Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned Uganda security forces who beat and detained at least four journalists covering protests in the capital, Kampala.

The journalists were arrested while covering protests demanding the release of lawmakers, including opposition MP Robert Kyagulanyi, known as Bobi Wine. They were arrested last week in connection to unrest in the northern town of Arua during which President Yoweri Museveni's convoy was stoned.

"President Museveni's public disdain for the news media is especially alarming given the ongoing crackdown by police and military personnel on journalists working to keep Uganda's public informed," said Muthoki Mumo, CPJ's sub-Saharan Africa representative. 

"Ugandan authorities should conduct rigorous investigations into the assaults on journalists, hold accountable those responsible, and commit to preventing future violence and detentions by security personnel."

Journalists attacked and detained include Reuters photojournalist James Akena, Alfred Ochwo, a photojournalist with the privately owned newspaper The Observer, and NTV journalists Ronald Galiwango and Juma Kirya.

- African News Agency (ANA)