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Journalists Face It Rough With UPDF, Survive With Serious Beatings

Journalists Face It Rough With UPDF, Survive With Serious Beatings

Journalists belonging to NTV, NBS, New Vission, and Record TV have this afternoon faced it rough in the hands of the Uganda People’s Defense Force. Most of them have gone away with beatings and even bleeding. This happened as they covered Robert Kyagulanyi’ journey to petition the United Nations Human Rights office over rights violations in Uganda. Among those beaten are NTV’s Cliff Wamala, NBS TV’s Josephine Namakumbi, New Vision’s Timothy Mulungi, and Record’s Shamim Nabakooza.

Kyagulanyi had yesterday promised to take a petition to UNHR regarding rights violation. He also said the companion kidnapping cases and beatings of people pushed them to this. As they made their journey there today, uniformed men had surrounded the area. They allowed Kyagulanyi to go on with two other people and blocked others including journalists.

It is so absurd that the army denies people access to information and yet it’s their right. Most Ugandans especially journalists ran to social media to express their dismay.

“Dear @PoliceUg @UPDFspokespersn please keep up the beating. Ensure that every Ugandan is beaten. Soon there will be no one left to beat and you’ll beat yourselves. For now, enjoy the beating while it lasts. Beat!” Simon of NBS wrote.

“WE WILL NOT BEG TO DO OUR JOBS!
@cdfupdf @UPDFspokespersn it falls squarely on you to bring to account these violent characters and tame your people.
Journalism is not a crime, even criminals deserve dignity!” Raymond Mujuni of NTV wrote.

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