The preliminary analysis for the Angolan media that I present below, in continuation of the previous post (Luanda #2), will focus on the items conjuncture in Portugal and Angola and general migration flows in the world. For each item, I just give a brief description of the kind of news that each newspaper focuses more.

The daily life (civic participation, reception networks, residential insertion, professional, leisure practices, etc.) of Portuguese immigrants in Angola, little or nothing is highlighted in the news of the two newspapers. Only the heading “plates and cutlery” of the “weekend” supplement of Jornal de Angola, where information is given and information is provided about the restoration spaces of the Angolan capital, highlights some Portuguese restaurants established in Luanda (e.g. “O Madeirense”, “Tia Maria”). Here, the Portuguese wines, cheeses … as well as the gastronomy of certain regions of Portugal, gain revelation.

Similarly, the daily life of the Angolan emigration in Portugal is little highlighted in the news of the two newspapers. The exception is related to news that speaks about pleasant manifestations of appreciation regarding the investiture of the new president of Angola. And with the effects of the Angolan economic crisis on the lives of Angolan students in Portugal, marked by the difficulty in transferring money out of Angola. On the other hand, there is a lot of news about the conjuncture in Portugal and Angola. These describe various aspects of political, diplomatic, economic, judicial and socio-cultural relations involving Portugal and Angola and the situation in Portugal.

Conjuncture in Portugal and Angola – main themes

Political economy – Political, diplomatic and economic relations between Angola and Portugal.

Operation Fizz – Process developments and the “irritant”.

Arts and culture – Portuguese and Angolan artists between Angola and Portugal.

Sports – The Portuguese soccer league, Portuguese international players and coaches, Angolan international players to play in Portugal, the training and the friendly games of the selections of Basketball, Handball and Hockey of Angola in Portugal.

This news mainly focuses on aspects related to political economy:
Investments in areas of common interest
Entrepreneur and Portuguese companies in Angola
Exports and imports between Angola and Portugal
Support, funding and multi-sectoral cooperation protocols
Remittances of the Portuguese in Angola and the Angolans in Portugal
Tourism of Angola and tourism of Portugal
The investments of the Angolan entrepreneur Isabel dos Santos in Portugal
Portuguese and Angolan banking (banks, investors, markets, accounts, customers)
Portuguese Public Debt, etc.

As in the Portuguese newspapers, the Operation Fizz[1], or the Manuel Vicente case, has a strong spotlight in Angolan newspapers. A lot of news collected show how the process has pique diplomatic relations between Portugal and Angola, the messages from the Angolan government to Portugal, and the pacification of the “irritant” when the Manuel Vicente case was separated from the rest of the case and handed over to the Angolan authorities.

The “People” and “Culture” sections of Jornal de Angola highlight the successes and contributions of Angolan and Portuguese artists in the fields of arts, music, literature and theater, and their transit (mainly) between Angola and Portugal.

The “Culture” section of the newspaper O País still gives a strong emphasis to the influence that Brazilian music has in Portugal, announcing several performances by Brazilian artists, such as Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Gilberto Gil, Nando Reis and Chico Buarque in Lisbon and in Porto.

The concerts of the Cape Verdean musicians Grace Évora and Cremilda Medina in Portugal, the European tour of the Colombian Shakira, with passage through Lisbon, the 26th edition of the international competition “Operalia”, held for the first time in Portugal, just to mention some examples, are also highlighted in the culture section of the newspaper O País.

In the “Sport” section the Portuguese soccer league (Sporting, Porto and Benfica) and the Portuguese international players and coaches (Cristiano Ronaldo and Mourinho), as well as the Angolan international players playing in Portugal (Gelson Dala) receive great prominence in the Jornal de Angola news.

The 2018 World Cup, which took place in Russia between June 14 and July 15, with regard to the Portuguese side’s elimination, only the first game of Portugal, against Spain, was highlighted in the Jornal de Angola. Newspaper o País, in turn, gave prominence to all the games of the Portuguese National Team.

General migration flows in the worldmain themes

Political Agendas (global pact, and geopolitics of migration and refugees) – USA, Europe, European Union, Brexit, Strait of Gibraltar, West Africa, Tunisian Coast, Mediterranean route, growth of migration and global warming.

The news collected they talk mainly:

Some of the specificities that mark the mediatization of migrations in Europe, Africa, North America, South America… With a particular focus on the African refugee crisis and human trafficking and modern slavery on the Mediterranean route.

The economic repercussions of migratory phenomena and the specificities and tensions of immigration at the borders.

Mediterranean route (illegal immigration, refugees, shelter, anti-immigration attitudes, human trafficking, modern slavery, ransom, death).

The need for border control and the formulation of immigration policies within the European Union.

US/Trump anti-immigration policy and internal and external political opposition.

Advancement of right-wing in Italy, Hungary, Israel and Germany.


[1] The name was given to the judicial process involving the former vice president of Angola, Manuel Vicente, accused of active corruption in Portugal. It was in late 2017, after a meeting between António Costa and João Lourenço in Ivory Coast, that the tension between Portugal and Angola gained one more name – the “irritant”.