Journalist on criminal defamation charges granted bail

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Lyantonde, June 2016 – A magistrate’s court in Uganda granted journalist Sadati Waliggo of Red Pepper newspaper a non-cash bail of USD 151 with two sureties USD 606 each. He was due to report back to court on 6th July, 2016.

Sadati had been remanded in prison on a criminal libel charge. He had allegedly posted on his facebook page defamatory statements against a Resident District Commissioner. He becomes one of the more than a dozen journalists facing criminal defamation charges.

Uganda’s Human Rights Network for Journalists issued a statement saying: “The conduct of using criminal defamation to stifle, silence and create self-censorship in the media is on the rise in Uganda. We strongly condemn the behavior as HRNJ-Uganda. There is need to appreciate the fundamental role played by the media in the efforts to develop Uganda as a Country.”