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Journalists in uganda protest

06 August 2015, 17:16 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - 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 as‘Chairman.’ 

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 were confiscated.

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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