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Remarks at the Launch of the PFI report 2013 by Margaret Sekaggya
Journalists and the media continue to remain one of the most targeted groups of defenders all over the globe, and not just in Uganda. This report however elaborates in detail on the kinds of violations that journalists in Uganda faced in 2013, the persons responsible for these violations, the areas of specific target,and the lacunas that exist within the Laws and operations of Uganda as a whole that have made journalists even more vulnerable to threats that continue to evolve.
The report highlights a worrying trend by revealing the biggest perpetrator as police and further still that the violations by police have increased in number from 2012.It also includes other state actors such as the judiciary, Resident District Commissioners who are meant to safeguard the rights of all people including those of journalists who are the very same people that violate these rights...........Full Story here
HRNJ-Uganda alert, Journalist attacker pleads guilty
Iganga, 04th /March/2014; Kemba Azizi, 25 years of age, has pleaded guilty to assaulting a Red Pepper journalist, Solomon Hamala. He was thereafter remanded by the Grade One Magistrate Sylvia Nvanungi to Iganga............Read full story | More Photos
Iganga, 04th /March/2014; Kemba Azizi, 25 years of age, has pleaded guilty to assaulting a Red Pepper journalist, Solomon Hamala. He was thereafter remanded by the Grade One Magistrate Sylvia Nvanungi to Iganga Government prison until 18th March when court gives its judgment.
Prosecution led by Lydia Katami produced three witnesses who pinned the accused for having assaulted the journalist. On 13th January, 2014, Kemba – together with Isiko Yakubu, who is still at large -attached to Accurate Services Uganda Ltd, assaulted Hamala at Iganga Main Taxi Park in Iganga town, occasioning him grievousbody harm and robbery of his digital camera, cell phone and money. Hamala was following up on a story of kiosk owners who are protesting against their pending eviction from the Iganga taxi park by the Iganga Municipal Council authorities.
Prosecution alleges that on 13th January, 2014, Kemba – together with Isiko Yakubu, who is still at large -attached to Kemba was arrested on 16 January at about 6:00pm local time from his place of work at Walugogo Estate, Iganga Town Council. He was then detained at Iganga Central Police Station, where he was thereafter remanded to Iganga government prison........Full story here