Uganda Police on Friday released 3 journalists who had been detained on suspicion of illegally possessing government prescription drugs.
The 3 people, 2 Ugandans and 1 Kenyan were among a total of 5 people arrested in the incident, others being the wife of a local journalist working with them, and a driver. The journalists were working for the British Broadcasting Corporation.
Police freed the 5 after establishing that the 3 journalists were conducting a legitimate investigation into the illegal sale of government drugs by officials.
It is clear that their motive was to show how easy it was to buy government drugs.
A police statement said, it is clear that their motive was to show how easy it was to buy government drugs. We do encourage them to continue with their documentary program and achieve their intended objective of exposing their targets, to help prevent such occurrence in future.”
On Thursday, Police detained the five after seizing 14 boxes of prescription tablets, vaccines and other material.
Health sector in Uganda has often been hit by protests over rundown government hospitals, the extensive theft of government drugs and poor pay for health workers.
Police said they were working with the public prosecutor to establish whether the journalists broke any laws during their investigations.
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