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Soldiers Beat, Injure two Television journalists In Mozambique
Caption: Alexandre Rosa laid on TIMs van after being severely beaten by the ARMY
Soldiers of the Mozambican Armed Forces, FADM, on Thursday beat two journalists until one of them fainted in Matola, a city 12 kilometres from Maputo, the capital.
The two Independent Television of Mozambique, TIM, journalists, Alexandre Rosa, (chief editor) and Claudio Timana (camera man) were reporting an alleged case of abuse by the military in the city when they were arrested and beaten by soldiers.
Rosa reportedly fainted from the battering received and having been abandoned by FADM was then rushed to Sommershield Clinic of in Maputo.
However, as at the time of filing this report, Timana remains detained at FADM barracks in Matola.
The TV crew was covering allegations of military threats and abuses to local villagers because of a land dispute in the neighborhood of Malhampsene, Matola
Harassed villagers are said to have contacted TIM reporters to report abuses by the soldiers.
However, when they arrived the scene, the two journalists were arrested and then beaten by the military.
TIM has already submitted a complaint at the local police station against the military.