House calls for probe into harassment of journalists by security forces

A journalist bleeding after being beaten by military police
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KAMPALA – Parliament has ordered an investigation into the battering of journalists by Police and other security operatives.

Several journalists sustained serious injuries on Wednesday after being clobbered by Military Police as they covered Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine, as he delivered his petition to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) offices in Kololo, Kampala.

The most affected were NTV’s Geoffrey Twesigye, Irene Abalo of Daily Monitor, Shamim Nabakooza of Record TV, John Cliff Wamala of NTV and Timothy Murungi of New Vision. Others are Rashida Nakaayi of Galaxy FM, Josephine Namakumbi of NBS, Henry Sekanjako of New Vision, Joseph Sabiti of NBS and Thomas Kitimbo of NBS TV.

The matter was raised in Parliament by Kira Municipality Member of Parliament, Ibrahim Ssemujju who expressed concern about the way journalists were handled by security officers.

“Can we get an explanation why the security officers decided to hit the journalists who were doing their work?’ he said.

Since the Minister of internal affairs Gen Jeje Odongo was not in the House, the speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga tasked the Parliament Human Rights Committee to investigate the matter and report back to the House.

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