7 November 2013

Mozambique: Soldiers Attack Journalists in Matola

Maputo — Soldiers of the Mozambican Armed Forces (FADM) on Thursday savagely attacked two reporters of the independent television station, TIM, in Malhampsene, a neighbourhood in the southern city of Matola, according to a report in the electronic newsheet “CanalMoz”.

The two reporters were cruelly beaten, and one of them, the TIM Chief News Editor, Alexandre Rosa, was knocked unconscious. He was taken, still unconscious, to the Sommerschield private clinic in Maputo, where he is receiving emergency medical treatment.

TIM cameraman Claudio Timana is under illegal detention at the FADM barracks in Malhampsene.

The attack on the reporters arose out of a land dispute in Malhampsene, where soldiers were said to be threatening the local population. Local residents contacted TIM which sent Rosa and Timana to investigate.

But in gross violation of the Mozambican constitution and press law, the soldiers put the two journalists under detention, and set about kicking them and hitting them with the butts of their rifles.

The TIM management has submitted a complaint against the soldiers to the police station in the nearby neighbourhood of Mussumbuluko.

Photos were taken of the unconscious Rosa as he arrived at the clinic and are now circulating on the Internet.

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