Uganda Journalists Association (UJA), an umbrella body for all journalists in the country has expressed concern about the continued attacks on journalists in line of duty especially those covering the ongoing presidential campaigns.
In a press statement released on Thursday by the UJA spokesperson Kabuye Viyeno, he said that it’s unfortunate to see that journalists have been turned in to security personnel’s target during their operations.
“On Wednesday November 18, 2020, freelance Journalist Mr. Ashiraf Kasirye was brutally arrested and his eyes littered with pepper spray by the cruel security personnel when he was covering the National Unity Platform (NUP) Presidential Candidate Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu news in Luuka District. Kasirye is now living in critical condition at the health facility where he was admitted after that barbaric attack,” Kabuye stated.
He also pointed out Mr. Sam Balikoowa of City Fm and Nile TV in Jinja who was brutally arrested on top of not sparing any other Journalists that were present then.
UJA has asked for the immediate release of Vision Group Journalist Mr. Tonny Lule who has spent a number of days in detention at the SIU in Kireka over allegations of cyber harassment against the first family.
“We feel that those violations do not only cast the security agencies in bad light but are also being illegal, which should not go unchecked,” Kabuye said.
He has, therefore, demanded that all security personnel involved in the said human rights violation be individually dragged to court to answer for their deeds.
“If such situations don’t change, we shall be left with no other option but to mobilize ourselves and fight for our freedoms and rights which are well stipulated in the Constitution,” Kabuye stated.