Blogger remanded over offensive communication

BY Sania Babirye

A journalist with an online media website Drone website has been charged and remanded to Luzira prison for allegedly defaming a labour export Company.

This is after Pidson Kareire appeared before Makindye court grade one magistrate Muwonge Okumu and charged with criminal libel and offensive communication.

He has now been remanded to luzira prison until tomorrow as investigations into the case continues.

Middle East Consultants limited accuses Pidson of allegedly publishing stories on the Drone Media website accusing the labour company of extorting money from desperate unemployed Ugandans to secure unavailable Jobs abroad.

The offenses related to computer misuse act are contrary to the penal code and computer misuse act.

Some other people battling charges of offensive communication include Makerere university researcher Dr.Stella Nyanzi who is also accused of using her Facebook page to defame the person of the president Museveni and his late mother .

Nyanzi is being tried by Buganda road court and is currently on remand at Luzira prison since last year after she refused to apply for bail.

The computer misuse act is designed to protect computer users against wilful attacks and theft of information.

Offenses under the act include hacking, unauthorized access to computer systems and purposefully spreading malicious and damaging information.