- Police brutality against journalists infringes on the press freedom and stifles efforts to achieve it
- Ugandan police has for several years topped the table of being first human rights violators in the country
- The various Journalist’s Associations across the country have condemned the manner in which the police is acting with impunity and disrespecting the constitution
Kampala-Ugandan Journalists under the umbrella body that fight for their rights have agreed to boycott all activities of the police over brutality.
In a statement by Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-U), it stated that: “We are contemplating to take major steps against on going infringement of media freedoms by the police among which is a peaceful boycott of all police events.”
The move is in response to continued violation of their rights particularly in relation to denial of access to news scenes by police and its affiliated agencies.
The statement continued: “Many journalists were denied access to the premises of the police court where it was due to issue judgment against it’s officer Muhammed Kirumira the former DPC of Buyende police station.”
A number of the journalists were assaulted at the venue by the guarding officers.
This act by police and its officers is a continued pattern that has persisted and is an infringement of freedom of expression and information that is guaranteed in the constitution.
The right’s body says that: “While several options for addressing gross attacks by the police on journalists are being explored, we find an all encompassing boycott of police activities will contribute to a self reflection on the part of the police and will afford journalists with the due respect and uphold their constitutional rights.”