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Tue, 12 May 2020 09:49 - Updated Thu, 21 May 2020 19:00

Journalists union lashes out at suspension of contracts

Luanda - Angolan Journalists Union (SJA) criticised Sunday the decision of the Media Nova Group to suspend the employment contract of some professionals in the State of Emergency (EE) period.

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Teixeira Cândido, secretary general of journalists union

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The reaction came from the Union's secretary general, Teixeira Cândido, who described the position of the business group's Board of Directors as "hasty".

He said that the move "violates" the assumptions of the exception regime, in force in the country since last March 27.

According to the Union leader, several professionals linked to Media Nova saw their   employment contract suspended, for alleged financial grounds.

In this regard, the Minister of State and Head of Civil Affairs Office to the President of Republic, Adão de Almeida, clarified Sunday that no employer (public or private) should opt for dismissal or suspension of contracts while the EE is in force.

A source linked to Grupo Media Nova told Angop that the measure covers staff from various areas of TV Zimbo, Rádio Mais and Jornal o País, but the source would no mention the numbers those targeted.

According to the source, it is not a question of dismissals, but of a temporary suspension of contracts, a measure that was being considered before the emergence of the covid-19 and the EE.

The secretary general of SJA said there are reports of other institutions experiencing financial problems, but do not adopt the suspension of employment.

"We think the managers of Media Nova have taken rush decision," said the Union leader.

 ANGOP's effort to contact the Board of Directors of the Media Nova business group for further detail, until Sunday night, proved futile.

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