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Police beat up journalists covering Bobi Wine campaigns

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Four journalists covering NUP’s presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi campaigns were on Friday evening left nursing wounds inflicted on them by police in a scuffle that lasted several hours after blocking him from accessing his campaign venue in Alebtong District via Lira.

The journalists indentfied are;- Moses Waisswa of Busoga one FM, Batte Ssesanga of BBS Terefayina,  NTV’s John Cliff Wamala and Bukedde TV’s David Tamale.

By press time, Police had not explained why the journalists were the target in the standoff that lasted more than seven hours. 

“We were working and showed them all our identification cards and documents but then they continued beating us as we tried to record events during the standoff. We need police to understand that we are doing our work just as much as they are doing theirs,” NTV’s John Cliff Wamala told this website. 

The development comes just days after, Mr David Lubowa, another journalist on the Kyadondo East MP campaign trail sustained an injury from a teargas canister hurled at him by a police officer as they dispersed Bobi Wine supporters in Jinja district on December 6, 2020.

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