Neither the insurrection nor the humanitarian crisis justify the violence being used by the security forces against civilians in Cabo Delgado, especially against journalists, who are often subjected to intimidation, physical violence or arrest with the sole aim of preventing them from covering the situation in the province, the 17 human rights and press freedom organizations say in their letter.
The letter voices particular concern about Palma Community Radio journalist Ibraimo Mbaruco’s disappearance on 7 April, in which the security forces are suspected, and calls for a thorough and transparent investigation into the case. It recalls that of Amade Ababucar, a journalist who disappeared in Cabo Delgado in January 2019 and was arbitrarily held incommunicado for three months by the army. Another journalist, STV reporter Hizidine Acha, was arrested just two weeks ago in Pemba, the capital of Cabo Delgado province, for filming police attacking civilians and was detained for several hours.
The clampdown on information and arbitrary arrests of journalists in Cabo Delgado are the main reason why Mozambique has fallen 19 places in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index since 2015 and is ranked 104th out of 180 countries in the 2020 Index,
Read the joint letter to President Filipe Nyusi here.
- Africans Rising
- Amnesty International
- Associação Dos Jornalistas De Cabo Verde (AJOC)
- Centro Democracia e Desenvolvimento (CDD)
- Committee for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ)
- Friends of Angola
- Federação de Jornalistas de Língua Portuguesa (FJLP)
- Federação Nacional dos Jornalistas (FENAJ) - Brazil
- International Press Institute (IPI)
- Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA)
- Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
- Solidariedade Moçambique (SOLDMOZ-ADS)
- Southern African Human Rights Defenders Network
- Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC)
- The African Editors’ Forum (TAEF)