Strengthening the Capacity of the Angola News Agency
Created in 1976, the Angola Press Agency (ANGOP) was for a great part of its existence used as the propaganda instrument of the one-party state. However, after the democratization process and the introduction of a multiparty system in 2002, ANGOP became the provider of news for all media in the country. In order to promote equal access to information, freedom of expression and media pluralism, ANGOP is soon to be transformed into a parastatal company. This project aims to equip the Angola Press Agency with a functional and cost-effective news management, archiving and distribution system, to improve the capacity of its staff, and to provide advice to government on how to adapt media legislation to democratic principles. Thanks to these actions, the media will be in a better position to act as the people's watchdog and to 'give a voice to the voiceless' by affording people from rural areas an opportunity to participate in the democratic process through the media.