Mozambican authorities must uphold international obligations on freedom of expression, and refrain from attacking journalists covering important and sensitive issues.

A Southeastern country by the Indian ocean. Its population is 30 million and the government is a one-party dominant presidential republic. In Mozambique journalists who report on sensitive issues are at risk of violent attacks. In the 2019 presidential election year, human rights organizations documented several cases in which journalists and activists were threatened and subjected to pressures interfering with their work, including threats that were sent via SMS. Since June 2018, the government has barred various media organizations and correspondents from visiting the northern province of Cabo Delgado, while the army detained journalists who had travelled to cover the fighting against an armed Islamist group. The police also arrested several journalists on bogus charges.

  • Households icon


    Households with internet access in 2017

  • Households icon


    Individuals using internet in 2017

  • Households icon


    Fixed Broadband Subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in 2017

  • Households icon


    Press Freedom Ranking in 2022

Upr cycle

Mozambique was last reviewed in April 2021.

Digital Rights and Free Expression Recommendations

Cycle 2
Cycle 3
Cycle 3


    Read more

      Partner organisations

      Over a hundred local and international human rights organisations are part of the wider Uproar programme. You can find them listed here.

      Mozambique cluster

      The country clusters are a local working group in each Uproar target country made up of our partner organisations. The clusters are organised by local lead organisations, who then coordinate local civil society and human rights defenders with digital rights expertise to engage in national-level advocacy and campaigning.