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Detained journalist formally charged

AI-Index: AFR 41/0235/2019

Journalist Amade Abubacar has formally been charged with the crimes of «public incitement of a crime using electronic media», «incitement» and «outrage against public forces officials», under articles 323, 393 and 406 of Mozambique’s Penal Code.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Amade Abubacar is a local journalist with Nacedje community radio based in Macomia district, Cabo Delgado province. He is also a freelance journalist. He was arrested on 5 January by the Police of the Republic of Mozambique (PRM) in Macomia district and taken to Macomia’s Police Station. He was arrested while interviewing internally displaced people (IDPs) who had fled their homes due to the intensification of violent attacks carried out by people believed to be member of an extremist group known as Al-Shabaab. On the same day, Amade was transferred from police custody to military custody, where he spent 12 days in incommunicado detention and he alleges to have been subjected to different forms of ill-treatment. Military forces are prohibited from holding civilian detainees in detention. He was transferred back to police custody on 17 January.

On 18 January, Macomia’s District Judicial Court ordered his continued pre-trial detention at the Macomia District Police Command. On 24 January, Amade was transferred from the Macomia district prison to Mieze prison in Pemba city, the capital of Cabo Delgado province.

The northern districts of Cabo Delgado province, including Macomia, have experienced armed attacks since October 2017. The attacks are carried out by people believed to be members of an extremist group, Al-Shabab, who invade villages, set houses on fire, hack villagers to death with machetes and loot their food. Several residents of the attacked villages have fled to other districts fearing for their lives. This province is important to the central government due to its richness in mineral resources, including gas and rubies. Therefore, the government increased the military presence in the region after the attacks began. Since then, the authorities have intimidated, harassed and prevented journalists from reporting on the situation. Amade has been covering attacks on civilians by armed groups in the Cabo Delgado province since its beginning.

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