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Politicians, Police Cited as Leading Abusers of Journalists

Among cases reported to Human Rights Commission at Gulu Rrgioal Office was physical assaults on Journalists, intimidation and confiscation of gadgets, while some radio stations were actually switched off by the state actors and other key radio programs faced a long-term Suspension of Open Broadcasting.
Lira Resident City Commissioner Lawrence Egole cited politicians and police as leading perpatrators of human rights abuses. (Photo by Solomon Okabo)

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Lango Sub region has continued to register high cases of abuse of human rights especially the rights of journalists.

A report by the Uganda Human Rights Commission indicates that over 100 cases of violation of human rights were registered in both Lango and Acholi within a period of eight months.

Among cases reported to Human Rights Commission at Gulu Rrgioal Office was  physical assaults on Journalists, intimidation and confiscation of gadgets, while some radio stations were actually switched off by the state actors and other key radio programs faced a long-term Suspension of Open Broadcasting.

Nicholas Ogwang, the Regional Hunan Rights Officer attached to Gulu says the Uganda Human Rights Commission documented about 100 cases of Human Rights abuses in the North since January last year up to date;   however the commission managed to settle 37 of the cases.

Ogwang told a one day Resident Capacity Building Training of the Journalists in Lango at Margareta Palace Hotel in Lira City that attracted over 40 journalists in Lango under the Theme “Enhancing Professional while protecting the rights of journalists and holding violators of rights of journalists accountable”. that to play watchdog roles in order to defend their rights as well as the rights of the marginalized members of the communities.

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Meanwhile, Lawrence Egole, the Lira Resident City Commissioner accuses police and some politicians in Lango of violating the rights of journalists.

He said the media has suffered in the hands of security operatives who beat them up, and ironically attest them especially during the coronavirus lockdown period, pledging to take actions on the errant officers.

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Patrick Ebong, a senior journalist with the Daily Monitor cautioned media practitioners against publishing unverified information but comply with the best journalist principles. Similarly, Boniface Odongo, the Lira based New Vision Journalist asked journalists to follow the truth, accuracy and balance as core journalistic principles while doing their job.

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Fionah Opoka, the Human Rights Regional Officer in charge Lango asked the public to always report the perpetrators of Human Rights abuses for stern actions.

According to Opoka, those in Lango can now report cases on Toll free line 0800-144-208 or walk in to Lira Regional  Human Rights Offices in Lira City on Plot 25 on Bus Otyieno Road in Junior Quarters in Lira City West division. 

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