UPDF soldiers turn journalists into punching bags again

UPDF soldiers turn journalists into punching bags again

Two journalists were assaulted yesterday by Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) soldiers while covering a protest against the power blackout for over two weeks in Kayunga, Wakiso district.

NTV and Spark TV’s Teddy Nakaliga and Salt TV’s Amon Kayanja were the unfortunate victims of the polices’ manhandling yesterday.

Aside from the injuries that the journalists suffered, their equipment was unfortunately destroyed which includes phones, cameras, records and others that were completely destroyed.

This questions the promise by the police and army to protect the media and limit on further brutalization against the fourth estate especially those who are usually in the field.

A similar incident occurred last week as NTV’s Enock Matovu was molested last Thursday by UPDF soldiers which landed him in Mityana Hospital. Although the Resident District Commission Herman Sentogo and Mityana District Police Commander Martin Okoyo promised to look into the matter, no Communication whatsoever has been made so far.

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Journalists have been violated on multiple occasions and this is not the first time, however, one of the abused journalists was pregnant hence we hope that a further step shall be taken while trying to hand this challenge.

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