Journalists under their umbrella body- Uganda Journalists Association (UJA) as they protested against police brutality.
The arrested were on Monday marching to Uganda Police headquarters in Naguru to deliver their petition against the brutality of security forces.
They were intercepted near Jinja Road Police Station before being driven to the Central Police Station where they are being held.
Last week, journalists announced a boycott of all Police activities following the Force’s highhandedness during Makerere University protests.
Addressing a press conference on Thursday, UJA president Bashir Kazibwe said it is high time journalists boycotted the force’s activities due to brutality against them.
“We should not continue giving them publicity when at the same time they are at the helm of brutalizing, beating, maiming and nearly killing members of the fourth estate,”Kazibwe said.
On the previous day, two journalists of Nation Media Group – Uganda had been hospitalized after they were injured as security agencies quelled a protest at Makerere University against the 15 per cent tuition fees increment.
Other journalists from KFM and NBS TV among others were also brutalized.
However, Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango claimed that journalists were distant from Police officers and got caught up in the teargas mere.
“We always advise journalists that in this kind of operation they should move near us because teargas does not discriminate,” Onyango said.
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