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Unknowns set Mozambique Channel newsroom on fire

The newsroom of the weekly Canal de Moçambique, located in the center of Maputo, was completely destroyed following a fire set by strangers on Sunday night.

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The perpetrators of the fire will have introduced the fuel drums inside the newspaper's premises after breaking into the front door of the house

ANTÓNIO SILVA & sol; LUSA

The perpetrators of the fire will have introduced the fuel cans inside the newspaper's premises after breaking into the front door of the house

ANTÓNIO SILVA & sol; LUSA

The newsroom of the weekly Canal de Moçambique, located in the center of Maputo, was completely destroyed in the wake of a fire set by strangers on Sunday night, the editor of the publication, André Mulungo, said this Monday to the Lusa news agency. .

André Mulungo said that drums were found inside the newsroom, one of which still had some fuel.

The perpetrators of the fire reportedly introduced the fuel drums inside the newspaper's premises after breaking into the front door of the house , declared the editor.

“The signs we found inside the newsroom leave no doubt that this is a criminal act and not a an accident ”, he stressed.

The journalist said that the fire was dominated by a team of firefighters, but the Newsroom equipment was totally consumed by the flames.

The case was referred to the 6th Police Station of the Republic of Mozambique (PRM) in the City of Maputo, pending the authorities to investigate the circumstances and the perpetrators of the arson.

The editor of the Mozambique Channel assured that the newspaper will not stop its work, and keeping journalists working for the next edition, which leaves on Wednesdays, in the courtyard of the building where the publication works.

“This fire will not stop us, it would be a victory for those who set fire to the newsroom and a defeat for freedom of the press. Evil can never win, ”stressed André Mulungo.

The newsroom of Canal de Moçambique is located on the ground floor of a two-story building.

André Mulungo pointed out that the fire did not spread to the other floors of the building.

O Mozambique Channel is one of the main weekly newspapers in the country and has stood out for working on issues such as corruption and governance.

The newspaper has already been the target of several lawsuits for alleged libel and its executive director, Matias Guente, was recently summoned by the Attorney General's Office to answer questions about texts published on security contracts between the Government and the oil multinationals operating in Cabo Delgado province, in northern Mozambique.

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