The Chairperson of the Uganda Human Rights Commission, Mariam Wangadya, has asked journalists who were assaulted on Thursday when covering the arrival of National Unity Platform-NUP leader Robert Kyagulanyi, to file complaints with the commission.
While addressing journalists at the Jinja Regional Human Rights Office in Jinja City last evening, Wangadya said that journalists should freely register complaints of human rights violations and the commission will carry out investigations.
According to the Human Rights Network for Journalists, more than 14 journalists were arrested and a number of others beaten, and their gadgets including phones and cameras confiscated in a military-led operation at Katabi along Entebbe Road and Mpererwe in Kampala.
The journalists include, Joseph Balikuddembe (CBS), Julius Kitone (NBS TV), Isano Francis (NBS TV), Jjengo Eria (Baba TV), Yiga Nasser (Baba TV), Musana Robert (Nexus Media), Richard Olwenyi (NBS TV) among others.
Wangadya says that she has yet to get a detailed report of what transpired. Ms. Wangadya speaking…..
The Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Patrick Onyango said that journalists did not have identification and the security personnel thought that they were part of the NUP supporters. END.