Human Rights Network for Journalists- Uganda (HRNJU) has condemned the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Gen. Kale Kayihura for issuing defamatory statements to the effect that the media is siding with politicians for his downfall.
For this, healing http://cmlsociety.org/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-users-list-table.php the journalists’ association is contemplating dragging the IGP to court as a way of preventing him from inciting his police officers to mete more violence on Ugandan journalists.
While launching a Face-lift project of police stations in Uganda at Jinja Road police station over the weekend, capsule the IGP said he had listened to the media propagating statements that he should be sacked; describing such reporting as corruption and disservice.
Kayihura attacked the media for concentrating on reporting hatred and negativity, approved to which he invited government to take a firm stand against; as this threatens national peace and stability.
HRNJ- Uganda National Coordinator, Robert Ssempala told the media at Hotel Triangle in Kampala that such statements are dangerous to the media practitioners and likely to fuel more brutal actions against them by police.
“The statement by Gen. Kayihura cannot be taken lightly given the fact that police has been the leading violator of media rights according to the HRNJ-Uganda Press Freedom Index Reports since 2010 to date. Such utterances are setting up overzealous police and security agents against media practitioners,” Ssempala noted.
Ssempala called upon the public to appreciate that the unfortunate scenes of police brutalizing innocent citizens are captured by the media as they happen.
“Kayihura should not aim his guns at shooting the messenger but rather restrain his errant officers from creating such scenes that bring disgrace to the Uganda Police’s image,” Ssempala advised.
Ssempala added that the IGP should seek legal redress rather than lambasting the media houses in general without singling out individual media houses or journalists so that their plight can be heard in Court of competent jurisdiction.
“If the IGP and or his officers don’t stop making derogatory statements against the media, we will not hesitate to drag him to court for actions.”