Rights Groups Condemn Torture, Detention of African Journalists

Rights groups have slammed the growing harassment of the media in countries like Uganda, Nigeria, and Tanzania. Some Ugandan journalists who were reporting on protests supporting detained MP Bobi Wine were beaten by soldiers, while in Tanzania, journalist Sitta Tumma was arrested while covering an opposition campaign rally, ahead of a local authority by-election. Nigerian journalist Jones Abiri was released on July 27, two years after his arrest for allegedly supporting militancy. while Premium Times journalist Samuel Ogundipe was arrested -and later released on bail - for refusing to name his sources in a story about the police.

Ugandan soldiers beating up Reuters photojournalist James Akena as he covered the protests over the detention of several Opposition MPs in Kampala.


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