Crime & Investigation

4 Redpepper Scribes Jailed for Defaming Vision Group Staff

Red Pepper's Alesmus Ninsiima (grey shirt) with colleagues at Mbarara Police

Police in Mbarara have arrested four journalists reporting for Redpepper Publications over  a “false publication.”

Alesmus Ninsiima, viagra Ronald Agaba, Anthony Kakuba and Stephen Mujuni all attached to Redpepper Publications Mbarara Bureau were arrested yesterday on alleged libel charges.

Police says the four published in the local Entatsi tabloid that some Vision Group female journalists were fighting each other over conjugal relations with senior police officers at Mbarara Police Station.

The police officers named in the story included the head of investigations (OC-CID) Taban Chiriga, District Police Commander Jaffar Magyezi and the publicist Vincent Ssekate.

The CID boss Chiriga confirmed the arrest of the four reporters. He said these were being accused of false publication contrary to Section 50 of the Penal Code Act.

Chiriga said they are still investigating the matter, after which the accused will be charged in courts of law.

Taban told Chimpreports that the accused reporters had earlier been advised against publication of such malicious stories.

Without heeding to this counsel however, these proceeded to produce a full page of the same story in the sister paper Hello!

He said the officials at Mbarara police were “angered” and they moved to the Adit House offices and arrested the journalists.


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