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Government notifies 15 'sites' to have information on who operates in the market

The Government sent letters to ten and a half digital platforms requesting information and documentation, the national director of Institutional Information and Communication told Lusa, denying that there is an attempt to control by the State.


According to João Demba, the letters were sent not only to three digital platforms, which publicized the situation (Camunda News, Factos Diários and Hora H), but to several others that operate in Angola, producing and disseminating content, some entertainment or informative and newsworthy.

“These are content platforms, which have their own structure and work with some regularity in this market”, said Demba, specifying that about 15 'sites' were notified.

“The idea is that we could reach all of them, but, because they use the Internet, there is always some difficulty in reaching them, there are platforms that don't even have a phone number, 'email' or address”, he stressed.

João Demba stressed that those who managed to identify “their address, whether physical or electronic,” were sent “not a notification, but a letter requesting information and documentation”.

“What we think is normal, it is essential, to be aware that these platforms are in fact, if it is a producer, if it is not, we need to have this information in concrete”, justified the official, reiterating that the Ministry of Telecommunications, Information Technology and Social Communication (Minttics) needs to have “a real picture of the sector of production and broadcasting of content on the Internet”, which does not exist. “We have some information, but we don't have complete information”, he stressed.

The same official highlighted that “the appearance of the phenomena transmits information, but it does not convey the complete information of that phenomenon” and what the State has, so far, “is the appearance, it does not have complete information on these platforms”.

Asked why this measure was only taken now, João Demba replied that “public institutions act according to the dynamics of the market”.

“Unfortunately, all over the world, the markets themselves, the sectors of activity, move at a much greater speed than public institutions. If you notice, we have been using 'drones' for a long time, why is it only now that we are regularizing the use of 'drones'? I could ask that question as well,” he underlined.

João Demba rejected that there is an attempt to control the State of these digital 'sites', criticizing the "lack of ethics and professionalism" of one of the platforms that publicized the letter on social networks. “It's an administrative procedure and it was handled that way,” he said.

“The State is not controlling, the State wants to have real information, because it is on the basis of this real information that the State works to define policies, because if I do not have real information, I will define policies that are very far from what the market , perhaps, needs or demands”, he observed.

According to the Minttics leader, this is not just a concern of the State: “A little all over the world there is this discussion around the way electronic platforms work or are working”.

Last year, in April, the Minttics suspended the licenses of three television channels (Vida TV, Zap Viva and Record TV Africa), alleging legal non-compliance that was not detailed.

At the time, the Minttics made it known, in a statement, that it planned to revoke the operating licenses of media outlets that had been inactive for two years or more, comprising 27 of the country's 144 registered radio stations, 209 of the 243 newspapers registered and 442 of the 459 journals.

It also reported that only 10 'sites' were properly registered and in operation, but the list was never released.

Following the decision, hundreds of people lost their jobs and the Vida Tv and Record TV Africa channels did not broadcast again, while the Zap Viva channel resumed broadcasting on May 1, after announcing that the “requirements were met”. legal”, which were not specified.

The initiative of the ministry led by Manuel Homem was seen by organizations representing journalists as an extreme measure, with “grey areas” and criticized for calling into question the plurality of information.

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