Nairobi, May 29, 2013--Ugandan police on Tuesday
assaulted and detained several journalists who were among a crowd of
demonstrators protesting the government's closure of four independent news
outlets, according to news reports and local journalists. The Committee to
Protect Journalists said today that the police actions only highlight the
government's continuing effort to suppress information concerning a supposed
"Having silenced news outlets for coverage of a critical public issue, Ugandan authorities are now trying to suppress protesters who want to call attention to the censorship," said CPJ East Africa Consultant Tom Rhodes. "The indefinite closure of these media outlets serves as a daily reminder that the government wants to deny its citizens important sources of news and information."