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Uganda Journalists Association (UJA), the body that brings together journalists in Uganda has condemned the brutality by security personnel against journalists covering Opposition political activities on Wednesday.

The body says it is “deeply dismayed with the growing acts of violence and brutality occasioned on journalists” covering the opposition Presidential candidates as witnessed on Wednesday in different parts of the country.

“It is so saddening that the Security Personnel have turned to harassing Journalists as now their main targets while in line of duty. We feel that those violations do not only cast the Security Agencies in bad light but are also being illegal, which should not go unchecked,” a statement by UJA adds.

Victims who are cited include Asharaf Kasirye a freelance journalist who was brutally arrested and his eyes littered with pepper spray by security personnel during coverage of National Unity Platform (NUP) Presidential Candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu in Luuka District.

Kasirye is said to be in critical condition at the health facility where he was admitted after the incident.

Other victims are Sam Balikowa of City Fm and Nile TV in Jinja and
Tonny Lule (Vision Group) who for a week, has been in detention at the SIU in Kireka over allegations of cyber harassment against the first family.

UJA has also demanded that Security Personnel that have engaged into violation of Journalists and other citizens’ rights be individually brought to book urgently.

source: softpower