As Uganda counts down days to its general election the Human Rights Network for Journalists says attacks against members of the press by security forces are on the rise with journalists, especially those covering opposition candidates and anti-Government protests, having been arrested, beaten, or had their equipment confiscated or destroyed by the Police. While violence and intimidation in the run up to elections is commonplace in Uganda, the national coordinator of HRNJ says the current situation is unprecedented as there has previously never been a time when the deliberate attacks are not even condemned by the security leadership. Other activists echo his sentiments, saying security forces are enjoying impunity for crimes against journalists.
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