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Brutality Against Journalists In Uganda

Kampala, Mar 1 (Prensa Latina) The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) has condemned the manner in which police is behaving and meting out brutality on citizens especially journalists.
Addressing journalists in regards to the current state of affairs in regards to human rights in the country, a UHRC commissioner said that despite repeated calls for respect of the rights and freedoms of journalists, police has continued to violate rights of the members of the fourth estate.

'The high handedness by police is regrettable. They are acting like terrorists. The actions of the few bad officers are covering up the good deeds of the many officers in the police force.'

Stephen Basaliza, the acting chairperson for UHRC also cited the arrest of Top Radio journalist Richard Kasule also known as Omugagga Kamagu before being detained for a couple of days at Wandegeya police station as a violation of the right to liberty for journalists.

Kamagu was later slapped with charges related to publication of false news while on his Simbula morning show on the Bwaise based radio.

The acting UHRC chairperson said the act of arresting Kamagu was depriving the journalist of his right to personal liberty as enshrined in the Constitution.

Police however on Thursday said they had not assaulted any journalist who turned up at Naguru to cover the trial of Buyende DPC Muhammad Kirumira.

The Uganda Human Rights Commission also questioned the increased reports of lawlessness and acts of crime that have also been characterised by attacks on police officers and stations in various parts of the country.

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