“World Press Day” started on a high note in Uganda with journalists marching in the capital Kampala as they celebrated their supposed freedom.
The minister of Information and National Guidance Jim Muhwezi was present at the event.
This positive trend, however, suddenly took a reverse turn when police swung into action in Kasangati and arrested journalists for reportedly taking pictures.
In what opposition calls a manifestation that the press is not free in Uganda, police blocked off all media vehicles from accessing Rt. Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye’s residence.
They later went on to arrest two journalists, Stephen Mcleish Kafeero Don of Daily Monitor and Ronald Muhinda of Radio One 90 FM for taking pictures in Kasangati.
Police asked the two journalists to delete all photos they had taken for the day.
They were later released without charge.
Speaking on the incident, Kizza Besigye said despite it being Press Freedom day which day, the FDC party celebrates the consistency of the Press in Uganda because it keeps its head up above all torture, police brutality and intimidation, the police made sure that it made the news headlines for all the wrong reasons.
“Mr. Kale Kayihura used the press freedom day to intimidate journalists that cover FDC.”
“He said that they will be charged with criminal offences for just doing their job.”