Journalist Objects to Tendering of Audio Recordings in Court.

CBS radio journalist Ronald Ssembuusi (middle) leaving court with HRNJ-Uganda lawyer Catherine Anite (left).

Kalangala, 25th/October/2012; a Central Broadcasting Service (CBS) radio journalist Ronald Ssembuusi has objected to an audio recording on a CD which he said was not authentic.

Ssembuusi, through his lawyer Catherine Anite of Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda told court that the CD should not be tendered in as prosecution exhibit since its authenticity was questionable.  It did not bear the particulars of the alleged recording.

This transpired in  Kalangala  Magistrates Court as  prosecution produced its last witness detective ASP Emmanuel Mbonimpa attached to the police’ media crimes department at the CID head quarters who testified that on 22/November/2011, he was informed by the  former OC CID for Kalangala, Joseph Ssenabulya  of  a defamation case against Ssembuusi vide Kalangala CRB 1262/2011. He further testified that Ssenabulya wrote to the chairperson of Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) requesting for CD recordings of CBS news of 17/November/2011 on 88.8 FM. And on 08th December 2011, Mbonimpa allegedly received a phone from UCC to pick the CD.

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About Human Rights Network For Journalists-Uganda

HRNJ-Uganda was established in 2005 by a group of human rights-minded journalists who developed a sense of activism amidst a deteriorating context due to glaring abuses targeting the media. The network gained formal registration as an independent non-profit and non-partisan media organisation in 2006. The identity of HRNJ-Uganda lies with its diverse membership across the board including the print and electronic media, freelance investigative journalists and individuals from other professions.
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