Attacks on the Press in 2005 - Snapshots: Mozambique
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||February 2006|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Attacks on the Press in 2005 - Snapshots: Mozambique, February 2006, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/47c5671e23.html [accessed 23 October 2014]|
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A fugitive in the 2000 murder of investigative reporter Carlos Cardoso was returned to Mozambique in January. Anibal Antonio dos Santos Junior, better known as Anibalzinho, had fled custody in May 2004 after he was convicted of murder, along with five co-defendants, and sentenced to 28 years in prison. He was later captured in Canada, where authorities eventually agreed to return him to Mozambique. Anibalzinho was granted a retrial, which opened in December.
In January, two men commandeered the car of Jeremias Langa, news director at the private television station STV, held guns to his head, and threatened to kill him. Before ejecting the journalist from the car, the assailants told Langa, "You're going to die like Carlos Cardoso," referring to the crusading investigative journalist who was murdered in 2000 for his aggressive coverage of a corruption scandal involving the state-controlled Commercial Bank of Mozambique.