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Journalists to Get Self Defense Training Ahead of 2021 Election

A new training program has been launched to equip media practitioners with safety and defensive skills ahead of the nearing election season.

The training is being facilitated by the Human Rights Network for Journalists (HRNJ) together with other rights defenders.

Addressing journalists at the offices of the National Coalition of Human Right Defenders Uganda; Robert Sempala the Executive Director HRNJ said the program is in response to numerous cases of journalists being attacked while on duty.

“We have started training station managers, reporters, Human Resource Managers to appreciate the importance of journalists’ safety so that they can be able to acquire safety gadgets for their staff,” he said.

A team of lawyers from various Civil Society Organizations, he said, has already been put in place to engaged in rescuing and handling legal matters for journalists during the election season.

On his part, Mr Robert Kilenga, the Executive Director NCHRDU called upon the Police to always embrace peace talks with opposition politicians on numerous matters before applying force.

“Avenues for dialogue like we saw last week between the Electoral commission, Police and Presidential hopeful Hon Robert Kyagulanyi must be made available for various inclusive of Human Rights defenders for meaningful participation in 2021 electoral process” he said.

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