The Federation of African Journalists (FAJ), the
African regional organization of the International Federation of Journalists
(IFJ), expresses its abhorrence of the bomb attacks in Kampala, Uganda,
last night, in which more than 60 people were killed, including Vision Voice
journalist Stephen Tinka.
FAJ President, Omar Faruk Osman, strongly condemned
these barbaric attacks in the Ugandan capital and conveyed his condolences to the
family of late journalist Stephen Tinka, the members of the Ugandan Journalists
Union, as well as to other victims and their families who have been tragically
affected by these attacks.
The first bomb went off in Ethiopian
Village in Kabalaga during the
half-time of the World Cup final between Spain
The other two went off at the Kyadondo Rugby Club in Nakawa at 11:18pm - one
after the other in close succession. Ugandan authorities suspect that the
Al Shabaab militants from Somalia
may be behind these attacks.
According to Uganda Journalists Union (UJU), FAJ
affiliate, Late Stephen Tinka, who used to present a night programme between
the shifts and was presenting a Saturday morning magazine show from 7am-10am,
died in the morning of July 12 of wounds sustained during the blasts, after
spending the night in a critical condition.
"We extend our solidarity to Ugandan journalists
and other media workers and their families and wish them strength to overcome
the effects of these outrageous and criminal acts," Omar Faruk added.
"Innocent people have fallen victim to these attacks by those who have no
respect for human life."
According to a report by the New Vision newspaper, witnesses said the two bombs exploded right
in front of the giant screen relaying a live broadcast from South Africa of about the 2010 World Cup final
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