Angolan Journalist Indicted for Story

Angolan Journalist Rafael Marques de Morais has been indicted for the second time for exposing government corruption. In an article published on his anti-corruption watchdog website Maka Angola, Marques exposed the illegality of Angola’s Attorney General to act as a property and real estate developer in addition to his legal duties. The article also questioned the tolerance of the president, José Eduardo dos Santos, towards his subordinates who openly disobey the constitution. Marques was indicted upon his return from Washington, DC, where he was honored with the National Endowment for Democracy’s 2017 Democracy Award. Marques was previously imprisoned for calling President Dos Santos a dictator in an article in 1999. He was released after international advocacy efforts on his behalf.

Source: National Endowment for Democracy

Posted on: June 26, 2017