The week has come to an end, to some it has been a great week and to some has been undeniably a rough one. We take a look at some of the things that happened around Uganda and at the international scene.
Remembrance of Archbishop Janani Luwum.
Uganda set 16th February every year as a day to remember archbishop Janani Luwum, which was on Tuesday. He [Luwum] was influential in Uganda between 1974 and 1977. He led criticism of the then dictator Idi Amin who it’s said ordered for his killing.
Uganda established the holiday to honor the archbishop in 2015.
Ethics minister Simon Lukodo revealed that the president had advised the they celebrate the day at the state house due to corona virus. Its at this event that the president castigated the killers of the Anglican Archbishop Luwm. “A lot of people died. They were killed for no good reason. There was no reason for killing the bishop even if he was criticizing him [Amin]. You just ignore him or if you criticize me, I also criticize you. You tell a lie and I say you have told a lie here. Why kill a person? That means you are insecure; you are guilty. It was the structure of the State we had. We had a lot of illiterate people like Idi Amin, who were manning the structures of the State like the army. What do you expect? The politics was fragile. That is what we should be careful [about]…” Mr. Museveni said as they celebrated the life of Archbishop Luwum at State House Entebbe.
Facebook Bans News in Australia
On Wednesday 17th, Australians woke up to a realization that they could no longer share news on Facebook as a fight between the government and Facebook escalated. The social networking company on Wednesday said that people and publishers in Australia will no longer be able to share or see any news from local or international outlets. The decision appeared to be the most restrictive move Facebook has ever taken against content publishers.
The company’s action came after months of tension with the Australian government, which proposed legislation would force tech platforms to pay news publishers for content.
“What the proposed law introduced in Australia fails to recognize is the fundamental nature of the relationship between our platform and publishers,” Campbell Brown, Facebook’s vice president of global news partnerships, wrote in a blog post. “Contrary to what some have suggested, Facebook does not steal news content. Publishers choose to share their stories on Facebook.”
“I hope in the future, we can include news for people in Australia once again,” Brown added.
Military Police Beat up Journalists covering Bobi Wine petition to UN
It was an angry day for the media fraternity on Wednesday 17th 2021, when several journalists were admitted to hospital with serious injuries they sustained when military police assaulted them while covering National Unity Platform (NUP) president, Robert Kyagulanyi who was delivering his petition to United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) offices in Kololo, Kampala.
This action sparked off social media outrage, with several Ugandans, media houses and some international community condemning the brutal acts of the military police against journalist, with a hash tag #journalismisnotacrime
Later on, The Chief of Defense Forces(CDF), Gen. David Muhoozi apologized on behalf of the UPDF.
Gen. Muhoozi said what happened was regrettable, not sanctioned and not justified and promised that the injured journalists’ medical bills will be catered for by the UPDF and that action will be taken against errant soldiers who committed this offence.
Muhoozi said journalists are partners of government who are very crucial therefore they will engage the media fraternity to see how to work well together and in the meantime encouraged the journalists to go to the field branded to avoid such eventualities.
On Thursday 18th February, the UPDF charged and sentenced 7 of its soldiers who assaulted the journalists.