Uganda Police has unconditionally released four journalists picked up on Tuesday for covering protests in the Northern Uganda town of Lira. The journalists were released this morning from Lira Central police station where they spent a night.
Their release followed the intervention of Uganda Police Spokesperson, Assistant Inspector General of Police, Asan Kasingye. They are Issac Otwii, a Daily Monitor Reporter, Denis Engena of NBS Television and Robert Kalibongo of Unity FM.
Kasingye ordered the release of the journalists after releasing a petition from the Lango United Journalists Association following the brutal arrest of the journalists from Oyite Ojok lane in Lira town on Tuesday where they were covering protests against the proposed lifting of the presidential age limit from the constitution.
In a press statement issued this morning, Hudson Apunyu, the Secretary General Lango United Journalists Association condemns the arrest of the journalists for doing their work, saying it was uncalled for. He says the harassment of journalists must not be tolerated at all costs.
John Peter Ematu, the North Kyoga Region Police Spokesperson has apologised for the arrest of the journalists. He however, says the journalists were picked up for their own safety because some group he didn’t disclose was after them.
Issac Otwii, who was among those picked up, says police accused them of coordinating with the protesters. He says police tasked tem to reveal those behind the protests.