The Executive Director of Human Rights Network for Journalists (HRNJ), Robert Sempala said that Ochola’s statement led to an increase in cases against journalists. Sempala told Members of Parliament on the Human Rights Committee that they registered 174 cases of human rights violations against journalists during the electoral process.
The Human Rights Network of Journalists wants the Inspector General
of Police Ochola to be held accountable for his statements on beating
January, Ochola said that security agencies will continue beating journalists
purposely to deter them from going where there is danger.
who was speaking at the Joint election security and preparedness briefing said
he was unapologetic that journalists had been beaten during their line of duty.
to Ochola, journalists often refuse to follow guidance by security forces, a
reason they end up being beaten purposely for their safety.
Media organisations and bodies asked Ochola to withdraw statements
he made against journalists.
The Executive Director of Human Rights Network for
Journalists (HRNJ), Robert Sempala said that Ochola’s statement led to an
increase in cases against journalists. Sempala told Members of Parliament on the
Human Rights Committee that they registered 174 cases of human rights
violations against journalists during the electoral process. He said that this
were an increase from 163 and 165 in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
He says that most of the cases were of security personnel beating
journalists and assaulting, while 29 journalists were arrested in total.
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He called for security personnel to be trained on how the
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Some of the Journalists who were assaulted appeared before the committee
and asked for compensation for all the items that were destroyed by security
Derrick Wandera, a reporter with Daily monitor, said that there is
a need to compensate several journalists who faced the wrath of security
personnel during the elections.
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Moses Waiswa from Busoga One FM told the committee that he
was beaten by security personnel during the campaigns. He says that he sought
treatment from different health facilities that charged him exorbitantly.
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The committee promised to probe the matter and report to
Violent attacks against journalists were common during the
campaigns. Several journalists especially those who covered the campaign trail
of opposition presidential candidates suffered grave bodily injuries as a
result of attacks by security personnel.