ch. Woeste 184, Brussels, Belgium

Archive-It. Online News Around the World
The International Internet Preservation Consortium, IIPC, has archived the web sites of 273 African news sites. The web sites captured in 2018 are snapshots to capture roughly simultaneous, broad but shallow cross-sections of global online news.

BBC World Service - Africa
Very current news as well as radio schedules and frequencies for the British Broadcasting Corp. reports and for its services in Arabic, French, Hausa, Kinyarwanda/Kirundi, Portuguese, Somali, and Swahili. For those with sound cards and speakers, listen to the Focus on Africa broadcast. RSS Feed:

BBC Focus on Africa Magazine
Selected articles from the latest issue and some articles from past issues of the BBC's current affairs magazine.

(Blog) Africa Matters

(Blog) Afriweb
Blog by Michael Keating, Senior Fellow/Associate Director, Center for Democracy and Development, University of Massachusetts, Boston. Commentary on African events, original documents, book reviews. Will have interviews, other columnists.

Channel Africa
International shortwave radio service operated by the South African Broadcasting Corp. In English, French, Portuguese, and some African languages. Has continent wide news and the broadcast schedule. For those with sounds cards/speakers/RealPlayer you can listen to the news from Johannesburg, see SABC TV news such as the opening of the South African Parliament (transmission may not be very good), or listen to music. [KF]

China Africa News
"news stories from African, Western and Chinese news sources daily." "news and opinion on China’s growing role in Africa. From infrastructure projects and oil contracts, to aid conferences and intellectual opinion,..." Site owned by Henry Hall.

Chinaview -
In English, French, Chinese, Arabic, etc. News from Xinhua News Agency, the state and worldwide news agency in China. Use the Search box to find news about African countries.

Christian Science Monitor
Now charges for access to the full text of past issues. Has an RSS feed for the blog, Notebook Africa, by CSM Correspondent, Abraham McLaughlin in Johannesburg. RSS Feed:

CNN - Africa News

CNN - Inside Africa
Current TV news, has transcripts of recent programs. Retrieve past articles thru a keyword search.

The Continent
A weekly newspaper produced in partnership with the Mail & Guardian. "It showcases the best reporting from journalists across Africa."

The cable TV program which has live coverage of U.S. congressional hearings, news conferences. Useful if there is an Africa-related hearing or news event. The web site has live audio files of U.S. House and Senate events. Transcripts of their book programs can be purchased. Has links to U.S. govt. information and a Congressional directory.

Development news. From the British Library for Development Studies at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, UK. Has various development news feeds for topics and selected African countries (Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia). RSS Feed for African news:

Expo Times
News (three months old or more) from various sources (e-newsletters, original articles). Mainly news of West Africa, Sierra Lone, Gambia.

Expresso Africa
In Portuguese. News on Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe. Part of Expresso Online. News, discussion forum. Based in Portugal. [KF]

Famines Early Warning Systems Network, FEWS
Current news of crisis areas. "FEWS NET is a USAID-funded activity that collaborates with international, national, and regional partners to provide timely and rigorous early warning and vulnerability information on emerging or evolving food security issues."

France 24 - Africa News
In English and French. News from a French perspective. "FRANCE 24 is equally owned by two shareholders: TF1 and France Télévisions."

Global NewsBank
Subscription only. Some universities subscribe. Does not have the latest news but good for researching news from a week ago back to 1985.  For African news includes selected reports from the BBC Monitoring Service (English translations of news), Agence France Presse, IPS, PANA, radio and/or TV stations (Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad,  Congo-Brazzaville, Congo-Kinshasa, Cote d'Ivoire, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nambia, Niger,  Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe).  [KF]

Global News Network
"GNN is operated by Global News Network, Inc., a local Liberian news agency, with US and UK based affiliates. GNN is managed by a Liberian Journalist J. Cholo Brooks, former correspondent for the BBC and Senior Staff writer for The Liberian Times." or

Huffington Post - Africa News

The Independent (London)
Use the Search form to locate full text articles from several months past.

Inter Press Service - Africa
In English and many languages including Swahili. Extensive African news. IPS is a civil society news agency "an independent voice from the South and for development, delving into globalisation for the stories underneath."Has a free weekly newsletter, Terra Viva Africa - "a weekly journal providing critical and in-depth reporting on Africa's top stories and coverage of policy and high-level negotiations by key African players directly affecting Africa and its peoples." Based in Rome, Italy with offices in Johannesubrg. RSS Feed:

International Committee of the Red Cross
Carries many reports on their African operations by country. Has links to the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies. Address, phone, fax, staff list for each country office and situation reports for various African countries.

United Nations Integrated Regional Information Networks. Also in French. From the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Older issues (1996-2000) are on the Univ. of Pennsylvania African Studies site. RSS Feed:

"IT news, Telecom news and Mobile news from an African perspective." "aggregates technology and telecoms news relevant to Africa’s development." The publisher is Abby Wakama. Based in Gauteng, South Africa.
" Internet news publication that focuses...on issues and events of importance to Muslims. Written from an American Muslim perspective, strives to add balance and objectivity to an otherwise homogenous American media pool." Based in Santa Clara, California.

Jeune Afrique (Paris)
Has the tables of contents and a selection of articles from the well-known news weekly begun in 1960.

Koinonia International News from Africa (Nairobi)
Provides news mainly on humanitarian issues. Monthly e-magazine with news, commentary, analysis. The Centre fosters "justice, peace making and peace keeping, reconciliation, emancipation of women, Child rights, ecology,..." Hosted by Peacelink, an Italian-based network of organizations working in peace and conflict management.

Lexis-Nexis (formerly Academic Universe)
Subscription only; some universities subscribe. Full text articles from the BBC Summary of World Broadcasts, Agence France Presse, New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian (London), Africa News, Associated Press, TV transcripts, and many more sources. Selected Lexis-Nexis databases.

Missionary Service News Agency (MI.S.N.A.) (Rome)
In English, Italian, French. Search, by country, for fairly recent news stories.The news agency (MISNA), specializing in news on the World's South, is produced by EMI (Editrice Missionaria Italiania) and FESMI (Federazione Stampa Missionaria Italiana).

Le Monde
In French. Select International, then Afrique.

Le Monde Diplomatique (Paris)
A selection of articles from the latest issues of this monthly newspaper established in 1954. For the older issues beginning with 1994, all articles are on their web site, arranged by country, subject, or month. Has an English edition with past articles.

New York Times
Articles are  free on-line back to 1987. One needs to register to access material.

New York Times - Africa News. RSS Feed. For personal and non-commercial use only.

News Africa (London)
Fortnightly news magazine. Covers politics, economics, commerce, social issues, tourism and culture. Selected articles online. Columnists include Cameron Duodo, Patrick Wilmot. Based in London, U.K.

NewsBank Newsfile
Subscription only; some universities subscribe. Full text news articles from 1991 + Articles from Associated Press, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, etc. From the same company as Global Newsbank listed above.

News d'Afrique
In French. Current news about Francophone African countries. Aggregates news from "rss of French-speaking African media. 22 countries and several hundreds of sites are permanently scanned." Based in Dakar, Senegal.

News From Africa (Nairobi)
In English and Italian. The Koinonia Media Centre, Nairobi, Kenya provides this monthly e-magazine with news, commentary, analysis. The Centre fosters "justice, peace making and peace keeping, reconciliation, emancipation of women, Child rights, ecology,..." Hosted by Peacelink, an Italian-based network of organizations working in peace and conflict management.

Newstime Africa
Current news. Entertainment - music videos. Can add RSS news feeds by couontry.

Le Nouvel Afrique Asie
Selected articles, in French, from the print edition of the Paris monthly news magazine.

Open Democracy - Africa and Democracy
Original articles by journalists, stories from African newpapers on the political situation in Africa. "....take part - in the forums, or by sending your own material to the editors...." Has a forum on Africa and Democracy. Mainly funded by the the Open Trust, a registered UK charity, based in London. [KF]

Pan African News Agency, PANAPRESS (PANA)
In English, French, Arabic. Most articles open to Subscribers Only.. Wire stories from PANA the Dakar based news agency created to provide an African perspective on news events. The environment, economic and developments issues, science and health, sports, the April 2002 Cairo Trade Fair, a weekly selection of articles from the African press. PANA Press Ltd., formed Oct. 1997 from PANA the former inter-governmental organ of the OAU, is now a private commercial company with 75% ownership by African private investors, 25% by African states. One can search the PANA archives for past articles.

In English and Portuguese. Older news (several months old and back.) Use the Search to locate news on African countries. "The newspaper Pravda analyzes events from the point of view of the [Communist] Party's interests, whereas PRAVDA On-line takes a pro-Russian approach to forming its policy."

Project Syndicate - Into Africa
Articles on current African affairs by "leading African thinkers, politicians, economists, and writers." Authors include the President of Ghana and a Human Rights Watch Director. The Syndicate is a non-profit association of 143 newspapers in 78 countries. "Financial contributions from member papers in developed countries support the services provided by Project Syndicate free of charge to its members in less advanced economies." Based in New York.

Public Broadcasting Corporation - Jim Lehrer News Hour
Has transcripts of broadcasts from 1995 + on Burundi, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, etc. and  a keyword search facility for the entire site. For those with sound cards has a RealAudio version as well.

Radio Africa No. 1
In French. Site of an FM Paris radio station.

Radio France Internationale (RFI)
In French and English. African news (in French) and (in English). Programs on Africa including culture, Africans in France, music, interviews.

Radio Havana Cuba
In English, Spanish, French, Portuguese. Official Cuban government radio. Use the Search to locate older articles on African countries. 

Reuters - Africa News
Clickable map of Africa.

Reuters Foundation - Alertnet
"...provides global news, communications and logistics services to the international disaster relief community and the public." Lists press contacts for aid organizations. Use the Search to locate news stories. Its disaster relief resources section covers the world.

Southscan (London)
E-version of the respected print bulletin of Southern African affairs. Has contents listing for recent issues and contents lisitng for issues from 1994+.

Stanford University. Current African Newspapers
List of current print newspapers received at Stanford University. Includes a short list of current web news sources.

Think Africa Press
News analysis, commentary by international journalists and scholars on Africa's political, economic, social, and legal issues. Works with African universities, scholars. Based in London.

This is Africa (London)
Published by the Financial Times. Print and online magazine. Short reports such as Focus on Sierra Leone (4 p. in PDF); the African Development Bank Group (14 p. in PDF); World Economic Forum (15 p. in PDF) - Africa
Current African news and news from all African countries from online news sites and blogs. Find news for any African country; see the list (under World). Topix is owned by newspaper companies and based in Palo Alto, California. [KF] RSS Feed:

United Nations, High Commissioner for Refugees
Current news or crises.

United Nations, ReliefWeb
News on Angola, Congo, the Great Lakes Crisis (Rwanda, Burundi), Sierra Leone, Sudan and other countries. Maintained by the UN Dept. of Humanitarian Affairs.

USAfrica Online
Web site of a Houston, Texas newspaper published by Chido Nwangwu. A subscription is $20 a year. Site has a selection of articles including "Shaping Future Relations between Africa and the United States of America: a New Agenda" by Robert Cummings and Louis Sangare.

U.S. Congress Thomas
U.S. Legislative Information. Keyword search access to the full text of the U.S. Congressional Record (similar to parliamentary proceedings or debates).

United States. Department of State - African Issues
Recent news on Africa and on U.S. - Africa relations. Foreign Media Reaction is a compilation of editorials and comments from the non-US press on major foreign policy events. One can find commentary from African newspapers. These digests also indicate the affiliation or orientation of the newspaper.
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The Voice (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
"African News Magazine in the Netherlands" Monthly news magazine Published in the Netherlands.

Voice of America Broadcasts
Africa-related news. Many audio programs on Africa (requires soundcard, speakers or headset).

White Fathers / Société des Missionnaires d’Afrique - Agence MISNA
In French and English. Current news from Agence MISNA.

World News Connection
Subscription required. Some universities subscribe. World news "translated into English, typically within 24-72 hours from the time of the original publication or broadcast." "newspaper articles, television and radio broadcasts, online sources, conference proceedings, periodicals, and non-classified reports......information is collected and translated by and for the U.S. Government."

World Press - Africa News
"...a nonpartisan magazine whose mission is to foster the international exchange of perspectives and information. It contains articles reprinted from the press outside the United States, as well as originally written material." Has an RSS feed for World news. Based in New York City.