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Lusa News Agency

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Lusa News Agency
Native name
Lusa - Agência de Notícias de Portugal, S.A.
IndustryNews agency
  • Agência Noticiosa Lusitânia
  • ANI - Agência Noticiosa de Informação
  • ANOP - Agência Noticiosa Portuguesa

The Lusa News Agency (Portuguese: Lusa – Agência de Notícias de Portugal, SA; lit.'Lusa - Portuguese News Agency') is the largest news agency in Portugal, as well as the largest news agency in the Portuguese language, incorporated on 28 November 1986[1] under the name of Agência Lusa — Cooperativa de Interesse Público de Responsabilidade Limitada (Lusa Agency - Public Interest Cooperative with Limited Liability) or simply Lusa - CIPRL, following the extinction of the earlier Portuguese news agency ANOP Agência Noticiosa Portuguesa (Portuguese News Agency).[2] Lusa is a member of, and participates in, the European Pressphoto Agency.[3]


The first news agency created in Portugal was the Agência Noticiosa Lusitânia, or simply Lusitânia, created in 1944. In 1947 another agency was created, ANI - Agência Noticiosa de Informação (state news agency information). In 1974, the new regime that ascended power on 25 April wound up the Lusitânia and nationalised the ANI, turning it into ANOP - Agência Noticiosa Portuguesa.

Due to financial difficulties and other problems with ANOP, the government decides to abolish it in 1982, and support the creation of another agency, this time in the private sector, the NP - Notícias de Portugal. However the extinction of ANOP was vetoed by the president and both began to coexist. In 1986, both NP and ANOP were finally wound up and the Lusa agency was created.

Although abolished in December 1986, a decree signed by Prime Minister Aníbal Cavaco Silva and promulgated by President Mario Soares, which determined the "closing by liquidation" of ANOP,  was published in the Official Gazette only in March 2014. The last members of the liquidation committee were to return the "excess remunerations" for 2010 and 2011. This was because the 5% cut in salaries in the public and for similar managers, provided by law, also passed in 2010 in the government of José Sócrates had not been applied.[4]


Lusa has more than 280 journalists working for it, spread throughout the world. In addition to the major cities of Portugal, Lusa has permanent branches or correspondents in Belgium, Spain, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Luxembourg, Russia, Estonia, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, Angola, Mozambique, India, São Tomé and Príncipe, South Africa, Algeria, East Timor, Macau, China, Brazil, Venezuela, United States, Canada and Australia.

Lusa provides a news service to numerous newspapers, radio and Portuguese TV channels. It also provides news to the media of the Portuguese communities throughout the world. Starting on 30 January 2010, Lusa began using the Orthographic Agreement of 1990 in all its news dispatches.[5]

An important activity of the Lusa news service is also to provide news to the news agencies of the Portuguese-speaking African countries, and also share the services of Lusa to various public and private institutions. It is part of the Alliance of Portuguese Language Information Agencies.[6]


On 24 September 2010 Lusa was bestowed with the "Award of Excellence and Quality of Work 2010" awarded by the European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA), through its technical director Paulo Nogueira dos Santos.[7] In 2012, Lusa was awarded the insignia of the Order of Timor-Leste by president of East Timor José Ramos-Horta.[8]


Lusa's stock capital is held by[9]

Proportion Shareholders
50.15% Portuguese state
23.36% Global Media Group
22.35% Páginas Civilizadas, Lda.
2.72% NP-Notícias de Portugal, CRL
1.38% Público-Comunicação Social, S.A.
0.03% Radio e Televisão de Portugal, S.A.
0.01% Empresa do Diário do Minho, Lda.



  1. ^ Resolução do Conselho de Ministros n.º 84/86 (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 26 January 2022. Retrieved 26 January 2022 – via
  2. ^ "A Nossa História". Lusa (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 2 November 2021. Retrieved 26 January 2022.
  3. ^ "Participações Financeiras". Lusa (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 2 November 2021. Retrieved 26 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Estado demorou 28 anos a liquidar a ANOP, a agência noticiosa portuguesa". (in Portuguese). 13 March 2014. Archived from the original on 26 January 2022. Retrieved 26 January 2022.
  5. ^ "Agência Lusa adopta novo acordo ortográfico a partir de amanhã". Público (in Portuguese). 29 January 2010. Archived from the original on 5 November 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  6. ^ Declaração conjunta e estatutos da Aliança das Agências de Informação de Língua Portuguesa (ALP) (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 20 October 2017. Retrieved 8 September 2016 – via Portal da Comunicação Social.
  7. ^ "Media: Convergência multimédia da Lusa ganha prémio europeu de excelência". Expresso (in Portuguese). Lusa. 15 May 2010. Archived from the original on 24 November 2018. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Timor/10 anos: Agência Lusa recebe Insígnia da Ordem de Timor-Leste". Visão (in Portuguese). Lusa. 18 May 2012. Archived from the original on 24 November 2018. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Estrutura acionista". Lusa (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 28 February 2021. Retrieved 26 January 2022.

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