Crime & Investigation

Police Speak Out On Ugandan Journalists Jailed In S. Sudan


website like this geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>According to Kampala Metropolitan Spokesperson, malady Idi Ibin Ssenkumbi, prostate Police dispatched a high ranking official to Juba to facilitate the release of Justin Dralaze, a correspondent for Reuters and Hilary Ayesiga (CCTV).

“Uganda police has sent the commissioner of police identified as Muhatane to Juba to liaise with the South Sudanese government to see that the journalists get their freedom to do work,” said Ssenkumbi at a press conference on Monday in Kampala.

“We are confident they will be out this week but not later than Wednesday.”

He added: “We are doing all we can so that they get justice and we are appealing to the media houses where they are attached and their relatives to stay calm at the moment.”

Uganda Journalists Union (UJU) said South Sudan authorities should have produced the two journalists in courts of law, if they committed any crime, than detaining them in a military barracks.

“We condemn in the strongest terms possible the arrest and detention of the journalists in a Military establishment, moreover incommunicado,” said UJU President Lucy Anyango Ekadu in a statement seen by Chimpreports on Monday.

Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers reportedly arrested the journalists on Airport Road while filming.

South Sudan security officials claim the two journalists had no press permits or formal accreditation issued by Juba authorities.

But it is not clear why the two civilians had to be detained in a military barracks instead of being taken to a Police Station or Courts of law.

“We call on the Juba authorities to immediately and unconditional release the two journalists,” said Ekadu.

The arrest of journalists comes at the height of tensions in the world’s youngest nation after President Salva Kiir disbanded the entire Cabinet this week.


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