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Mozambican journalist Germano Daniel Adriano was arrested in Cabo Delgado, north of the country, on Monday, press freedom organisation MISA Mozambique has reported today.
According to a statement from MISA Mozambique, the causes and circumstances of the detention of Germano Daniel Adriano, who works for the ‘Rádio e Televisão Comunitária de Macomia’, in Cabo Delgado, are unknown.
Germano Daniel Adriano is the second journalist detained this year in Cabo Delgado, following Amade Abubacar, who was detained on January 5 in the village of Macomia, in the centre of Cabo Delgado, when he was photographing families who left the region for fear of armed attacks. Amade Abubacar also worked for the ‘Rádio e Televisão Comunitária de Macomia’, MISA reports.
“MISA Moçambique reiterates its deep concern at this wave of continuous arbitrary arrests of journalists, particularly at the involvement of military personnel in interrogations, [held] in the absence of lawyers,” reads the MISA Moçambique statement.
In December last year, three foreign journalists and one Mozambican were detained for 48 hours by the Mozambican army, on their way to the district of Palma, in the same province, despite being accredited by the authorities to work in the area.
Isolated districts of the province of Cabo Delgado, in the extreme northeast of the country, 2,000 kilometres from the capital, have been targeted by attacks perpetrated by unidentified groups since October 2017.
According to official figures, at least 140 people have died since the wave of violence began, including residents, alleged attackers and members of the security forces.
#Mozambique: As journalist #AmadeAbubacar spends his 44th day in detention without trial, media freedom group #Misa-Mozambique says Germano Daniel Adriano, a colleague from the same state-owned community broadcaster, was arrested on Monday. #JournalsimIsNotACrime @FNyusi pic.twitter.com/ecql41hNQL
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