20 February 2008
IFJ Calls for Investigation into Killing of Ugandan Journalist
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today called on the Ugandan government to investigate the brutal killing of Ugandan journalist Rebecca Wilbrod Kasujja.
“We condemn this shocking attack on Rebecca, which underscores the danger that journalists face in Africa,” said Gabriel Baglo, Director of the IFJ Africa Office. “We are calling on authorities to conduct a full investigation and bring her attackers to justice.”
Kasujja, 32, was raped and killed by unknown men on Sunday morning as she was on her way to work at Buwama FM Radio station, a community radio station at about 62 km south of Kampala.
“This incident once again highlights the dangers facing journalists who work odd hours,” said Ugandan Journalists’ Union President, Michael Wakabi. “Female journalists, who form the bulk of newscasters, are particularly vulnerable as has been demonstrated by the latest incident.”
According to reports, residents of the village discovered her body in a nearby bush and reported the incident to Buwama police station. The reason behind her killing remains unknown, but fellow journalists believe it has relations with her journalistic work.