Press Freedom Under the Gun in Uganda

Just came over on my Twitter feed…

Uganda’s Monitor Publications under police siege
Updated Monday, May 20th 2013 at 14:18 GMT +3

Police have besieged Monitor Publications limited head office in Namuwongo, Kampala, Uganda causing tension among journalists and management, Daily Monitor has reported.

The managing director Monitor Publications Limited (MPL), Mr Alex Asimwe was astonished by the unexpected incident.

He said: “We are seeing police men wielding guns but no one is giving us a communication on what is happening,” adding that they were trying to normalise the situation.

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A smaller tabloid called Red Pepper is also targeted

Reports are coming in that Ugandan security has invaded the premises of Daily Monitor newspaper.

There are reports that Red Pepper has also been surrounded. Staff at WBS Television are also on high alert, as the largest crackdown on independent media in 10 years gets underway.

An editor at Daily Monitor tells The Observer that for now the operatives are not saying or touching anything. No one is allowed to leave the premises.

It’s a small world. A number of American politicians and religious organizers have been spending time in Uganda [see Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ Law May Cost Them]

Uganda is a country recovering from decades of internal war, rich in natural resources and people, a prize coveted by many. This attack on a free press may have effects here.

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