Videos of military men chasing after crowds that included journalists made rounds on Twitter. However, in their defense, the military said journalists should come with more identifiable attire in the field.
“UPDF regrets that some journalists were injured as security carried out its duties. We maintain and will always respect our relationship with the media fraternity. UPDF further advises journalists on duty to always wear easily identifiable press jackets.” Brig Gen Flavia Byekwaso wrote.
Isn’t this the highest form of foolery? Journalists always move with their IDs, especially when going to cover opposition stories. There is also a video showing a military person opening a media car just to beat a journalist. Are they saying they didn’t know that it belonged to a media house? Does this mean that those who are not journalists qualify for such beatings?
Obviously, as usual, we are certain the military will do nothing about this apart from a simple sorry. Isn’t it time to take action, for example identifying and arresting those who beat up the journalists? That would be more satisfying.
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