Freedom of speech is essential for any democracy.
Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says “No one shall be subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman, degrading treatment or punishment.”
Why must police continue to torture journalists?
A statement by the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament
January 16, 2015
On Monday, one Joram Mwesigye, the Division Police Commander of Old Kampala went out of his way to viciously torture Andrew Lwanga, the WBS photo journalist for doing his professional work. We wish to condemn this in the strongest terms possible.
It was right that the leadership of the police acted quickly to apprehend this officer and have him charged in court.
However, this was not the first time journalists or Ugandans were being tortured by the police for doing their rightful duties, an otherwise thankless job. About a year ago the Daily Monitor and the Red Pepper were closed for over a week for reporting stories on remarks by Gen. David Ssejusa. Over the same matter, journalists and other members of the public rightfully demonstrated against the…
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