Angolan journalist goes on trial

Written by on April 16, 2018

Prominent anti-corruption journalist Rafael Marques de Morais is appearing in court today charged with insulting the attorney general and former president.

An Angolan news site has tweeted the first picture of him and his co-defendant Mariano Bras in court in the capital Luanda:

The charges stem from an article he published on his website Maka Angola in 2016 that questioned a property deal connected to the then-Attorney General João Maria de Sousa and suggested that he was benefiting from protection by ex-President Jose Eduardo dos Santos.

His case was meant to be heard in March but was delayed.

The case has angered human rights activists. International freedom of speech campaign group Pen says the case is an attempt to stifle free expression while the Washington Post has published an editorial urging the authorities to drop the charges immediately.



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