A general view shows the capital city of Kampala in Uganda, July 4, 2016. Picture: REUTERS/James Akena/File Photo
A general view shows the capital city of Kampala in Uganda, July 4, 2016. Picture: REUTERS/James Akena/File Photo

Uganda police detain journalists protesting rights violations

By Elias Biryabarema Time of article published Nov 4, 2019

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Kampala - Eight Ugandan journalists were

detained on Monday as they marched in the capital Kampala to

protest what they said were police abuses, including beatings

and detentions, during coverage of student protests last month,

a rights group official said.

The alleged abuses took place for several days starting on

Oct. 22 after students at Uganda's largest public university,

Makerere, staged protests against planned fee increases.

A group of journalists started to march towards the

headquarters of police where they intended to deliver a petition

to the head of police, but were instead intercepted.

Flavia Diana Nandudu, a programs officer at Human Rights

Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-U), told Reuters eight

journalists were arrested but were released several hours later.

"We wanted to demand from police leadership that they parade

and prosecute police officers who are involved in assaulting

journalists," Nandudu said.

Eight Ugandan journalists were detained after they marched in the capital Kampala to protest what they said were police abuses.Video: Zodidi Dano / African News Agency.

Police spokesman Patrick Onyango said the journalists had

been released but refused to explain why they had been arrested.

The government of President Yoweri Museveni has over the

years been accused by rights groups of rampant rights

violations including violent crackdowns on opposition activists

and intimidation of journalists.

In power since 1986, Museveni, 75, is widely expected to

stand at the next polls in 2021 and is seen facing strong

opposition from pop star-turned-politician Bobi Wine.

New York-based rights body Human Rights Watch (HRW) on

Monday accused the government of using disproportionate force in

quelling the protests and also condemned attacks on journalists.

"The Ugandan government should urgently carry out fair and

transparent investigations and hold accountable security forces

who have used excessive force," HRW said.

Reuters

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