Justice Ogoola Faults Gov't on Journalist's Attack

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Justice Ogoola also cited attempts to frustrate the first presidential debate held on 15th January through load shading.

The former principal Judge, James Ogoola has faulted government for failing to ensure uninterrupted flow of information in the just concluded general elections.

He was speaking as chief guest at the Uganda National Journalism Awards Gala organized by the African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) at the Golf Course hotel on Wednesday night.

He cited the harassment of journalists by security in the course of their work during and after the polls, saying it was uncalled for.
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Several journalists were roughed up by police shortly after the February 18th polls while covering Dr. Kizza Besigye, the former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate at his residency in Kasangati, Wakiso District. 

Ogoola also expressed displeasure over the closure of social media on the 18th February presidential election day. 

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Justice Ogoola also cited attempts to frustrate the first presidential debate held on 15th January through load shading. "We contacted the regulators of the power facility and they showed no such sabotage would be effected. Behold on the evening of the debate, some parts especially the Kampala were blessed with a quiet dark of the night away from the glamour of the debate", said Ogoola.

He however, said didn't have knowledge who was behind the attempted sabotage of the debate. Speaking about the awards, Justice Ogoola applauded the winning journalists, saying despite facing persecution they came out strong and courageous. 

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He also cautioned journalists to stick the values of journalism such as accuracy, truthfulness, independence, credibility and others.

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Dr. George Lugalambi, who led a team of judges to decide the winners, said they received 237 entries for the 2016 Journalism awards from, which 148 journalists were shortlisted under 20 different categories. 


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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.