MOZAMBICAN GOVT REMOVES HEAD OF STATE BROADCASTER

MAPUTO– The Mozambican government has dismissed the chairperson of the public television station, TVM, Armando Inroga, but has not immediately appointed a replacement.

Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Ana Comoana, who is the Government Spokesperson, told the media after the Council of Ministers (Cabinet) meeting here Tuesday that Inroga had been dismissed for the convenience of the service.

No other explanation was given for the sudden removal of a man who had only been appointed to the post in February although Inroga’s appointment had always been controversial.

He is an economist by profession, and was the Minister of Industry and Trade between 2010 and 2015. He has no prior experience in the media.

Immediately after his appointment, the Mozambican chapter of the regional media freedom body, MISA (Media Institute of Southern Africa). urged the government to reconsider its decision.

MISA argued that appointing a politician with no history of working in the media as chairperson of TVM is a rude blow and a setback to the country’s ambition to advance to full freedom of the press and of expression, and particularly a blow to the independence and impartiality of the public sector media.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK