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Mozambican journalist arrested in jihadist-hit region

AFP  |  Johannesburg 

has arrested a respected working in the northern region wracked by a jihadist insurgency, in a second such arrest in weeks, according to global media and rights

Amade Abubacar, a for the state-owned Radio e Televisao Comunit?ria Nacedje de Macomia in northern province, was seized by police at a bus stop at the weekend while conducting interviews and taking photographs of people fleeing from militant attacks.

He was being held at a military prison with no access to lawyers, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and

Macomia is one of the areas worst hit by the Islamist in northern

Jihadist fighters have terrorised remote communities in the gas-rich and Muslim-majority region for more than a year, staging brazen gun and knife attacks on civilians leaving over 100 dead and thousands fleeing their homes.

Angela Quintal, CPJ's on Wednesday urged to immediately free the without charge and to "stop censoring coverage of the by detaining journalists and accusing them of colluding with militants".

Amnesty International's for Southern said instead of targeting journalists, Mozambican authorities "should be trying to understand the root causes of the violence and taking action to protect civilians".

"This is the latest display of contempt for freedom of expression and by the Mozambican authorities, who see journalists as a threat and treat them like criminals," said Chagutah.

The military last month arrested in the same province, but released him after two days without charge.

In June last year a Zimbabwean for the South African private broadcaster eNCA, Pindai Dube, was also arrested in while covering the militant attacks in the region, according to local Mozambican media.

Last month accused security forces waging the fight against jihadists in the country's north of "serious abuses" of human rights including summary executions and arbitrary detention of people suspected of participating in the

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 14:45 IST