Monday, August 9, 2010

Police demand for email password from a journalist

Kampala, 08th/08/2010; Kampala police investigating Uganda Record journalist Timothy Kalyegira over publishing seditious materials demand for his email and website passwords.

Since Monday 2nd/08/2010 police have confiscated Kalyegira’s laptop, passport, internet modem, mobile telephone and 6-paged A4 notes papers.

Kalyegira who was first called on 5th/08/2010 at 5pm by Kira road Divisional Criminal Investigation Department (CID) boss Prudence Haguma demanding for laptop password, he later received numerous calls demanding for email and website passwords.

Article 27 (1) a, of Constitution of the Republic of Uganda prohibits unlawful search for the person, home or other property of that person. (2). No person shall be subjected to interference with the privacy of that person’s home, correspondence, communication or other property.

However, Ugandan Parliament on 14th/July/2010 passed the controversial Interception of Communications Bill seeking to authorize the tapping of telephones and other private communications.

“The first call from police was demanding for laptop password which I provided. Then, other calls were demanding for my email and website passwords which I declined to provide after I consulted my lawyer” Kalyegira said.

Kalyegira is expected to report back to police on 12th/08/2010 after his bond was extended on 07th/08/2010.

For More Information Contact;
Human Rights Network for Journalists (HRNJ-Uganda)
Plot 16 clement Hill Road – Nakasero, Kampala
P.O.Box 71314 Clock Tower Kampala
Tel: +256-414-667627 / Hotline: +256-701-810079

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