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29.04.2020 Mozambique

CPJ Joins Letter To Mozambican President About Enforced Disappearance Of Journalist Ibraimo Abú Mbaruco

By Committee to Protect Journalists
President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi is seen in Maputo, Mozambique, on January 15, 2020. CPJ recently joined a letter to Nyusi expressing concern about the disappearance of journalist Ibraimo Abú Mbaruco. (Reuters/Grant Lee Neuenburg)
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President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi is seen in Maputo, Mozambique, on January 15, 2020. CPJ recently joined a letter to Nyusi expressing concern about the disappearance of journalist Ibraimo Abú Mbaruco. (Reuters/Grant Lee Neuenburg)

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined 16 other civil society groups today in sending a letter to Mozambican President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi expressing concern about the deteriorating human rights situation in northern Cabo Delgado province, including the enforced disappearance of radio journalist Ibraimo Abú Mbaruco.

Mbaruco, a journalist for the Palma Community Radio broadcaster in Cabo Delgado, was last heard from on April 7, when he sent a text message to a colleague saying he was “surrounded by soldiers,” as CPJ documented at the time.

The letter asks Mozambican authorities “to promptly, thoroughly and effectively investigate the enforced disappearance” of Mbaruco, and to be transparent in those efforts. It also urges authorities to “refrain from harassing and intimidating people and civil society organizations, including workers of non-governmental organizations and journalists.”

The joint letter can be read in English and Portuguese.

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