Mozambique: Detained journalist must be released or charged with a recognizable offence

As Mozambican journalist and Prisoner of Conscience, Amade Abubacar, marks 90-days in pretrial detention, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for Southern Africa, Deprose Muchena said:

Mozambican authorities are treating Amade Abubacar like a convicted criminal by prolonging his pretrial detention without bringing any legitimate charges against him in violation of national and international law.

The continued detention of Amade – whose wife and children have not been able to visit him � is against the principle of being innocent until proven guilty.

Amade must either be charged with a recognizable criminal offence or released immediately and allowed to do his job without fear of reprisals. Mozambican authorities must support media freedom, instead of criminalizing journalists.rdquo;

Source: Amnesty International.