UN calls for release of Mozambican journalist

Journalist Amade Abubacar has been under detention for 20 days

UN Human Rights experts in Geneva called for the immediate release of journalist Amade Abubacar, who was arrested 20 days ago

The arrest of Amade Abubacar by Mozambican authorities 20 days ago has been criticized by several organizations.

"The authorities in Mozambique must immediately release the journalist Amade Abubacar and investigate allegations that he has been ill-treated," UN independent rapporteurs said in a statement.

The plea was made by David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Opinion, and Seong-Phil Hong, Secretary-General of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions. "At a time of rising threats to journalists and independent media," Amade Abubacar's arrest and "the allegations of his ill-treatment are extremely worrying," Kaye said.

The experts say that "this alleged arbitrary arrest and ill-treatment, which appears to be directly related to Mr. Abubacar's work as a journalist, could have a chilling effect on the exercise of the right to freedom of expression in Mozambique." A source from the Committee for the Protection of Journalists said that Abubacar was transferred on Thursday from a police station in the village of Macomia, where he lives, to another station in Pemba, the provincial capital of Cabo Delgado.

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