Journalists charged with criminal trespass, released on bond
Mayuge, 23rd/February/2017; Two journalists, Dean Lubowa Saava and Fidel Arinaitwe, were on 23rd February 2017, arrested by Special Forces Command Unit for photographing the home of the head of the Shia Community in Uganda.
The duo, from an Investigative media company Tazan Concept, were handed to police in Mayuge and charged with criminal trespass. They were released on police bond and ordered to report back on Saturday 25th February 2017.
The head of the Shia Community, Omar Bongo Patur, is also the LCV chairperson ofMayuge district. The journalists told HRNJ-Uganda in an interview that they were following up a story of an alleged fraud by Omar Bongo Patur, who is accused by some family members of forging documents to become heir of his late father Sheikh Doctur Kadir Muwaya who was killed on 25th December 2014.
"We decided to go to Mayuge to get Bongo's side of the story, we found guards from the Special Forces Command who called Bongo, we spoke to him using the guard's phone and he explained to us that he was not available", Dean Lubowa Saava told HRNJ-Uganda.
On their way back, they took some pictures which prompted SFC guard, Jackson to intercept them. "He ordered us to delete the photos but we refused. We had an exchange with him that attracted the attention of local people who thought we were dangerous and wanted to lynch us. We were saved by the village local leader Bashir Kamiri," the journalists said.
The SFC officers later handed them to police where they were charged with criminal trespass. The Officer in Charge of Criminal Investigations (OC CID), Mayuge Police Station, Nasser Mulimira told HRNJ-Uganda that, "the journalists were apprehended and brought to the police station, we managed the situation and the journalists were released on bond, they are coming back on Saturday and we hope the whole matter will be resolved on that day."
The police should disregard the tramped up charges against journalists on the line of duty. We commend to local council chairman who made efforts to save the journalists from mob injustice that was looming on them. We are sure to stand with the journalists against such charges" Said the HRNJ-Uganda National Coordinator, Robert Ssempala.
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Liberty and Peace NOW! Human Rights Reporters :: Medienprojekt Menschenrechts-Reporter :: Edition 2008, No. 1, Human Rights, abuses and violations of Human Rights, international understanding, 272 pages, author: Andreas Klamm, Journalist, publishing house/publishing center: Books on Demand Gmbh; Edition 1 (October 2008), Language: English / German, bi-lingual, ISBN-10: 3837072436 , ISBN-13: 978-3837072433
British Newsflash Magazine :: Magazin-Buch: Edition 2008, No. 1, Themen und Berichte aus Politik, Soziales und Gesellschaft, Issues from politics, social affairs and society, 200 pages, author: Andreas Klamm, Journalist, publishing house / publishing centre: Books on Demand Gmbh; Edition 1 (June 2008), Language: German with some articles in the English language ISBN-10: 3837046001, ISBN-13: 978-3837046007
Die Kinder der John Baptist Mission in Togo: Mission und Hilfe für Kinder, (The children of the John Baptist Mission in Togo: Mission and help for children), 200 pages, author: Andreas Klamm, Journalist, publishing house / publishing centre: Books on Demand Gmbh; Edition: 1 (August 2008), Language: German with articles by co-authors in the French and English language, ISBN-10: 3837057623, ISBN-13: 978-3837057621
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