Nation Media Trashes Claims to Sack Journalists under Duress

Kampala, 10th/August/2012, The Daily Monitor publications has trashed claims that it’s under pressure from the Ugandan government to sack four of its employees.A tweet claiming to be The Daily Monitor official Twitter account had reported that Daily Monitor newspaper and K-FM radio were to relieve four journalists of their duties on the request of the Ugandan government.

When contacted, Daily Monitor’s Managing Editor Daniel Kalinaki told Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) that the reports were baseless and attributed them to the work of a hacker.

“That’s a fake hacker and we have reported the matter to the twitter management. The news is false and not even worthy our attention. In case we are to fire or hire, it’s on the basis of performance and not government request.” said Kalinaki.

When contacted by HRNJ-Uganda, the K-FM head of Programming, Richard Linga equally dismissed the reports as a falsehood. “I am not aware of that neither has it come to my attention. I can’t even comment on something I am not aware of, but I know it is not true.” he said.The Ugandan President has severally referred to The Monitor as an enemy paper.

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Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) is a network of human rights journalists in Uganda working towards enhancing the promotion, protection and respect of human rights through defending and building the capacities of journalists, to effectively exercise their constitutional rights and fundamental freedoms for collective campaigning through the media.

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