Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Uganda Alert: Journalist arrested and detained

Kampala, 20th/July/2010; Presidential Guard Brigade (PGB) has arrested and detained Kingdom fm reporter Rogers Matovu as the African Union summit takes off at Munyonyo in Kampala.

Matovu, a 22 years old had been assigned to cover the summit by his bosses, was arrested yesterday at around 3pm by PDG and he’s allegedly being detained at Kabalagala police station.

“We were informed about his arrest by a fellow journalist at mid-night and we visited him at Kabalagala police station” the radio’s news editor Debbie Mayanja said. They are not sure about the charges.

Sources told Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda that Matovu has not been charged pending instructions from the PGB. “We were informed that he (Matovu) is likely to be kept at Kabalagala until the end of the summit which is to last for ten (10) days” sources said. However, Kabalagala police station DPC Walugembe did not deny nor confirmed detention of the said journalist

One of his fellow staff who did not want to be named told HRNJ-Uganda that Matovu allegedly made statements connected to president Museveni’s overstaying in power.

HRNJ-Uganda calls upon the police to produce Matovu to court of law if he has a case to answer or he be released unconditionally.

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Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda)
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E-mail: news@hrnjuganda.org
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