Fernando Lima, Mozambique, reported in-depth on the long civil war in Angola and on the Mozambique National Resistance while working for the Mozambique News Agency.
He founded the first independent press in Mozambique and continues to push for greater press freedom. Since 2002, Lima has been the chairman of MEDIACOOP SA, a leading independent media organization in Mozambique.
For the last five years he has been a resident commentator on the two main Mozambican TV channels.
Lima also regularly provides columns and political commentaries for several publications, television and radio stations. He also writes on prevailing media issues, namely themes related to Freedom of the Press. His column entitled, “Espinhos da Micaia” (Mkaya thorns) has been published since 1994 in “Savana”.
My most recent initiative is a multimedia program in our radio station, SavanaFM100.2.
In 2000, Lima co-authored Pluralismo de Informacao nos PALOP (Pluralism in the PALOP – African Portuguese Speaking Countries: Angola, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau, Sao Tome et Principe). He wrote the chapters on Angola and Mozambique and about differing levels of media freedom in these countries.
Lima was a Nieman fellow in 1986.
For his work he won several prizes namely the 2008 CNN Award for Portuguese General News and The 2012 Standard Bank Award on Economic Journalism.