The criminal investigations department summoned bosses of Daily Monitor’s mother company, Nation Media Group-Uganda (NMG) to record statements on the published reports by the local daily newspaper on the 31st of May on the libel killings of November 2020 based on a video documentary by the BBC.
The video series by the BBC allegedly showcase security personnel both of the military and police shooting and killing Ugandan civilians, between November 2020 and January 2021.
The summoned include NMG’s managing director Tony Glencross and managing editor Tabu Butagira, but neither was available for statement recording on the June 2nd as Glencross was under quarantine and Butagira away on a field trip.
However members of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) responded to the development by calling for a thorough investigation into the allegations that security forces killed civilians amid protests ahead of the January general elections in the country.
“Ugandan police should immediately drop their criminal investigation into the Daily Monitor newspaper and guarantee that the media can cover security forces’ alleged misconduct without retaliation” CPJ said in an official statement.
Charles Twine, the spokesperson of the Criminal Investigations Department, informed this outlet that “being a journalist does not give a ticket to immunity” but did not provide specific comments on the summonses and investigations into the Daily Monitor‘s work.