Media under control

The installation of the new president João Lourenço in September 2017 ended four decades of rule by the Santos family, yet almost all of Angola’s media continue to be under the control of the government and ruling party. Journalists who are too critical of the government or who dare to cover corruption cases are usually arrested or prosecuted for defamation. The government passed a series of media and communication laws 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 criminal defamation suits.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



125 in 2017

Global score


40.42 in 2017

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2019
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