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Hundreds March for Slain Journalist

November 25, 2000

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) _ About 300 people held a silent march to condemn the killing of a Mozambican journalist known for his sharp criticism of the government.

Witnesses said Carlos Cardoso, 49, owner and editor of the daily Metical, was riding in a car Wednesday night when two vehicles forced it to stop. Gunmen emerged from the cars and shot Cardoso and his driver.

Cardoso, who was shot in the face, died immediately. His driver, Carlos Manjate, was hospitalized.

Police said they were investigating, but had no suspects.

In Friday’s march, protesters carried photos of Cardoso and placards demanding justice.

Cardoso, the owner and editor of the daily Metical, was one of the most respected reporters in the country.

Many Mozambicans suspect the killing could be linked to his investigation into the disappearance of $8.7 million from the Mozambique Commercial Bank.

South Africa’s National Editors’ Forum said Friday the killing was ``symptomatic of a new disease which is spreading throughout sub-Saharan Africa where editors, journalists and photographers face ever-increasing risks as they ply their craft and strive to keep the public informed.″

The British-based human rights group ARTICLE 19 called for an independent inquiry into Cardoso’s killing and other recent political violence in Mozambique, which is still recovering from its 17-year civil war that ended in 1992.