Mozambican journalist gets posthumous award

Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has posthumously awarded its Press Freedom Prize to Carlos Cardoso, editor of the independent news sheet "Metical" and former director of the Mozambican News Agency, who was murdered in Maputo last November.
Cardoso's widow, Norwegian lawyer Nina Berg, collected the prize last weekend at a ceremony in Lusaka, Zambia.
Speaking at the ceremony Berg affirmed that Cardoso was murdered "first, because he could not be corrupted and, secondly, because his courage was unlimited".
Berg said that by killing one of the country's most prominent journalists, the murderers had "challenged one of the foundations of the Mozambican state".
She insisted that "to protect the nation from other attacks of this kind, it is imperative that the legal system show firmness and punish the assassins".
Maintaining that journalism was, for her husband, a weapon in the fight against poverty, she cited Cardoso's tenacious fight in defence of the Mozambican cashew processing industry against World Bank pressure for trade in the commodity to be liberalised.
"The recent horrors of international events lead me to think of the need for articulate voices in the struggle against the forces and minds of destruction and in defence of our interests," Berg said.
She said "Carlos was one of those voices," concluding that "we cannot allow the loss of any more of them".

27 september 2001 17:15:00

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