“Today owners of media houses are playing football with the military and tomorrow these journalists are turned into balls and kicked without remorse,” Rubongoya said.
The NUP Secretary General also expressed his disappointment in Ugandans who think the struggle is for NUP only. He stated that the struggle is for everyone as a Ugandan not National Unity Platform.
“This is a struggle for all oppressed people and I hope the journalists will find their place in the cause to change our country for the better.”
The journalists police battered were on job covering a demonstration. The people of Wakiso district in Kayunga were demonstrating over electricity blackouts. These had gone on for two weeks, the police dispersed them by battering and this is how journalists got caught up.
The journalists who fell victim to this were; Amin Kayanja of salt TV and Teddy Nakaliga of NTV and Spark Tv. As if beating them was not enough, authorities also destroyed their equipment. Cameras, mobile phones among others.
There are multiple counts of journalists facing it rough with the armed forces in Uganda. The violence against journalists this time looks intentional. Recently, a ranking left Uganda at 125 in the world when it comes to press freedom.
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