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6 Journalists Arrested in City Centre in Press Freedom Day March

Police offciers drag Urban Tv's Issa Nakabale during the arrest

Police on Wednesday morning arrested 6 journalists who were marching in Commemoration of the World Press Freedom day in Kampala.

These were picked up for trying to express dismay against the leadership of their association, salve the Ugandan Journalists Association (UJA).

Led by Secretary General, order Moses Bayola, look a group of 25 cabinet members of UJA Executive broke off from the leadership of President Robert Kagolo, who they accuse of embezzling funds meant to run activities of the association.

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A police officer arresting Jonathan Atusingiwize of Pearl Fm.

A police officer arresting Jonathan Atusingiwize of Pearl Fm.

The group today decided to organize parallel celebrations at Emerald Hotel starting with a march from the Independence Monument near Sheraton hotel (as the rest of UJA held theirs at Imperial Royale Hotel).

These were however, intercepted and dispersed by police before six of them were arrested.

The arrested are Ronald Kabuye (Metro Fm), Issa Kigongo (Bilal FM), Jonathan Atusingwize (Pearl Fm), Ronald Bukenya (Innerman fm), Daniel Mukisa and Isa Nakabale (Urban TV).

The reporters were protesting against corruption in their own association

The reporters were protesting against corruption in their own association

Brutality

Police was again on the spot for brutalizing the journalists during the arrest on Wednesday.

During the arrest, Urban Tv reporter Isa Nakabale was beaten and his trousers torn. The officers threw him to the ground and treaded upon him before hurling him onto a waiting police truck.

He was taken and locked up at a police post near the Post Office along Kampala road, while the rest were taken to the Kampala Central Police Station.

The Kampala police mouthpiece said he wasn't aware yest of the arrest

The Kampala police mouthpiece said he wasn’t aware yet of the arrest

The Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Emilian Kayima however, told this website that he was not aware of any arrest.

“I will find out why they have been arrested,” Kayima said in a phone interview with this website.

 This year’s celebrations are organised under the them; Critical Times; media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies.

UPDATE: All the arrested were released shortly before midday, with no charges filed.

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