IFJ Denounces The Detention Incommunicado of a Radio Journalist in Uganda


International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today condemned the arrest and incommunicado detentionof a radio journalist in Uganda. According to Uganda

Journalists Union (UJU), journalist James Kasirivu of Endigito Radio station was arrested by plain clothed

security personnel on 8 May, and detained incommunicado without any charges

against him.


The radio station is based

in the town of Mbarara in western Uganda. UJU said no clear reasons have been

given for his arrest. Relatives and friends who tried to see him were turned

away. Journalist Kasirivu runs a popular talk-show program called “world



“We condemn this flagrant violation of

the rights of James Kasirivu and call on the authorities to clearly state the

reasons in relation with his arrest or release him immediately and

unconditionally,” said Gabriel Baglo, IFJ Africa



UJU considers

the arrest as a climax of orchestrated efforts and threats by local security

operatives to clamp down on the

journalist whom they accuse of giving a platform to opposition groups or people with divergent views to

criticize the government. His talk show has been shut down before after

receiving numerous threats from the Uganda Communication Commission (UCC).

For more

information, please contact IFJ on + 221 33 867 95 86/87

The IFJ represents more than

600.000 journalists in 134 countries