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Asking After Prisoners’ Screams Lands Angolan Journalist in Jail
Written by Sara Moreira On 7 February 2014 @ 10:09 am | 1 Comment
In Angola, Digital Activism, English, Freedom of Speech, Human Rights, Media & Journalism, Portuguese, Quick Reads, Sub-Saharan Africa
A journalist passes by a police station in a town of the outskirts of Luanda, the capital of Angola, and hears prisoners screaming. He enters the police station to ask what is happening. He is arrested on accusations of slander and defamation.
That is what happened to Queirós Anastácio Chilúvia, deputy editor of the private station Radio Despertar, at Cacuaco's National Command Post last Sunday, February 2, 2014, according to anti-corruption watchdog Maka Angola  and Alexandre Neto, chairman of the Angolan chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA ). The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reported :
“To arrest a journalist for asking police for their side of the story is absurd,” said CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Sue Valentine. “Queirós Anastácio Chilúvia is no risk to society. Authorities should release him immediately.”
According to Neto “the maximum period that police may detain someone without bringing evidence is eight days”. Radio France Internationale reported  that Chilúvia is going to be judged on Friday, February 7.
Meanwhile, a few Twitter users are pressuring for his release. A user who goes by the handle Professor N'gola Kiluange called for international solidarity:
Angola: all worldwide journalists ought to call the Angolan government and ask what journalist Queirós Anastácio Chiluvia did wrong!
— Prof.N'gola Kiluange (@ProfNgolaKiluan) February 5, 2014 
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URLs in this post:
 Image: https://twitter.com/ProfNgolaKiluan/status/431027258002653184/photo/1
 Maka Angola: http://makaangola.org/2014/02/03/director-adjunto-da-radio-despertar-na-cadeia/?lang=en
 MISA: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=586209594794649
 reported: http://cpj.org/2014/02/in-angola-police-detain-journalist-for-three-days.php
 reported: https://soundcloud.com/radiofranceinternationale/julgamento-de-jornalista
 February 5, 2014: https://twitter.com/ProfNgolaKiluan/statuses/431026006300712960
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