Angolans deprived of two critical TV channels

first_img RSF_en News Cyber-attacks against Angolan news site and reporter News Organisation AngolaAfrica Condemning abuses Freedom of expression October 9, 2020 Find out more June 8, 2017 Angolans deprived of two critical TV channels AngolaAfrica Condemning abuses Freedom of expression Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Angola The two Portuguese channels ceased to be accessible in Angola shortly before midnight on 4 June, when local satellite TV provider DSTV Multichoice dropped them from the range of channels available to its subscribers.Angola’s biggest satellite TV provider, ZAP, the only other one offering the two channels, already dropped them three months ago. At the time, ZAP (which is owned by Isabel dos Santos, the president’s daughter) described their removal as just a routine adjustment.The reason that DSTV Multichoice gave for dropping SIC Noticias and SIC Internacional was “too few viewers.”RSF condemns the disappearance of these two channels from Angolan TV screens, regarding it as an act of censorship after SIC broadcast an investigative report in March about a financial scandal implicating President José Eduardo dos Santos.SIC previous angered the government last November by broadcasting a report entitled, “Angola, a country rich with 20 million poor people” which questioned the record of Dos Santos’ 37 years as president. Certain subjects such as corruption are rarely broached by the Angolan media, which are largely controlled by the president’s family or his allies. Aside from a few opposition media outlets, freely reported news and information can only be found on a few websites and social networks.Angola is ranked 125th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. center_img News February 17, 2021 Find out more screenshot of the report entitled “Angola, a country rich with 20 million poor people” News to go further Crackdown on reporters covering Luanda demonstration Receive email alerts Angolan police unleash dog on reporter covering protest October 28, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) regrets that the public in Angola are now denied all possibility of viewing two TV channels owned by Portugal’s SIC media group – SIC Noticias and SIC Internacional – which have been outspoken in their coverage of Angola.last_img read more

Man City Compound Watford’s Relegation Woes

first_imgPREMIER LEAGUEWatford failed to ease their relegation fears in the wake of Nigel Pearson’s surprise sacking as they were hammered 4-0 by a Raheem Sterling-inspired Manchester City.Defeat means the Hornets’ battle to stay up will go to the final day of the season on Sunday, when they visit Arsenal. Pearson became the Hornets’ third managerial casualty of the campaign on Monday, leaving Under-23 coach Hayden Mullins and his assistant Graham Stack in charge for their final two games.And they could hardly have had a tougher first assignment than against City, who completed the double over them with this win, at an aggregate score of 12-0 – a joint Premier League record for one team against another in a single season.Sterling took the game away from the home side before half-time, firing in a rising shot to open the scoring before doubling the advantage by following up his own saved penalty – awarded for a foul on him by Will Hughes.Phil Foden added a third after Ben Foster had parried a Sterling shot before Aymeric Laporte nodded in from Kevin de Bruyne’s free-kick.City’s fourth straight league win could have been even more emphatic but Gabriel Jesus had an injury-time header ruled out for offside.This could well be important to Watford, with goal difference potentially a crucial deciding factor going into the weekend.The defeat leaves the Hornets 17th, three points above Aston Villa and Bournemouth – all three clubs have the same goal difference of -27.A Villa victory over Arsenal later on Tuesday will mean the Hornets start Sunday in the bottom three, with their fate no longer in their own hands.Pearson’s sacking came out of the blue, as the former Leicester boss was still within sight of securing Premier League survival – the remit given to him on his appointment in December.Having taken over with the club seven points adrift at the bottom of the table, he won seven of 20 matches – results that not only lifted them out of the bottom three but also gave him the best win percentage of any Watford boss since they were promoted in 2015.Pearson, though, is now the past and Mullins, his players and the rest of the club are left to consider a worrying present and potentially devastating future.They were outclassed by City, barely allowed a kick in what amounted to an exercise in damage limitation from the moment the visitors broke the deadlock.They were allowed just 23.7% possession and managed just two shots at goal, neither on target. The only time they threatened in any way was when substitute Danny Welbeck got in behind the City defence but saw a tame, poked effort saved by Ederson.That goalkeeper Foster was the Watford player who attempted the most passes (29) tells a story in itself.So too does the fact their team pass total was a paltry 232, against the visitors’ 750. City midfielder Rodri alone made 131.All they can do now is hope that Villa fail to get a result against Arsenal and that they can then get something themselves against a Gunners side who beat City just a few days ago.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more