Amnesty raises alarm for detained Mozambique journalist

Mozambique’s volatile northern region has seen government security forces waging a destructive fight against the militants, and forcing thousands from their homes. (AFP)
Updated 05 March 2019
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Amnesty raises alarm for detained Mozambique journalist

  • Amade Abubacar was seized by police at a bus stop while conducting interviews and taking photographs of people fleeing militant attacks
  • Abubacar has been detained since January 5 on charges of espionage

MAPUTO: Fears are growing that a Mozambican journalist detained for two months in the country’s volatile north is in a “critical condition,” rights group Amnesty said on Tuesday.
Amade Abubacar, who works for the state-owned Comunitaria Nacedje de Macomia radio and television in northern Cabo Delgado province, has been detained since January 5 on charges of espionage.
Abubacar was seized by police at a bus stop while conducting interviews and taking photographs of people fleeing militant attacks.
Amnesty said in a statement it had received “credible reports” that he had been mistreated and denied medical attention.
“(They) must be investigated thoroughly and transparently and all those suspected of criminal responsibility brought to book,” said Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s southern Africa regional director.
“Amade is languishing in jail for simply doing his job as a journalist, exposing the suffering wrought on civilians by deadly attacks in Cabo Delgado.”
Since October 2017, Islamist fighters have terrorized remote communities in the gas-rich, Muslim-majority Cabo Delgado region, killing around 200 people and forcing thousands from their homes.
Rights groups have accused security forces waging the fight against the militants of serious abuses, including summary executions and arbitrary detention.
On 25 January representatives of the Mozambican Bar Association visited Amade, along with his lawyer, during which time he told them “he had been subjected to different forms of ill-treatment by the military.”
“He has also complained of being denied food,” Amnesty added.


Two journalists released in Libya: TV channel

Updated 25 May 2019
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Two journalists released in Libya: TV channel

  • The capital’s southern suburbs have been the target of an offensive launched April 4 by Khalifa Haftar
  • The release of the television journalists followed local and international condemnation of their detention

TRIPOLI: Two Libyan journalists held by an armed group for more than three weeks have been released, the television channel they work for said Saturday.
“We congratulate the press world for the release of our two colleagues, Mohamad Al-Gurj and Mohamad Al-Chibani, who were kidnapped by Haftar’s forces on May 2 while they were covering the assault on Tripoli,” said the private channel Libya Al-Ahrar, which is based in Turkey.
It said they were freed on Friday.
The capital’s southern suburbs have been the target of an offensive launched April 4 by Khalifa Haftar, military strongman of an eastern administration aimed at seizing Tripoli from an internationally-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA).
At least 510 people have been killed and around 2,500 wounded in the fighting, as well as more than 80,000 displaced, according to UN agencies.
The release of the television journalists followed local and international condemnation of their detention, including from media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
In a press freedom index compiled by RSF, Libya ranks a lowly 162nd out of 180 countries.