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 was the chairman of MEDIACOOP SA, a leading independent media organization in Mozambique. He left the position in April 2022. He is a resident commentator for STV news channel.
Lima 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 “Espinhos da Micaia” (Mkaya Thorns) was published since 1994 in Savana. It was discontinued in 2015.
His most recent initiative is a multimedia program on the 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 including the 2008 CNN Award for Portuguese General News, the 2012 Standard Bank Award on Economic Journalism and the 2022 CDM Award on Conservation.