Journalists that were beaten up by security personnel last month while covering National Unity Platform (NUP) president, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, as he presented his petition at the United Nations Human Rights Commission offices in Kololo last month have dragged the government to court over police brutality.
Journalists include John Cliff Wamala, Geofrey Twesigye both of NTV Uganda; Josephine Namakumbi of NBS TV, and Shamim Nabakooza from Record TV.
The four journalists that held a press conference today through their lawyers, Kiiza Mugisha and Company Advocates, said they now want court to declare that their mistreatment was a violent threat and/or violation of their freedom of expression and media freedom guaranteed by Article 29 of the 1995 Constitution of Uganda as amended.
However journalists said in their suit that Lt. Col. Namanya is the person that commanded for their beating so he should be personally held liable for his misconduct.
“As a participant, the first respondent (Lt. Col. Namanya) is personally liable for his misconduct and that of the violent group he commanded, and let loose upon the applicants on February 17th,” the suit reads in part.
They also want court to declare that the beating, dispersing and chasing of journalists constituted a threat and/or violation of the freedom of expression and media freedom that is guaranteed by the constitution.