Provincial journalist murdered

New York, July 10, 2001 — In a letter sent to today to Angolan president José Eduardo dos Santos, CPJ expressed deep concern about the murder of Alegria Gustavo, a journalist for the local branch of Rádio Nacional de Angola (RNA) in the central province of Huambo.

According to sources in Luanda, Gustavo was shot dead by provincial vice-administrator Matias Kassoma after leaving a party on July 8. The journalist’s friends, who were with him at the time, reportedly attacked Kassoma in reprisal for the murder and left him in critical condition.

CPJ asked President dos Santos to ensure that a prompt and thorough investigation was conducted into Gustavo’s murder. In the meantime, CPJ will continue to research the incident.