27 June 2012

Angola: Deputy Social Communication Minister Speaks With Workers

Malanje — The deputy Social Communication minister, Manuel Miguel de Carvalho "Wadijimbi", met Wednesday in northern Malanje province with directors, editors and journalists of public media organs in the region.

The meeting was intended for the Government official to learn about the constraints facing the media professionals and assess the functioning of the organs.

During the meeting, the official expressed concerns associated with the lack of transport for reporting, especially in the inland regions of the province and during the electoral campaign period.

Low salaries, lack of appropriate facilities, shortage of staff, installation of relay stations in some points of the province and a television transmitter are also part of the grievances presented by the media professionals.

On the occasion, the official pledged to transmit the concerns to the central department of the Ministry, with a view to solutions. He also promised better days for the media in future.

On the other hand, Manuel Miguel de Carvalho appealed to journalists to invest in responsibility, exemption during electoral campaign coverage, with appropriate treatment to news items and air time allocated to political parties, in order to avoid speculations.

While admitting poor conditions for a full coverage of the whole electoral process in the region, due to lack of material and other elements, the official appealed to journalists to do their best to serve the public.

Manuel Miguel de Carvalho wound up a two-day visit to Malanje during which he inaugurated a transmitter of the Rádio Nacional de Angola (RNA) in the municipality of Massango, some 252 kilometres north of Malanje city.

The transmitter has a power of one kilowatt and permits the expansion of the RNA signal.

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