New York, March 19, 2010—At least five journalists were wounded while covering
violent clashes between security personnel and protesters outside the capital,
Mukiibi Serunjogi, a reporter for the vernacular weekly Ggwanga, told CPJ he was struck in the knee by a gunshot fired by a security agent. Three people were killed during the clashes between security agents and protesters, according to news reports.
Red Cross personnel transported
the attacks by both sides on reporters covering this sensitive story,” said CPJ’s Africa Program Coordinator
were injured by either security guards or protestors on Wednesday, according to
the Ugandan Journalist Association, which said
one of the wounded was hospitalized today in
Protestors attacked freelance reporter Benjamin Ssebaggala and photographer Steven Musoke, both of whom sustained minor injuries, local journalists told CPJ. The two, along with Lemisa, were working for the vernacular daily Bukedde, which is considered a pro-government publication, said Herbert Lemansi, vice president of the Ugandan Journalists Association.
In another incident, Deutsche Welle correspondent Leila Ndinda was attacked by protestors who accused her of belonging to the same tribe as President Yoweri Museveni, the Ugandan Human Rights Network of Journalists reported. Protestors threw stones at the reporter and stole her hand bag, the network said.
The destroyed tomb had been named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001. Tension has been high between the government and the kingdom since disagreements over land and political rights led to deadly violence last September.