Hoima journalists decry harsh working environment

Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) soldiers batter a journalist while covering an event. (Courtesy photo)

Hoima journalists are concerned over the continued interference of state security agents and politicians in their work.

Speaking today as journalists the world over marked the International Press Freedom Day that falls on May 3, every year, Hoima journalists were bitter that some of their colleagues in Bunyoro, Uganda and globally have either been apprehended or battered in the line of duty.

John Kibego is a journalist who works with Kazi-njema News. (Photo: Gad Asaba)

John Kibego, a journalist working with Kazi-njema News – an online news portal in Hoima City said that despite the continued harassment and the general unpleasant working environment and challenges that include denied access to information and damaging of their gadgets, information is a service journalists should provide.

He encouraged media practitioners to continue marking the day, being optimistic that one day there will be light at the end of the tunnel.

Audio: Kibego on harsh working environment (Runyoro/Rutooro)
Hamza Kitakule, a Hoima-based correspondent for Radio One speaks to Kazi-njema News’ reporter. (Photo: Gad Asaba)

Hamza Kitakule, a Hoima-based correspondent for Radio One was concerned that journalists in every department including the editorial, circulation, advertising and administrative among others encounter different challenges every year besides the common inadequate facilitation that cripples their work.

Audio: Kitakule on challenges (English)

John Bosco Tugume, the Chairman Hoima Journalists Association castigated state security agencies for fomenting bad blood between them and the Fourth Estate, calling upon relevant authorities to punish sternly any security agents who inflict torture on media practitioners.

Audio: Tugume on security agencies (Runyoro/Rutooro)

Hoima journalists will mark their belated International Press Freedom Day on Friday, May 7, 2021.

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