Journalists body UJA and UPFM set up a journalist legal fund
By Kalule Paddy
Uganda JournalistsAssociation (UJA) and Uganda Parliament Forum on Media (UPFM) have
embarked on an initiative to set up a legal fund worth 100 million to hire good
lawyers and to handle on-going cases of journalists rights violation.
According to the UPFM chairperson also Mpigi district Woman
Member of parliament Hon. Teddy Nambooze, the motive of the fund is stop the
rights violations and excessive use of force against Journalists.
“We have established a legal team for receiving and working
on all cases of infringement on the rights of the Journalists without any cost
charged, we have discovered that many Journalists who have faced the wrath of
errant security operatives and individuals have given up on various cases prematurely
due to heavy costs of legal services in Uganda.
By this we have established
a legal fund of UGShs 100M that is going to be used to support UJA be able to
hire good lawyers to handle on-going cases like one against UPDF among others.
We’re going to raise this money by engaging both local and foreign funders”
Nambooze said there are fresh cases they are closely
following which include the one where Mpigi based Nation Media reporter Brian
Adams Kesiime who was arbitrarily assaulted by a security officer in UPDF
uniform while trying to disperse Hon. Yusuf Nsibambi's electricity launch at
Lwamikoma-Bukasa in Kituntu Sub-county.
The establishment of the legal fund is among the 5 points
program they will conduct throughout their term which is primarily premised on safeguarding
media practitioners against degrading treatment and promotion of professional
Other programs include: the resurrection of ethics-based journalism,
creating a Media that add value to the community, 4. Addressing in-house challenges
faced by the owners and a Review of the existing media legal frameworks and