Editors Condemn Journalist's Expulsion from Mozambique

The Southern African Editors' Forum believes the deportation of British national Tom Bowker is part of a media crackdown which includes the firebombing of another media outlet and a proposal to introduce restrictive media laws. Zitamar News, the online service founded by Bowker and his partner, Leigh Elston, is known for its coverage of the war in Cabo Delgado, and, the forum says, for "exposing the looting of national resources by the elite class."  

 

Mozambique News Reports And Clippings reports that while the government portrays the conflict as an attack from Islamic State militants, journalists, academics and a recently transferred bishop "have been have been pointing to the roots of the war as growing poverty and inequality, and the way just a small Frelimo elite benefits from the Cabo Delgado gas and rubies."

Zitamar News, written and edited in Maputo and London, has fallen foul of the Mozambican government.

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