Queirós Anastácio Chiluvia

first_img Dawit Isaac Eritrea Find out more Tshivis Tshivuadi Democratic Republic of Congo Find out more Follow the news on Angola Help by sharing this information to go further Receive email alerts Agnès Uwimana Nkusi Rwanda Find out more AngolaAfrica center_img Eric Topona Chad Find out more Malick Ali Maiga Mali Find out more AngolaAfrica See more Working illegally as a journalist was among the charges brought against Queirós Anastácio Chiluvia, news director of the opposition radio station Despertar, in February this year. It all began when the journalist went past a police station in a suburb of Luanda when he heard calls for help from detainees in the cells. Having tried unsuccessfully to obtain information from the police officers, he recorded the prisoners’ calls and broadcast them on his station’s airwaves. They were asking for medical assistance for a fellow prisoner who was dying of tuberculosis in an overcrowded cell. Chiluvia was immediately arrested and brought before a judge who gave him a six-month suspended sentence for defamation, offending the police and working illegally as a journalist. That is the price paid by a journalist in Angola for using the media to try to save a life. Chiluvia is still involved with Despertar radio, an essential counterweight in a country where freedom of speech can be easily denied. Information hero Queirós Anastácio Chiluvia last_img read more

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