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Journalists Celebrate World Press Freedom Day Amid Military Brutality

Journalists Celebrate World Press Freedom Day Amid Military Brutality

May 3rd is World press freedom day and journalists will be celebrating it. Down here in Uganda, it has come at a time when military brutality against journalists is becoming very normal. Just recently, the military beat up journalists as they were doing their job.

The question, therefore is, has this become the new normal for the relationship between the military and the media?

Well, this day is going to be celebrated under the Theme; Information As A Public Good. However, the keynote address is Freedom of expression and emerging militarism.

Obviously, this day means a lot to every journalist because it’s a cry out to the government that we need our freedom. When the press is oppressed, the country will always be in the dark because the information will be limited.

This is one of the days that bring all journalists together regardless of their different media houses. If only it wasn’t just on days like these, probably media freedom would be somewhere now. The problem is media speaks different voices which has allowed their tormentors to keep tormenting them. Once in a while media can refuse to air content from offices that have refused to respect their work.

Meanwhile, many activities are going to be done today as celebrations go on. They have organized prayers at Namirembe and Rubaga to especially stand with those that have fallen victim to brutality. Later on, there will be sports of all kinds as a way of fun and also creating some unity. Due to the Ramadan season, journalists will break the fast together with both Muslims and non-moslems.

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