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Union of Angolan Journalists against pressure to suspend Camundanews channel

The Union of Angolan Journalists (SJA) considered the pressure on the owner of Camundanews to suspend the broadcast of journalistic content as an attack on freedom of the press for an alleged violation of the Press Law.


In a press release, which the Lusa agency had access to, the SJA considers an "abuse of power and obstruction to the exercise of freedom of the press the pressure on the owner of Camundanews to cease the broadcast of informative content, and appeals to the Regulatory Entity of Social Communication to demonstrate in favor of freedom of the press".

In the communiqué, the union recalls that the only limits established by the Constitution for the exercise of freedom of the press are the right of everyone to good name, honor and reputation, image and privacy of private and family life, protection of childhood and youth, State secrecy, justice secrecy and other guarantees of those rights.

The SJA emphasizes that the dissemination of journalistic content via YouTube or any other digital platform does not violate the Constitution or the Press Law, nor does it subject the author of the dissemination to constitute himself as a journalistic company.

In the note, the SJA emphasizes that for the dissemination of journalistic content over the internet, the law only establishes as an assumption the respect of the limits for the exercise of freedom of the press.

For the union, the current situation of press freedom in Angola is "asphyxiating for journalists and privately owned bodies and denounces the worsening of censorship in public bodies".

At issue is the suspension, for an indefinite period, of the broadcast of TV Camundanews, following an interrogation to which David Boio, owner of the project, was subjected.

A week ago, David Boio was, for the second time, called by the Criminal Investigation Service (SIC), after the first in October 2022, to undergo an interrogation whose theme supposedly focused on the criminal process of the social activist and musician Angolan "Gangsta", also dealing with legal issues for the operation of the project.


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