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Dércio Tsandzana

Using blogs since 2008. He begins writing articles motivated by his interest in debates and conferences about Freedom of the Press.

His first article was published in Jornal Notícias (Mozambique) in 2012, and in 2013 – began writing for other national and international newspapers as well.

He joined in 2013 the ‘Olho do Cidadão’ – citizen’s movement in Mozambique, constituted by a Platform of Bloggers who exercise their citizenship through the Citizen-Journalist concept, reporting, photographing and intervening in the problems of their society.

Currently – Master in Political Science at the University of Bordeaux (Sciences Po Bordeaux) in France. My personal website –

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Latest posts by Dércio Tsandzana

8 March 2018

“You Just Killed Me”: The Internet Meme Defying Angola’s Government

"More than a sharp protest against degrading living conditions of Luanda's slums, 'you just killed me' is also a performance act that fits perfectly into the world of contemporary art".

8 January 2018

Angolans Left Snickering After Post-Launch Glitch in Country's First Satellite

"Launching a satellite into space while on the ground there is no medicine, food, quality education, healthcare worthy of that name...seems to me a terrible irrationality"

21 December 2017

Africa's Richest Woman Dismissed From Angola’s National Oil Company — Is This the End of Dos Santos’ Power?

Is this the beginning of Africa's richest woman -- and the Dos Santos clans downfall?

28 November 2017

After 10 Years of Legal Battles, Mozambique's Only LGBT Organization Takes a Step Closer to Legal Recognition

" That ruling is an ode to equality, peace, and social harmony. Today I am very proud to be Mozambican."

17 October 2017

Mozambicans Want to Know If Militant Group al-Shabaab Was Behind Police Post Attacks

"*MOZAMBICAN BROTHERS*…Do not fall in the trap, do not fall for the bait of the exploiter… What happened in the north of the country aims to create war..."

22 September 2017

Mozambique's President Answers Citizens’ Questions Online, but Avoids Difficult Ones

"Questions and criticism, although they may be badly formed and cause us some irritation at first, are better than compliments, because they oblige us to reflect."

30 August 2017

Provisional Election Results Show Angola's Longtime Ruling Party Is Staying Put

On 23 August, more than 9 million Angolans were called to elect the new president.

5 August 2017

Angolan Activists Create a Platform To Monitor Presidential Elections

"...All of us complain of malpractice and electoral irregularities, so it is necessary that everybody acts as election monitors and remains alert."

28 July 2017

Videos Document Torture of Ruby Miners in Mozambique

In the images shared on social media, flagged by Facebook as sensitive, the seriousness of the torture the miners were subjected to in Namanhumbir’s ruby mines is obvious.

26 June 2017

An Angolan Governor Loses His Job After Criticizing His Own Political Party in an Interview

Isaac Maria dos Anjos, ex-governor of the Angolan provínce of Benguela, is famous for his criticisms of the ruling MPLA party.

16 June 2017

Witch Doctors’ Latest Victims Are Bald Men in Mozambique, Police Say

"[I would like] a nation where the people looked for honest jobs and did not have to hurt or even take the lives of others," one blogger wrote.

8 June 2017

A Mozambican Politician Who Was Imprisoned for Corruption Returns to His Post After Release

"I do not believe that somebody should be rewarded like this, somebody who has at some point seriously offended the state."

4 June 2017

In a Much-Criticized Display of Wealth, the Angolan President's Son Spent Half a Million Euros at a Charity Auction

"...being the son of who you are, we suspect that this money came out of the state coffers, that is to say it is our money..."

13 April 2017

Two Mozambican Universities Want to Ban Short Skirts and Dreadlocks

"If the students follow these rules, it is because they don’t have the balls to assert their human rights, and they deserve the university where they study".

22 March 2017

Angola Is on Its Way to Ban Abortion Entirely and Women Are Fighting Back

Angola could join the handful of countries in the world which currently ban abortion in all cases.

9 March 2017

Controversial Sentence Highlights Mozambique's Problems Prosecuting Domestic Violence

A high-profile domestic abuse case is making waves in Mozambique, following a controversial sentence against the man who partially blinded a former president's daughter.

23 February 2017

Erdogan's Purges Arrive in Angola

Critics say Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has engineered a police crackdown in Angola on an international private school.

11 January 2017

Will 2017 Be a Year of Political Change in Angola? Most Think Not.

After 37 years in office is President José Eduardo dos Santos really going to step back from power, as he seemed to announce?

13 July 2016

Welcome to Mozambique, Where the Government Will Soon Have 450 New Security Cameras Aimed at You

According to one of Mozambique's most trusted newspapers, Canal de Moçambique, the government has begun installing 450 security cameras in the cities of Maputo and Matola.

31 May 2016

Professor and Political Pundit Kidnapped and Shot in Mozambique’s Capital

Expressing opinions about political life is an increasingly dangerous activity in Mozambique. Yet another academic, José Jaime Macuane, has been kidnapped and shot—but thankfully not killed—in the streets of Maputo.

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