Maka Angola Sponsors Petition Against CNN International Deal with Angolan Dictator’s Children
By Rafael Marques de Morais - February 05, 2012

Maka Angola has just launched an online campaign petitioning CNN International to stop accepting advertisement from the corrupt Angolan regime of President Dos Santos.

Semba Comunicação, a private Angolan company, has been receiving millions of dollars directly from the presidency of the Republic of Angola’s budget to produce commercials to improve the image of Angola abroad. However, this company, incorporated on October 11, 2006, is owned by President José Eduardo dos Santos’ children, namely Welwitchea José dos Santos ‘Tchizé’ and José Paulino dos Santos ´Coréon Du.’ They are promoting the image of their father’s regime through campaigns broadcasted on CNN International. President Dos Santos has been in power for 32 years without ever being elected by the people.

The 2012 presidential budget alone allocates almost US $17 million for Semba Comunicação to engage in a contractual agreement with CNN International for a new advertisement campaign. Read here the complete story previously published at Maka Angola.

While two-thirds of the Angolan population survive on less than $2 a day, the President and his protégés, including his family, have been plundering the extensive natural resources of the country.

Transferring taxpayers’ money from the presidency budget to his children’s private company is only the latest of multiple and continuous acts of corruption, bribery, and embezzlement committed by the President and his cronies.

Maka Angola is therefore calling on its readers to sign a letter addressed to CNN International officials, urging the television network to stop accepting advertisement from the corrupt Angolan regime of President Dos Santos.

This is the letter that CNN executives will receive:

Dear Sir/Madam:

[Jim Walton, President of CNN Worldwide]
[Phil Kent, chairman and CEO of Turner Broadcasting System]
[Keith Cocozza, Vice President, Corporate Communiactions, Time Warner Inc.]
[Bridget Leininger, PR, CNN International]
[Lauren Cone, PR-, CNN International]
[Rani R. Raad, CNN Senior Vice President, Ad Sales]

I write you to urge CNN International to stop accepting advertisement produced by Semba Comunicação promoting the Angolan regime. As a high profile and credible media outlet, CNN International should refuse to accept advertisement paid for with illicit transfers of Angolan taxpayers’ money.

Semba Comunicação, a private Angolan company run by President José Eduardo dos Santos’ children, has received millions of dollars from the Presidency’s budget. Previously, your TV station has aired ad campaigns on behalf of President Dos Santos’ regime, including “Angola, Grow With Us” which were produced by Semba Comunicação. Semba Comunicação was hired to promote the image of the Angolan regime abroad, including the production of the campaign “Angola, Grow With Us,” previously aired on CNN International.

The 2012 presidential budget alone allocates almost US $17 million to the regime’s publicity campaign that Semba Comunicação will produce, to be aired on CNN International.

Transferring taxpayers’ money from the presidency’s budget to his children’s private company is only the latest of multiple and continuous acts of corruption, bribery, and embezzlement committed by the President and his cronies.

Therefore, I urge CNN to stop accepting advertisement produced by Semba Comunicação and to exercise due scrutiny over any advertisement from the corrupt regime of President José Eduardo dos Santos.

Sincerely,

[your name]

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You can sign the petition here.

Thank you!

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18 Responses to “Maka Angola Sponsors Petition Against CNN International Deal with Angolan Dictator’s Children”

  1. Harvey Madiba says:

    Vamos acabar com a corrupção…

  2. alberto pedro diogo says:

    estou farto dele,nao valoriza os angolanos,as empresas privadas,sao todas dos seus amigos e familiares e são dirigidas pelos estrangeiros que pagam mal os angolanos

  3. António Gomes says:

    Finalmente que todo o mundo desperte contra o regime corrupto

    de Angola.

    A familia de Eduardo dos Santos bilionários pela prática da corrupção deverá ser julgada.

  4. uige says:

    please, stop showing good image of our president

  5. jose fernandes says:

    (…)

    Por todos estes motivos, eu insto a CNN a não aceitar publicidade do corrupto regime do Presidente José Eduardo dos Santos.

    Com os melhores cumprimentos,

    jose fernandes

  6. wilson de sousa fred says:

    assim se for premido com o meu sangue…

  7. uma iniciativa genial…

  8. Paulo Renato Calundu says:

    Estou contra!

  9. Manuel Ferreira says:

    Concordo plenamente com a iniciativa de Rafael Marques e agradeço q a CNN entenda a situaçào do povo omprimido de Angola.

  10. manuel simao says:

    esta certo por fazarem esta campanha ,este em angola ainda no ano passado ,la e mais facil tira um cartao eleitoral do que um acento de nascimento ou certidao de nascimento que e de direito de todo cidadao angola ,so pagando voce tem a certidao ou o acento de nascimento .so nao paguei porque eu sou angola e tenho direito de ter uma certidao por obrigacao do regime

  11. Manuel Marques says:

    32 years on political maximum power of a country doesn´t need comments.

  12. John says:

    No comment

  13. Pedro Manuel says:

    É muito triste a realidade angolana.

    o que temos visto na televisão não diz a realidade.

  14. Claudio says:

    Assinado e divulgado!

  15. Debora says:

    Para que lavar a imagem deles, se eles continuam se sujando, roubando, pilhando os bens do pais, violando a constituicao, meteram em coma a Suzana Ingles, arrogantes, animalizaram a policia,…..etc.

  16. Chukwu Johnbosco says:

    The story is lachrymal and disparaging, whilst it portrays the extant whimzical style of image make-up from the perspective of some unscrupulous african leaders, at the blatant atrophy of tax payer's money.

    What baffles many of us is how these rulers still manage to suppress the intrinsic flagellation of personal conscience, and continue to put up with the disinterestedness of national good.

  17. akyn ishola says:

    I urge CNN to stop accepting advertisement produced by Semba Comunicação and to exercise due scrutiny over any advertisement from the corrupt regime of President José Eduardo dos Santos

  18. Chega de roubarem ao povo Angolano. Desistam…o povo acordou, as torturas as prisões dos manifestantes até miudos com 16 anos condenados por se manifestarem!! o ditador José Eduardo dos Santos tem de deixar o poder, queremos justiça.



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