Uganda journalists arrested after publishing criticisms of military: lawyer

[JURIST] Ugandan police arrested three journalists Saturday as part of an investigation into suspected sedition, according to the journalists' lawyer. The journalists worked on two articles published in the Independent magazine [media website] that were critical of the Ugandan military. Formal charges have not yet been filed, but the journalists' lawyer said that they have been accused of possessing seditious material and defamation. The articles highlighted alleged corruption within the Ugandan army and also accused the military of covering up past atrocities.

One of the men arrested is the Independent's editor, Andrew Mwenda. Mwenda was charged with sedition [JURIST report] in 2005 for comments made on his radio show about the death of a Sudanese leader. At the time of the most recent arrest, he had been on bail for the 2005 charges. AP has more. BBC News has more.

 

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