Journalists in uganda protest
06 August 2015, 17:16
- Journalists in Uganda protest against mistreatment over prime minister
Amama Mbabazi's message.
Journalists in Uganda have protested against mistreatment of their fellow
journalist who published a congratulatory message of former prime minster Amama
Mbabazi who has declared that he is going to stand against president
Museveni in 2016 elections.
The Managing Director of Eshato Publications Limited, Pison Mugizi was
reportedly arrested and later ordered to delete former prime minister
Amama Mbabazi's congratulatory message from a consecration magazine of the
new Bishop of the North Ankole Diocese, Nathan Namanya.
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The order was issued at a meeting convened by the Diocesan Secretary of North
Ankole Diocese, Canon Patrick Tinka, and was attended by
another official said to be a State House operative, who was introduced
Last Sunday, Mugizi a resident of Bushenyi district and his colleague, Robert
Bingana of Ibanda district were arrested, while supervising the sale of the
Magazines at the consecration venue at Rushere in Kiruhura district,where
President Yoweri Museveni was the Chief Guest.
He was detained at Kiruhura Police station, for several hours and later
released without any charge preferred against him while copies of the Magazine
Sources said that Eshato Publications Ltd. was told to print over 150 new
copies of the magazine without Mbabazi’s congratulatory message. The company
was also asked to apologize to the diocese for having incorporated
the message in the magazine.
The Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda National Coordinator,Robert
Ssempala said,''That is violation of freedom of expression and the media. ''
Ssempala stressed that media should be allowed to operate freely even where
there dissenting views and opinions.
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