Kenyan editors condemn attacks as Uganda promises action against officers
SEE ALSO :Why Christmas may be bad for your heartStatement reads: “These journalists have suffered untold abuse, and have undoubtedly been left with physical and psychological injuries. They were beaten, and tortured for no other crime than covering the elections and attendant events, including the protests.” The union has delinked the journalists from the affairs of the country stating that the journalists only had the intention of doing their work professionally. It has stated the action of the Ugandan army is a blatant attempt to muzzle the media and deny Ugandans and the world access to information, especially regarding flaring tensions in the country. Amidst tension and running battles and now brutality meted on the journalists, the union is now calling on the international community to find a solution for Uganda. It describes the situation as a threat to democracy. It states: “The Uganda government must cease attacks and harassment of journalists, and the East Africa Community, the African Union, the United Nations and other friends of democracy have a duty to help underwrite freedom of expression for the people of Uganda.” This development comes in the wake of a rare apology from Uganda’s army. British media reported that the army leadership has lamented the actions of soldiers and termed them ‘unprofessional.’ That action will be taken against those who attacked the journalists.
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