The reform of restrictive media laws should be prioritised to expand civic space for the press and for civil society.

Angola is a country in west Africa with a population of 33 million. The presidential republic is dominated by one party, Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA). João Lourenço’s rise to the Presidency in 2017 marked the end of his predecessor José Eduardo Dos Santos’ 38-year rule. Lourenço has removed a number of the former President’s family members and political allies from senior posts in his stated campaign against corruption. The Lourenço administration continues to impose limitations on political opponents’ and civil society groups’ rights to freedom of expression. These limitations particularly impact upon journalists and media workers, with censorship and surveillance extending to online spaces.

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    Households with internet access in 2017

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    Individuals using internet in 2017

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    Fixed Broadband Subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in 2017

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    Press Freedom Ranking in 2022

Upr cycle

Angola was last reviewed in November 2019. Their next review is in 23 months, which is scheduled for November 2024. It is currently in the Mid-term reporting phase of its UPR cycle. To find out more about the UPR lifecycle click on the Uproar Tools button

Digital Rights and Free Expression Recommendations

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    Partner organisations

    Over a hundred local and international human rights organisations are part of the wider Uproar programme. You can find them listed here.

    Angola cluster

    The country clusters are a local working group in each Uproar target country made up of our partner organisations. The clusters are organised by local lead organisations, who then coordinate local civil society and human rights defenders with digital rights expertise to engage in national-level advocacy and campaigning.