HRNJ-Uganda alert, Journalist fears for his life after series of security incidents

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Scared; URN journalist Tom Maloba is scared for his life due to his journalistic work. The police should protect journalists to enable them do their work.

Kampala, 02nd/July/2013; A Uganda Radio Network (URN) journalist, Tom Malaba, fears for his life following a number of security incidents, including one where two unidentified men attacked his home in the nightprompting the police to fire several times. Maloba, who has been in journalism for close to two decades, is a crime reporter, writes on Rwandese refugee issues and education.

Maloba, 41 years of age, told Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) that unidentified men have been trailing him for the last two weeks right form his place of work to his home. On 30th/June, two unidentified men managed to enter his compound at about 02:30am local time and tried to enter the house. “My wife woke me up when she heard suspicious movements outside. When I peeped through the window, I saw a man dressed in black who was shortly joined by another. They had contained my dog. So I called the police, which responded instantly and fired as the suspects freed.” He narrated to HRNJ-Uganda.

“Am so scared for my life and family because I know this is a well planned move since I have been followed at home, office, and the taxi park. I know they want my life.” He added. URN is a news agency which has over 50 subscribing radio stations.

The officer in charge of Nalumunye police post, Byansi Mohamed Rashid said he fired several times to repulse the suspects, “I saw them physically, one of them was trying to open the window, while another kept watching. They were two; one was putting on a black t-shirt and another grey shirt. We are going to investigate the matter.” He told HRNJ-Uganda

He said that the security incidents have escalated since 25th/June/2013 when unidentified men tried to intercept him at night as left his work place (URN) at Bukoto –a suburb of Kampala

On 26th/June/2013, other two men tried to intercept him at the taxi park in Kampala. On the same day, in the night, he identified a suspicious man around his home at Nalumunye in Wakiso district. This happened the next day on 27th June, but he reported the incident to the area foot-patrol police who handled the matter. Later in the night, Maloba claims that a suspicious car drove and parked at his residence gate, but later left.

 

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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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