Members of the Acholi Parliamentary Group (APG) have
condemned the repeated brutality against media practitioners by state agencies
and security personnel.
The MPs say that journalists and media practitioners are key
in sharing information, awareness creation and speaking for the voiceless,
something which makes them key in decision making and development of a country.
The MPs on Sunday played a friendly football match with
journalists in Northern Uganda under the Northern Uganda Media Club (NUMEC) in
preparation ahead of the World Press Freedom Day 2021 today as well as cementing
relationships and cooperation between the two actors.
The match which was played at Pece War Memorial Stadium in
Gulu City ended 2-1 in favor of the journalists.
The Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LOP) Betty Aol Ocan
said that the rights of journalists and media freedom should be upheld in the
country instead of being infringed on by state actors.
She explained that much as the constitution recognizes the
operation of journalists in the country, it has equally kept mute on many
unbecoming issues that are affecting the good working environment for the
She stated among others, beating of journalists while
executing their official duties, lack of support, destruction of their
equipment as well as gagging media freedom and access to information.
Aol attributed the statement to the battering of journalists
by security agencies right from this year`s general election campaign,
elections and the aftermath of elections.
Phillips Polly Okin Ojara, the Chairperson Acholi
Parliamentary Group (APG) equally raised concerns over the repeated
brutalization of media practitioners being witnessed in the country yet nothing
much is done to bring the perpetrators to book.
He also condemned some MPs who were faulted for meting
brutality against journalists who were executing their lawful duties.
Okin pledged support and demand for speedy investigations
through the floor into matters regarding brutality against journalists.
Gilbert Olanya, the APG Secretary tasked other members of
parliament to spearhead the campaign aimed at creating good working
environments to the media.
Catherine Lamwaka, the Omoro district woman member of
parliament also asked the media practitioners to focus on developmental issues
while performing their work.
On the other hand, Simon Wokorach the Male Mp-elect for Aswa
County urged both security agencies and all persons to respect the rights of
journalists in order for a just and fair world.
Charles Akena, the Administrator NUMEC also asked security
forces, journalists, politicians, members of the public and all stakeholders to
coexist in order to promote democracy.
Today the world commemorates the World Freedom Day under the
theme; ‘’Information as a Public Good.’’ The world is celebrated on every 3rd
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