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Bobi Wine Riots: Fury As Soldiers Arrest Reuters Journalist

Security forces have come under fire for the arrest and alleged beating of senior photojournalist James Akena   who works for Reuters.

Akena, who shoots for the UK based media house here in Uganda and the Great Lake region, was reportedly picked up a the Police and the Military continued their clamp down on sporadic riots that erupted Monday afternoon in Kampala over the arrest of MP Robert Kyagulanyi.

Akena, according to colleagues, was “beaten badly and taken away by Military.”

 

Initial reports said he has been detained at the Kampala Central Police Station.

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Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Uganda (FCAU), a body that unites journalists covering Uganda for foreign media organizations, called for the immediate release of their colleague.

 

Other journalists also butted in, demanding for Akena’s release.

Akena, who has been in photojournalism for over 20 years, built his career while documenting the victims of conflict in northern Uganda, during a 2crackdown on the LRA rebel group.

Uganda Police has often denied intentionally targeting journalists and often described the arrest of reporters as mistakes by officers.

 

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