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Media Reporters Attacked and beaten for recording speech.

On January 11, 2016, Ali Golooba, a reporter working with Masaka district-based Radio Buddu FM was attacked by six private guards of an NRM parliamentary candidate and beaten up for recording their candidate’s speech.

“I was recording Hajji Mbabaali’s speech from one of the loudspeakers when one of his private security guards with black sunglasses confronted me demanding to know why I was recording their candidate. As I explained myself, about five others pounced on me and started kicking, boxing and slapping me. They grabbed my audio recorder which they confiscated.” – Ali Golooba.

His attempts to disclose to them his identity by showing them his ID was ignored. Ali sustained injuries on his chest, back, and legs from the beating.