Several Ugandan journalists arrested while investigating corruption

first_img Uganda urged to free two journalist held since last week on libel charges February 8, 2019 Several Ugandan journalists arrested while investigating corruption News The two journalists, BBC producer Mohamed Kassim and Godfrey Badebye, a cameraman with the Ugandan TV channel NBS, were arrested together with their fixer and driver in the capital, Kampala, while investigating the suspected theft of drugs by government employees from public health centres for the purpose of sale to nearby countries such as South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo. Organisation Mohamed Kassim, journaliste d’investigation pour la BBC. Crédit : RSF_en Follow the news on Uganda UgandaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionImprisoned Receive email alerts “By arresting journalists on the verge of exposing corrupt practices instead of arresting those presumably responsible for these practices, the Ugandan police are going after the wrong targets and are casting doubt on the sincerity of the government’s declared fight against corruption,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “These journalists were just doing their job and should never have been detained. We call for their immediate and unconditional release.” to go further The creation of a special unit to combat corruption within the state administration and identify corrupt officials was announced by President Yoweri Museveni last December with great fanfare. Uganda is ranked 149th out of 180 countries in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index. The police issued a statement saying they had arrested five suspects, including two journalists, for “illegal possession of classified drugs,” a charge punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of 477 euros. June 4, 2021 Find out morecenter_img UgandaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionImprisoned January 13, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate and unconditional release of two Ugandan journalists who were arrested on 6 February while doing an undercover investigation into trafficking in pharmaceutical drugs between Uganda and neighbouring countries. In RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index, Uganda is ranked 117th out of 180 countries, five places lower than in 2017. News Help by sharing this information In an attempt to arrest Solomon Serwanjja, another NBS journalist working on the same story, the Kampala police went to his home on the night of 6 February, but he was not there and has been in hiding ever since. When reached by RSF, Serwanjja said the police searched his home, seized several boxes of medicines acquired during the investigation, and arrested his wife. “It’s a big theft racket,” Serwanjja told RSF by telephone.  “Our story exposes the whole rot in the system.” He added that he was going to turn himself in to the police “because that’s the condition they put for releasing my wife”. UpdateReporters Without Borders (RSF) is relieved to learn that three Ugandan journalists who had been arrested in connection with their undercover reporting were released today. Two of them had been arrested on the evening of 6 February and the third had turned himself in to the police earlier today. In a statement, the police recognized that the journalists had been trying to demonstrate the ease with which pharmaceutical drugs could be acquired illegally from public health centres. The police statement also encouraged the journalists to continue making their TV documentary designed to expose this kind of corruption. RSF, which condemned the arrests, is nonetheless concerned about the ambiguity of the position taken by the police, who conditioned the release of the journalists on payment of bail, and who say they are continuing to investigate whether the journalists broke any laws when acquiring the drugs. RSF calls for all proceedings to be dropped so that the journalists can continue their public interest reporting without any threat hanging over them. March 12, 2021 Find out more Ugandan president threatens to “bankrupt” leading daily Uganda blocks social media and messaging apps, isolating election Newslast_img read more

Deputy Tom dips his toe in comedy world

first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Print TAGSFine GaellimerickTom Neville LIMERICK Fine Gael TD Tom Neville says he’s “dipped his toe into the comedy world” as he stars in a new short-movie that will premier at the Richard Harris International Film Festival.The 44-year-old former DJ, teacher and county councillor has appeared in ten movies to date, having trained as an actor in his 20s.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He plays ‘Dr Tom’, a working class GP, in ‘Everything Looks Better in the Sunshine’, which will hit the screens on October 27.The Rathkeale politician appears alongside actor and comedian Patrick McDonnell, who played oddball priest Fr Eoin McLove in the Channel 4 hit sitcoms Father Ted.In the movie, McDonnell’s character ‘Patsy’ attends Dr Tom’s practice after he’s run over by a woman on a bicycle with a basket of flowers, which causes him to develop an incredible sense of smell.The 12-minute film also stars Orlan Hannon and Amy Hughes, in a strong working class Limerick city accent, “with plenty of colloquialisms and dialect to boot”.“It’s a nice, upbeat movie. My character is a ‘very local’ Limerick city native. He went on to study at University and became a doctor, but still holds his local ways,” Neville explained.“It offers a nice contrast between how he is and how he articulates himself vis-à-vis the education and qualifications he has.”The move was shot entirely in Limerick last Summer and “shows off Limerick in a great light”.“It’s a comedy and the narration is comedic so it would be nice to get some reaction out of that, seen as though this is my first time dipping my toe into the comedy world.”He laughs off any suggestion he has already entered the world of comedy when he took his seat in the Dáil.“Well, the Dáil has a mixture of many characters, and I concentrate on my own job and what I have to do. Like like a hurler taking to the field, you concentrate on playing your own game and you leave others do what they have to do.”He says Dr Tom isn’t based on anyone he knows and working alongside Patrick McDonnell was “fantastic”.“He’s a very funny guy, and a great professional. It was great to work with someone who has had experience and exposure, to learn from them.”“It’s the same with all the actors and directors and producers I have worked with. Every time you work with these people you learn something new, and I’m extremely grateful for getting this opportunity.”‘Everything Looks Better in the Sunshine’ is written and directed by Mark Smith and Jonathan Farrell and produced by fellow Limerick man Ronan Cassidy. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Twitter Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Email Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash center_img Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Facebook WhatsApp Advertisement NewsDeputy Tom dips his toe in comedy worldBy David Raleigh – October 18, 2019 300 Previous articleNoah is Limerick’s new little graduateNext articleAdare Manor has been voted IAGTO European Golf Resort of the Year 2020 David Raleigh last_img read more