UJA to launch safety fund for victimized journalists on press freedoms day

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By Mukose Arnold Anthony
The Uganda journalists association a mother body units all journalists has organised a charity walk from Jinja high court to the infamous Nalufenya police station on the world press freedom day 3rd June aimed at fundraising and launching funds to cater for media victims of police torture and other professional hazzards.

In a statement released by the outgoing association leaders signed by the Secretary general Mr. Bayola Moses and Mukisa Daniel the organising secretary, IGP Martin Okoth Ochola will be the distinguished chief  walker and the lead fundraiser together with the entire police. This is done as some of the efforts to create a cordial relationship between the two organisations media and journalists which has deteriorated as seen the recent journalists boycotting police.

This Jinja high court/Nalufenya walk comes in a time when the torture facility has just been closed and as a sign of jubilation, the media fraternity decided to commemorate their freedom day at the facility.

The Uganda’s day theme Rekindling cordial working relationship between the media and the police.

In a letter received by the Uganda police UJA wants to use this day to work as an end to police pain inflicted to the media.

“This year’s world press freedom should serve as an occassion to welcome your appointment as Inspector general of police, and for the police and the media to remind each other other of the past violations of press freedoms in accordance with the mentioned theme” The letter reads.

“The UJA safety fund is a historic initiative which will provide support for journalists targeted, victimised as a direct result of their journalistic work for instance a journalist who has been killed or rendered otherwise incapable of sustaining h/her family while on duty, a journalist who urgently needs legal or medical assistance among other matters” The letter emphasises.

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