Lzaro Mabunda of the Maputo weekly O Pas is the winner of the fourth edition of the Carlo Cardoso prize for journalism. He received the 4,000 award for two reports: Aborto, legalizar ou no? (Abortion, to legalise or not?) and Adopo: um dilemma no resolvido (Adoption: an unresolved dilemma). Speaking on behalf of the European Union, one of the prizes sponsors, European Union representative in Mozambique Francisco Carreras said Mabundas work showed the same high standard of investigative journalism practiced by Carlos Cardoso, after whom the prize is named.
Widely considered the founder of a free press in Mozambique, top investigative journalist Cardoso was murdered on 22 November 2000 while investigating the disappearance of over 10 million during the privatisation of the Banco Comercial de Moambique. Six people have been convicted for the murder, including the presumed mastermind Anbal dos Santos Jnior, otherwise known as Anibalzinho. Earlier this month the Mozambican public prosecutor's office charged businessman Nyimpine Chissano, the oldest son of the former president Joaquim Chissano, with the murder.