Angola / Africa

An image of William Tonet, editor of Folha 8.

Angola journalist William Tonet’s home invaded by gunman as defamation case continues

New York, May 17, 2024 — Angolan authorities should credibly investigate a break-in at the home of prominent journalist William Tonet and drop the criminal defamation charges he faces, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday.  A man armed with a pistol broke into Tonet’s home in the capital, Luanda, at around 4 a.m. on…

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Angolan soldiers parade at the swearing-in of President Joao Lourenco in 2017.

CPJ: Angola’s proposed national security law threatens press freedom, puts journalists at risk

New York, April 1, 2024–Angola’s proposed national security law could hinder the public’s right to information and severely undermine press freedom, further exposing journalists to harassment, intimidation, and censorship by authorities, the Committee to Protect Journalists said on Monday. The National Security Bill, which critics say threatens Angola’s democracy and could turn the country into…

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CPJ calls on Angolan authorities to release journalist Carlos Alberto 

New York, October 6, 2023—The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Angolan authorities to immediately release journalist Carlos Alberto, who was taken into custody on September 29 to serve a three-year prison sentence for criminal defamation, injurious denunciation, and violating press freedom.  A team of 15 Criminal Investigation Service officers arrested Alberto, editor of the…

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Angolan editor Daniel Frederico faces criminal defamation charges

Nairobi, October 3, 2023—Authorities in Angola must drop charges of criminal defamation and insult against journalist Daniel Frederico and stop criminalizing his reporting, the Committee to Protect Journalists said on Tuesday. Last week, a district court in the Angolan capital Luanda summoned Frederico, editor of news portal Reporter Angola who publishes under the pen name…

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Angolan authorities charge journalist with criminal defamation over corruption report

New York, September 20, 2023—Prosecutors should drop the criminal defamation, insult, and forgery charges against Angolan journalist Liberato Furtado Pereira and stop retaliating against the journalist for his public interest reporting, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday.  Furtado, a reporter for privately owned Radio Luanda, is expected to appear before the district court in…

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Angolan outlet Camunda News suspends operations indefinitely after police harassment

New York, March 17, 2023—Angolan authorities should stop harassing the privately owned Camunda News website and ensure that members of the press can work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday. On Wednesday, March 15, the outlet suspended its operations indefinitely, according to media reports and the outlet’s owner, David Boio, who spoke to…

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DW correspondent Borralho Ndomba harassed, briefly detained while covering student protest in Angola

Borralho Ndomba, a correspondent for German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) in Angola, was briefly detained by police on October 8, 2022, while covering a student demonstration in the capital, Luanda, according to reports by DW and U.S. Congress-funded Voice of America, a statement by DW that was reviewed by CPJ, and the journalist, who spoke…

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Angolan opposition journalist’s wife assaulted in apparent retaliation for his reporting

New York, October 4, 2022–Angolan authorities must swiftly investigate and bring to justice those responsible for the assault on Ludmila Pinto, the wife of broadcaster Claudio Pinto, in an apparent warning to the journalist, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday.  At around 6 p.m. on September 20, two unidentified men whose faces were concealed…

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VOA correspondent briefly detained covering attempted election protest in Angola

New York, August 17, 2022  — In response to news reports that Angola police detained Coque Mukuta, a correspondent for U.S. Congress-funded Voice of America, for three hours while he was on assignment in the capital Luanda on Wednesday to cover a protest against electoral irregularities ahead of the scheduled August 24 election, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the…

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Angolan journalists harassed while covering election rallies

New York, July 21, 2022 — Angolan authorities should thoroughly investigate all instances of the harassment of journalists ahead of the country’s August 24 elections, and ensure that members of the press can cover the campaign safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. Since July 1, at least three journalists have been harassed or…

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