RDC Hashaka Warned Against Provoking Media


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erectile geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Hashaka, prostate on the November 5, 2013, wrote a letter to the management of Kaboozi radio station accusing them of increasingly being used to tarnish the name of KCCA and frustrating government programs.

In the letter, Hashaka stated that they (Kaboozi) host negative elements including members of the opposition “who either tell lies or tarnish government’s name”.

“On November 14, Kaboozi station hosted the Lord Mayor for over an hour and made a lot of false allegations against the authority and government,” wrote Hashaka.

He further noted that for any media house to host a member from opposition, he (Sam Mpimbaza Hashaka) has to be hosted too on the same program to make sure that he defends the government.

However, Robert Sempala, the national coordinator for Human rights Network for Journalists, remarked that freedom of speech and expression which include freedom of press are constitutional guarantees which must not be suppressed by political heads for selfish interests.

“Sam Mpimbaza should know that political opposition is legal in this country and all those who belong to it have liberty to be hosted on any station and to express their views as those from the ruling party do,” Sempala clarified.

The network, however, finds Hashaka’s words “baseless and he has to apologise to the station and to all journalists in the country for interfering with their rights”.

“The allegations contained in the letter are not only intimidating but intended to force the media to deny citizens with divergent views on governance, corruption and abuse of office, a chance to express their opinions,” Sempala pointed out.


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