The United States says it is concerned over seeming media clampdown in Uganda after five publishers and three journalists were recently charged with treason.
Heather Nauert, a Department of State spokesperson, however; added that the U.S. continued in its support for freedom of expression and of the press.
“We are concerned by recent charges of treason filed against eight Uganda journalists of a local tabloid newspaper. We continue to support freedom of expression and freedom of the press as central elements of U.S. foreign policy,” she said in a tweet posted on November 29.
Three Ugandan journalists were last week charged with treason and other offences over the publication of a story alleging that President Yoweri Museveni was planning to overthrow the government of his Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame.
The journalists who work for the Red Pepper newspaper were charged along with five directors of the Pepper Publications Group. The other charges leveled against them were disturbing the peace of the president and others alleged to be part of the plot.
“According to the charge and caution statement read to them, they will be charged with offensive communication, disturbing the peace of president Museveni, Salim Saleh and Security Minister Henry Tumukunde. The main charge preferred against them is treason,” one of their lawyer told local news portal, the Daily Monitor.