Cyber-attacks have been levied in opposition to journalists in Angola after they reported that the Angolan president’s chief of employees had embezzled public funds.
Impartial on-line information supplier Correio Angolense printed an article on-line protecting the claims in opposition to Edeltrudes Costa that had been first made by the Portuguese TV channel Televisão Independente (TVI).
The broadcaster launched an investigation after firms owned by Costa had been awarded a number of main contracts by the federal government, together with a multi-million-dollar contract to renovate Angola’s airports. TVI alleged that Costa transferred public cash paid to his companies to offshore accounts in Panama and Portugal, then used it to accumulate luxurious properties.
Shortly after Correio Angolense coated the allegations, the web site of the information supplier was hit by a denial-of-service (DDoS) assault. In consequence, the web site has been inaccessible since September 25.
Its editor, Graça Campos, advised Reporters With out Borders (RSF) that the positioning was crashed by hundreds of simultaneous connection makes an attempt in what seemed to be a deliberate cyber-attack.
RSF’s former Angola correspondent, freelance journalist Siona Casimiro, was additionally the goal of a cyber-attack after he labored on the Costa embezzlement story.
Casimiro advised RSF: “There may be little question concerning the need to silence journalists with regard to the Edeltrudes Costa affair.”
Combatting corruption has been one in every of President João Lourenço’s key pledges since his election in 2017. When information of Costa’s alleged crime broke, round 200 folks took to the streets of the nation’s capital Luanda to protest and name for the chief of employees’s resignation.
Lourenço’s marketing campaign in opposition to corruption led to the imprisonment in August of José Filomeno dos Santos, son of Angola’s former president José Eduardo dos Santos, who served because the nation’s head of state from 1979 to 2017. José Filomeno was sentenced to 5 years in jail after diverting oil revenues from Angola’s sovereign wealth fund, which he oversaw from 2013 to 2018.
An investigation is ongoing into the actions of his half-sister Isabel dos Santos, who, in keeping with Africa Information, is suspected of “a protracted checklist of crimes together with mismanagement, embezzlement and cash laundering throughout her stewardship of state oil big Sonangol.”