Thursday, August 19, 2010

Kasese; Television Journalist arrested, detained

Uganda; Wavah Broadcasting Service (WBS) television journalist Harrison Thembo has been arrested by police at Bwera (Uganda-DR Congo boarder) for filming activities at the immigration offices.

Thembo was arrested on 16th/08/2010 at 8:00am while filming the unusual and exasperating process Ugandans and non Ugandans go through while moving within or entering the country.

The situation has changed following the bomb blasts in Kampala last July which killed over 70 people while watching 2010 World Cup final at Kyadondo Rugby Club and Ethiopian village in Kabalagala both Kampala suburbs.

Thembo is the second journalist to be arrested after Uganda Record journalist Timothy Kalyegira on bomb related stories. He was accused of trying to jeopardize the national security according to sources.

“I was filming a certain lady at the boarder who was going through the unusual process of entering Uganda through DR Congo by the time I was arrested by police” Harrison Thembo said. Police accused him of filming a security installation and later forced to record a statement.

He was detained for more than four hours and later released without a formal charge.

For more information contact;

Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda)
Kivebulaya Road, Mengo- Bulange, Kampala Opp. St. Marcelino Preparatory School
Tel: +256-414-667627 / +256-701-810079

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