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A journalist has been threatened with abduction by persons unknown after he released results of the local elections in the interior of Mozambique, a press freedom organisation announced today.
“The threat forced the journalist to take refuge in an undisclosed location,” from where he established telephone contact with the Southern African Social Communication Institute (MISA), the organisation that is publicising the situation.
Aparício José do Nascimento, editor of the weekly Malacha, which is published in Moatize in Tete province, began receiving threats on Thursday morning after publishing the results of polling stations in the municipality on the newspaper’s Facebook page.
Nascimento then said that “in a restricted Whatsapp group, messages saying he deserved to be kidnapped” started circulating.
Jornal Malacha also published a video reporting vandalised voting kits in the village of Moatize.
“According to electoral law, once signed and after the tabulation has been completed at the polling station table, the electoral notices become public information, that is, accessible to any citizen,” says MISA.
The organisation considers the case a “serious threat” to freedom of the press, and has called on the authorities to intervene.
Mozambican municipal elections took place on Wednesday, with the results now being announced only “drop by drop”. The Mozambican Liberation Front (Frelimo) is maintaining its dominance, but with signs that the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo), the main opposition party, may gain ground.
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