Uganda army issues rare apology for attacking journalists

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Ugandan soldiers were caught on camera beating up a journalist who was covering the protests.

The Ugandan army has issued a rare apology after soldiers were caught on camera beating up a journalist who was covering the protests aimed at piling pressure on security authorities to release detained Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine.

Other journalists were also beaten on the streets of Kampala as they sought to report on the protests.

Political tension has been at a high in the East African country following the arrests of Bobi Wine and other MPs.

Following that attack by Ugandan soldiers against Reuters photojournalist James Akena and other journalists, New York-based Human Rights Watch called for an end to attacks against the media and respect to the rights of all protesters.

In a statement, the army says it is committed to having a “strong partnership” with journalists.

Bobi Wine remains in detention and is due to appear before a military court on Thursday on charges of unlawfully possessing firearms.

His family and political affiliates report that he has been tortured in detention and left with serious injuries, though President Yoweri Museveni dismissed the claims as “fake news”.

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