By Jumah Kakomo
Following the continuous short listing of Uganda police force as the leading state security agency involved in human rights violations by various organisations, police has today unveiled a new already ongoing programme of training police officers at all levels to ensure the preservation and protection of media and human rights.
This has been disclosed by Owoyesigyire Luke, Kampala metropolitan police publicist during a media symposium spearheaded by “human rights network for journalists Uganda” (HRNJ-U), with intent to share-out views over violation of media rights specifically by police as the leading state security agency of media rights violation.
In his speech Owoyesigyire, conceded that police violates media rights due to incompetency of some police officers thus the currently sensitization and training of all police officers on a daily basis across the country on how to handle media while executing their work to consolidate a strong rapport between the two parties, and ensuring media freedom.
Meanwhile, Robert Ssempala national coordinator human rights network for journalists –Uganda says police sometimes deny access to journalists to get information, and arrest them without genuine reasons thus appealing to judiciary, prisons to execute their work transparently to promote and protect media and human rights.