Monitor, Red Pepper Under Police Siege


find geneva;”>Executive director Foundation for Human Rights Initiative, unhealthy Mr. Livingstone Sewanyana, visit web says in a statement.

“We the human rights defenders condemn in the strongest terms persistent acts of harassment of the media. We express the solidarity with the Monitor and KFM for the current unwarranted transgressions on their offices.”

He added: “We demand the immediate withdraw of police and security deployment at their offices and respect for media freedom in Uganda.”

2:12pm: Police publicist Judith Nabakooba tells Chimpreports that raids at Monitor and Red Pepper are aimed at “effecting a search warrant.”

“We are looking for Gen Tinyefuza’s letter and other related documents,” says Nabakooba.

Asked to shed more light on “related documents,” Nabakooba said: “You journalists have been quoting many documents.”

She further notes that Police have no intentions of “completely shutting down the media houses.”

1:55pm Kfm, a popular radio station in Kampala owned by the Nation Media Group, has been shut down.

Before the station was switched off, a news reader announced that it had received instructions from police to “close down the station until further notice after being declared a crime scene.”

It remains unclear when it will be opened again to resume business.

Police publicists and Information Minister Mary Karooro Okurut are not available for comment.

1:03pm: Two Police trucks full of armed personnel have burst through the gates of Red Pepper Publications in Namanve.

Sources say the operation is being led by a female Assistant Inspector of Police over a string of stories on Gen Tinyefuza saga.

The Director in charge of marketing, Arinaitwe Rugyendo was not readily available for comment as his mobile phone was switched off.

12:30PM: Police have sealed off Daily Monitor Publications headquarters in Namuwongo, a Kampala suburb.

At least 20 detectives have been seen outside the publication’s offices. The premises also house Kfm radio station.

All journalists have been directed by plain-clothes officers not to quit the premises.

Sources tell Chimpreports that the Managing Director, Alex Asiimwe, has been ordered to park his car outside the publication’s offices.

The move follows the questioning of Managing Editor Don Wanyama and reporters Risdel Kasasira and Richard Wanambwa by Police.

The journalists were quizzed over a story in which the Coordinator of Intelligence organs, Gen David Tinyefuza called for an investigation into reports that those opposed to the idea of Brig Kainerugaba Muhoozi succeeding his father were targeted for assassination.

The army vehemently denied the claims, saying Tinyefuza was an “alarmist” and “out of order.”

Tinyefuza is still holed up in London, UK, where he is reportedly seeking asylum.

Police publicists Judith Nabakooba and her deputy Patrick Onyango were not readily available for comment.

Reporters who talked to this website on condition of anonymity say a “wave of fear” has swept the Monitor newsroom due to the Police’s siege.


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