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Radio Nacedje journalist Amade Abubacar, detained last Saturday in Macomia district of Cabo Delgado, is at the Mueda military barracks, police have revealed to the family.
This was confirmed by his father who received information from the Mozambique Police District Command in Macomia, where the journalist was detained for a few hours before he was supposedly handed over to the Defense and Security Forces.
But no details were advanced on the reasons for the detention and whether or not he is in good health.
“The police in Macomia have confirmed the detention of my son and his current whereabouts, which is in the military headquarters of Mueda, but did not advance the reasons for his arrest,” said Abubacar Artur, who is Amade’s father.
He, however, remains concerned about the situation as the family has not seen Amade with whom they last had contact with a few hours before his arrest.
“We do not know whether or not Amade is in Mueda, and whether or not he is in good health, because we have not seen him yet and we are unable to speak to him on his phone, which has been ringing for five days and nobody answers,” said Artur, who is also concerned about the silence of the Directorate of the Institute of Social Communication (ICS), where the detainee works, and of the different organisations that champion press freedom.
“Since his arrest, the family has sought to listen to my son’s colleagues in both Macomia and Pemba, where the provincial headquarters of the institution where he works is, but so far they are all silent. And that makes us think that the directors of the ICS knows what is happening, otherwise they would have already sought us to at least let us know the whereabouts of the colleague who has not been at work since Saturday.”
However, the ICS delegate and the Police Provincial Command spokesperson in Cabo Delgado also say they do not know and cannot talk about Amade’ s case, the third journalist arrested in less than a month.
Those arrested are alleged to have reported on cases related to armed attacks that, in addition to mourning and destruction, are already causing displacements of people to towns and cities.Source: O País
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