HRNJ-Uganda alert; School teacher bailed over assaulting a journalist

 

Kampala, 07th/June/2013; Court at the Law Development Center in Kampala  on 06th/ June/2013, granted bail to a high school teacher, Ataremwa Justus over assaulting a Vision Group journalist, Mathias Ssebwato.

The LDC Court Grade 1 Magistrate, Esther Nasambu had remanded Ataremwa, the head of examinations at Old Kampala secondary School, to prison until 03rd/ July/2013 after he denied charges of assaulting the journalist.

Prosecution led by Agoola Betty, alleges that on 17th/October/2012, at Old Kampala SS, Ataremwa assaulted Ssebwato, occasioning him bodily harm. Sebwato told HRNJ-Uganda that he had gone to the school to cover a news story in which the school had denied a student, Vanessa Kukunda from sitting for her Ordinary Level Leaving Examinations for the year 2012, under unclear circumstances. He was attacked by teachers and some students as he carried out interviews at the school. His video camera was damaged and later confiscated.

Ataremwa was granted a cash bail of Ug.shs200,000 (US Dollars 80) and his two sureties; Mukasa Emmanuel –the School headmaster and Richard Oketch-a teacher at the school Ug.shs5,000,000 (US Dollars 2000) each not cash.

“Am happy that this matter has finally come up in Court; I hope justice will be delivered to me at the end of the day,” Ssebwato told HRNJ-Uganda

“The attack on the journalist at the school was a reminiscent of mob justice, which is a major threat to the security and safety of journalists in Uganda. It is a direct attack on the freedom of the media. We pray for an expeditious trial of the case.” said HRNJ-Uganda’s National Coordinator, Geoffrey Wokulira Ssebaggala.

 

Richard Oketch-chairperson displinary committee/security committee

Student Vanessa Kukunda

 

 

 

 

For More Information Contact;

Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda)

Plot 18, Block 12 Stensera Road Kayanja Triangle Zone

P.O.BOX. 71314 Clock Tower Kampala. Tel: +256-414-272934 / +256-414-667627

E-mail: news@hrnjuganda.org / humanrajournalists@yahoo.co.uk /

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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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