Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) joins letter to Pope Francis urging focus on human rights during Mozambique visit

The Committee to Protect Journalists and 14 other human rights and freedom of expression organizations sentan open letterto Pope Francis yesterday, on the eve of his three-day visit to Mozambique, urging the pontiff to publicly support the protection and promotion of human rights as the country prepares for its general elections on October 15.

The letter notes that there has been an increasing crackdown on human rights in Mozambique, including the January arrest and prolonged detention of community radio journalistAmade Abubacar, theintimidation and harassmentof journalists working for Catholic broadcasters during last year’s municipal election, thearrestof journalist Estacio Valoi and researcher David Matsinhe in December 2018, and the abduction and assault of journalist and human rights lawyerErcino de Salemalast March.

The letter urges Pope Francis to raise these concerns with the government of Mozambique and reiterate to President Filipe Nyusi that journalists, researchers, and lawyers should be free to carry out their work without fear of attacks, intimidation, or harassment. Read the letter in fullhere.

Source: Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).