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Attackers kill journalist in Uganda

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Two journalists are killed in Uganda
  • Dickson Ssentongo was a news anchor for Prime Radio
  • Ssentongo was beaten by metal bars

(CNN) -- A Ugandan news anchor and opposition political activist was beaten and killed this week, while on his way to work, the Committee to Protect Journalists reported Wednesday.

"Unidentified assailants beat and killed news presenter Dickson Ssentongo Monday morning on his way to work at Prime Radio in Mukono district, central Uganda," according to the group. "Assailants beat Ssentongo with metal bars and dragged him into a nearby cassava field, local journalists told the CPJ"

In addition to working at the radio station, Ssentongo was running for a position in the opposition Democratic Party. The National Resistance Movement is the ruling party in Uganda.

Ssentongo was the second journalist to be killed in the country in three days. On Saturday, taxi drivers beat freelance journalist Paul Kiggundu.