Case   |   Mozambique

South African weekly journalists detained over critical report

December 8, 2006

Dominic Mahlangu, Sunday Times
Carlos Litulo, freelance


Police in the southeastern village of Xicumbane detained investigative reporter Mahlangu and freelance photographer Litulo for 14 hours without charge and confiscated their notebooks, cell phones, and a camera, according to CPJ interviews and news reports. A police official ordered the arrests after Mahlangu questioned him about the activities of the notorious Mozambican criminal Annanias Mathe, the journalist told CPJ. Xicumbane is home to Mathe, who is jailed in South Africa on more than 50 charges that include murder and rape, according to international news reports.
December 8, 2006 12:00 PM ET

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Case   |   Mozambique

Three journalists detained without charge

MAY 3, 2006
Posted: May 16, 2006

Sebastiao Canjera, Mabarwe
Joao Mascarenhas, Mabarwe
Patreque Francisco, Mabarwe

A prosecutor in the western district of Manica ordered three journalists from the community newspaper Mabarwe detained without charge, according to the local chapter of the Media Institute for Southern Africa (MISA) and local news reports. According to local reports, editor Canjera, news editor Mascarenhas, and reporter Francisco were detained after a local businessman accused their paper of defaming him. They were held until May 10, when they were released without charge.
May 16, 2006 12:00 PM ET

Alerts   |   Mozambique

Prosecutor seeks charges against ex-president’s son in Cardoso murder

New York, May 11, 2006—A local prosecutor in Mozambique has taken a preliminary step toward indicting a son of former President Joaquim Chissano in the 2000 murder of investigative journalist Carlos Cardoso, Mozambique’s official news agency, AIM, reported today.

The prosecutor filed what is known as a charge sheet with the Maputo City Court about two weeks ago, AIM reported today. A judge will determine whether there is sufficient evidence to proceed against Nyimpine Chissano, the news agency said. AIM reported that the charge sheet accuses the younger Chissano of being involved in plotting the murder.
May 11, 2006 12:00 PM ET


Alerts   |   Mozambique

CPJ welcomes second conviction of Carlos Cardoso's killer

New York, January 20, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomed a conviction today by a Mozambican court in the murder of Carlos Cardoso but called on authorities to pursue those behind the killing of Mozambique's leading investigative reporter.

A court in the capital, Maputo, convicted Anibal dos Santos Jr. for the second time of recruiting Cardoso's killers. Dos Santos, better known as Anibalzinho, was sentenced to almost 30 years in prison. The conviction ended a two-month retrial. Anibalzinho, who escaped twice from custody, was convicted in absentia in 2003 of involvement in the 2000 murder. Anibalzinho, who has Portuguese citizenship, successfully appealed to the Supreme Court in December 2004 for a retrial.
January 20, 2006 12:00 PM ET


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