Journalists have today morning walked out of a security press briefing at Uganda Media Centre protesting against the brutality faced while covering opposition candidates’ campaigns.
The journalists accused security forces of targeting them while they(press) do their rightful duty.
Addressing the journalists from various media houses about the upcoming Tarehe Sita celebrations, the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) political Commissar, Maj. Gen. Henry Masiko declined to address the issue as nudged by the attendees which prompted them to walk out in solidarity.
“We will not cover your pressers until you treat us better. We need you to respect our profession,” Buule Gabriel, a journalist working with Daily Monitor said.
It should be noted that on Sunday, three journalists were left nursing injuries while covering National Unity Platform presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu’s campaign in Masaka.
Saif-llah Ashraf Kasirye, a Radio One correspondent and an online Ghetto TV cameraman, NTV’s Ali Mivule, and Daniel Lutaaya of NBS TV were injured as police attempted to disperse Kyagulanyi’s supporters.
Responding to the incident in Masaka, Uganda Police Force (UPF) Spokesperson Fred Enanga said the teargas was used to quell the violence and journalists were regrettably caught up during the process of dispersing the violent group.
Meanwhile Enanga has taunted journalists that they only rant on social media but fail to avail police with evidence.
“The problem with Journalists is that they don’t provide police with sufficient evidence, they only come out on social media,” he said.
He added that Ali Mivuule, one of the injured journalist working with NTV, was asked to provide Police with digital proof to aid the investigation.
“I talked to Ali Mivuule and asked him to provide digital evidence that shows how journalists were targeted in Masaka. This proof will help us to pin these officers,” Enanga added.