The Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) has called on the authorities of Mozambique to ensure the safety of journalist Ericino de Salema who was abducted in Maputo the capital on Tuesday 27 March 2018, was seriously beaten up and abandoned in the outskirts.
“The Government should investigate and punish the perpetrators of this heinous crime, in order to protect the Safety of Journalists and put an end to the impunity that executioners of journalists enjoy in Mozambique”, said Abdulwaheed Odusile, President of FAJ.
According to the National Union of Journalists (Sindicato Nacional dos Journalistas, SNJ) an affiliate of FAJ, Ericino de Salema was abducted outside the headquarters of the SNJ, where he had lunch with Mr. Eduardo Constantino the SNJ General Secretary, in the restanrant operated at the headquarters of the SNJ in Maputo the capital. According to eyewitnesses, he was abducted by three assailants amid of gun shots, and was seriously beaten up and left unconscious on the street in the outskirts of the capital. He had received threats by phone calls the previous day. Salema has been admited and received treatment in hospital.
Ericino de Salema, a prominent human rights activist, lawyer and journalist has been critical of the adminstration of President Filipe Nyusi, during independent television programmes.
The SNJ in a press conference together with the Higher Council of Social Communication and the Media Institute of Southern Africa(MISA)-Mozambique, «condemned the barbaric act as a violation of freedom of expression and appealed to the state to investigate and hold the perpetrators responsible for this ignoble act, and ensure the protection of journalists in Mozambique».
The FAJ recalls that the African Union has put the year 2018 under the theme : « Winning the Fight against Corruption: a Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation». Yet many journalists reporting corruption in Mozambique were attacked and shot in the past, and no one has faced charges. «The Government should put an end to the impunity and protect the safety of journalists.» added Odusile.
The FAJ reiterate the call to President Filipe Nyusi and his Government to protect the safety of journalists and allow them to work freely in the country as outlined by the African Union in the Declaration of principles of freedom of expression in Africa.
The FAJ represents 50,000 journalists in Africa