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Angolan Journalist Rafael Marques De Morais Wins Freedom Of Expression Award Days Ahead Of Defamation Trial In Luanda

Angolan investigative journalist Rafael Marques de Morais won a Freedom of Expression award on Wednesday from the Index on Censorship, a U.K...The Freedom of Expression award was made less than a week before Marques de Morais is slated to be tried on charges of defamation and criminal libel in Angola. The charges stem from Morais’ brave work exposing human rights abuses in his country...Morais wrote a book in Portuguese in 2011 called “Blood Diamonds: Torture and Corruption in Angola,” which recounts 500 cases of torture and 100 killings that took place over 18 months in a diamond-mining district in Angola. According to the book, the torture and killings were carried out by guards from a private security firm and by members of the Angolan Armed Forces.

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