Four from Uganda’s Monitor face criminal charges – Committee to Protect Journalists York, August 25, 2009–Four journalists from Uganda’s largest independent newspaper are facing criminal prosecutions, joining four others already charged since 2007, according to local journalists and news reports.Criminal prosecutions against the Monitor are on the rise against the backdrop of mounting national tensions in the lead-up to general elections in 2011. This month, President Yoweri Museveni, who is expected to seek re-election, warned private broadcasters against inciting public discontent with the government.Magistrate Joyce Kavuma in the capital, Kampala, charged David Kalinaki, managing editor of the Daily Monitor, and Henry Ochieng, editor of the Sunday Monitor, with forgery after the paper ran a reproduction of a leaked presidential memorandum, according to defense lawyer James Nangwala. The Monitor had acknowledged some errors in the reproduction of the document and published a correction on August 4. Government spokeswoman Kabakumba Matsiko criticized the media’s coverage of the story, but did not dispute the document’s contents, according to local and international reports. The editors are free on a bail of 500,000 shillings (US$245) each, pending trial on October 7, the paper reported

Four from Uganda’s Monitor face criminal charges – Committee to Protect Journalists

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