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“Solidarity Message: Standing with Journalists Amidst Recent Adversities”

BY ALEX BALUKU

On August 18, 2022, while Alex Baluku was reporting on the Busongora South by-election in Kasese, he became a victim of physical violence. In a shocking turn of events, he found himself staring down the barrel of a police officer’s gun, all because he was covering the brutal arrest of an opposition candidate. https://www.newvision.co.ug/category/news/how-do-we-stop-assault-on-journalists-NV_143125

When Opposition Leader in Uganda and President of the National Unity Platform, Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi, arrived at Entebbe International Airport aboard a RwandAir plane from South Africa on 5th Oct 2023, a concerning incident unfolded.

Security operatives, disguised as airport staff, apprehended him and transported him to his residence even before he had been cleared by the immigration office at the airport. Additionally, journalists who were diligently covering this event were subjected to physical violence and unjust arrests.

As a fellow journalist, I want to express my unwavering solidarity with these brave colleagues who have faced adversity while simply carrying out their essential work. It is crucial to remind ourselves that journalism is not a crime; it is a fundamental pillar of a democratic society.

I commend these journalists for their dedication and courage in the face of such challenges. Let us stand together and continue to advocate for the freedom of the press and the vital role it plays in upholding democracy and human rights. “Journalism is not a crime.” In solidarity.

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