Uganda Journalists Association-UJA has banned coverage of police functions, following the brutal arrests, insults and beating of its members at Makerere University.
UJA President Hajji Kazibwe Bashir Mbazira announced an immediate total blackout on all police activities in press conference on Thursday.
He also announced a peaceful procession to Police headquarters and Parliament of Uganda on Monday in an effort petition the two institutions.
Journalists walk out of Namaye
On Thursday, journalists also walked out on deputy police spokesperson Polly Namaye during a press conference by Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB).
Namaye and UNEB officials were addressing press on Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE).
Journalists refused to cover her speech save for two journalists from New Vision and a UNEB photographer.
They were expressing their discontent following brutal scenes at Makerere University on Wednesday in which journalists were beaten and teargassed.
Alex Esagala, a photojournalist with Daily Monitor, Geoffrey Twesigye, a photographer NTV Uganda and Lawrence Kitata of Vision Group were hit with teargas canisters.
UJA condemns security brutality against journalists
UJA issued a statement saying it was concerned about the continued barbaric violent actions meted on journalists covering the on-going strike at Makerere University by the Uganda Police Force and its sister security agencies.
“The tuition fees strike, now in its ninth day, has left some of our members wounded while others denied entry into the university to execute their professional duties,” said Kabuye Ronald, UJA secretary for Information.
“Its unfortunate that some errant officers have made it look normal to clobber and illegally arrest journalists as well as damage their gadgets.”
Some of the affected journalists include Davidson Ndyabahika, Chris Ssemakula, Lawrence, Alex Esagala, Miiro John Paul working with URN, BBS Terefayiina, Bukedde Paper, Daily monitor and NTV respectively.
“We demand that security agencies stick to professionalism while executing their work. UJA commits to take legal actions against the errant, brutal, violent and unprofessionalism of individual security officers,” Kabuye added.