Journalist Arrested For Interviewing Afghan Refugee In Entebbe

Journalist Arrested For Interviewing Afghan Refugee In Entebbe

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By Spy Uganda

Kampala: According to Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda), a senior correspondent with Germany’s Deutsche Press Agentur was arrested at the Imperial Resort Beach Hotel Entebbe after he interviewed an Afghan refugee. The hotel is currently housing Afghan refugees.

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Henry Waswa, 60, was arrested on Thursday and is currently detained at the Entebbe police station on criminal trespass charges, says HRNJ-U.

Waswa told HRNJ-U that he was booked at the hotel after paying $167 and spent one night at the hotel.

“There was no indication that the hotel was out of bounds much as there was a heavy security presence,” said Waswa.

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“We find it strange that a journalist is charged and kept in cells over a charge of criminal trespass where the hotel duly booked him in. At the time of his arrest by two plain-clothed security personnel, Waswa had not published any news story. So we call upon the police for his release and return of his journalist gadgets which were confiscated. We also urge the security to respect his Rights as a journalist.”  HRNJ-U said in a statement.

The General Secretary of the Entebbe Journalist’s Association, Diana Kibuuka, said there was no information barring journalists from covering refugees at the hotel.

”If there are any restrictions, the government should inform the media fraternity,” adds HRNJ-U.

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