Date: Feb 5, 2019

MOZAMBICAN JOURNALIST ARRESTED ARBITRARILY

Amade Abubacar was arrested on January 5, 2019 by the police of the district of Macomia, in Cabo Delgado, in the north of Mozambique.

On 23 April, Amade was granted provisional release from Mieze prison in Pemba City by the Cabo Delgado Provincial Court.

Amade is still facing charges for the crimes of crimes of “public incitement of a crime through electronic media”, “incitement” and “injury against public officials”. He was held in pre-trial detention for more than 90 days before being formally charged. Article 308 of the Criminal Procedural Code states that a person cannot be held in pre-trial detention for more than 90 days after their arrest.

A date is yet to be set for his trial.

Amade was arrested by police in Macomia district when he was interviewing and photographing a group of displaced people who fled their homes due to the intensification of violent attacks carried out by people believed to be members of an extremist group. The police handed him over to the military in Mueda district, where he was then held in incommunicado detention for 12 days.

This is not an isolated case. Estacio Valoi, an investigative journalist, and David Matsinhe, a researcher at Amnesty International, were arrested by the military and held incommunicado for two days in Mocímboa da Praia district, accused of spying and aiding and abetting the extremist group. They were released without charges. And in June 2018, Pindai Dube, a journalist for eNCA, was arrested by police in Pemba and accused of spying. He was released three days later without charges.

Call on the Minister of Justice, Constitutional and Religious Affairs Joaquim Verissimo to drop all the charges against Amade Abubacar.

All signatures will be sent by Amnesty International to the Minister of Justice, Constitutional and Religious Affairs, Joaquim Veríssimo, in a request that the Mozambican government drops all the charges against Amade. Add your name!

TEXT OF THE LETTER TO BE SENT

Dear Honourable Minister Joaquim Veríssimo,

I would like to bring to your attention the case of Amade Abubacar, a radio journalist with Nacedje community radio based in Macomia district, Cabo Delgado province, northern Mozambique.

On 23 April, journalist Amade Abubacar was granted provisional release from Mieze prison in Pemba City by the Cabo Delgado Provincial Court. His lawyer had filed a bail application on his behalf on 26 February at the Cabo Delgado Provincial Court.

Amade is still facing charges for the crimes of “public incitement of a crime through electronic media”, “incitement” and “injury against public officials”, under articles 323, 393 and 406 of Mozambique’s Penal Code. He was held in pre-trial detention for more than 90 days before being formally charged. Article 308 of the Criminal Procedural Code states that a person cannot be held in pre-trial detention for more than 90 days after their arrest.

A date is yet to be set for his trial.

Amade was arrested on 5 January by police officers in Macomia district without a warrant. At the time of his arrest, Amade was interviewing people who fled their homes due to the intensification of violent attacks carried out by individuals believed to be members of an extremist group, the Al-Shabaab. Amade was held incommunicado by the military for 12 days, during which time he alleges he was subjected to different forms of ill-treatment which may amount to torture.

I call on you to ensure all the charges against Amade Abubacar are dropped immediately as he has been charged solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression while working as a journalist;

I urge you to uphold the right to freedom of expression and for journalists to be able to carry out their work without fear of reprisal, intimidation, harassment and censorship.

Regards,

Mozambican Journalist arrested arbitrarily

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