Pakistan Press Foundation welcomes jail term to security guard for assaulting journalist in Uganda
Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), an independent non-governmental institution committed to promoting and defending freedom of expression welcomes 4-year imprisonment sentenced to a security guard for assaulting a Red Pepper journalist, Solomon Hamala in Uganda.
Quoting the information from Human Rights Network for Journalists (HRNJ), PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in a letter to the President of the Republic of Uganda, said Quote “Iganga Grade One Magistrate, Sylvia Nvanungi sentenced security guard, Kemba Azizi, 26, to four year imprisonment for assaulting Solomon Hamala. Azizi assaulted Hamala for covering women traders in Iganga on January 13, 2014, who were protesting against their proposed eviction from the taxi park by the Iganga Municipal Council. He along with another security guard, Isiko Yakubu, who is now on the run, hit Hamala on the head using a baton and bicycle padlock before dragging him on the tarmac for over twenty meters.”
Pakistan Press Foundation welcomes the judgment by terming it a lesson for all who misuse their powers and harm innocent people specially journalists. PPF also demands another accused Isiko Yakubu to be arrested and face justice.
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