ANGOLA media freedom
violations AND victories
February 2017

Journalist Nsimba Jorge, a correspondent for AFP (Agence France
Presse) in Angola, who was detained outside the Hospital of Uíge
(northern Angola) after having
collected testimonies from some
of the victims of an accident that
caused around two dozen deaths
at the local stadium the day before. The authorities alleged at the
time that the journalist was not authorised to report at the hospital.

Service in Luanda in December.
However, since then the charge
has been changed to “crimes
against the security of the State”.
Journalist Mariano Brás of O
Crime newspaper is a co-accused
for republishing the subject of the
Maka Angola website, with the
accusations against the former
Attorney General.

June 2017

Journalist Carlos Alberto of LAC
radio station in Luanda was
dismissed. The director of the
radio station would not offer any
reasons for the dismissal. However,
Alberto says he is convinced that
it has to do with the fact that he
never complimented the MPLA on
anything they had done.

Security forces violently dispersed a peaceful demonstration
organised by the Lunda Tchokwe
Protectorate Movement in Lunda
Norte, killing a passer-by, wounding 13 people and arresting 70
demonstrators. The Movement is
fighting for autonomy, an end to
the persecution and arbitrary arrest of members of their organisation as well as the release of political prisoners.

June 2017

July 2017

April 2017

Angolan journalist Rafael Marques
was formally charged with a crime
against state security for alleged
offenses against the President
of the Republic and the former
Attorney General João Maria de
Sousa. At issue is an article that
was published on the website
Maka Angola in October 2016,
in which Marques denounced
the private business activities of
the former AG, in violation of the
Constitution, with the consent of
the Head of State, José Eduardo
dos Santos. Marques was heard
at the Criminal Investigation

The Constitutional Court declared
unconstitutional the Non-Governmental Organisation Presidential
Decree of March 2015, which
sought to monitor the registration
and financial support of NGOs. In
declaring it unconstitutional, the
Court stated the approval should
have been done through the National Assembly. The Decree empowered the Public Prosecutor’s
Office to suspend the activities of
national and international NGOs
on suspicion of money laundering,
or illegal or harmful acts against
“Angola’s sovereignty and integ-

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