The IFJ Strongly Condemns the Police Violence Inflicted Upon Two Journalists in Uganda

The International

Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today strongly condemns the harassment inflicted

upon a photojournalist and a television reporter in Uganda on 4 October 2012.

“We are deeply concerned about the systematic

crackdown on journalists in Uganda. We condemn this violence and call on

authorities to investigate the case. We will never stop advocating and

defending the rights of journalists to conduct their work safely and freely”,

said Gabriel Baglo, IFJ Africa Director. 


According to news reports and independent

sources like the Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda)

freelance photojournalist Isaac Kasimani from the Agence France Press and the

private Daily Monitor newspaper and his colleague William Ntege, better known

as Kyuma Kya Yesu from the Wavah Broadcasting Service (WBS) were subjected to

police force on October 4.


Kasimani told IFJ

sources that the was slapped by a policeman while another pushed him downstairs

when he refused to end his conversation with the leader of the opposition Forum

for Democratic Change (FDC), Dr Kiiza Besigye. Kasimani’s camera was destroyed

in the process and he cannot lay a complaint against the police as the faces of

the policemen were covered.

“The growing threat to the safety of journalists

and media workers has become a major concern for IFJ. We pledge to the

government of Uganda to put an end to the situation,” Baglo added.


For more information, please contact IFJ on +221- 33

867 95 87


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