Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Security operative arrests journalist over photos

Kampala, 19th/May/2010: Ggwanga news paper photo journalist Alex Lubwama has been arrested by an operative allegedly attached to state house over taking his photograph.

Mr. Lubwama who covered a court case on 17th/May/2010 involving four conmen who defrauded more than 80 million shillings from hardware suppliers was arrested outside Kampala City Hall court on his way to office and dragged to Central Police Station (CPS) Kampala.

Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) has established the names of the operative as Bashir Okwir who resides at Bugolobi Flats, a Kampala Suburb. He’s part of the alleged group of conmen who was earlier granted bail

Lubwama alleges that his tools of trade were confiscated by the operative who did not introduce himself neither giving reasons for the arrest but grabbed him.

“I was kept at CPS for hours without a single charge and later released as a result of an intervention from my colleagues” Lubwama said.

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Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda)
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P.O.Box 71314 Clock Tower Kampala
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