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AFEX joins regional and international organisations calling for release of Amade Abubacar

A school janitor folds the Mozambican national flag at sunset inside a Public School in Nacala, 4 July 2018
A school janitor folds the Mozambican national flag at sunset inside a Public School in Nacala, 4 July 2018


This statement was originally published on on 12 April 2019.

Member organisations of the African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) have joined several other prominent freedom of expression and press freedom advocacy organisations across the globe to call on authorities in Mozambique to unconditionally release Amade Abubacar, a journalist working with a with state-owned community radio station, Rádio e Televisao Comunitária Nacedje de Macomia (Community Radio and Television of Macomia).

AFEX's monitoring shows that Abubacar was arrested on January 5, 2019 by security agents while he was photographing internally displaced people fleeing from terrorist attacks in the Cabo Delgado region located in northern Mozambique into Macomia. The Cabo Delgado region has faced invasions by unidentified groups since October 2017.

The joint statement was issued on April 11, 2019 to commemorate the National Journalists Day in Mozambique.

Kindly click here to read the full joint statement.

You can also join the campaign by calling on the authorities in Mozambique to release Amade Abubacar via Twitter:
President of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi, @FNyusi and the Mozambican Parliament - Twitter @ParlamentoMoz

You can also tweet at the following leaders to intervene:

UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression – Twitter @DavidKaye; @UNHumanRights and @UN_SPExperts

Pope Francisco - Twitter @Pontifex

The hashtag is #FreeAmade

Members of AFEX:

Africa Freedom of Information Centre
Association for Media Development in South Sudan
Center for Media Studies and Peace Building
Freedom of Expression Institute
Human Rights Network for Journalists - Uganda
Institute for Media and Society
International Press Centre
Journaliste en danger
Media Foundation for West Africa
Media Institute of Southern Africa
Media Rights Agenda
West African Journalists Association

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