Dissent a perilous path in Mozambique

President Filipe Nyusi

What you need to know:

  • For the opposition Renamo party, his words disguise what it alleges are murky links between the assaults and Nyusi's Frelimo party, which has ruled since 1975.
  • The police investigation of Macuane's attack soon ground to a halt -- as in several other similar cases.

Abductions, beatings, surveillance, threats and even fatal shootings -- critics of the government in Mozambique say that voicing dissent is increasingly dangerous.
The latest victim is media commentator Ericino de Salema, who in March was bundled by gunmen into a vehicle outside the offices of the Mozambican Union of Journalists in Maputo.
Two hours later, he was dumped on the outskirts of the city with a broken arm, fractured legs and severe bruising.

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