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Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:55 - Updated Fri, 17 Mar 2017 08:05

Angola: UNITA ponders to file complaint against media

Luanda - UNITA is considering appealing to international organizations if the country's state-owned media companies maintain the format of the "bombastic" coverage of the political acts of presenting the MPLA presidential candidate, João Lourenço.

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Head of UNITA Parliamentery Group, Adalberto da Costa Júnior

Photo: Alberto Julião

The warning was made on Tuesday in Luanda by the party's parliamentary group chairman, Adalberto da Costa Júnior, who said they had already addressed protest letters to the Angolan Public Television (TPA), National Radio of Angola ), Jornal de Angola (JA) and the National Council of Social Communication, suggesting the revision of its editorial lines.

"We involved the higher authorities and, if nothing changes, we will resort to international organizations, because at that time we have already exhausted the capacity of intervention of the national institutions", he warned at a press conference.

He considered illegal the "extraordinary air times" attributed to the MPLA presidential candidate, because the country" is not yet in the election campaign period".

To Adalberto da Costa Júnior, elections are normal, civic processes and as such should become a party, giving the citizens the opportunity to exercise their maximum control and freely choose who should govern them.

He informed that the UNITA Parliamentary Group presented a protest vote at the last plenary session of the National Assembly on 23 February and invited the MPLA to correct what it is considered "multiple violations of the Constitution and ordinary laws".

"The interest of UNITA will always be the approach of elections in an environment of tranquility, of guarantee for all of equal treatment in the press", he said.

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