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Political party supporters attack journalists at gathering

(MISA/IFEX) - MISA-Mozambican has condemned the physical attacks on journalists that took place on 20 March 2009 in the Port city of Beira. The journalists were attacked by supporters of Renamo, the main opposition party, while covering a political gathering of defectors from Renamo who have since launched a rival opposition party called Democratic Movement of Mozambique (MDM.) Renamo militants set themselves upon the journalists during an altercation between MDM and Renamo as the new party was symbolically indicating its parting from Renamo by returning the Renamo party flags and other materials at the party's headquarters in the Munhava suburb. No serious injuries were recorded.

MISA-Mozambique considers the act an attack on press freedom and the right to information and appeals once again to all political forces in the country to ensure that their supporters respect and collaborate with the media.

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