MOZAMBIQUE: Reporter jailed for 3 days by police

MARCH 31, 2007
Posted: April 11, 2007

Celso Manguana, Canal de Mocambique

Manguana, a reporter of the private daily Canal de Mocambique, was arrested after he called officials at a police station in the capital Maputo “incompetent” for declining to comment on the detentions of several people in the aftermath of an anti-government demonstration, according to the Media Institute of Southern Africa and the state-run news agency Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique.

Police accused Manguana of “insulting authority,” a charge he denied, according to the same sources. He was released after the intervention of the Attorney-General and a local human rights group.

Manguana had gone to the police station to inquire about the arrests of several people at a demonstration calling for the resignation of the Defense Minister after at least 103 people died in devastating explosions at a Maputo military arsenal, according to the same sources and international news reports.