Angola: Writer arrested for reporting mass fainting outbreak
08 Aug 2011

Adão Tiago, an Angolan radio journalist for Radio Ecclesia,  has been arrested for reporting on an outbreak of mass fainting. The faintings, involving more than 500 school children since April, have been linked, in some report, to criminals allegedly spraying institutions with gas. The Angolan government has rejected this claim, blaming hysteria triggered by “sensational news reporting” instead.  According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Radio Ecclesia operates under “intense government pressure and self-censorship”.

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