By Kiyimba Bruno
Lead by Human Rights Network for Journalists (HRNJ) boss Robert Sempala, activists of the human rights have joined hands with civil societies in support of the Red Pepper staff.
This was revealed in a breakfast meeting that took place at Imperial Royale hotel Kampala where they demanded that arrested Red Pepper staff should be put out of jail.
Sempala said that the case Red pepper is facing is not a one media house case but an attack to all media houses.
He expressed concern that press has been mistreated by police through brutal beating and spoiling of their working gadgets.
Sempala went ahead to hint on the upcountry media houses that they are the ones who are mistreated most as compared to those of Kampala. This is due to the fact that the managers of these radio stations are threatened not publish any story in any manner that it might think right, but rather do as government wishes.
Dr Livingstone Sewanyana, the executive director for the human rights initiative Uganda on the same function said that it is the duty of every journalist to join hands with the red pepper since they might never know what tomorrow shall have.
Dr. Sewanyana said that you cannot talk about media freedom when solidarity is isolated. On this note he called upon all members of the press to come out and support Red Pepper in this trying moment.
Andrew Irumba the Red Pepper Relations manager said that the National Resistance Army had a cause when it went to the bush. Here he attacked government for arresting the Red pepper cleaners and accountants when they were nowhere related to this cause.
“If you arrest an editor for a story, why do you go ahead to pick the cleaners and accountants? “Asked Irumba.
On this note he demanded for immediate release of arrested people who are innocent of the crimes that they did not commit.
Among the resolutions that were reached upon in the discussion was to riot if government does now release fellow journalists.
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