Monday November 28 2016

Police arrest KTN journalist over filming military raid on Rwenzururu palace



Joy Doreen Biira

Joy Doreen Biira 

By JOSEPH KATO

KASESE.
Kasese Central Police Station has confirmed arrest and detention of Ms Doreen Biira, a KTN journalist over illegal filming of military raid on Rwenzururu palace.

Mr Manshur Suwed, Rwenzori Regional Police spokesperson, said Ms Biira was arrested alongside five other people for illegally filming military engagement with royal guards of the Bakonzo king, Wesley Mumbere.

“She was arrested by police officers at the scene because she was illegally filming military activities which the media had been restricted to capture on camera,” Mr Suwed said.

He said Ms Biira was safe in police hands alongside her relatives and would be released on bond in course of the day. However, Mr Suwed could not reveal which charges had been placed against the journalist.

“You should not be worried because she is safe at our Central Police Station. She is explaining why she was filming activities that had been restricted and she will be released in due course,” Mr Suwed said.

Ms Biira was covering the clashes in Kasese that have left 14 security personnel killed and more than 100 royal guards arrested. At least close to 200 people have been arrested including the Rwenzururu King- Mumbere. Ms Biira was in the area for her introduction ceremony ( traditional wedding) when she posted a video of the burning palace on her Instagram account.

jkato@ug.nationmedia.com

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