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MISA Moçambique has denounced the “illegal” detention of journalist Amade Abubacar.
Abubacar, a community radio journalist, was detained by police authorities on January 5 and is currently held at the Military Barracks of the Defense Forces of Mozambique in Mueda district of Cabo Delgado Province.
The revelation comes from MISA Moçambique, which cites a military source, and denounces the fact that there is no criminal process against the journalist in the Prosecutor’s Office or in the provincial court.
“Amade Abubacar is illegally detained because the deadline to be presented to the court, which is 48 hours, has been largely violated,” MISA says in a statement adding that “the place where he is detained is not appropriate for a civilian like Amade Abubacar” and that “he should be in the cells or in the district command of Mueda and not in the barracks; that is for the military that commit military crimes, which is not the case”.
MISA Moçambique adds that it “continues to strive for the restoration of legality and allow the journalist to be heard in appropriate instances and benefit from provisional freedom.”
Abubacar, a journalist at Nacedje Community Radio, was detained by police in the Macomia district of Cabo Delgado while interviewing a group of people who had fled their homes due to attacks by unidentified groups.
On Wednesday, Amnesty International (AI) called on the Mozambican government to immediately and unconditionally release Abubacar and “to end the growing repression of journalists”.
“Amade Abubacar is a respected journalist who was recording testimonials from people who fled deadly attacks in Cabo Delgado when he was arrested by the police. This is the latest demonstration of contempt for freedom of expression and press freedom by the Mozambican authorities, who view journalists as a threat and treat them as criminals,” said Tigere Chagutah, AI’s deputy director for Southern Africa.
The note adds that Abubacar is detained on a regime of “no access to a lawyer”.Source: Voa Portugues