- Beaten Journalist hopes to get justice
- Oguzu still has two of his teeth to be fixed
- Two of the Vision Group Journalists assaulted recently
Arua- Human Rights Network for Journalists Uganda has taken over the case of Arua One FM Journalist who was beaten recently in Arua district.
The Journalist, Oguzu Ronald, was beaten by angry mob as he went to cover a land wrangle in Vurra Sub-county. In the process, Oguzu lost four of his teeth and sustained some injuries. But the management of Vision Group, that owns Arua One Fm, has been footing the bills to have artificial teeth fixed.
Today, the Legal Officer HRNJ-Uganda, Ivan, recorded statements from the Oguzu and some witnesses as a process to institute a case against the perpetrators of the violent act against the Journalist. “If we can have at least two of the perpetrators arrested. We shall ensure that justice is done though there has been a bit of delay. We believe with cooperation of the police the matter will be handled to its logical conclusion,” he said.
Oguzu said: “As I carried on with my work of recording some of the people, a group of men pounced on me beating me all over. In the process, I lost four of my teeth. I went unconscious and did not remember those who rescued me from the brutality,” he said.
Top: HRNJ-U Legal Officer, Ivan Mpaata, recording statement from a witness (M) while Candia translates. Photos by Felix
So far two of his teeth have been replaced. The two are yet waiting to be fixed.
He added: “I am grateful that the management of Arua One is treating me and now when a case is opened by HRNJ-U I hope to get justice because the perpetrators should not be left scot free because I might not be the last journalist to be beaten.”
The organization is also handling cases of Amacha Goli, a Freelance Journalist based in Adjumani who was sued by the former Resident District Commissioner for alleged defamation. The case is coming up for hearing again this month.
The media platform in the region is getting sour as the locals take advantage of the armless journalists to cause injuries to them. Recently, John Unzima, a Journalist with New Vision and Arua One Fm was also beaten by mob in Adjumani district as he covered a riot. During the riot, three people were killed.
The West Nile Press Association Chairman, Clement Aluma, condemned the continued acts of violence against journalists, saying it compromises the efforts to attain press freedom in the country.