HRNJ-Uganda alert, Ugandan journalist killed on his way from work

 

Kampala, 18th/June/2013; A Vision Group journalist, Pere Thomas, was on 16th June 2013, killed by unknown assailants and his body found lying at Masajja –along Entebbe road with a deep cut on the head. His photo camera, laptop and cellular phone were stolen.

 Pere, 36, a resident of Kawuku, along Entebe road in Wakiso district, reportedly left work at the New Vision at around midnight with a laptop, photo camera and a mobile phone as he headed back home. His body was found lying by the road on Monday morning. “His body was found in the morning lying along Busabala road, in Masajja Kibira A zone. It was a smart body, with a wound on the fore head. There were no traces of evidence. The body was taken to Mulago hospital for medical examination.” the officer in charge of criminal investigations at Katwe Police Station, Ayebare Emmanuel Benon told HRNJ-Uganda.

 “We suspect that he boarded a taxi that had thieves as he went back to Kawuku (his home place) yesterday evening. I think when he saw that the taxi had thieves, he decided to fight back and he was hit by an iron bar on the head before he was dumped in a trench coz there was no scuffle,” Norman Katende, his immediate supervisor at the New Vision told HRNJ-Uganda.

He has worked with the Vision Group for over 9 years as a freelance journalist. “Thomas Pere, you have gone too soon and I will always remember your newsroom argument and development talk. Sad that the Iron bar hit men ended your life like that” Katende said of Pere.

“We send our heartfelt condolences to the family of Pere. This is a very big misfortune to the journalism fraternity. We implore the police to investigate and bring the perpetrators to book. We want to know the cause of our colleague’s sudden death.” Said the HRNJ-Uganda National Coordinator, Geoffrey Wokulira Ssebaggala

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 / Website: http://www.hrnjuganda.org ;BLOG: http://hrnjuganda.blogpost.com

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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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