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Media in Angola is controlled by the state.

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Telephone

Telephone service is primarily limited to government and business use. In 2003, there were an estimated seven mainline telephones for every 1,000 people; about 240,300 people were on a waiting list for telephone service installation. The same year, there were approximately nine mobile phones in use for every 1,000 people.

Television and Radio

Rádio Nacional de Angola broadcasts in Portuguese, English, French, Spanish, and major local languages; government-owned, it is the only station with the capacity to broadcast nationwide. In 2004, there were five commercial radio stations, including the Catholic Church’s Radio Ecclesia and Radio Lac Luanda. The primary news agency is the Angola Press. The only television station was the government Angola Public Television (TPA), which broadcasts in Luanda and most provincial capitals. In 2003, there were an estimated 78 radios and 52 television sets for every 1,000 people.

Journalism

In 2005, the only national daily newspaper was the government-owned Jornal de Angola (circulation in 2000 was 41,000). There were at least seven private weekly publications with circulation in the low thousands.

Internet

In 2003, the country had about 17 Internet hosts. The same year, there were 1.9 personal computers for every 1,000 people and three out of every 1,000 people had access to the Internet.

Newspapers

Angolan newspapers include the Jornal de Angola[1], O Apostolado[2], and Semanário Angolense[3].

Censorship

Though a constitution provides for basic freedom of speech and press, the government is said to restrict these freedoms in practice. Journalists are intimidated into practising self-censorship, and the government tightly restricts the main newspapers, television stations, and radio broadcasts.

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References

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