Media Siege: Police Crush Journalists’ Solidarity March

rx geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>Red Pepper and Daily Monitor with its sister radio stations; KFM and Dembe have been under key and lock for the last nine days.

Despite finishing the search for Gen David Sejusa’s (Tinyefuza) letter at the publications, all the premises remain closed with crime scene yellow tapes.

Chimp Corp Kenneth Kazibwe, who is at scene of the scuffle, says three journalists have been held by Police as running battles ensue.

The “solidarity march” was organized by Human Rights Network for Journalists (HRNJ).

Grace Natabaalo, a former journalist with Monitor, says some of her colleagues have been beaten by police personnel.


“The water canon has been set ready to flush,” said Natabaalo.

This is the latest protest of journalists in defence of press freedoms being violated by government.

Activists, diplomats and the international community have since roundly denounced the closure of the newspapers and harassment of journalists.

IGP Gen Kale Kayihura on Monday said Police would not vacate the premises until they got Sejusa’s widely publicized controversial letter.

More details and pictures will be posted as events unfold

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