CARLOS CARDOSO- GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTTEN
*Caption: Delegates take a stand in ovation after the Carlos Cordoso Memorial Lecture.
Written by: Zama Ngcoya
Fallen Mozambican journalist, Carlos Cardoso was remembered at the Carlos Cardoso Memorial Lecture held at the 2016 African Investigative Journalism Conference.
Cardoso was a Mozambican journalist who was murdered in the year 2000 following his newspaper’s investigation into the corruption in the privatisation of Mozambique’s biggest bank.
According to Anton Harber, the Caxton Professor of Journalism and Media Studies and Director of the Journalism Programme at the University of the Witwatersrand, Cardoso was remembered at this university because he was a University of the Witwatersrand student in the mid-1970’s before his arrest after speaking out about his support of Frelimo which was dangerous back in the days. Secondly, their journalism department does a great deal to support and encourage investigative journalism and Cardoso was one of those who died while in their line of work.
According to Mercedes Sayagues, one of the guest speakers, journalist and writer who knew Cardoso well, he prioritised fact-checking.
“For Carlos, quality fact-checked journalism went hand in hand with advocating for pressfreedom. He checked, cross checked and double checked again,” said Sayagues.
She also called for better coverage of Mozambique, stating that the only time Mozambique receives proper coverage in South Africa is only when it is about rhino poaching.
The second guest speaker, investigative journalist, Rob Rugurika, who is being threatened by the Burundian embassy for giving his lecture was delighted to give the lecture, nonetheless and took to the stage where he outlined the troubled history of his country, and the oppression faced by the media in Burundi.
“It’s impossible now to openly practice as a journalist now in Burundi, even for international journalists,” said Rugurika.
He encouraged other journalists to continue working as if they do so, the world can make a better place, however if they give up, it will deteriorate.