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Trade-union reaffirms defence of members

Fri, 28 Jun 2019 10:02 - Updated Fri, 28 Jun 2019 10:02

secretary-general of the Angolan Journalists Trade-union (SJA), Teixeira Cândido

Photo: Nelson Malamba

Luanda - The secretary-general of the Angolan Journalists Trade-union (SJA), Teixeira Cândido, on Thursday in Luanda reaffirmed that the institution continues to pay attention to the defence of its members, having into account the fact that there have been cases of intimidation following a journalistic coverage of media hyped court trials.

Teixeira Cândido spoke on the fringes of a visit to the Supreme Court aimed at assessing the conditions provided for journalists covering the National Shippers Council (CNC) trial case, following threats made to them last week by relatives of the defendants in the said lawsuit.

The trial, known as the "CNC Lawsuit", involves former Transport minister Augusto Tomás and four other former officers of the CNC management board, who are responding to accusations of embezzlement of large sums of moneys.

Speaking to the press, the trade-unionist said the SJA will continue to defend its members, since it is for the respect of the profession and the integrity of journalists.

Teixeira Cândido then stressed that if it becomes necessary complaints will be filed to the police.  

“I came to check the type of environment in which our colleagues have been working and I can confirm that it is a tense environment”, said the trade unionist after witnessing himself the relative of one of the defenders showing a rude attitude towards journalists.   

Teixeira Cândido also spoke with the lawyers of the defendants about the need for them to sensitise their clients’ relatives in regard to the respect, collaboration and understanding that journalists need in the exercise of the profession.