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Court orders police to vacate the Daily Monitor premises
Kampala 22nd /May/2013;Security agencies continue to occupy Monitor publications premises despite Nakawa Magistrate Court withdrawing the search warrant this afternoon issued on 20th May 2013 that led....Full Story here | More photos
Security agencies continue to occupy Monitor publications premises despite Nakawa Magistrate Court withdrawing the search warrant this afternoon issued on 20th May 2013 that led to the declaration of the area a “crime scene” by Police.
“The search warrant issued to D/ASP Mbonimpa Emmanuel on May 20th 2013 in misc. Application No. 2005 of 2013 is hereby vacated in the exercise of the powers given to the court under S.11 (2) of the MCA, having been satisfied that in the process of execution of the said warrant the mandate given by the warrant was overstepped,” said the order issued by Magistrate Rosemary Bareebe of Nakawa Court. She also ordered the officer to return it to Court.
“It is unfortunate that media in Uganda continues to suffer under these wanton actions of security agencies under the pretext of restoring sanity and instilling discipline within the media fraternity. Stifling the press cannot be a justification to promote national interests, it only endangers the principles of democracy and good governance the government seeks to promote,” said Mulindwa Mukasa, the Chairperson...Full Story here
HRNJ-U Latest Update on Media Shut Down In Uganda
The national dailies the Monitor and Red Pepper remain under siege by the national police forces. Two other radio stations KFM and Dembe FM are also still off air and by the look of things the clampdown that began yesterday May 20, 2013 is far from over.
HRNJ-U Staff posted to monitor the situation at the affected media houses found the premises cordoned off and confirmed heavy deployment of armed police officers. In spite of slow movement in and out of these premises by a few civilians particularly the staff, a lot of activity continues to be marshaled by police officers.
The continued siege is disturbing unfolding to Human Rights Network for Journalists and we condemn it in the strongest terms. It depicts the deteriorating media freedoms in the country that we have all along decried. We urge government to rapidly expedite its intentions in the besieged premises so as to restore normalcy for people whose enjoyment of expression, dignity and employment has been curtailed.
We continue to monitor the situation and implore all proponents of media liberties and democratic governance to intervene to address the situation!..Full story here