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Mozambique: Mozambique’s brutal war on free speech

September 14, 2018

Journalist Carlos Cardoso was killed in 2000 after exposing the theft of $14-million from state bank BCM. On the 10th anniversary of his murder, his son Ibo (above) visited the site where he was gunned down in Maputo. (Benoit Marquet/AFP)

Last month, the Mozambican government announced plans to impose hefty new fees on foreign correspondents working in the country, including a staggering $2500 for single trip accreditation.

These prohibitively expensive fees made international headlines, and sparked widespread outrage among media bodies. “The high accreditation costs represent an attack on media freedom in the country,” said the Foreign Correspondents Association of Southern Africa.

“These fee increases by the Mozambican government make it practically impossible for independent press to continue working,” said the Committee to Protect Journalists. But for Mozambican journalists, the government’s attempt to crack down on foreign correspondents came as no surprise. After all, it is local journalists who bear the brunt of official hostility. They have been operating for years in a dangerous environment and things are only getting worse.

It is not only journalists feeling the pressure, either. Scholars, magistrates, politicians, artists, civil society activists — all are operating in a climate of fear, and some have paid with their lives for speaking out.

The war on free speech began in earnest as far back as 2000, when investigative reporter Carlos Cardoso was assassinated on a street in Maputo. He was investigating alleged corruption in one of Mozambique’s biggest banks. One of the men charged with the killing told a court that the hit had been ordered by Nyimpine Chissano, the son of the then-president Joaquim Chissano.

More recent victims include:

  • Gilles Cistac, a constitutional lawyer, shot in broad daylight in a Maputo café after criticising the ruling party in the press;

  • Ericino de Salema, a journalist and human rights lawyer, abducted in central Maputo and assaulted.











Mozambique: Au Mozambique, la mort d’un avocat français a ouvert une longue liste d’assassinats politiques

le 7 mars, 2017

Marche de protestation contre l’assassinat de Gilles Cistac, à Maputo, le 7 mars 2015.

Le 3 mars 2015, l’avocat et universitaire toulousain Gilles Cistac était assassiné par balles en plein centre de Maputo, et en plein jour. Une figure incontournable du droit au Mozambique, pays dont il avait obtenu la nationalité. Sa mort avait alors déclenché une onde de choc dans la classe politique locale. Deux ans après, l’enquête est au point mort et l’événement tragique, quasi oublié.

Vendredi 3 mars, aucun titre de presse ne mentionnait la commémoration de l’assassinat, pourtant un tournant de la crise politico-militaire que traverse le pays depuis les élections de 2014. Car, entre-temps, ce sont des dizaines d’opposants et de critiques du pouvoir qui ont été tués dans des circonstances similaires. Pour beaucoup d’observateurs, l’implication du régime est évidente.

« Je relance le tribunal à Paris tous les trimestres et ils n’ont aucune information, ce qui laisse présager de l’absence d’une véritable enquête du côté de la justice mozambicaine », estime Thierry Carrère, l’avocat de la famille Cistac. Celle-ci a déposé plainte en France fin mars 2015. Depuis Toulouse, cet ami du défunt garde espoir que toute la lumière soit faite un jour sur l’affaire. Mais on en est loin. « On ne sait pas trop comment analyser ce silence radio, confie une source diplomatique, qui souligne l’absence d’accords de coopération judiciaire entre la France et le Mozambique. Diplomatiquement, on met la pression sans vouloir non plus les braquer, ils pourraient mal le prendre. »



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilles_Cistac (ENGLISH)

https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilles_Cistac (PORTUGUES)

Mozambique: Killings in Mozambique Target Lawyers, Judges

December 15, 2016

Several civil society organizations are calling for a return to justice in Mozambique following a series of killings targeting lawyers and judges in the country.

Carlos Mondlane, president of the Mozambican Association of Judges, said that in recent years, criminals have tried to intimidate and silence the justice system through attacks against judges and lawyers. Another group, the Mozambican Human Rights League, said the killings were going unsolved because of police indiscipline, corruption and an absence of professional ethics.

The most recent examples of assassinations of jurists included the killings of Giles Cistac, a French-Mozambican lawyer shot in Maputo in 2015; senior prosecutor Marcelino Vilanculos, slain in April of this year; and Dinis Carlos Silica, another prosecutor.

“Organized crime is rampant,” Mondlane told VOA’s Portuguese service. He said judges and prosecutors handling cases related to abductions and violent crimes such as homicides needed the most protection and often received death threats.