In Angola, the health of the President of the Republic (PR) and the issue of public interest continue to be a taboo. In the last years of José Eduardo dos Santos’ government, his constant trips abroad to take care of his health and the monumental silence of all his staff were known about what they communicated to the press and the population as a “private visit “. The ethical and political balance that involves the privacy of the PR and the right of citizens to be informed about the medical condition of the Head of State were once again under discussion when, last weekend, rumors circulated about the state of health of the President-elect, João Lourenço. The temporary absence, incapacity or momentary indisposition of a PR always causes a political, social, economic and emotional impact on citizens. The lack of information generates speculation and fuels disinformation, with journalists often being placed on the opposite side of the barricade, depending on the interests at stake and in conflict.