Activists cry out as journalist Bakka ails in Luzira

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Rev Bakka

Veteran journalist, Rev Isaac Bakka, is in bad health at Luzira prisons where he has been detained, according to his wife Sylvia Nalubowa.

Rev Bakka was kidnapped near his home by gun-wielding men who bundled into a waiting car and whisked him away.

Prisons spokesperson, Frank Baine, confirmed that Rev Bakka was on remand over treason.

Nalubowa and her daughter Eva Birungi visited Luzira Upper Prison to meet Rev Bakka ever since he was kidnapped.

Nalubowa told Daily Monitor that he husband looks very thin from head to toes and has nothing but mere bones.

She said her man is accused of recruiting rebels in South Sudan.

The family has since been chased out of the house they were renting in Misindye, Goma Sub-County in Mukono District.

Bakka was a freelance journalist working with BTN television as a cameraman and Nile FM.

Activists speak

Appearing on NTV “The Big Story” Moses Magoola, the Programs Manager at Human Rights Network for Journalists (HRNJ), said one way of confronting this challenge is by coming together into solidarity as journalists and media houses.

“Then we will become a force that not anyone can just interfere with,” he suggested.

He added: “I must admit sometimes journalist become unprofessional, this is something we are greatly grappling with but the only way we can deal with is by self-censuring.”

Dr. Livingstone Sewanyana, the founding Executive Director of the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative, said on Monday that arbitrary arrests of the media will lead to self-censorship, fear and actually weaken the state.

“The state must seek for platforms for constructive engagement instead of undermining the Rights of the different players.”

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