Minister stresses progress in freedom of press

Luanda – Angolan Media minister JoAPound o Melo said Friday the country has recorded “undeniable advances” in the area of freedom of the press.

The minister was speaking to the state-run newspaper Jornal de Angola ahead of Press Freedom Day (May 3).

He mentioned greater openness and diversification in public media houses, and allowing the private media working normally and without any interference.

These advances, he argued, are already recognised by the Angolan society.

Quoting the surveys commissioned by his sector, JoAPound o Melo said that up to the last year (2018), the level of credibility of the public press in Angola, on a scale ranging from 1 to 7, stood at 5.

The minister considered the achievement of this deed, in less than two years of governance, very positive.

Still, he urged the journalists to be professionals and perform the activity with rigour, exemption and objectivity.

The minister also spoke of the plans for on-the-job training in cooperation with the Ministry of Higher Education and some faculties to ensure training in the field of journalism and communication.

He said, on the other hand, that the Government is working on adjustments to the legislative package of the media in order to adequate the laws with the conditions of the country.

Source: Angola Press News Agency