Wednesday, October 6, 2010
The Pen is Mightier than the Sword
The Police in Kampala have been ordered to respect journalists' freedom and to stop the harassment of the media. This comes after a wave of police beatings directed at journalists at political rallies and protests. Kampala police chief, Asan Kasingye, apologized to the press, stating his outrage at the beatings. "This is unacceptable. The Police need to respect the fact that journalists have an important role to play in society, especially during elections," said Kasingye. His word of advice to the police? If you don't like bad things being said about you, then stop doing bad things. If his threat will be enforced remains to be seen, but it comes in the wake of a report stating that the Police are the number one abuser of journalists' rights in Uganda.