Museveni turns his guns against the Media and Journalists.

Anatoli Luswata shows injuries from a police beating and Gideon Tugume, capital Radio reporter with aplastered leg after he was shot by police in kampla.

President Museveni ‘s now   targeting critical journalists, civil society activists and opposition political leaders with arbitrary arrest, intimidation, threats charging them with politically motivated criminal charges, this comes after his government losing  legitimacy and  failing  to  solve peoples problems, Museveni’s government so desperate that it has now turned its anger on the Media to clamp it down the mouth piece of the voiceless  , this is being done deliberately to undermine  people ‘s struggle for political change  and to keep Ugandans ignorant and poor.

As a desperate leader with no solution he has now introduced repressive laws  to create an intimidating environment, so that weak media houses and journalist can start  self-censorship, all  this comes after his continued failure to a bind by the principles of democracy, good governance, accountability  and the rule of law that Ugandans are now demanding for we Ugandans respect the media as it has been found of holding  the Executive to account  and inform the citizens about the government’s inadequacies, on a daily basis it’s even our voice for the voice less. Ugandans have a right to information and freedom of expression .

President Museveni should leave every Ugandan to do his job  let him leave the media to do their work without government intervention as he has been found of demanding religious leaders not to intervene in politics, President Museveni has turned Uganda into unsafe haven for journalists as   media houses critical of the government are now at risk of being beaten and attacked or shot dead by police , state security agents.

Since last year, Several  journalists have been arrested others spent nights in  prison and later released without charges, some of these acts  are done by  secret security agents like  special forces protecting the first family that arrest , torture them  and then hand them over to various police posts in the country.

On several occasions, government security agents have also been found of confiscating  journalists’ tools and assaulting them while they’re performing their work. All this  comes after president Museveni not being happy with  journalists that have on several occasions  tried to expose President Museveni ‘s  human rights abuses, covering issues relating to his abetted corruption, he has  labeled   journalist as  enemies of the state  indirectly ordering his security agents to unleash their wrath.

of recent a Journalists and director of the Mupaghasya community    Amon Thembo Wa’Mupaghasya,  was shot dead as he retired to his home in Kyogha Village in Bwera Sub-county  Kasese District, up to now Museveni’s government has never brought  the assailants  to book and face justice for  this murder.

The failure of government to prosecute these killers shows that Uganda is one of the most dangerous place for journalist and human rights activists to work in, due to continued criticisms of Museveni’s government   powerful people working in Museveni’s government wish Human rights activists and journalists dead or imprisoned.

Mr Perez Rumanzi a journalist attached to Daily Monitor while in Ntungamo on duty was also  arrested by special forces protecting president Museveni and his family, he was put in police jail  where he spent two nights without charge  after he was handed over to police where he was repeatedly harassed and threatened.

The Uganda Human Rights Commission 14th Annual Report 2011, shows that there has been an increased attack on the media from 38 in 2009, 58{2010} to 107(2011).

In order to muzzle journalists and deny Ugandans access to information president Museveni’s has proposed changes to the Press and Journalist Act of 1995, to include the prohibition of the publication of information injurious to national security and to the economy, among others.

Not only that Museveni’s  government has also tabled The Uganda Communications Regulatory Authority Bill, 2012 that seeks to regulate broadcasting and telecommunications, that  could be used unfairly  to switch off some broadcast stations as it was the case with the Central broadcasting station CBS that was  switch off and its license  revoked as it used to criticize Museveni.

This forced some media houses to lay-off objective journalists and replace them with less critical ones Disc joker (Djs) just to entertain, This bill  also proposes giving the Minister for Information powers to appoint 6 of the 12 members of the Media Council, which council would then be registering and licensing newspapers on annual basis.

Museveni should know that what his government is doing is against the spirit of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) to which Uganda is a signatory since it is denying many citizens information and Article 9(1) of the ACHPR provides that every individual should have a right to receive information so Museveni should respect people’s rights including freedom of expression and the press.

Also any moves to infringe on the freedom of the media are against provisions of the 1995 Constitution. Article 29(1) of the Constitution states: “Every person shall have the right to (a) freedom of speech and expression which shall include freedom of the press and other media

Some journalist are finding it hard to operate in Uganda with the state  now using a number of new tactics to silence them, some media houses in the country    as a result    have succumbed   to pressure from the State and  now no longer report on critical issues affecting the country.

As a concerned citizen I would like to remind Museveni that human rights and journalistic work is instrumental to promoting respect for civil and political rights and strengthening civil society. Human rights defenders in Uganda have a right to carry out their activities without any unfair restrictions or fear of reprisals, as set out in the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.

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