JOHANNESBURG - Mozambican journalist and human rights lawyer Ericino de Salema has been abducted and assaulted in that country - now the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is demanding a probe into the matter so that those responsible can be brought to justice
"Mozambican authorities should launch a credible investigation into the abduction and assault of Ericino de Salema, a prominent journalist and human rights lawyer, and bring those responsible to justice," the CPJ said on Thursday.
Reports on Wednesday said three unidentified gunmen abducted Salema outside the headquarters of the National Union of Journalists in the capital, Maputo, beat him with their AK-47 assault rifles, and left him unconscious along the Maputo Ring Road.
Children who witnessed the attack alerted an adult. Salema was taken to a private hospital in the city, according to the news website Club of Mozambique.
Neusa Ribeiro, Salema's wife, said he sustained fractures to his arm and legs.