PPF is concerned over the assault of Madiinah for covering a court case in Uganda

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in a letter to Ruhakana Rugunda, Prime Minister of Uganda expressed concern over the assault of a female journalist Madiinah Ssebyala in Uganda.

PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter urged the government of Uganda to take action against Kassaga for assaulting and intimidating a female journalist who was doing her professional duty.

According to Human Rights Network for Journalists – Uganda, Madiinah works for Bukedde Paper and had been covering a land case of Kasagga Swaibu where he accuses Kenneth Mukiibi of selling him land and failing to offer the land title.

According to Madiinah when she was going from the Mukono Magistrates court Kasagga dragged her several times and threatened her of dire consequences if she did not stop covering his case.

The commercial cyclists (boda boda) rescued her and were witnessed of the incident. Madiinah had registered a case of threatening violence at Mukono Central Police Station.

Sserumaga Moses, a correspondent for Kamunye stated that he was eyewitnesses to see Madiinah weeping right after the alleged assault.

Madiinah stated that prior Kassaga had attacked on her on June 20, when she was taking pictures of the same court. Kassaga tried to snatch her camera and warned her to delete the pictures or he would break her camera.  In the state of fear she had to delete the pictures.