As the world comes together to mark the World Press Freedom Day, the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative-FHRI has kicked off investigations into an attack on two journalists by the military in Wakiso district. The incident happened last week on Wednesday.
The duo, Amon Kayanja of Salt Media and Teddy Nakaliga a reporter from Spark TV was attacked by military personnel who beat them up while covering protests by residents of Kayunga trading center in Wakiso town council over the prolonged power outage in their area.
According to John Bosco Tembo a research associate at the Foundation of Human Rights Initiative, who recently met the assaulted victims to document their ordeal, the organization’s intervention follows the cry for help from the journalism fraternity to get justice for their colleagues.
The Organization has so far registered over 20 cases of assault involving journalists in the course of their work.
One of the victims of the assault, Amon Kayanja, says that nobody from security has engaged them since they were attacked on Wednesday. He adds that they communicated to the UPDF spokesperson, Brig Flavia Byekwaso on their plight but has worked out yet.
Teddy Nakaliga also noted that no one from security has approached her concerning what happened, adding that even police declined to enter their case not until human rights activists intervened.