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Military police patrol the streets of Gorongosa, in central Mozambique, on November 19, 2013. A radio journalist in Mozambique has been held in pretrial detention since January, 2019. (Reuters/Grant Lee Neuenburg)

CPJ joins calls for immediate and unconditional release of Mozambican radio journalist Amade Abubacar

April 11, 2019 10:36 AM ET

Johannesburg, April 11, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists and 37 other civil society groups today issued a joint statement urging Mozambican authorities to immediately and unconditionally release community radio journalist Amade Abubacar, who has been in pre-trial detention since his arrest on January 5.

Abubacar was arrested while interviewing people fleeing attacks in the northern province of Cape Delgado, and has been in detention without trial for over three months, according to CPJ reporting. He is being held in Mieze prison in Pemba and is being denied visits by his family, according to the joint statement.

Abubacar is among this month's "10 Most Urgent" cases of journalists under attack worldwide according to the One Free Press Coalition, of which CPJ is a partner organization.

The joint statement, issued on Mozambique's National Journalists' Day, can be read here.

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