8 Ugandan journalists charged with offending President

The journalists at the Red Pepper newspaper were arrested last week.

They “willfully and repeatedly” disturbed the “peace and privacy” of the president, his brother and a security minister when they published a story that Museveni allegedly planned to overthrow the government of neighbouring Rwanda, spokesman Solomon Muita said.

According to the charge sheet, read by Magistrate James Ereemye, the publication of the article also “unlawfully” disclosed “military operations, strategies and troop location.”

The charges can carry a prison sentence of up to seven years.

The journalists were denied bail until the next hearing on Dec. 5, their lawyer Dennis Nyombi said.

Journalists regularly experience legal and political pressure, as well as physical attacks and intimidation in the East African nation.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng

Recommended articles

Police confirm killing of PDP Chieftain in A’Ibom

Police confirm killing of PDP Chieftain in A’Ibom

Rate aspirants by their capacities — Saraki tells PDP delegates

Rate aspirants by their capacities — Saraki tells PDP delegates

Many feared killed as explosion rocks Kano

Many feared killed as explosion rocks Kano

Wike urges NBA to take action against attacks on judiciary

Wike urges NBA to take action against attacks on judiciary

2023: Matawalle urges APC members to close ranks

2023: Matawalle urges APC members to close ranks

It’s too late to tinker with 2023 elections timelines – INEC

It’s too late to tinker with 2023 elections timelines – INEC

Obi to PDP delegates: Vote for your children’s future, not money

Obi to PDP delegates: Vote for your children’s future, not money

2023: Gov. Mohammed urges Nigerians to vote credible leaders

2023: Gov. Mohammed urges Nigerians to vote credible leaders

APC debunks adjustment to its 2023 election timetable is fake

APC debunks adjustment to its 2023 election timetable is fake