By Watchdog reporter
The National Association of Broadcasters has condemned the theft that was carried out at The Observer Newspaper in Kamwokya.
In a statement titled “Attack on Observer Media Ltd”, the association that includes radio and television owners said, “National Association of Broadcasters wishes to express strong condemnation of the break-in, theft and vandalisation of Observer Media Ltd property at their premises in Kamwokya, on the night of October 15, 2016.
“As a voice of broadcasters in Uganda, NAB believes that an attack on any media platform in the country is an attack on all media in the country,” wrote Kin Kaliisa, the proprietor of NBS and chairman of NAB.
He added, “NAB calls upon the relevant law enforcement authorities to objectively and expeditiously handle the case to its conclusion and to apply the fullest extent of the law to the culprits to protect media freedom in Uganda.”
The Observer is one of the independent news establishments in the country with print and digital platforms.
Newspaper speaks out
Observer management yesterday issued a short but powerful statement on the vandalism and promised to continue publishing as its mandate states.
“On the night of October 15, The Observer offices on Tagore Crescent, Kamwokya, were broken into and at least15 desktop computers, several laptops and other assorted items were stolen.
The cost of the theft and vandalism is still being assessed.
“Our offices are protected by a private security firm whose staff on the night, Charles Olupot, was not found at his station on the morning of October 16, with his gun abandoned in the compound.
A police team from Kira Road police station is working with The Observer management and officials from the private security firm to trace the person(s) responsible for this act and/or establish their motive,” read a statement from Management.