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Local news paper raided because of a story they published

In May 2013, The Daily Monitor (a local privately-owned newspaper) was raided by 50 plain-clothed Police in search of evidence against an army general, David Sejjusa.

The Police ransacked the premises and shut down the media house because of a story that was run by the paper, and said to have originated from the General. The story focused on the purported existence of a conspiracy to eliminate high-ranking members of the government who did not support a supposed plan for the President’s son to succeed his father. Police also raided a local tabloid newspaper, the Red Pepper, under similar circumstances. Radio station attached to the Nation Media Group was also closed due to these actions (The Daily Monitor is a subsidiary of the Nation Media Group).

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