Mozambican authorities must immediately and unconditionally release journalist Amade Abubacar from arbitrary detention by military forces and end the escalating crackdown on journalists, Amnesty International said today.
On 5 January, police in the Macomia district of Cabo Delgado arrested Amade Abubacar while he was interviewing a group of displaced people. According to reports he was taken to military detention the next day but there has been no official information about his fate.
“Amade Abubacar is a respected journalist who was collecting testimony about people fleeing deadly attacks in Cabo Delgado when he was seized by police. This is the latest display of contempt for freedom of expression and media freedom by the Mozambican authorities, who see journalists as a threat and treat them like criminals,” said Tigere Chagutah, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southern Africa.