IFJ Condemns Brutal Murder of Another Journalist in Uganda

The   International Federation of Journalists

(IFJ) today vehemently condemned the  

brutal murder of Prime Radio anchorman, Dickson Ssentongo, who was

severely beaten by unknown assailants and abandoned to die in a cassava

plantation in Mukono District some 35 km from the capital Kampala on Monday, 13

September, 2010.

"We are

appalled by this vicious killing coming days only after we lost another Ugandan

colleague to violence," said Gabriel Baglo, Director of the IFJ Africa

Office. "The killing of Dickson Ssentongo signals a serious deterioration

of the security of journalists and the Ugandan Government must reassure

journalists and the public in general that the perpetrators of this heinous crime

will be apprehended and brought to justice very quickly".

According to

information received from the Ugandan Journalists Union (UJU), an IFJ

affiliate, Dickson Ssentongo was ambushed while on his way to work at Prime

Radio, where he read the 7am news bulletin in Luganda.  He was severely beaten and left in a pool of

blood. He later died at the Mulago Hospital where he had been rushed for

treatment. "Ssentongo was specifically targeted for murder, as all his

personal possessions including mobile phones were untouched by the

assailants," said the UJU in a statement.

The IFJ calls

on the Ugandan Government to leave no stone unturned in investigating this

matter and ensuring that the culprits are brought to justice.

"Unpunished

crimes breed impunity and impunity signifies a disregard for good governance

and the rule of law," added Baglo.

The IFJ also

called on civil society organisations in Ugandan to mobilise and denounce

violence against journalists by enemies of democracy and a progressive society.

For more information contact the IFJ at +221 33 867 95 87

The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 125 countries worldwide