In January, a Maputo court convicted Anibal dos Santos Jr., known as Anibalzinho, for the second time in the 2000 murder of investigative journalist Carlos Cardoso. He was sentenced to almost 30 years in prison for recruiting Cardoso's killers. Anibalzinho, who twice escaped from custody, was convicted in absentia in 2003. The Supreme Court had granted him a retrial in December 2004.

A prosecutor in the western district of Manica ordered three journalists from the community newspaper Mabarwe detained in May after a local businessman accused their paper of defaming him, according to local news reports. They were held for a week, then released without charge.

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