The Executive Director of Human Rights Network for Journalists (HRNJ), Robert Sempala said that Ochola’s statement led to an increase in cases against journalists. Sempala told Members of Parliament on the Human Rights Committee that they registered 174 cases of human rights violations against journalists during the electoral process.
Sylvia Kugonza, one of the journalists, says the incident occurred at around 7 pm on Wednesday when the journalists were returning from work. She explains that as they were approaching Kenya Commercial Bank branch in Kisenyi, Fort Portal, they met the Kabarole District Police Commander – DPC John Faustine Oese and other police officers on patrol.
The two journalists Willy Chowoo, of Choice FM and Jernan Loum, a former employee of Favour of God FM in Gulu Town are accused of defaming an American national Carole Ward, the Director of Favour of God Ministries.
Renowned media specialist George Lugalambi says that journalists are entitled to demonstrate if the issue of contention touches their rights and freedom. He, however, says journalists should excuse themselves from covering stories for which they have strong biases.
Asaph Bindire was picked up on Wednesday evening at Nyakihanga in Itojo Sub County along the Ntungamo-Mbarara road moments after he reportedly photographed a traffic police officer receiving a bribe from a taxi driver.