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24th October 2018, 16:14:05 UTC

Local journalists and civil society activists have received anonymous death threats and intimidating phone calls and messages.

This began after their engagement in monitoring polling stations and publishing live municipal election results in Nacala-Porto and Nampula cities, Nampula province, in northern Mozambique.

Antônio Lourenço Mutoua a human rights defender and Executive Director of the organisation Solidariedade Moçambique; Júlio Paulino, the Image and Communications Officer of Solidariedade Moçambique; Arlindo César Severiano Chissale, an independent journalist; Aunício da Silva, a newspaper editor; two journalists who prefer to stay anonymous due to security risks; priests Father Benvindo Tapua and Father Cantífulas de Castro, Director and Deputy Director of Radio Encontro all have been intimidated and harassed.

The threats began after the municipal elections in Nampula Province on 10 October and the publication of election results on 12 October.

The intimidating phone calls and messages have contained warnings to “be careful” because “their days were numbered” and contained threats that they “would disappear without a trace”.

The messages are blaming them for contributing to the defeat of the ruling party, Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO), by organising individuals to monitor polling stations and publish live election results direct from polling stations.

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