Court Extends Monitor Appeal Against Forced Production Of Sejusa Letter

web geneva;”>Police secured a warrant to search Monitor Publication Ltd premises from the Nakawa Senior Principle Magistrate, Rosemary Bareebe after a petition from D/ASP Emmanuel Mbonimpa.

Through their lawyer James Nangwala, Monitor is seeking the High Court order to prohibit Mbonimpa and any other police officers from compelling them to disclose the source of information in relation the article they published on May 7.

On June 12, the High Court will determine or not the application should proceed.

While submitting its preliminary objections to the application, prosecution side led by Robinal Rakojo, advised court to dismiss the application on grounds that it is improper and misconceived.

She said police’s procedure was in line with its duty bound obligations as stipulated in article 212 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda.

In his response, Nangwala asserted that police actions were in breach of not only the Constitution but the Press Act which allows media houses to protect sources of their information as well as the Professional Code of Conduct.

Following the Nakawa Court order, police instead of only searching the premises for the document as stated in the warrant, it went ahead and switched of Daily Monitor print press, KFM and Dembe radio and also disabled internet services.

The Nakawa Magistrate, Bareebe had since revoked her order on grounds that police had ‘over stepped its provisions.’

Tasked by reporters to comment on the prospects of securing the order, Monitor’s lawyer declined on grounds that the matter is still sub juridical.

He however noted that the reopening of monitor will not in any way affect the court proceedings since the application is still in court.

Meanwhile, today morning, the government reopened Daily Monitor Publications Ltd to resume business but under stringent conditions and an apology for a story that led to its closure.


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