Journalists have faced a lot of brutality lately especially in this political season. Many have gone away with injuries from the police brutality especially in the face of riots. Just a few days ago, police badly injured some journalists to the point of hospitalization. For example a one Ashraf Kasirye, reporter of Ghetto TV was injured to the point of going to ICU.
When all this is happening and going on, who is speaking for the journalists. What is the use of Uganda Journalists Association and all the human rights organizations? At this point if no organization comes up to defend journalists, the forth estate is indeed in trouble. This is the time when organizations don’t just have to be vocal but also intentional in their actions.
At such a time, if no journalism association is speaking up and acting, then it means something else has to be done. It means new active organizations have to come up. Otherwise the young generation of journalists will fear to report. No one wants to work in a place where there is no assurance of protection when something goes wrong.
What the police is doing;
Meanwhile the police said these cases are all under investigation. They want to know what really happened for these journalists. A one Daniel Lutaaya of NBS is still on crutches.
“Our Media crimes department has taken interest in the matter and opened a case file to investigate the circumstances. We do appreciate the critical role journalists play while covering the campaigns and pledge better protection cover so as to remain safe while documenting violent confrontations,” Fred Enanga said.
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