Kampala, 18th November 2013
President’ officer faces court action over interference with the Media operations.
The president’s representative in Uganda’s Capital, Kampala, known as the Resident District Commissioner (RCC), Samuel Mpimbaza Hashaka is under fire for authoring a critical document against a private radio station accusing it of hosting the Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, who is a member of the opposition.
Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) has issued an ultimatum to Hashaka to withdraw the document and apologize or risk facing a media black-out and consequent court action for what they say is a direct interference and attack to a free and independent media.
The HRNJ-Uganda National Coordinator, Robert Ssempala told a press conference in Kampala on 18th November, that “Freedom of speech and expression which include the freedom of the press are Constitutional guarantees which must not be suppressed by political heads for selfish interests. When the media offers an opportunity to anyone to express their opinion about government services or the expenditure at KCCA, it is just fulfilling its obligation of being a free platform for all and not an enemy of the government. So political leaders must desist from interfering with fundamental media rights and freedoms” He said. Please follow the link for a full statement by HRNJ-Uganda.
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