The government of the United Kingdom has issued a travel warning for its citizens asking them to exercise caution and avoid all demonstrations, and to continue monitoring travel advice following yesterday’s skirmishes as police clashed with journalists protesting the closure of the Pepper Publications and Monitor Publications last Monday.
Al Jazeera journalist, Malcolm Webb (R) runs for safety after being
tear-gassed outside Daily Monitor offices in Kampala on May 28
We advise all British Nationals to exercise caution and avoid all
demonstrations, and to continue monitoring travel advice,” the Foreign
and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said in a statement on Tuesday night.
Pundits say the closure of the newspapers could affect tourism
revenues as tourists from western countries shun Uganda for fear of
violence. An estimated 15,000 British nationals visit Uganda every year.
The statement adds; “There were demonstrations outside the offices of
the Daily Monitor newspaper in the Namuwongo area of Kampala on 28 May.
There are reports that tear gas and rubber bullets were used to
Several activists and journalists were tear-gassed as they challenged
government’s decision to keep a lock on Daily Monitor and Red Pepper