IGP Ochola Apologizes for Police Harassment of Journalists
Ochola Directs Police Officers to Stop Beating Up Journalists
On Wednesday, Ochola met news editors and managers of various media houses at Police Headquarters, Naguru in Kampala.
Ochola noted that he appreciates the “importance of the fourth estate,” and that “it can do good or bad but am going with consciousness that we need the good side of the media”.
The IGP and the media managers agreed on “rules of the game and engagement”.
“Our doors are always open. As we handle matters of the state, we don’t need one side blackmailing. We need to engage ourselves,” said Ochola.
“Embrace positive reporting, follow the ethics of journalism; respect your integrity, profession and personal record so that you succeed in life.”
On ending police harassment against reporters, Ochola committed to “issue a directive and internal memo restraining officers from harassing journalists”.
Police ranks top on agencies blamed for harassing journalists.
Weeks ago, police blocked and beat up reporters that had come to Naguru to cover the disciplinary court’s trial of former Buyende District Police Commander Muhammad Kirumira.