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Free ‘Monitor’, Say EU, Human Rights Watch

By Vision Reporter

Added 14th October 2002 03:00 AM

THE European Union has joined the US and international human rights groups in urging the government to allow the Monitor newspaper publish again.

THE European Union has joined the US and international human rights groups in urging the government to allow the Monitor newspaper publish again.

By Felix Osike
and John Eremu

THE European Union has joined the US and international human rights groups in urging the government to allow the Monitor newspaper publish again.

French ambassador Jean Bernard Thiant said the EU wrote to foreign affairs minister James Wapakhabulo on Friday last week over the issue.

“My opinion is not on the chopper story. That story has its own problems. My concern is about the closure,” Thiant told journalists at a luncheon at his residence in Nakasero yesterday.

He said press freedom must be upheld. “Our stand is the same on press freedom. We are not only talking because of the monitor. We would say the same even if the New Vision or any other newspaper was closed.

In New York, Human Rights Watch in a statement urged the government to end “suppression of the Monitor.”

“Just when independent reporting is most necessary in war time, the Ugandan government has silenced one of the country’s most respected journals,” said Juliane Kippenberg.
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Free ‘Monitor’, Say EU, Human Rights Watch

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