Police extends bond for journalists charged with offensive communication and Criminal Libel

L-R is Richard Kayiira, Diana Nandudu (HRNJ-Uganda Lawyer) and Tony Kirabira (New Vision Group Lawyer) standing outside at the Media Crimes department CID head quarters in Kibuli EmmanuelMagambo

Kampala, 22nd/aug/2017; The Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) has renewed bond for a Bukedde News Paper Editor Richard Kayiira and the Kampala Sun Reporter Musa Ssemwanga to Tuesday 29th August 2017. The duo who appeared at CID at Kibuli in Kampala on 15th August 2017 for interrogation were charged with Offensive Communication contrary to section 25 of the Computer Misuse Act and Criminal Libel Contrary to section 179 of the Penal Code Act respectively. It is alleged that Bukedde Newspaper published a story on 14th June 2017 quoting Uganda’s Deputy Ambassador to Turkey Kalule Moses Kasujja to have said that the Inspector General of Police General Kale Kayihura was not on official visit to Turkey as the police had earlier on indicated. The story was published at a time when news was circulating on Social Media that The Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura was critically ill and out of the country on treatment.

Meanwhile, Ssemwanga was charged in respect to a story published in the Kampala Sun on 8th June 2017 titled”CRIME: Police Arrest Malengelo Gang That Specializes in Stealing at Events, Funerals”. The complainant in this case is Kassim Lubega alias Young Mulo, an artist of Badman Gadget Music Group.

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Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) is a network of human rights journalists in Uganda working towards enhancing the promotion, protection and respect of human rights through defending and building the capacities of journalists, to effectively exercise their constitutional rights and fundamental freedoms for collective campaigning through the media.

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