H.T.P HUMAN RIGHTS DEPARTMENT STATEMENT ON UGANDA MEDIA SHUT DOWN.
On 20th May 2013 the Government of Uganda through its security operatives heavily deployed besieged and intruded premises of two Uganda leading News Papers i.e. Daily Monitor on plot 29-35, 8th Street Industrial Area and Red pepper in Namanve, Jinja Rd. The heavily armed men disabled the printing press, computer servers and radio transmission equipment for KFM & Dembe Fm radio stations owned by Daily Monitor a member of Nation’s Group.
At The Red pepper they consequently disabled the printing press, whereas they claimed that they were searching for a dossier that has been in circulation in almost all media publications, they remain shutting down the Red pepper even after they had been given the document.
The said document purports a plot that UPDF General David Tinyefunza (aka Sejusa) seeks inquiry into through a letter to Internal Security Service of the alleged assassination plot.
H.T.P through its Human Rights Department heavily condemns the act by Uganda Government to suppress the free media. This is an attack and rape of freedom of Speech and expression through the media which Uganda is mandatory and signatory to the UN Charter of Human Rights. As a result of this business is on stand still hence creating heavy losses and damage to both media owners, staff, vendors, students and the public (consumers).
The government of Uganda must know that such continuous moves could incite the masses into violence which will destabilize and jeopardize the peace and security of the region.
We call upon the international community and Human Rights organizations as well as defenders to criticize such acts and ask the government of Uganda to rethink its moves towards observing & protection of Human rights and democracy.
We ask Uganda Government to consider reopening of the closed radio stations, enabling of immediate printing and publication of these news papers and compensate the damages caused as a result of its move. H.T.P advises government in future to take legal action or dialogue with parties rather than use of force.
Kivumbi Earnest Benjamin
P .O Box 3977 Kampala, Uganda (East Africa)
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