The offices of a leading newspaper in Mozambique has been set on fire in a molatov cocktail attack, sparking condemnation from the European Union (EU) and rights campaigners.
Assailants broke into the offices of Canal de Mozambique’s newsroom in the heart of the capital Maputo, destroying computers and files.
Molotov cocktails were used to torch the building, the newspaper’s director, Fernando Veloso, confirmed.
The weekly paper and affiliated website have exposed several corruption scandals.
Despite government efforts to censor reporting of the jihadist conflict in the north-east of the country, Canal de Mozambique has covered the insurgency extensively.
The EU ambassador to Mozambique, Antonio Sanchez-Benedito Gaspar, expressed his “great concern” about the attack, and declared his solidarity with Canal de Mocambique’s staff and management.
The Media Institute for Southern Africa’s Mozambique branch condemned the arson attack as “barbaric and cowardly”, saying “there can never be democracy in a society where the institutions of freedom of expression and freedom of the press are the victims of systematic intimidation and threats”.
Human Rights Watch researcher Zenaida Machado has tweeted photos of the attack.