Alternative DigiTalk TV Military Raid: Journalists body UJA calls for unconditional release of fellow scribes

Date: 2022-03-11
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By Nabirye Edith

The umbrella body that unites all journalists in the country, The Uganda Journalists Association (UJA) has condemned the military raid at the Alternative Digi Tv offices and the arrest of journalists on Thursday evening.

The arrested journalists include, the Digitalk programs director Mukose Arnold Anthony, the public relations officer Faridah Bikobera Lilian, Lilian Luwedde, Nabukeera Teddy alias  Teangel, Mukiibi Jeremiah, Turyahabwe Rogers and Jeje Wabyona. It didn’t also spare the organization’ executive director Norman Tumuhimbise,

Emmanuel Kirunda, the UJA Secretary General said that they are very concerned of the unprecedented acts of violation of freedom of speech including freedom of press, urging that they should stop since they cast the nation in bad light.

“If there is any suspected crime committed, due process of the law should be followed other rhan abusing it. We therefore demand for their unconditional release or be objected to the rightful process of the law.” Kirunda said.

On Friday morning, Human rights lawyer Eron Kiiza revealed that the nine people who were arrested during the Military Raid at the Alternative movement and DigiTalk TV studios are being detained at the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) Kireka.

According to Abdalla Tiff Mukasa one of the journalists at the Alternative DigiTalk TV, during the search many equipment’s and other office material were taken including the copies of the recently authored books by Norman Tumuhimbise that’s: The Komanyoko Politics –un-sowing the Mustard Seed” and Liar and accomplices

Military police on Thursday heavily deployed at the offices based in Makindye-Lukuli-Nanganda Road with no one allowed entry or exit and in the process nine people were arrested and whisked away.

Alternative Digitalk is an online television platform owned by Norman Tumuhimbise who is also the national coordinator of the alternative movement, he is as well an activist who became popular for throwing branded yellow pigs in parliament and on Kampala streets.

The motive behind the siege is still unknown but Norman was planning to launch two controversial book titled; “The Komanyoko Politics -unsowing the Mustard Seed” and Liar and accomplices which are critical of the ruling government and President Yoweri Museveni’s leadership.

The book launch was scheduled for 30th March 2022 at Imperial Royale.

 

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