The latest press coverage on corruption, human rights abuses, violations of freedom of the press and socio-economic exclusion in Angola:
Forbes: How Isabel Dos Santos Took The Short Route To Become Africa’s Richest Woman
August 14, 2013: For the past year FORBES has been tracing Isabel dos Santos’ path to riches, reviewing a score of documents and speaking with dozens of people on the ground. As best as we can trace, every major Angolan investment held by Dos Santos stems either from taking a chunk of a company that wants to do business in the country or from a stroke of the president’s pen that cut her into the action. Her story is a rare window into the same, tragic kleptocratic narrative that grips resource-rich countries around the world.
Daily Maverick: Angola illustrates the dangers of criminal defamation laws
August 14, 2013: Rafael Marques de Morais has been a thorn in the side of José Eduardo dos Santos’ government for more than a decade. First with an independent newspaper, and then through his Maka Angola blog, Marques has exposed a string of corruption deals and human rights abuses that have embarrassed officials occupying the very highest positions in the state.
Africa Review: Angola urged to repeal ‘oppressive’ criminal defamation laws
August 13, 2013: Angola has been urged to drop all criminal defamation charges against respected investigative journalist Rafael Marques de Morais. Pressure group Human Rights Watch Monday said the southern African country uses the strict laws to undermine free expression rights and urged their repeal. Marques has exposed a range of high-level corruption cases and human rights violations in his blog, and pursued sensitive investigations into human rights violations in Angola’s diamond areas.
Afrique Jet: Angola: Rights body wants criminal cases against Angola Journo dropped
August 12, 2013: Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday urged Angola’s attorney-general to immediately drop all criminal defamation charges against investigative journalist Rafael Marques de Morais, because ‘they undermine free expression rights.’
Washington Post/AP: Rights group calls on Angola to drop criminal defamation charges against journalist
August 12, 2013: A rights group on Monday called on Angola to drop criminal defamation charges against an investigative journalist who wrote a book on human rights abuses in Angola’s diamond-rich region. Rafael Marques de Morais attended a hearing on July 31 for 10 new lawsuits that were brought against him, along with one pre-existing suit, Human Rights Watch said. The lawsuits revolve around 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.
The Guardian: Angolan investigative journalist faces 11 cases of criminal defamation
August 12, 2013: Eleven separate legal actions have been started against the prominent Angolan investigative journalist Rafael Marques de Morais over his book on blood diamonds. Among the people suing him for criminal defamation are high-ranking generals, including three former chiefs of staff of the Angola’s armed forces, the head of the president’s civil office, governmental business associates and three private companies.