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Journalists are not to blame

Angry politicians are turning on the media as the government fails to contain the insurgency in Cabo Delgado province

Today’s front pages in Maputo. Photo © Faizal Chauque / Zitamar News

Good afternoon. In Friday’s Daily Briefing we included a report from website Carta de Moçambique saying that the town of Quissanga in Cabo Delgado province had been captured by insurgents. We have since been assured that the story was incorrect and that the insurgents did not enter the town, although they were nearby. The story was plausible, given how effective they have been in moving around the province and carrying out attacks in new areas. The administrator of Quissanga district reacted by angrily accusing journalists of fabricating information (see below).

From the Zitamar Live Blog:

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Today’s front pages on the streets of Maputo. Notícias leads today with President Filipe Nyusi’s comments on his visit to the African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa; new oil and gas exploration wells to be sunk; and the growth of Mozambique’s domestic poultry industry. The weekly Público also leads with Nyusi’s visit to the AU, as well as how the insurgency in Cabo Delgado is harming investments, and an article on instability at state-owned airline LAM. Sign up to the Zitamar Daily Briefing for an in-depth look at the biggest stories in the Mozambican media each week day 📷 Faizal Chauque / Zitamar News

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