The European Union has has become the latest body to condemn the actions of Police in shutting down media houses like the Red Pepper and Daily Monitor including radios Dembe and KFM on Monday over the General David Sejjusa letter.
In a statement issued Thursday, the EU delegation in Uganda expressed concern over the actions of police saying “the EU Delegation is deeply concerned about respect for freedom of expression and freedom of the press. A free, independent and vibrant press is essential to a democratic society.”
On Monday, the Police raided the offices of Red Pepper, Namanve and the Daily Monitor in Namuwongo in search of a letter first published by the Daily Monitor.
The letter was alleged authored by the Coordinator of Intelligence General David Sejjusa directing the Internal Security Organisation boss to investigate a said plot to eliminate top shots in government opposed to the so called ‘Muhoozi Project’.
The ‘Muhoozi Project’ is loose translation of an alleged plan by the President to have his son Brigadier Kainerugaba Muhoozi replace him as president.
Police’s actions have drawn criticism with many describing it as an attack on freedom of the press, now the European Union delegation in Uganda has issued a statement condemning the action.
Below is the full statement;
LOCAL EU STATEMENT ON THE CLOSURE OF MEDIA HOUSES IN UGANDA
The European Union Delegation issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Uganda and the Norwegian Head of Mission:
Following recent police action, leading to the continuing prevention of the publication of the Daily Monitor and the Red Pepper, and the closure of KFM and Dembe FM radio stations, the EU Delegation is deeply concerned about respect for freedom of expression and freedom of the press. A free, independent and vibrant press is essential to a democratic society.
These fundamental rights are provided for under the Constitution of Uganda and must be upheld under close scrutiny of the Court.