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Journalists Walk Out of Security Briefing

The journalists who had turned up to cover the Monday press conference tasked the Chief Political Commissar of the Uganda People's Defence Force Brigadier Henry Masiko to apologize for the brutality of journalists by security personnel.
Police deployed heavily at media centre as journalists moved out

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Journalists on Monday walked out of a security press conference at media centre protesting the continued brutality against their colleagues.

The journalists who had turned up to cover the Monday press conference tasked the Chief Political Commissar of the Uganda People's Defence Force Major General Henry Masiko to apologize for the brutality of journalists by security personnel.

The walk-out followed Sunday’s incident in Masaka where three journalists were injured while covering National Unity Platform presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu campaigns.

They include Ashraf Kasirye who works for Ghetto TV, Ali Mivule of NTV and Daniel Lutaaya of NBS TV.

Matsiko who was briefing the press on the celebrations to mark the UPDF’s 40th Tarehe celebrations was surprised when he saw the journalists walk out of the briefing.

However, moments after they walked out, more than 40 police officers and Local Defense Unit –LDU personnel were seen deployed outside the media center.

Daily Monitor’s Gabriel Buule said that he was brutalized by security personnel and is still nursing the injuries to date. 

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Matsiko called on professionalism from both sides of security and media. He also warned journalists against being activists and being partisan. 

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Charles Mugerwa, a journalist with CBS Radio says that journalists should stand up for their rights.

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Abubaker Lubowa, a photojournalist with Daily Monitor demanded the arrest of all the officers involved in brutalizing the journalists.

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Fred Enanga, the Police Spokesperson said that the police has done all it can to hold those who brutalize journalists to account.

Asked why all of a sudden security was heavily deployed, Enanga said the journalists had started being unruly.

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Flavia Byekwaso, the UPDF Spokesperson said that the deployment was necessary after they received information that the journalists were planning to attack the Spokespersons of the different security agencies.

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Meanwhile, the Uganda Parliamentary Press Association (UPPA) has also condemned the brutality of journalists.

UPPA President Moses Mulondo labelled the Inspector General of Police Okoth Ochola an enemy of Press Freedom and human rights.



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