Angola: Minister Announces Adjustments in Media Legislation

Luanda — Angolan minister of Telecommunications, Information Technologies and Media Manuel Homem announced Wednesday the sector's plan to start working, in the next few days, through a public consultation, on improving the legislation on digital media.

The minister announced so at the end of his visit to Novo Jornal, Jornal Expansão and Rádio Eclésia, as part of listening process to public and private media outlets.

Manuel Homem said that updating certain aspects of the legislation will ultimately allow the regulation of online media services.

He said that the need to update the legislation owed to the existence of online portals that consume content from legal institutions without prior coordination so that this exercise can be done under the terms of the law.

Regarding the emergence of community radio stations, the minister said that the right to create community radio stations and online media is not prohibited, as long as the promoters comply with legal procedures.

As for the media houses visited, he said that some of the various difficulties presented by the heads of these companies may require joint work for their immediate solution.

Quoting the example of the Catholic Church owned Rádio Eclésia, the minister stated that one of the problems presented has to do with the verification of frequencies at country level, particularly in Luanda, by the regulatory body (Inacom - Angolan Institute of Communications).

"Taking into account your role in raising awareness on Covid-19, we encourage you to keep informing with impartiality, truth and rigour as you have been doing, in addition to taking the God's word to the population," he said.

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