Every 1st day of May journalists all over the world gathers to celebrate World Press Freedom Day, a day that is meant to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom, to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.
The Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago during an interview with the press in Kampala stressed the need for journalists in the country and the importance of free media.
“We are currently contending with a dire situation. After the shooting of Journalist Robert Kagolo recently, we can’t predict the flashes and impulses of the future. We are scared stiff,” said Lukwago.
Lukwago said that this is a day to hail the fourth pillar of democracy by awarding them their constitutional degree of freedom.
“Uganda security agencies continue to clobber journalists in broad daylight but also, severely beat them in the pretext of enforcing the Covid-19 regulations,” he said.
He stated that the media should defend from all sorts of attacks and insults in line of duty
In Uganda, it has become commonplace to see journalists being beaten by the military as they carry out their work. many journalists have faced brutality some having their gadgets confiscated or destroyed and others losing their lives or sustaining serious injuries on their bodies.
in January 2021 the IGP Martins Okoth Octhola while speaking to the press said journalists will be beaten in order to protect them from harm but later said it was a joke.