Uganda police named the most violator of media rights for the 10th time in a row

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By Ronald Kabuye

Uganda Police Force has for the 10th consistent time been named the most violator of media freedom by the Human Rights Network for Journalists Uganda HRNJ-UGANDA.

In the report titled ‘IMPUNITY: A cry for media freedom ”  released by HRNJ in Kampala today out of the 163 cases of violations and abuses meted against media in 2018, Police was responsible for 87 cases, followed by the army with 28, unknowns 17, community 15, Residents District commissioner’s 9 cases and others ( UCC, local leaders, media owners and journalists) 10 cases.

The report indicates that television journalists had their rights violated the most followed by print, radio and online.

While reading out the report, Robert Ssempala the executive director of HRNJ said the violence against journalists increased by 50 cases a clear indication that impunity especially among security organs, RDCs and Uganda Communications Commission persisted.

He recommended among others to have errant officers transparently and publicly tried before competent courts of law , parliament to make a review in the UCC act and UCC tribunal instituted before urging journalists to also conduct themselves professionally.

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