Pakistan Press Foundation is concerned over the attack on Bukedde newspaper journalist
Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in a letter to Ruhakana Rugunda, Prime Minister of Uganda expressed concern over attack on Bukedde newspaper journalist, Joseph Mutebi on 10th August, 2016.
PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter urges government of Uganda to investigate the matter of attack on journalist and punish those responsible for this act.
According to Human Rights Network for Journalists (HRNJ) Uganda, Commercial Boda boda cyclists assaulted Mutebi declaring him to be supporters of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Gen. Kale Kayihura, while covering them destroying Lawyer Abdallah Kiwanuka’s car.
Mutebi was hit on the head, chest, back and stomach. He is getting treatment at AAR Health Services.
Mutebi said, “I was taking photos of ‘boda boda’ cyclists smashing lawyer Kiwanuka’s car, suddenly I heard them shouting, that is a Bukedde journalist beat him, they attempted to snatch my camera, but was saved by an unidentified man who grabbed it and threw it in the nearby shop while saying this is a journalist don’t beat him”
This incident happened just two days after supporters of ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) Party attacked journalists who were reporting the five party supporters, who had been charged to Kigo Prison on alleged assault of journalist and damaging their property while covering the recently concluded elections at Entebbe.