Editor Assaulted in Uganda

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His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Office of the President State House Kampala, Uganda VIA FAX: 011 256 41 235 462 Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) writes to strongly condemn the October 29, 1998, assault of Ogen Kevin Aliro, chief sub-editor of the Kampala independent daily newspaper The Monitor. The attack is believed to be in retaliation for Aliro's investigative report titled "Safe Houses: A Return to the Shadows?", published in the October 27 edition of The Monitor. The article reported that the practice of torture is re-emerging in Uganda at "safe houses" run by the Internal Security Organization (ISO) and the Department of Military Intelligence (DMI). At approximately midnight, near his residence in Ntindi, two cars blocked Aliro's vehicle and prevented him from continuing along his route. When Aliro exited his vehicle to ask them to move, four men rushed from the vehicles and pinned Aliro's face to the ground as they punched and kicked his head and back. One of the assailants referred to Aliro by his given name and another shouted, "This will teach you to keep your big mouth shut." Aliro, who sustained a compound fracture to the collar bone, a fractured shoulder blade, and injuries to his face, arms, and legs during the assault, subsequently underwent surgery on November 12. As a nonpartisan organization dedicated to the defense of our colleagues worldwide, CPJ condemns this assault on Aliro, committed because of his work as a journalist. The attack violates journalists' rights to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas of all kinds, as guaranteed by Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and Article 9 of the African Charter of Human and People's Rights, all to which we respectfully remind Your Excellency, Uganda is a signatory. CPJ strongly urges Your Excellency to launch an immediate, thorough and impartial investigation into the attack on Aliro. CPJ also calls on Your Excellency to ensure that those found responsible of this blatant attack on press freedom are swiftly brought to justice. Thank you for your attention. We welcome your comments.

November 17, 1998


His Excellency
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
Office of the President
State House
Kampala, Uganda

 

Your Excellency:

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) writes to strongly condemn the October 29, 1998, assault of Ogen Kevin Aliro, chief sub-editor of the Kampala independent daily newspaper The Monitor. The attack is believed to be in retaliation for Aliro's investigative report titled "Safe Houses: A Return to the Shadows?", published in the October 27 edition of The Monitor. The article reported that the practice of torture is re-emerging in Uganda at "safe houses" run by the Internal Security Organization (ISO) and the Department of Military Intelligence (DMI).

At approximately midnight, near his residence in Ntindi, two cars blocked Aliro's vehicle and prevented him from continuing along his route. When Aliro exited his vehicle to ask them to move, four men rushed from the vehicles and pinned Aliro's face to the ground as they punched and kicked his head and back. One of the assailants referred to Aliro by his given name and another shouted, "This will teach you to keep your big mouth shut."

Aliro, who sustained a compound fracture to the collar bone, a fractured shoulder blade, and injuries to his face, arms, and legs during the assault, subsequently underwent surgery on November 12.

As a nonpartisan organization dedicated to the defense of our colleagues worldwide, CPJ condemns this assault on Aliro, committed because of his work as a journalist. The attack violates journalists' rights to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas of all kinds, as guaranteed by Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and Article 9 of the African Charter of Human and People's Rights, all to which we respectfully remind Your Excellency, Uganda is a signatory.

CPJ strongly urges Your Excellency to launch an immediate, thorough and impartial investigation into the attack on Aliro. CPJ also calls on Your Excellency to ensure that those found responsible of this blatant attack on press freedom are swiftly brought to justice. Thank you for your attention. We welcome your comments.

 

Sincerely,

Ann K. Cooper

Executive Director



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