IPOD Heads Express Concern over Media Closure

Officials in the Interparty Organisation for Dialogue have expressed grave concern over the continuous closure of media houses.

In ongoing meetings since last week to discuss among others the media closure, John Ken Lukyamuzi the President General of the Conservative Party states that Uganda is in a state of emergency to warrant closure of the media.

The parties involved include the ruling National Resistance Movement, Forum for Democratic Change, JEEMA, Conservative Party, Democratic Party and the Uganda People’s Congress.

He advises government to act in accordance with the issues raised by General David Sejusa the head of internal intelligence instead of terrorizing the media.

Lukyamuzi notes that the maintenance of the status quo is no longer unconstitutional but a shame to the country considering it has signed to the world Protocol warranting Press Freedom in Uganda.

Mathias Nsubuga, the secretary general of the Democratic Party, adds that it is bad enough that both the Monitor and Red Pepper publications are under siege and the police’s outright violation of freedom of expression.

The Monitor publications lawyers last week served the police with a court order to vacate their premises but until today the police has stuck to their guns and pitched camp at their offices.

Nsubuga describes polices’ action as absurd and hopes that government will resolve the matter as soon as possible.  He also revealed that the five opposition political party members have now tasked the IPOD secretariat to set a meeting with the Inspector General of Police General Kale Kayihura and the state minister for internal affairs James Baba to resolve the matter.

Earlier today in the occupy Daily Monitor and Red Pepper, police arrested the Uganda Human rights Network for Journalists coordinator Wokulira Ssebaggala.

Others journalist  included  Mulindwa Mukasa and William Ntege at Namuwongo as journalists marched to show solidarity and to demand the opening of Daily Monitor, KFM, Dembe FM and Red pepper.

Police confiscated some of the journalists’ gadgets and fired teargas and used batons to disperse them.

Court has set May 30th to hear an application by the Monitor Publications Limited to cancel a court order, compelling it to produce the original letter that was written by General David Sejusa the national coordinator of intelligence services. The application will be heard by Justice Benjamin Kabiito.

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