Bukedde journalist critical after beating by Salt Media staff

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Katongole on hospital bed

Godfrey Katongole, a journalist working with the Vision Group’ Bukedde television is admitted at Old Kampala Moslem Hospital in critical condition after being assaulted by journalists and other people at Salt Media premises in Lungujja, Kampala.

Human Rights Network for Journalists [HRNJ-Uganda] team and other media leaders and human rights activists visited him on his hospital bed at Old Kampala Moslem Hospital in Kampala.

Speaking after the visit, Uganda Journalists Association [UJA] President Kazibwe Bashir gave Salt Media journalists a 2-week ultimatum to appear before journalists association disciplinary committee or be sued.

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Some belongings of the assaulted are still missing, he said.

HRNJ coordinator Robert Ssempala said he watched in disbelief a scuffle between Journalists who were covering the anti-Pastor Aloysius Bugingo demonstrations by some women activists and their counterparts at Salt Media at the station in Lungujja.

In the video footage that captured the incidents, it shows Salt Media staff mob up the journalists on duty and ruthlessly assaulting them.

“This is gross and should be brought to an end. Journalists In the field have enomous external challenges, so any gross abuses that stem from fellow journalists must be contained as soon as yesterday,” Ssempala said.

He said the three Salt Media journalists seen on video leading in the attack must own up and take personal responsibility.

“Whatever the circumstances, it should never come to this between Journalists.”

Muriisa Martin Junior, a journalist at Record TV, said his workmate Kiberu Sirajje was also assaulted.

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“Our comrades in the profession accused Siraje of covering news that would embarrass their boss who happens to be the founder of Salt Media.”

He said the journalists confiscated and dismantled Siraje’s gadgets.

He identified the culprits as Robert Mutebi, Bone Wandudu and Sebalamu Eric.

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