Committee to Protect Journalists concerned with developments in trial against Angolan journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists today (April 16, 2018) condemned a decision by Angolan authorities to continue the trial of journalists Rafael Marques de Morais, who runs the anti-corruption news website Maka Angola, and Mariano Bras Lourenco, a correspondent for the newspaper O Crime, behind closed doors instead of in open court. The two were charged in June 2017 with crimes against the state.

Marques de Morais told CPJ that the trial judge, Josina Falcão, today ruled that proceedings will continue in the office of the attorney general, Hélder Fernando Pitta Grós, on April 24. Former Attorney General João Maria de Sousa, who filed charges against the two journalists, has refused to appear in open court claiming he has special privileges as the former attorney general, according to Marques de Morais and a report from Agence France-Presse. The defense team will also not be allowed to question de Sousa directly, but will have to submit questions to the judge who will then determine which questions are appropriate, according to Marques de Morais and Radio France Internationale.

“Today’s developments flout the basic right to equality before the law, and call into question whether the state has something to hide,” said CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Angela Quintal. “We urge Angolan authorities to ensure that journalists Marques de Morais and Mariano Bras Lourenco receive a fair, transparent trial.”

The charges against the two journalists relate to an article about deSousa originally published in Maka Angola in October 2016 and republished in O Crime.

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PM meeting with President of Nigeria: 16 April 2018

A Downing Street spokesperson said:

“The Prime Minister had a bilateral meeting with President Buhari of Nigeria at Downing Street today.”

“They agreed that the UK and Nigeria were strong and enduring partners and that we would continue to champion our shared values of democracy, including the fight against corruption, and inclusive education.”

“They agreed our defence and security cooperation was close and longstanding, particularly on issues of regional security where we were working together to tackle the threat of Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa, including through a new £1 million package of counter-IED equipment to protect troops and civilians in Nigeria. The Prime Minister said she was saddened so many girls had been affected by the security situation in Nigeria, and that the thoughts of the British people were with the girls and their families.”

“They agreed on the importance of tackling climate change, and of fighting the scourge of modern slavery.”

“They discussed Salisbury and Syria, agreeing on the vital importance of upholding international norms against the use of chemical weapons.”

“The Prime Minister also congratulated the President on leading a successful business reform agenda in Nigeria, noting that as the UK leaves the EU, our bilateral trade and investment relationship would continue to go from strength to strength.”

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1 Main Summit and 3 Satellite Summits: Scaling up disruptive solutions for Africa’s Transformation

Given the challenge of travel within the continent and the need to mobilize the continent for actions, AIS II (www.AfricaInnovationSummit.com) will initiate satellite summits in three locations in Dakar (Western Africa), in Addis Ababa (Eastern Africa) and Johannesburg (Southern Africa).

These three locations will help multiply the reach of the AIS. Each satellite event will have local organization and flavour; the plenary sessions in Kigali will be streamed to all Satellite locations. The workshops to follow the plenaries will be organized locally, with speakers and facilitators.

There will be an opportunity for interactivity between the participants in the plenary sessions. In addition, each Satellite Summit will also have opportunity to organize its own exhibition. The workshops and the exhibition for the satellite summits will be focused on issues or challenges with local importance.

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51-Days Before Event: Africa Innovation Summit (#AIS2018) in Numbers

  • 51 Days countdown to the second edition of the Africa Innovation Summit (www.AfricaInnovationSummit.com) in Kigali
  • +1700 Delegates Registered from 71 Countries
  • 3 Satellite Summits (Dakar, Johannesburg, Addis Ababa)
  • +590 Innovations Tract submitted
  • 122 Scientific Papers submitted
  • + 63 118 online users reached through online.

Register Now and Join Us: www.AfricaInnovationSummit.com

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