13 February 2013

Angola: Spotlight

The latest press coverage on corruption, human rights abuses, violations of freedom of the press and socio-economic exclusion in Angola:

ABC News/AP: Book Tying Angola Generals to Diamonds Protected

Angola received a boost to its free speech from Portugal, which refused to allow Angolan generals to stop the publication of a book exposing corruption and human rights abuses in the southern African country's lucrative diamond mines.

Portuguese prosecutors this week threw out a libel suit against a book that alleges Angolan generals own a diamond company and a security firm that carried out killings and the torture of workers toiling in the southern African nation's mines.

Reuters: FACTBOX-Political risks to watch in Angola

February 9, 2013: Dos Santos's government has long been accused of mismanaging oil revenues, avoiding public scrutiny and doing too little to fight graft. Transparency International ranks Angola among the most corrupt countries in the world. The appointment of Jose Filomeno dos Santos, one of the president's sons, to the board of a new $5 billion sovereign wealth fund in October attracted renewed criticism.

AIAC: When MediaStorm went to Angola to make a short film about de-mining

February 8, 2013: Earlier this week, the award-winning production studio/marketing group MediaStorm launched their short film Surviving the Peace, to promote Mines Advisory Group's de-mining operations in Angola. Mines Advisory Group (MAG) launched with a premier in DC and a fundraiser in Angola (go figure, but hey, attendees in Luanda got free copies of the film).

Africa Review: German envoy decries graft in Angola

February 8, 2013: The German Chancellor's Personal Representative for Africa, Mr Gunter Nooke, has said his country's investments in Angola were being affected by bureaucracy and corruption. "It is important to fight corruption because German businessmen who come to Luanda end up being frustrated by the bureaucracy involved," Mr Nooke said.

Mail & Guardian: Tragedy puts controversial Angolan church on spot

February 8, 2013: Fatal stampede has brought attention to the church's pecuniary practices and high-powered links with the ruling MPLA. It was marketed as "The Day of the End", offering spiritual solutions to problems of debt, disease and broken relationships, and it drew a crowd of about 250 000 to an old football stadium in the Angolan capital Luanda.

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