Journalists under siege in Angola

A man reads newspapers printed with pictures of Guinea's military junta chief Moussa Dadis Camara on sale at Guinea's largest Madina market in the capital Conakry, December 8, 2009. Camara, is well and will address the nation soon, a spokesman said on Tuesday, five days after an assassination bid on the West African nation's leader. REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun (GUINEA SOCIETY CONFLICT) - RTXRM7H

A man reads newspapers printed with pictures of Guinea’s military junta chief Moussa Dadis Camara on sale at Guinea’s largest Madina market in the capital Conakry, December 8, 2009. Camara, is well and will address the nation soon, a spokesman said on Tuesday, five days after an assassination bid on the West African nation’s leader. REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun (GUINEA SOCIETY CONFLICT) – RTXRM7H

From LUCAS PEDRO in Luanda, Angola
LUANDA, (CAJ News) – A new law to regulate media has been dismissed as a ploy to crack down on Angolan journalists whose situation is already precarious.

President José Eduardo dos Santos is set to assent to the law granting the government and ruling party expansive power to interfere with media and potentially prevent reporting on corruption or human rights abuses.

The Press Law’s articles are criticised as violating international obligations to media freedom.

“Angola’s new media law is the latest threat to free expression and access to information in the country,” said Daniel Bekele,” rights advocate.

The Angolan media is largely controlled by government.

Politicians have used defamation provisions of the old 2006 media law to abuse critics such as Graça Campos, sentenced to a six-month jail term for publishing articles accusing ministers of corruption in 2008.

In 2011, Armando Chicoca, a correspondent, was sentenced to a year in jail for articles critical of a judge.

In 2014, Queirós Chilúvia was sentenced to a six-month jail term for investigating police brutality.

Last year, Rafael Marques, a prominent journalist, receive an equal sentence for revealing killings and torture in the country’s diamond fields.
All sentences were suspended.
CAJ News

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