Journalists who had gone to the weekly Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) press briefing were on Monday mistreated as they protested the suspension of the event.
The journalist were harassed by the FDC) errant members.
The incident at the party headquarters in Najjanankumbi started when journalist complained about the late cancellation of press conference after they had spent hours waiting for party officials begin addressing them on the latest developments in the party.
At about 11:00am, the officials apologized to journalists and informed them that press briefing would not take place on the account that the party spokesperson who doubles as Kira Municipality MP, Ibrahim Semujju Nganda was held up in a meeting and therefore would not be in position to address them.
Journalist therefore became furious castigating the party’s practice of wasting their time and making them sit for hours.
Members of the fourth estate insisted not to get out of the conference room without seeing or talking to concerned party members. This prompted FDC members Henry Katumba and another person identified as George to lock them into the conference room.
The fracas led to assault of a number of journalists. Our effort to speak to FDC spokesperson Mr. Semujju Nganda was futile since he could not pick our calls.
Journalist body, Uganda journalists association (UJA) condemned the incident and called for boycotting of FDC weekly press briefing.