CNN: Stop accepting adversiting from the corrupt Angolan regime!
  • Petitioned Lauren Cone

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

CNN: Stop accepting adversiting from the corrupt Angolan regime!

    1. Petition by

      Maka Angola

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 the complete story at MakaAngola:

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.

Tell CNN to stop accepting advertisement from the corrupt president José Eduardo dos Santos’ regime!

Recent signatures


    1. CNN’s Plans Positive Coverage of Angola

      Maka  Angola
      Petition Organizer

      CNN Africa Bureau chief, Kim Norgaard, was in Angola last January and met with the Angolan authorities to discuss arrangements for CNN to improve the image of the Angolan regime, through a series of reportages, Mr. Norgaard said, during a meeting with government officials, that “(…) We have decided to meet with the minister of Information, so that together we will draft a plan to allow us to assuredly broadcast the real situation of Angola to the world, contrary to what is happening outside.” On behalf of the government, the Minister of Information, Carolina Cerqueira, assured CNN that its coverage will be supported “by all possible means."

      It is highly unusual for a respectable international media outlet, such as CNN, to make formal agreements with a regime on news coverage of a given country. It is even more problematic to note that that very same regime, in this case the Angolan, plans to spend US $17 million in paid advertisement on CNN International.

    2. Reached 100 signatures
    3. CNN Responded to Maka Angola's Petition

      Maka  Angola
      Petition Organizer

      CNN responded to Maka Angola’s sponsored petition urging the television network to stop accepting advertisement from the corrupt Angolan regime of President Dos Santos.

      CNN has issued a response from its London headquarters indicating that if contraventions of its advertisement standards and practices are proven, it will decline doing business with the Angolan government.

      Pressed by the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre and the growing number of emails its executives have been receiving from concerned citizens from around the world, CNN is now reviewing the issue and a definitive answer is expected in the coming weeks.

      In the meantime, the campaign continues and we hope that the growing number of signatures will encourage CNN's prompt review of this matter.

    4. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Ngola Yami LUANDA, ANGOLA
      • 9 months ago

      Sick and tired of corruption, a president and a system that uses murder and intimidation as tool to keep them in power..! instead of allowing DEMOCRACY to be the beacon of solidarity and justice, the opposite is taking place in Angola

    • Marion Baumgart dos Santos JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
      • over 2 years ago

      Because I have been living and working in Angola for more than 2 years and got first hand experience of dos Santos' corruption

    • Mariam Kasisi LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      This is not a revelation, however now it has been exposed it must be acted on. The revolution will NEVER be televised.

    • Joao silvestre maq LUANDA, ANGOLA
      • over 2 years ago

      Aim young, and working for the past 10 years, and have no house. New houses were built At new Kilamba Projects, and those houses were inicially built to offer the people a possibility of a good living life...but the way it is handled and by whom, just means that the executive is playing with the people. Sonangol was commercializing the houses, but then with no tender taking place, sonangol boss offered the contract to a company which he participates and has shares in it, and as well the well known corrupt member this is totallly unacceptable, the company offered the contract to sell the houses obviously increased the price so as to gain their commission....meaning they do business by transparency.....So. What will CNN Cover about the new Kilamba city that the president built?

    • adilson dos santos BROCKTON, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      I watch CNN a lot and want them to know how I feel about their accepting this advertising.


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