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A Journalist Being Detained in Mozambique is Being Denied Medical Treatment

Amade Abubacar of Nacedje Community Radio in Cabo Delgado is believed to be in critical condition.

Amade Abubacar is a journalist who was arrested by Mozambican authorities in January after having reported on the civilian killings by armed groups in Macomia, a small town in the northern region of Mozambique. Over 100 civilians were killed.


Amnesty International's regional director for Southern Africa, Deprose Muchena, has said:

"Mozambican authorities must either charge Amade with a recognizable criminal offence or release him immediately and unconditionally and allow him to continue to do his job without fear of reprisals. His continued detention is a mockery of media freedom in Mozambique."

It is believed that Abubacar, who is being imprisoned at the Mieze Correctional Centre in Pemba district, is being physically assaulted and denied food and medical treatment. He is also being denied visitations as well as private consultations with his lawyer.

Muchena also went on to say that:

"We fear that Amade's health is now in critical condition and his life may be at risk. His original detention was an affront to media freedom and now the authorities seem intent on compounding this shocking injustice by keeping him in detention."

Amnesty International has since called for the journalist's release.

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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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