Kampala 21st/May/2013; The national dailies the Monitor and Red Pepper remain under siege by the national police forces. Two other radio stations KFM and Dembe FM are also still off air and by the look of things the clampdown that began yesterday May 20, 2013 is far from over.
HRNJ-U Staff posted to monitor the situation at the affected media houses found the premises cordoned off and confirmed heavy deployment of armed police officers. In spite of slow movement in and out of these premises by a few civilians particularly the staff, a lot of activity continues to be marshaled by police officers.
The continued siege is disturbing unfolding to Human Rights Network for Journalists and we condemn it in the strongest terms. It depicts the deteriorating media freedoms in the country that we have all along decried. We urge government to rapidly expedite its intentions in the besieged premises so as to restore normalcy for people whose enjoyment of expression, dignity and employment has been curtailed.
We continue to monitor the situation and implore all proponents of media liberties and democratic governance to intervene to address the situation!
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