PHOTOS: Police, Journalists Clash Over Media Siege

cheap geneva;”>The journalists under their umbrella body, the Human Rights Network for Journalists led by its National Coordinator, Wokulira Ssebagala had gathered to mourn the closure of Red Pepper and Daily Monitor with its sister radio stations; KFM and Dembe before police disrupted them.

The four media houses have been under key and lock for the last nine days

Police arrest one of the activists at Namuwongo on Tuesday

The police led by Kampala South RPC, Martin Mugabi fired teargas and rubber bullets to disperse the journalists and went ahead to arrest some of them before confiscating their cameras.

Addressing journalists at the scene, Ssebagala called upon all journalists and Ugandans to show solidarity and fight for their rights.


Journalists outside the closed newspaper

“We are here to mourn the closure of our workplace and render our fellow journalists jobless by police,’’ noted Wookulira.

He added that they will continue to occupy the premises until police vacates and reopens the offices.

In his remarks, the Kampala South RPC called upon the journalists to be calm down since their matters are currently being solved.

Police barricade the road that leads to the newspaper

“You should be calm because negotiations are going on for your issues to be solved,” he said.

Some of the journalists from Monitor demanded police to follow the rule of law and vacate the premises as ordered by the court.

Activists asking a cop why Police are not complying with a Court order to vacate Monitor premises

Meanwhile, the road that passes via the Monitor offices remain closed with barricades.

HRNJ-Uganda officials including Ssebaggala, Board chairman Mulindwa Mukasa and William Ntege alias ‘Kyumakyayesu’ were detained over the protest.

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