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The BBC's Greg Barrow
"He knew he was making enemies, but he could never imagine it would lead to his death"
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Journalist Joe Hanlon
"It's really frightening when a journalistic colleague gets shot down this way"
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Friday, 24 November, 2000, 17:41 GMT
Journalist's funeral in Mozambique
Carlos Cardoso
Cardoso was killed in "a very public execution"
The leading independent Mozambican journalist Carlos Cardoso, who was shot dead on Wednesday, has been cremated in a ceremony attended by leaders from across the political spectrum.


A very serious journalist who always confronted facts

Opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama
After leading hundreds of mourners at the service in the capital, Maputo, President Joaquim Chissano described Mr Cardoso's murder as "a very tragic death."

He said: "It was caused by people... who did not realise they were not just killing a man, but were killing a work that was necessary for our country".

The murder produced a rare show of unity among political opponents, with Afonso Dhlakama, leader of the opposition Renamo party, no less generous in his praise.

Honoured by parliament

He said Mozambique had lost "a very serious journalist who always confronted facts".

Maputo residents pay tribute at the assassination scene
Maputo residents pay tribute at the assassination scene
At an earlier press conference, however, Mr Dhlakama had blamed the ruling party for the death: "Cardoso was killed for his direct and frank criticism of government over its handling of the recent demonstrations against the illegitimate government of Frelimo".

The funeral was also attended by Graca Machel, Mozambiquer's former First Lady and wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela.

Mr Cardoso, the editor of the influential daily Metical, was among the country's top investigative journalists.

He was killed on Wednesday night by gunmen who shot him dead after forcing his car to stop.

Government and opposition parties held a minute's silence in honour of Mr Cardoso in Parliament on Thursday, after which opposition lawmakers marched to the scene of the murder in tribute.

A police spokesman said a special team of investigators had been formed and a reward was being offered for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the killing.

Pioneer

Correspondents noted that Mr Cardoso's murder came a week after he criticised hardliners in both Frelimo and Renamo for stoking riots earlier this month in which at least 40 people were killed.

However many other people speculated that the death may have been linked to Mr Cardoso's long-running investigation into corruption at the Mozambique Commercial Bank.

That investigation made both business and political leaders nervous, said Joe Hanlon, a reporter friend of Mr Cardoso's.

Carlos Cardoso, who was 49 at the time of his death, had been a journalist for 25 years.

He was head of the Mozambican news agency AIM from 1980 to 1989.

He left AIM to start Mediafax, the country's first independent newspaper, which was distributed by fax.

He founded Metical several years later.

He received many death threats over the years, Mr Hanlon said, but did not take them seriously.

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