Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), in a letter to Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Republic of Uganda welcomes the conviction of five supporters of the ruling party for assaulting three Entebbe-based journalists and maliciously damaging their equipment as they were covering the Entebbe Local Council Elections on 4th March 2016.

PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali welcomed the judgment and urged government to ensure protection of other media practitioners in Uganda.

According to Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda), the accused persons had the intention of stopping Kigongo Ssebalamu and Ssempijja Godfrey both of Vision Group and Kakooza George William of Central Broad Casting Services (CBS) from their professional duties. The beatings were willful and unlawful and the accused persons were convicted under sections 335 and 236 of the Penal Code Act.

Kakooza, Sesebalamu and Ssempijja were satisfied with the judgment and said that justice had been delivered to them.