Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused Mozambique security forces of intimidating, detaining and prosecuting journalists who report on the jihadist conflict in the north of the country. The rights group says the government is silencing the media to prevent any scrutiny of the military operations and alleged abuses.
The military detained a journalist last month for nearly two weeks for interviewing people displaced by the conflict in Cabo Delgado province – he was then charged in a civilian court with breaching a law on state secrets.
Jihadist fighters have been attacking villages in the gas-rich region since 2017, killing more than a hundred fifty persons and displacing thousands.
Ten Killed In Deadly Somalia Prison Break Attempt
Somalia prison officials say 10 persons have been killed following a failed prison break that led to a shoot-out inside the capital -Mogadishu’s main prison.
State radio reported, another six were injured when Somali security forces beat back an uprising in the prison on Monday.
A senior police officer said mutinous prisoners snatched guns from guards who were on duty on Monday evening, and killed three of them.
There are reports that one of the prisoners managed to get a pistol off a prison warden, then a group of inmates broke into the armoury. The guards and other security forces regrouped and killed the inmates.
A specially trained police unit was deployed to deal with the violence at the prison which holds some of the most notorious al-Shabab prisoners on either life or death sentences.
France Helps Hunt For Killers Of Aid Workers In Niger
Soldiers from France and Niger are collaborating to find killers of six aid workers, their local guide and driver at a giraffe reserve.
The troops began operations on Monday in the reserve and surrounding areas for signs of the gunmen who killed the French international aid workers along with their local guide and driver.
Attackers on motorbikes ambushed the group on Sunday while driving through the reserve, a popular destination for expatriates, 65 km from Niger’s capital Niamey, in an area considered safe by the government.
A French military source said, “military operations are ongoing including the use of air support to find the gunmen.
France and other countries have warned people against travelling to parts of Niger where militants, including Boko Haram and an affiliate of Islamic State, operate in rural areas.
Tanzania Restricts Foreign Media Content
The Tanzanian authorities have banned all domestic broadcasters from carrying foreign-made content without permission from the government.
A new law also bans Tanzanian journalists from working with foreign correspondents, unless accompanied by a government minder.
Rights groups say the Tanzanian authorities have in recent years become increasingly intolerant of criticism.
International broadcasters, including the BBC, can currently be seen and heard on local radio and TV.
Publications have been banned and journalists imprisoned.
Correspondents say with elections due in October the new regulations will raise further questions about the state of democracy and free speech in Tanzania.
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