The debate on freedom, the state of press freedom and the challenges of electoral coverage was promoted by the Institute for Social Communication in Southern Africa (MISA) in Angola, in partnership with the Union of Angolan Journalists (SJA).
The approach, framed in the celebrations of the World Press Freedom Day, which was marked this Tuesday, had as one of the speakers the journalist Reginaldo Silva, a member of the Angolan Media Regulatory Authority.
According to Guilherme da Paixão, a member of MISA Angola's council of governors, the "censorship" in the media, mainly public, and the "coercion of some journalists, who fear losing their jobs", were pointed out by the participants as issues that pinch freedom of the press in the country.
"Actually, there was a regression of freedoms, regardless of whether there was a large number of radio stations, but in the television chapter there was a great regression, today the State ends up detaining all television platforms that a priori made some difference in balance", told Lusa.
"Today they are taken over [the television channels] by the State and today there are almost no major openings for freedoms", he stressed.
Guilherme da Paixão also stated that the participants found that the media coverage of the activities of political parties "is polluted, especially in the news from public media".
"Where the opposition parties have a reduced airtime, when compared to the ruling party that has a lot of time", he shot.
The speaker "reinforced" that social networks have evolved a lot in Angola: "Today is an open field, Angola is to be congratulated because on social networks the rights of citizens to express themselves were not restricted", stressed the official of MISA Angola.