NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – MEDIA rights groups are outrage at the arrest of a Kenyan television journalist for allegedly abetting terrorism in neighbouring Uganda.
The arrest of Kenya Television Network (KTN) reporter and anchor, Joy Doreen Biira, is the aftermath of a deadly battle between security forces and the royal guard of the king of the Rwenzururu Kingdom, western Uganda.
At least 62 people, including 16 policemen, were killed.
Uganda police have arrested Biira for circulating graphic photos of the skirmishes.
Four other people, including her husband who also published images of the king’s palace burning, were arrested.
Angela Quintal, Africa coordinator for Committee to Protect Journalists accused Ugandan authorities of censorship and using anti-terrorism laws to intimidate journalists.
“Journalism is not terrorism. Charges against Biira should be dropped without delay,” Quintal said.
Under Uganda’s 2002 Anti-Terrorism Act, she faces a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.
The trial begins next Thursday.
– CAJ NEWS