40 years of control

President José Eduardo dos Santos’ regime has kept almost all of Angola’s media under close watch for nearly 40 years. Despite a very modest liberalization that ended the state TV monopoly, journalists continue to be subject to constant control, either by means of Angola’s defamation legislation or more direct methods such as arresting journalists who irritate the authorities. The government had a series of media and communication laws passed in 2016 that put a government-controlled regulatory authority in charge of registering and punishing media and journalists. These laws force TV and radio stations to broadcast presidential addresses to the nation. They also facilitate defamation suits. This reinforcement of government control of the media has come in the run-up to a presidential election in August 2017 in which Dos Santos has said he will not stand.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



123 in 2016

Global score


39.89 in 2016

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
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