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Investigation into private newspaper arson – Mozambique

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President Filipe Nyusi said he ordered an investigation into last Sunday’s arson against the offices of a private investigative newspaper based in the capital Maputo.

According to the Mozambican section of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), unknown persons broke into the newspaper’s offices “and put two 20-liter cans of fuel, then set it on fire before leaving the site.”

In a statement issued on the evening of Monday, 24 August 2020, Nyusi condemned the attack on the offices of the “Moçambique Canal” which left the newsroom and other facilities severely damaged.

“We instructed the authorities to investigate and bring the perpetrators to justice,” Nyusi wrote on his Facebook page.

He pledged his government’s support for press freedom, noting that “press freedom is a pillar of democracy that must be protected”.

Critics of the government, however, linked the attack to the newspaper’s investigation into alleged corruption among senior officials in the Mineral Resources and Energy Ministry, which was published last week.

The Ministry was forced to suspend a fuel marketing agreement following the newspaper’s investigation.



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