Uganda: BBC journalists arrested by police

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Police in Uganda have arrested a group of BBC investigative journalists in the country’s capital, Kampala.

The journalists were looking into the illegal sale of government drugs when they were arrested on Wednesday night. The BBC said in a statement that it has been in contact with the relevant authorities over the arrest of its journalists and is working to secure their release.

BBC journalists arrested in Kampala

According to Reuters news agency, spokesman for the Ugandan government Ofwono Opondo has called for the immediate release of the BBC journalists who were arrested on Wednesday night.

The spokesman said he is yet to establish why the group was arrested and insisted they were helping Uganda’s government to reveal illegal dealings within the country’s elite.

Ofwono Opondo insisted the journalists should be released unconditionally.

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.